Soccer is the Score…or is it?

Soccer is the Score…or is it?

But here’s a paradoxical notion for you that I wholeheartedly believe in. Soccer is all about the score…and that is why it is preferable to ignore it. Sounds weird, right? But I firmly believe the quickest and fastest way for you to develop a winner’s mindset is to ignore the score as you compete. Doing so lends itself to an optimal mindset. So let me tell you why.

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Top 15 of 2015

Top 15 of 2015

Here are the top 15 viewed articles that you read the most in 2015 from Amplified Soccer Athlete. We look forward to providing more articles and resources in 2016 to support you in the journey to #AmplifyYourGame.

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Soccer Tough II

Soccer Tough II

Global soccer psychologist Dan Abrahams is back with a follow up to his groundbreaking, international bestseller "Soccer Tough".

In "Soccer Tough 2: Advanced Psychology Techniques for Footballers" Dan introduces soccer players to more cutting edge tools and techniques to help them develop the game of their dreams.

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Becoming a Soccer Optimist

Becoming a Soccer Optimist

There is an enormous amount of scientific evidence to suggest that being an optimist in sport is a healthy, happy and optimal way to become the very best you can be.

Optimism has been linked to all kinds of exciting factors including better performance, an ability to overcome adversity, maintaining motivation, reduced chances of burnout and more wins.

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Your Action Between the Action

Your Action Between the Action

Competitive Fire - Discipline - Self-Belief - Athleticism - Strong Mentality - Desire to Compete at the Highest Level - Coachability - Technical Ability Under Pressure - Soccer-Specific Fitness - High Soccer IQ - Quality with the Ball - Ball Striking - Leadership - Internal Drive - Work Ethic - Ability to Compete with Self - Speed of Decision Making.

After polling several of our top college coach friends from UCLA, KU, UW, Florida, UNC and Oregon, these are some of the key attributes they believe top collegiate athletes need to have in order to be successful at their level.  

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Using Sport Psychology as a Soccer Player

Using Sport Psychology as a Soccer Player

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

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

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Be a Quick Thinker

Be a Quick Thinker

Soccer is a game of speed. But not in the traditional sense of the word. Pace will always play a part in the beautiful game, but I’m not talking about quick feet. I’m talking about a quick mind. I’m referring to nimble thinking. A footballer should live, breathe and sleep speed of thought. Here’s a simple way to improve it.

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Are you mentally tough enough?

Are you mentally tough enough?

Champions in any sport never ease up. They are never satisfied. They are hungry for more, in fact they are ravenous. Their appetite isn’t just for success – that plays a part, that’s the end goal in mind. Actually, champions are fully focused on constantly improving their skills. They are always trying to learn and become better. 

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Champions are Never Satisfied

Champions are Never Satisfied

Champions in any sport never ease up. They are never satisfied. They are hungry for more, in fact they are ravenous. Their appetite isn’t just for success – that plays a part, that’s the end goal in mind. Actually, champions are fully focused on constantly improving their skills. They are always trying to learn and become better. 

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USWNT: Training, Fitness, Nutrition, Motivation

USWNT: Training, Fitness, Nutrition, Motivation

The U.S. Women's National Team kicks off their 2015 World Cup campaign today against Australia. In May, we released a special edition of Amplified Soccer a Athlete magazine to get inside the minds of the coaches and players, current and former, of the most physically fit and mentally tough team in the world. They told us what it takes to compete at that level, how the game has changed, the future of the technical side, and what motivates them to be the best. Take a look at some of our favorite quotes from each interview and piece to get pumped up for the largest and most talked about WWC to date. 

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Keeping Incredible Body Language

The very best show it through their body. They radiate confidence as they compete. Ronaldo – tall, striking and powerful. Messi – non stop, sharp, alert and alive. Casillas – dominant, demanding and commanding. The champions use their body like a machine that powers their mind – their game intelligence, their focus, their confidence, their freedom, their intensity and their want. Here’s how to keep a great body as you compete.
 
The next time you are on the pitch, whether it is in training or in a match….I want you to resist trying to win or trying to play at your best. I want you to focus on an exercise that will allow that to happen. All outcomes take care of themselves.

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