Taking The Underdog Team Seriously Playing a soccer team that has a worse win-loss record or is not as strong is just as challenging as playing a tough team. You may think that statement is ridiculous, "How can playing a team that is in last place be a threat?" It is that "looking past an opponent" mindset that often gets teams in trouble. Every soccer match is a competition and the opposing … [Read more...] about What Happens When Teams Underestimate Their Opponents?
Pregame Mental Preparation
Determining Your Pregame Level of Intensity Do you consider yourself a nervous athlete? Do you become anxious about being anxious and fall apart during games? Many athletes believe they need to be totally relaxed when competing. When a little bit of nerves strike during the pregame, some 'nervous' athletes freak out. For the nervous athletes, just sensing some degree of edginess can create … [Read more...] about Do You Have Pregame Jitters or Anxiety?
Using Pregame Mental Preparation to Prepare For Competition Many coaches think their team will perform well if they can get all athletes hyped up before competition. Thus coaches use pep talks, team cheers, and loud ‘pump up’ music as a means to get athletes psyched up for competition. Unfortunately, these ‘get psyched’ techniques do not work for every athlete. Every athlete is different … [Read more...] about How Alex Morgan Mentally Prepares For Games
The Mental Game of Soccer Some soccer players want the ball in their possession in the closing seconds of a game while other athletes pray they don't get the ball as time ticks down. Which athlete do you (or your athletes) fall into? Some athletes are overwhelmed by performance anxiety and have great difficulty closing out games and scoring the last goal... Your mind becomes cluttered with … [Read more...] about How Alex Morgan Scores Game-Winning Goal