The benefits of sports psychology have been well known to many professional athletes and teams, and that trend continues in soccer- especially with teams in Europe where many would say the fans could also benefit from some psychological guidance.
Sports psychology has grown into a major niche industry, and it’s no longer limited to professional or semi-pro clubs. Just as practice, practice, practice leads to plays becoming second nature, so does the practice of psychological exercises in helping to improve a players performance.
Some of the common suggestions provided by all sports psychologists focus on how to improve your play, and how not to let a poor play impact your game. Being able to refocus after a missed shot, a poor pass is critical to improving a players overall performance. and when it comes to improving your game, limiting your focus to 3 controllable skills is important in terms of achieving results – identify your intent, and focus your energies.
With Oakland soccer season on the horizon, we’ve collected some videos, news articles, and documentation on how soccer players and coaches can use psychological training to help players on and off the field.
How to improve your soccer performance | 3-step guide | Sports psychology.
Improve your game | 5 tips to train the brain – Football Psychology with Dan Abrahams