Making The Most Of Mindfulness To Improve Your Game

Making The Most Of Mindfulness To Improve Your Game

Recent studies show that mindfulness can help quicken recovery from injury, thanks to its ability to change one’s perception about pain and attitude about how to respond to it. In addition, mindfulness is fast emerging as a popular tool amongst soccer players for helping to establish the right mindset, day in, day out, and to improve their game in the process.

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The Skills Young Soccer Players REALLY Need

The Skills Young Soccer Players REALLY Need

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.

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The Powerful Mental Techniques Ronaldo Uses

The Powerful Mental Techniques Ronaldo Uses

So where was Ronaldo when those Juventus players crowded the referee in protest at the last gasp penalty decision? Where was Ronaldo when some of the Juventus players tried to damage the penalty spot…the spot that was about to influence the destiny of every player on that pitch? Let me tell you where he was…

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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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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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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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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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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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