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.


The Vision of a Champion Book

Legendary women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance and Huron River Press announce the fifth printing of his award-winning book, The Vision of a Champion-Advice and Inspiration from the World’s Most Successful Women’s Soccer Coach. The highly successful book, first published in 2000, is now available in paperback with a new cover and an addendum. The Vision of a Champion, which features a very personal forward by Mia Hamm, one of Dorrance’s many famous alumni as coach of the University of North Carolina (UNC), also includes first-person contributions by a dozen other notable players, many of whom have gone on to win Olympic and World Championship titles. It covers all aspects of the UNC program, and teaches readers how to be champions both on the field and off. The book has garnered literary honors, including being named a finalist for the 2000 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year in its category, one of the most prestigious awards in publishing. Soccer America magazine has called The Vision of a Champion “a real prize.” Author: Anson Dorrance is credited with having set the standard for the women’s game worldwide. He has led the University of North Carolina Tar Heels to 18 Championship titles during the 24-year history of collegiate women’s soccer. Under Dorrance, North Carolina has won more NCAA championships than any other Division 1 women’s program in any sport. He has been named National Coach of the Year for both men’s and women’s soccer. As the U.S. Women’s National Team coach from 1986 to 1994, he led the team to the gold medal in the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Championship in 1991 in China. That 1991 World Championship team, including Dorrance, was awarded the National Soccer Medal of Honor in August 2001, by The National Soccer Hall of Fame, only the third time in 20 years this honor has been presented. In 2004, he was included as one of ESPN’s Best Coaches of the past 25 years, joining a prestigious list of notables selected from all sports. Dorrance is also the author of the best-selling soccer book, Training Soccer Champions. Printed: 2002 Pages: 328
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