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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Knee-Strengthening and Injury-Reduction

Knee-Strengthening and Injury-Reduction

ACL injuries have become too common in sports, especially youth sports. Over 400,000 athletes will suffer from an ACL injury each year. Many of these injuries are non-contact injuries which happen during a landing or change of direction. Female athletes are at an even greater risk because of the difference in their anatomy. In order to address this issue, we have to first explore the demands of the sport to develop an appropriate training program. 

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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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Your Off-Season Training Guide Preview

Your Off-Season Training Guide Preview

Here are previews of some of the articles from our December "Off-Season Training" Issue. 

Most professional athletes have the advantage of getting professional trainers to plan their off-season training program for them. Most everyone else doesn’t have that luxury. That’s why we’ve worked to put together some resources in this issue specifically to help you get better during the off-season.

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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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Megan Tabler & Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy

Megan Tabler & Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy

In the October issue we featured an interview with Megan Tabler, a  player at the Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy, and Jeff Thompson, a Graduate Program Recruiter for the program.

IASA offers student/athletes the best of both worlds: A top quality Master degree program while living and playing in a true sports culture, on a year round basis. IASA may provide an exit route into the professional game at some level, for some students, as they will be continually working and playing within a professional sports environment. 

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Makings of a Champion

Makings of a Champion

It was not an easy path, but thorough years of training, honing my soccer skills and total preparation in the soccer recruiting process the first step in achieving my dreams started with my acceptance to the Division I soccer program at University of Virginia.  

During my first few days on campus, I knew that I had to make the most of this unbelievable opportunity. It was going to be a privilege to play for one of the best college soccer programs in the country, and I wasn’t going to waste these next four years. 

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What Makes Up a Championship Team?

What Makes Up a Championship Team?

Let’s face it: winning never gets old. I am a proud member of F.C. Kansas City and we won the 2015 N.W.S.L. Championship.

Two days after the championship game, as I began my drive from Kansas City to Washington, DC, where I will spend the offseason, I reflected on the seven months since I did the same drive in reverse. 

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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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FSU Coach Mark Krikorian Shares Thoughts on How Players Stand Out

FSU Coach Mark Krikorian Shares Thoughts on How Players Stand Out

Florida State’s national champion women’s soccer coach Mark Krikorian was pretty certain that Kristin Grubka had what it took to play at the next level.

“She was always consistent,” said Krikorian, who led FSU to the 2014 NCAA Division I women’s title and the last four College Cups as well as seven College Cups in his first 10 years. 

“Sure [Grubka] had size, but she never took plays off.  She is a winner and she is selfless.  We could see that when we watched her and we knew she would help us win at Florida State.”

Based on his track record, it’s clear Coach Krikorian knows what to look for and he shared some of his tips for young soccer players who aspire to play at the next level.

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Interview with Wendy Louque, KC Courage

Interview with Wendy Louque, KC Courage

As noted in our feature post last week on playing in the WPSL, the WPSL provides a playing opportunity for elite women soccer players to play, develop and promote women's soccer at the highest amateur level in North America. If you are a high school player looking to transition to the college level, a college player wanting to enhance your game over the summer or a recent college grad wanting to keep your playing career going awhile longer, this is the place for you. There are more than 70 teams nationwide.

We had the opportunity to speak with Wendy Louque, the current Director of the KC Courage, the KC Courage Girls High School Soccer Alternative Team and Head Coach for the WPSL team.

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Playing in the WPSL

Playing in the WPSL

The WPSL provides a playing opportunity for elite woman soccer players to play, develop and promote Women's Soccer at the highest amateur level in North America. If you are a high school player looking to transition to the college level, a college player wanting to enhance your game over the summer or a recent college grad wanting to keep your playing career going awhile longer, this is the place for you. There are more than 70 teams nationwide.

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Soccer Social

Soccer Social

This week in Soccer Social was a busy one with MLS wrapping up its regular season and the USWNT continuing its victory tour. Also, with halloween just around the corner we got a sneak peek at what Alejandro Bedoya is wearing on the big night. Stuart Holden calls for the news team to assemble. The Red Bulls celebrated another Supporters Shield for the trophy cabinet. Abby Wambach made a big announcement after hanging with POTUS and much more...

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2015 Girl's High School All-American Game Roster

2015 Girl's High School All-American Game Roster

Forty of the nation’s elite girl’s high school soccer players from fall playing states will take part in the third Annual High School All-American Game on December 5, 2015 in Raleigh, NC. The players selected are seniors who have finished their high school careers and represent their high school teams during the fall season. These players have achieved many regional and national awards and will attend some of the top universities across the country.

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