Using Sport Psychology as a Soccer Player

By Dan Abrahams, a global sport psychologist helping people to high perform. Get more from Dan at www.danabrahams.com.

The following is an excerpt from Dan's article in the August issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete magazine. Subscribe Today!


I love being a sport psychologist working in soccer. There are so many neat tools and techniques that can help players be the best they can be.

Do you utilize sport psychology within your training sessions? Do you utilize it when you compete? How strong is your competitive mindset?

Here are a few simple and succinct ideas from the sport psychology cannon.

Are you Self-Aware?

Do you know what you do when you’re at your best? Do you know what you think when you’re at your best? Do you know the differences between your best and your worst performances in terms of your thinking, feelings and behaviors?

A difference between champions and mere mortals is self-awareness. Champions are so because they know themselves intimately. They know their frame of mind when they excel and they know the small behaviors they display when they find high performance.

If you aren’t self-aware it’s tough to build confidence. If you’re not self-aware it’s tough to develop your game. How can you improve if you don’t know what needs improving in the first place? Self-awareness is a skill all soccer players must develop.

Do you Cover the Inches?

There is a difference between over-complication and thoroughness. Champions don’t make their sport difficult and overbearing, but they do break their sport down into basic components and strive to super-charge those components during training.

If you’re not covering the detail then it’s likely you won’t become a champion. It’s likely you’ll fall at the first hurdle or eat humble pie at the first bend. It’s unlikely you’ll come flying through on the back straight.

Know exactly what it is you need to work on. This requires a microscopic look at the fine detail of your game. When you discover what needs developing avoid panic, Relax! Enjoy improving these micro areas…and you’ll get macro results as a consequence.

To get the rest of the article including workouts and more resources to help you have the best season yet, download the August issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete today.

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Dan Abrahams

Dan Abrahams is a global sport psychologist who works alongside some of the leading players, teams, coaches and organisations in the world. He is known for his passion and ability to de-mystify sport psychology, as well as his talent for creating easy to understand and simple to use techniques and performance philosophies. A former professional golfer and PGA golf coach Dan has a First Class Honours degree in psychology and Masters degree in sport psychology. Academically he is visiting lecturer at several universities and he holds registration with the HCPC (meaning he is legally safe to practice as a psychologist). Dan works in all sport but specialises in football/soccer and golf. He is Lead Psychologist for England Golf and he works with players from leading amateur through to Tour players. In football/soccer psychology he is regarded as a leader in the field. He has some of the leading turnaround case studies in Premier League history and he has written two international bestselling books. One of these books, Soccer Tough, has been heralded one of the most important books in football. He currently works with players, teams and organisations across 'Planet Football.' Dan also works in the Corporate Sector delivering his sport psychology techniques and philosophies to individuals and groups.