Soccer Mindset Statement

Soccer Mindset Statement

What does an outstanding mindset look like? Feel like? I ask you for the look and feel of your mindset because you can literally see it…and you can literally feel it. You can see focus and you can see distraction. Here are examples of how players can develop their own personal mindset statement.

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Body Action Move – A Technique for Consistent Soccer

Body Action Move – A Technique for Consistent Soccer

The gap between best and worst performances can be lessened. It is possible for players to help themselves by immersing their mind and body in an active state that helps them deal with the ups and downs the game delivers. This idea is designed to help players compete with greater consistency – to rid themselves of the plague of inconsistency – the ultimate frustration for every coach at any level of the game.

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Tips for Your Young Athlete: How to Replace Nerves with Confidence

Tips for Your Young Athlete: How to Replace Nerves with Confidence

As an athlete, no matter what age or level of intensity, we deal with nerves, anxiety and pressure when it comes to the big game. Believe it or not, feeling nervous before a big game is normal! We put so much hard work and dedication into our sports, all we want is for the hard work to pay off on game day. It wasn’t until I followed these three tips that I turned nerves and anxiety into confidence when it mattered most

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The Problem with the Passionate Soccer Player

The Problem with the Passionate Soccer Player

Passion in soccer certainly is alluring. More sprints, working harder than everyone else on the pitch, challenging with power and aggression…these are the kind of behaviours that align themselves with the notion of passion. And they’re certainly behaviours that many ‘winners’ exhibit I can’t deny that. But performance in soccer never has been and never will be just about demonstrating high levels of passion.

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Intentional Training Model

Intentional Training Model

Things have to change. Too many soccer players train passively. They let their coaches take charge of their development. They think just because they’ve turned up they’re going to get better. Nothing could be further from the truth. To improve in soccer you have to practice on purpose. You have to train with intention.

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Performance Improvement Tip: Reduce Your Stress

Performance Improvement Tip: Reduce Your Stress

Stress can also be placed upon young players by coaches, parents and even themselves in order to achieve outcome goals such as results. This can negatively impact any performance improvements gained through training, increase the risk of injury and even lead to serious health issues.It is very important that young players are able to identify stress symptoms early and be able to use techniques to help them better manage and reduce their levels of stress.

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Building Goalkeeper Confidence

Building Goalkeeper Confidence

In this article, coach Colin Smith introduces us to his thoughts on confidence building for goalkeepers (and players in general) and the challenges parents deliver on a daily basis. Whether you’re a professional goalkeeper or an Under 7 in a mini soccer match the pressure and expectation to make the right decision at the right time is the same.

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Put Winning in Perspective

Put Winning in Perspective

Winning is part and parcel of playing football – it’s there, it exists and no-one can deny that. But it must also be put in perspective, particularly when striving to help young players improve. In this article Josh Brown talks to us about the epiphany he’s had within his relationship with winning.

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Soccer – A Thinking Game

Soccer – A Thinking Game

There rarely seems to be a happy medium. Soccer players over-think. Soccer players under-think. When they do think, they can tend to think about the wrong things. Yet thinking is a skill that’s important. It determines how you feel – and how you feel influences how you perform. Of course what different players think and how different players think varies, but the common denominator seems to be thinking…every single time!

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The Children of Today

The Children of Today

When young players come into the Academy system it is naive to think that you can engage these players in the same way you did with the cohort from the previous year. The world is evolving so quickly even children within the same generation are showing differences in the way they perceive life and their surroundings. If we are really going to continue developing young players it is the Club's and Coaches that need to change, not the players. With that in mind I'm not taking about discipline or culture as these are fundamental within any industry but the way in which you instil these in your players will need to change. 

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The Secret To Dealing With Soccer Emotions…Quickly!

The Secret To Dealing With Soccer Emotions…Quickly!

Negative emotions – anxiety, frustration, anger, despondency – must be dealt with, and they must be dealt with quickly. So how does a soccer player do that? How does a soccer player snap out of an emotional funk that is damaging his or her game, with speed? How does a footballer improve her ability to manage her soccer psychology?

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Cognitive Acceleration in Practice

Cognitive Acceleration in Practice

In this article on ‘Cognitive Acceleration’ theory, FA Skills Coach Dom Edwards attempts to explain a session he delivered with an explanation of why he used the techniques while striving to relate them to CA theory. He used the technique to develop the understanding the children have around attacking play in football. The process described here encouraged players to use abstract thinking through the problems set and challenges given.

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