Soccer Psychology

The psychological aspects of the game are now deemed as a key element in determining successful outcomes. With teams employing similar tactics and training regimes, players fitter than ever and leading healthy lifestyles, the psychological aspects, including mental toughness, creating performance environments and resolving conflicts, could be the difference between winning and losing.

American sports have long used psychologists to help in this area, and the UK are now exploring their use more and more.

Help up your mental game with some of Forsport’s football specific pyshcology texts.


Focused for Soccer – Bill Beswick

Step onto the pitch focused, confident, and positive. Walk off a winner. In the first edition of Focused for Soccer, internationally renowned coach Bill Beswick uncovered the power of sport psychology for soccer players and coaches worldwide. Now completely revised and updated, this new edition cements its status as the essential guide for mastering soccer’s mental game. Focused for Soccer emphasizes playing first with the head, then with the heart, developing decision-making skills, and keeping emotional responses in check. The practical tips, examples from top Premier League teams, and step-by-step techniques will help sharpen your skills and unleash your potential. All aspects of the mental game are covered—from concentration and visualization techniques to building mental toughness and team cohesion. Featuring the latest coaching strategies for male and female players, match preparation, and communication, Focused for Soccer is your complete guide to a winning attitude and soccer success. Chapter 1. The Power of Attitude: Developing a Winning Mind-Set Chapter 2. Player Attitude: Assessment and Profiling Chapter 3. Confidence: Building Self Belief in Players and Teams Chapter 4. Self-Control: Discipline of Thought and Emotion Chapter 5. Concentration: Direction and Intensity of Attention Chapter 6. Visualization: Picturing Success Chapter 7. Mental Toughness: Disciplined Thinking, Disciplined Action Chapter 8. Competitiveness: Becoming a Match-Day Warrior Chapter 9. Communication: Sharing Information Effectively Chapter 10. Role Definition: Team Tasks and Responsibilities Chapter 11. Cohesion: Building a a Coordinated Team Chapter 12. Coaching: Creating the Future
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