A Champion’s Mentality

A Champion’s Mentality

Champions tend to be a different breed. They are the uncommon living a life less ordinary. They suffer pain in the moment, every day, for the pleasure of a far off result. It’s not easy being a champion. Here’s a few ideas to exercise your podium winning mentality…

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Preparing to Play – a Mental Warm Up

Preparing to Play – a Mental Warm Up

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 so you should have protocols that help your body and your mind attune to competitive intensity. 

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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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Preventing a Slump in Form

Preventing a Slump in Form

Slumping players lack self-belief and performance confidence. They suffer from displaced or dispersed focus. And they experience the kind of emotions that are destructive to their game.

In this short article I’m going to give you a very quick and simple technique that can help you emerge from a slump, and even prevent you from getting into a slump in the first place.

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Winning the Mental Game

Winning the Mental Game

Sport psychology and the mental game are essential in reaching peak performance in soccer. A strong mental game is something that a player can learn, grow, and improve on.  Athletes must be able to maintain focus, confidence, and a positive mindset. 

Here we preview the articles that we've pulled together to help you win the mental game.

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Your Confidence & Energy Bars

Your Confidence & Energy Bars

It’s vital that every soccer player has the capability of running onto the pitch with confidence and energy. Yet many players leave this to chance. As a consequence, one day they are brimming with confidence, while the next match they are sapped of self-belief. One match they feel full with energy, the next match they are drained of energy.

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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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7 Ways To Mentally Prepare For Team Sports Tryouts

7 Ways To Mentally Prepare For Team Sports Tryouts

Team tryouts can be mentally and physically challenging for young athletes. Kids may feel nervous, unsettled or feel pressure to perform well. This anxiety and nervous energy can have negative effects on an athlete’s performance.

Overcoming these mental setbacks can help an athlete have a better experience at tryouts. Here are seven tips to help kids perform their best.

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What Does it Take to Be a Champion?

What Does it Take to Be a Champion?

What does it take to be a champion? This is the question that we explore in this issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete. We have pulled together insights from World Cup, MLS, NWSL and NCAA champion players and coaches.  In preparing for our November issue, we also asked three successful college coaches, Becky Burleigh (Florida), John Daly (William & Mary) and Jason O'Keefe (North Carolina) about being a champion.

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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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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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