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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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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How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

Plenty of teams start the season struggling and end the season the same way, perhaps never winning a game or even getting close. This can wear on coaches. Such struggles might drive otherwise strong coaches from volunteering again, possibly depriving the kids of a dedicated role model who is focused on their development in the sport. One bad year shouldn’t be a reason to quit. Here are some ways a youth coach can move beyond a negative season:

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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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The Benefits of Music with Soccer Practices

The Benefits of Music with Soccer Practices

One tactic that a soccer coach can employ to enhance participation in and benefits from pre-practice drills and workouts is the use of music in the process. There are a number of ways in which music incorporated into pre-practice player routines are beneficial. Indeed, more often than not, the full spectrum of benefits delineated in this article are realized when a coach incorporates music into drills and workouts prior to a soccer team hitting the field.

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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 Importance of Self–Motivation in Becoming a Top Player

The Importance of Self–Motivation in Becoming a Top Player

A recent interview with Arsène Wenger, manager of the topflight English club Arsenal, outlined the importance of young players learning to be “consistently motivated” in order to play at the highest levels of the game.

In his typically thoughtful style, Wenger defined a motivated person as “someone who has the capacity to recruit the resources to complete a goal.” He then gave an example of how he got lost jogging in Japan. He explained how he was motivated to come back to the hotel but could not find his way back. He could have hailed a taxi but as a sportsman he was determined to find a solution himself and find his own way back. In summary, Wenger believes that when you look at people who are successful they are the ones who are consistently motivated and always willing to made sacrifices to achieve their goals.

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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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Changing Your Culture in 2017

Changing Your Culture in 2017

How do you take you take a losing program and turn it around into a positive one. Not just results wise but across the whole program. If its been a traditional losing program then major surgery is required starting with new management and a fresh approach. The past is the past but retain any positive vestiges from that experience. New energy needs to be created to spark life into a struggling body. You might try these immediate steps!

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9 TED Talks Soccer Coaches Should Watch

9 TED Talks Soccer Coaches Should Watch

These 9 TED talks cover leadership, motivation, inspiring action, developing leaders, the power of belief and more. Each speaker’s message is under 18 minutes in length and contains innovative ideas that can be applied to your coaching. Hopefully at least one of these gets you thinking about your ability to motivate and impact not only your team's performance but also your players' lives. 

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