Why is Vision So Important For Soccer Players?

Published on
February 21, 2022

Soccer, a favorite sport in Dr. McBryar’s household relies heavily on visual skills. This includes excellent eye-hand-and-foot coordination, excellent depth perception, and the ability to estimate distances. Integration between the vision and balance systems is also crucial. Additionally, soccer players must also have good visual reaction time as well as dynamic visual acuity to maintain clarity while an object is moving.



The forwards are often credited with most of the glory in soccer because they are situated near the opposing team's goal. The position requires high levels of awareness both in terms of their own interaction with the ball as well as the other players around them. As with any sport with fast moving balls, a forward must be able to react as fast as possible to incoming visual information without needing to take time to process the visual information, this is called quick visual reaction time.

Forwards need the following skills:

Visual reaction time: The forward doesn't have much time to react when the ball and multiple players approach him/her, and he/she will likely only have one chance to go for the goal. The ability to process and react quickly to new visual information is crucial to a forward's success.

Hand(foot)-eye coordination: Getting the soccer ball to go where the forward wants requires quite a bit of skill. In order to become a better forward, coordination needs to be improved, which will lead to faster, more accurate reactions.



Midfielders occupy the middle of the field, and they are the link between the offensive and defensive lines. In a game, midfielders tend to see the most action and move the most, so they must be accurate passers.

A midfielder should have the following skills:

Hand(foot)-eye coordination: Many of their activities require expert ball handling and passing techniques, which is why even the slightest advantage in coordination can be crucial.

Enhanced peripheral awareness: The midfielder has to be aware of all the players around him/her as they move up and down the field. The midfielder's superior peripheral vision can be the difference-maker in getting to where he/she needs to be at the right moment.

Depth Perception: Being able to properly assess the distance of a fellow player or goal is important for the midfielder to ensure accurate passes and shots. 



A defender's main job is to stop the offense of the opposing team and prevent goals from being scored. Whether an opponent scores or not depends on the defender's ability to react quickly when it matters most.

Defenders should possess the following skills:

Enhanced peripheral awareness: Play near the goal is often quite fast-paced, and defenders have to remain vigilant not only of their opponents, but also of their teammates, so they can avoid collisions and coordinate.

Speed of visual processing: The quicker visual information can be processed in high-pressure situations, the greater the chance that the defender can react quickly enough to prevent the opposing team from scoring.

Dynamic Visual Acuity: The defender needs to keep track of the ball as it moves around the field. Dynamic visual acuity is a vision skill that allows a player to see moving objects clearer. 



As compared to the other members of a soccer team, the goalkeeper has a very different job to perform. For a successful goalkeeper, following the action and acting quickly are essential skills.

These skills are important for a goalkeeper:

Eye tracking and movement precision: By improving eye tracking, he or she will be able to better follow all movement, so that he or she can position him/herself to prevent the opposition from scoring.

Hand(foot)-eye coordination: A goalie needs to be able to react instantaneously to a ball coming in with any body part available. This means that he/she will need to be able to instantly and accurately signal the arms/legs/head/body to interact with a fast moving ball in a matter of milliseconds. 

Visual reaction time: A goalkeeper must be able to react instantly based on visual input in order to prevent the ball from getting by him/her. An increase in visual reaction time could lead to significant improvements in goalkeeping performances.


Schedule a Sports Vision Evaluation Today

If you are serious about getting an edge on the competition, schedule a sports vision evaluation with Dr. McBryar. During the evaluation Dr. McBryar will assess the visual skills used in your sport and position and identify which areas of visual performance can give you a major edge over your competition


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

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