an Abrahams is a global sport psychologist helping people to high perform. Get more from Dan at www.danabrahams.com.
This is an excerpt of Dan's article in the latest issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete magazine.
How do you conduct yourself in the hour before kick off? What do you do? How do you go about preparing for an important game?
I think these 60 minutes are the most important of the week – they are 60 golden nuggets to set the tone of focus, and build a momentum of confidence. As the match approaches, you should have protocols that help your body and your mind attune to competitive intensity.
So let’s go step by step through a great pre-game mental warm up. I hope it will help you.
Have a Script
In my books Soccer Tough and Soccer Brain I introduce the reader to the idea of a match script. The script is something I ask all my clients to create no matter their age or level. In short, it is several controllable plays that you want to focus on and you want to achieve during a match. They should be related to the responsibilities within your role and/or mindset. Let me give you a couple as an example:
- Always on my toes
- Head up, find space
- Track my man at all times
- Non-stop movement
- Be brave with the ball – take players on
- Fill the space
You see, they are simple focus points that relate to you having an accomplished game. They should be confined to you (not to anyone else) and they should be mastery based (rather than outcome oriented).
An hour before kick-off is the time to have your script in front of you. It’s the time to mentally rehearse the script – to create the mental blueprint that you want to recreate come kick off.
To get the full article from Dan Abrahams where he discusses executing the script, mentally warming up during pre-game and becoming the best that you can be, DOWNLOAD AMPLIFIED SOCCER ATHLETE MAGAZINE, Issue 3.