Focused for Soccer - 2nd Edition
Step onto the pitch focused, confident, and positive. Walk off a winner.
In the first edition of Focused for Soccer, internationally renowned coach Bill Beswick uncovered the power of sport psychology for soccer players and coaches worldwide. Now completely revised and updated, this new edition cements its status as the essential guide for mastering soccer’s mental game.
Focused for Socceremphasizes playing first with the head, then with the heart, developing decision-making skills, and keeping emotional responses in check. The practical tips, examples from top Premier League teams, and step-by-step techniques will help sharpen your skills and unleash your potential.
All aspects of the mental game are covered—from concentration and visualization techniques to building mental toughness and team cohesion. Featuring the latest coaching strategies for male and female players, match preparation, and communication, Focused for Soccer is your complete guide to a winning attitude and soccer success.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Power of Attitude: Developing a Winning Mind-Set
Chapter 2. Player Attitude: Assessment and Profiling
Chapter 3. Confidence: Building Self Belief in Players and Teams
Chapter 4. Self-Control: Discipline of Thought and Emotion
Chapter 5. Concentration: Direction and Intensity of Attention
Chapter 6. Visualization: Picturing Success
Chapter 7. Mental Toughness: Disciplined Thinking, Disciplined Action
Chapter 8. Competitiveness: Becoming a Match-Day Warrior
Chapter 9. Communication: Sharing Information Effectively
Chapter 10. Role Definition: Team Tasks and Responsibilities Chapter 11. Cohesion: Building a a Coordinated Team
Chapter 12. Coaching: Creating the Future
"As an organization dedicated to education and coaching development, we highly recommend Focused for Soccer.”
Jeff Tipping -- Director of Education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, www.nscaa.com
“I have always been interested in the mental side of the game, and Focused for Soccer was the first book that helped me understand the power of attitude and how to get the best out of myself.”
Jamie Carragher -- Defender, Premier League, Liverpool, FC
“Focused for Soccer is the most interesting book on soccer that I have read. The discussion of the modern coach alone makes this book compulsory reading for anyone wishing to belong to that category.”
Roy Hodgson -- Manager, Fulham FC, Premier League
ExcerptsBuilding relationships is important in coaching
Coaches need to reinforce a winning attitude
Understanding the complete player