Playing in a new position can hurt. And whilst I can’t sprinkle magic dust on a player and make everything alright and ok straight away, there are some mental techniques that can help.Read More
My advice to every soccer player, coach and parent – put mindset and mental skills on a pedestal. Make them just as important as developing the physical and technical sides of the game. There is always an opportunity in every training session and every match to improve your self-talk, body language, focus, confidence and emotional control.Read More
As a soccer player patience is more important than you might think. Not only does patience help you manage any unwanted emotions you might experience on the pitch, it also helps you stay focused as you compete.How? Let me explain…Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
What is the most underrated of coaching skills? I’m sure opinions vary, but to my mind the ability to listen is the least trained ability that coaches possess. It’s taken for granted, rarely taken seriously enough, and often overlooked on sports coaching courses. But it’s important. Here’s why…as well as a few ideas to help you become a outstanding listener on the sports field.
For many years the art of coaching was viewed with simplicity – it was to know and to speak. It was to learn all you could about a given area in sport and then to disseminate this information to the individual or the group.