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Mental Toughness In Soccer

The mental toughness in playing the game of soccer is extremely important. It can determine how successful you are in any giving game. It can determined if you have a mediocre season or a successful one.

Having the technical, tactical and physical skills to play soccer is very important. But just as important is your mental toughness. Two aspect that make up mental toughness in soccer consist of your focus and your confidence.

Mental Focus

If you lack mental focus in any part of your game, you will quickly find yourself at a disadvantage on the field.

To stay mentally focus you need to stay engage in all aspect of the game.

First, you must remove any thoughts from your mind that does not pertain to your upcoming game. Give your mind over to the game and all aspect of it. If you go into a game thinking about the new video game that you just got or the launch of the new Apple Iphone that you are dying to get, you are not focusing on the game and in doing so, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage heading into the game.

Second, pay attention to the instructions from the coach(s) and listen to the advice from your teammates. If you are not focusing on what they are saying you can easily miss vital information that is paramount to your success and the success of your team.

Third, block out the fans. The fans will be negative at time towards you and your team. You should not tune them out or you will be more concerned about what the fans are saying than focus on your execution plays in the game.

Confidence

The best way to develop your mental focus is to work on your mental confidence. It is one of the biggest factors in playing soccer. If you are not confidence in your our personal game, you will not have the mental focus to execute what you have learned during your practice sessions.

A great way to build mental confidence is through visualization. Start to think about some of the good things that you have accomplished in some of your other games. Play them over in you mind as if they are happening now.

Also, imagine yourself playing in your upcoming game. See yourself playing well, making spectacular key significant plays. See yourself making plays such as a great pass and making quick decision that helps your team win.

In addition, you should work on challenging your anxiety by turning it into your excitement of the game.

Your mind is the most powerful asset when playing soccer. Staying focus and have confidence in yourself will help you to develop your mental toughness in soccer.


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