How To Remain Composed As a Goalkeeper Under Pressure #BITESIZE

EP 232 Episode Cover Andy Elleray

How To Remain Composed As a Goalkeeper Under Pressure #BITESIZE

Andy Elleray

Andy Elleray has worked within goalkeeping for over 15 years, being able to develop some of the brightest talents in the UK.

His career has seen him work for clubs such as Chelsea and Bristol Rovers, and within the female game for the English and Welsh Football Associations.

He is a best selling author and has published 10 books to date around goalkeeping, and more recently branching into children’s fiction.

What is the most mentally challenging position on the football or soccer pitch?  Many people would argue it’s the goalkeeper.  Common psychological challenges goalkeepers face include; coping with mistakes and bouncing back strongly, dealing with tough and physical opponents, playing the ball out from the back with their feet in uncomfortable situations, communicating effectively with team-mates, selection issues and dealing with time on the bench.

Today, Andy Elleray, an author and goalkeeping coach, who has worked for clubs such as Chelsea and Bristol Rovers tells me about mental toughness and how it applies to goalkeeping sharing some advice, I also provide a suggestion on how goalkeepers can help themselves remain calm and composed when faced with difficulties on the pitch.

 

Key Learnings

  • All goalkeepers make mistakes.
  • Being able to accepts making mistakes and move on is a skill that goalkeepers can develop.
  • Helping goalkeepers master the controllables is essential.
  • Trigger words or physical triggers (using sweat bands or super-hero bands) can help goalkeepers move on more quickly from mistakes.
  • Try the calm and composed face exercise to help you.

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Ep087: Carl Bell – From Professional Football and Goalkeeping to Physiotherapy

Ep093: Dan Abrahams – How to Overcome Mental Blocks in Football

Ep151: Compilation – Football Psychology: 50 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

Ep165: Andy Elleray – How To Master the Mental Challenges Goalkeeping Throws at You

Other Valuable Football or Soccer Resources 

Goalkeeping Psychology | Mental Skills for Goalkeepers 

Soccer Psychology | Mental Skills for Football

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Frequently Asked Questions about Football or Soccer Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions about Goalkeeping Psychology

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David Charlton

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

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    EP 218 Episode Cover Michael Caulfield

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    EP 188 Episode Cover Gary Curneen

    Soccer Psychology: Helping Soccer Coaches Reflect On Their Approach #BITESIZE Gary Curneen is currently the Assistant Coach at Racing Louisville FC.  He is also the founder of Modern Soccer Coach, the author of the Modern Soccer Coach book series and a podcast host.  His goal is to bring in-depth content to soccer and football coaches

    How To Deal With Other People In Professional Football #BITESIZE

    EP 173 Episode Cover Peter Ramage

    How To Deal With Other People In Professional Football #BITESIZE

    Peter Ramage Developing a Premier League Mindset
    Peter Ramage Demystifying Mental Toughness 3

    Peter Ramage is the Assistant Player Loans Manager for Premier League Club, Newcastle United.  He is a former footballer who began his career with Newcastle United before moving up to the first team where he played alongside, Alan Shearer, Craig Bellamy and Shay Given between 2004 and 2008.  He then moved to Queens Park Rangers ending a 12 year association with Newcastle United.  Peter also played for Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Barnsley Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League, Coventry City before ending his playing career in the USA with Phoenix Rising FC.  He also coached at Phoenix Rising FC and with the youngsters in Newcastle United’s Academy.

    A measure of Mental Toughness is interpersonal confidence, which reflects your ability to deal confidently with challenges from other people.  Those with good interpersonal confidence are likely to be better at dealing positively with these situations and with people, tending to be more assertive.  They are also more comfortable in social or team settings, especially when mistakes occur or as is often the case, especially in some sports, when criticism is dished out.

    Today’s short bite taken from episode 03 of Demystifying Mental Toughness, touches on this topic where current Assistant Player Loans Manager at Newcastle United Football Club, Peter Ramage tells me about some of the situations he came across as a professional footballer, he also shares with you some helpful advice from some of the lessons that he has learned in dealing with others in a football environment.  Enjoy tuning in!

    Key Learning Points:

    • Dealing with a lack of game time as a young footballer.
    • Coping with criticism from teammates, coaches and fans.
    • Dealing with being dropped and pushing yourself when you’re a squad player.
    • Ideas on how to approach your manager when you are seeking answers or looking to improve.
    • It is vitally important to be honest with yourself and take some time to reflect on your approach and mindset.

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    David Charlton

    Best Wishes 

    David Charlton

    Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

    Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

    T: +44 7734 697769

    E: [email protected]

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      How To Master the Mental Challenges Goalkeeping Throws at You

      EP 165 Episode Cover Andy Elleray

      How To Master the Mental Challenges Goalkeeping Throws at You

      Andy Elleray

      Andy Elleray has worked within goalkeeping for over 15 years, being able to develop some of the brightest talents in the UK.

      His career has seen him work for clubs such as Chelsea and Bristol Rovers, and within the female game for the English and Welsh Football Associations.

      He is a best selling author and has published 10 books to date around goalkeeping, and more recently branching into children’s fiction.

      Goalkeeping is arguably the most difficult and mentally challenging position on the football or soccer pitch.  Common psychological challenges goalkeepers face include; dealing with pressure due to being the last line of defence, coping with mistakes, managing emotions, maintaining focus on the pitch in matches and in training, as well as communicating effectively with team-mates.

      In today’s episode Andy Elleray, an author and goalkeeping coach, who has worked for clubs such as Chelsea and Bristol Rovers, and within the female game for the English and Welsh Football Associations joins me and shares some fantastic insights into the demands of goalkeeping as well as highlighting how to deal with the pressures better.

      Key Learnings

      • You will have difficult periods in your career as a goalkeeper.
      • Making mistakes as a goalkeeper is inevitable.
      • Goalkeeping coaching can test your communication skills, managing goalkeepers who are the preferred choice and those who are out of the team.
      • Helping goalkeepers manage the controllables is important.
      • Young goalkeeper’s brain is not fully developed therefore they can experience big emotions as a result of the challenges of the GK role, which they can struggle to deal with.
      • Trigger words or physical triggers (using sweat bands or super-hero bands) can help goalkeepers move on more quickly from mistakes.

      Connect with David Charlton

      Sign Up to The Mental Edge

      Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

      Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

      Connect with Any Elleray

      Website

      LinkedIn

      Twitter: @andyelleray / @lilys_goal 

      Relevant Podcast Episodes

      Ep08: Brendan Pearson – Academy Football, Professional Football, Injuries and Early Retirement

      Ep087: Carl Bell – From Professional Football and Goalkeeping to Physiotherapy

      Ep093: Dan Abrahams – How to Overcome Mental Blocks in Football

      Ep146: John Nassoori – What Is The Role Of A Sports Psychologist In Football?

      Ep151: Compilation – Football Psychology: 50 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

      Other Valuable Football or Soccer Resources 

      Goalkeeping Psychology | Mental Skills for Goalkeepers 

      Soccer Psychology | Mental Skills for Football

      Youth Sports Psychology | Mental Skills Training for Kids and Parents

      Frequently Asked Questions about Football or Soccer Psychology

      Frequently Asked Questions about Goalkeeping Psychology

      IF YOU ENJOYED TODAY'S SHOW PLEASE SHARE

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      Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

      David Charlton

      Best Wishes 

      David Charlton

      Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

      Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

      T: +44 7734 697769

      E: [email protected]

      Search Our Sports Psychology Website

      Popular Categories

      Join Our Online Community Now!

      Mental Edge Newsletter

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        How To Prevent Burnout In Elite Professional Football To Maximise Performance

        EP 159 Episode Cover Dr. Andrew Shafik

        How To Prevent Burnout In Elite Professional Football To Maximise Performance

        Dr Andrew Shafik is a doctor working in football as Lead Academy Doctor at Millwall FC and a doctor at Chelsea FC. 

        He was educated at the University of Aberdeen where he graduated with a Medical degree and Sport & Exercise Science degree.  Andrew also pursued further studies achieving a distinction in an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Leeds where he was awarded the Sport & Exercise Medicine prize for 2020/2021.  He also holds a Diploma in MSK Medicine and is a Member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

        Andrew has a special interest in football medicine and performance education with roles as Senior Editor and Podcast Lead at the FMPA and Assistant Secretary at the FA Medical Society.

        If you’ve got to the point where you’ve experienced physical, emotional and mental exhaustion you may have experienced burnout.  This can happen to people who are subjected to high levels of stress and pressure over a sustained period of time. In elite sport prolonged and intense involvement as an athlete, coach or support member can push you in this direction where your motivation and performance levels can naturally decline.  In addition, your psychological well-being and mental health can also be a cause for concern where you can lack enjoyment in what you do, become more irritable with others and have difficulty sleeping at night.

        In today’s episode Dr. Andrew Shafik, a club doctor at Millwall and Chelsea Football clubs goes on share some fascinating insights where we chat about what players, coaches and support staff, can go on to experience. We also share solutions to some of the challenges that people face.

        Key Learnings

        • Sports medicine side is connected with understanding injuries and illness.  As a doctor of performance medicine, Andrew seeks to work out how we can utilise our experiences of working within a multi-disciplinary team to maximise the performance and well-being of athletes, coaches or staff.
        • Sports psychologists can be very helpful in assisting medical staff to manage players to an optimal level during their rehabilitation and recovery.
        • Recent research tells us in the NHS, in healthcare settings, one in three practitioners at any one time often experience burnout due to the demands put on them.
        • Culture and the environment can play a huge part in burnout and the well-being of staff.
        • Your age, stage of career, gender, culture and relationships can impact your mental health.
        • Understanding your levels of mental toughness and other characteristics can be helpful from a self-awareness angle and ensure that you make smarter decisions.

        Connect with David Charlton

        Sign Up to The Mental Edge

        Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

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        Connect with Dr Andrew Shafik

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        Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

        David Charlton

        Best Wishes 

        David Charlton

        Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

        Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

        T: +44 7734 697769

        E: [email protected]