Slow The Game Down: Winning the Mental Game of Soccer

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Slow The Game Down- Winning the Mental Game Of Soccer

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Coaching The Mental Game

Given the fast-paced nature of soccer, as well as the physical demands and emotional intensity of the game, it is very easy for players to become mentally distracted and speed the game up in their minds. When this happens, these players will be more anxious, are not paying attention to what is happening in the moment, and often make bad decisions. As a coach, it is important for you to teach your players how to mentally slow the game down so that they can play with greater concentration and composure.

There are seven key steps that a soccer player can take to slow things down and think more clearly in order to make good decisions on the field:

1. Play in the present moment

2. Focus on what you control

3. Concentrate on what you want to do

4. Tune out the distractions around you

5. Take a deep breath

6. Let go of the last mistake

7. Avoid the mental landmines of complaining or blaming yourself or others


Article By:

Anthony Lanzillo