Football Language: (a) No-Look Pass

No-look pass: What’s the meaning of a ‘no-look pass’ in football?

No-Look PassThis post introduces the phrase ‘(a) No-Look Pass’, suggested by José from Brazil. What does it mean and when when do we use it?

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below.
  • You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

(a) No-Look Pass

As it suggests the phrase no-look pass is a pass made without looking in the direction the ball travels. The player with the ball knows where his teammates are, or will be, and can pass the ball into that area without looking. This usually fools the defenders, who look at the opposition players eyes and where they are looking as well as their feet. Playing a no-look pass shows the player’s confidence and control of the ball and understanding of the game. The player has skill and vision and perhaps shows off a little by playing a no-look pass


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