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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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 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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Mentally Prepare to Coach

Mentally Prepare to Coach

In this article coach Josh Brown points out a crucial differentiator when it comes to success and failure as a coach – being mentally prepared to deliver. If we demand it from players then we need to demand it from ourselves – we need to be as mentally robust as them.

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Develop and Demonstrate a Growth Mindset

Develop and Demonstrate a Growth Mindset

The varied tactical approach’s of the modern game demands players who are more flexible in their thinking and willing to embrace change. Today, top teams restructure their tactical approach many times during the course of a game and “intelligent” players who can identify challenges on the field and provide effective solutions will thrive. The modern player will literally be required to “think on their feet” and embrace and thrive during change.

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Emotional Intelligence: Applied Practice in Football – A Perspective for Football Coaches

Emotional Intelligence: Applied Practice in Football – A Perspective for Football Coaches

Positive mindset allows performance levels to increase because it facilitates direction and focus. The relationship between mental preparation and sport psychology therefore becomes important and there is evidence of its use in cricket, golf and tennis. It is therefore not surprising that football has also introduced sport science to their mapped programme of which sport psychology is an integral part. Given the contention that sport psychology plays an integral role within football it would be purposeful to argue of its merit for football coaches in performance settings. 

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The Presence of Body Language

The Presence of Body Language

I keep saying it and I keep stressing it. Keeping great body language throughout training and throughout a match is imperative. It’s a must. In this article former semi pro player and now coach John Kirby tells us a little about his background and his thoughts on the psychology of football…with an emphasis on that all important body language.

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Training Cognition in Soccer

Training Cognition in Soccer

If we want to meet our principle aim of developing the person then we must create sessions that allow the learner to explore and understand the process of learning. One way in which to do this is to use the ‘Cognitive Acceleration’ (CA) approach. This blog entry will try to offer a brief explanation of the approach and answer how it can be useful within our roles as coaches.

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Hope, Fear and Communication

Hope, Fear and Communication

In this short and excellent article, Coach Josh Brown provides us with an insightful account of the differences between hope and fear and the impact both these emotions can have on performance. He discusses how a crucial difference in communication can make all the difference as a coach.

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The Penalty Shot: Superstars Keep Missing!

The Penalty Shot: Superstars Keep Missing!

“It’s a Battle of the Mind”

“When you miss a chance in open play, people don’t remember. When you miss a chance on a penalty, people remember,” said Alan Shearer, all-time leading goal scorer for Newcastle United of the EPL. Decade’s later people will still talk about a missed penalty shot.

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Will Strikers have Meltdowns at the Upcoming Euro’s or Copa America like Jordan Spieth's at the Masters?

Will Strikers have Meltdowns at the Upcoming Euro’s or Copa America like Jordan Spieth's at the Masters?

This summer, at both the Euro 2016 and Copa America competitions, the usual favourites and home sides will be under extreme pressure to win. But the onus sometimes comes down to the strikers who have to put the ball in the net. Their successes or failures will probably decide who wins and who loses. A missed opportunity might cause elimination from the competition and a coach being fired. Who will miss that glorious opportunity to carry their team to the next round?

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