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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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

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

Youth Sports Psychology | Mental Skills Training for Kids and Parents

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.  

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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]

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      Football Psychology: 50 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

      Football Psychology 50 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

      Football Psychology: 50 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance Welcome to episode #151 of Demystifying Mental Toughness.  This is part two of four specially created episodes to celebrate reaching 150 episodes!   This time the episode is created with soccer and football fanatics in mind where the great guests that have been interviewed on the show to date,

      How Can I Help My Children Who Suffer With Nerves Before They Compete?

      EP 145 Episode Cover David Charlton

      How Can I Help My Children Who Suffer With Nerves Before They Compete?

      By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

      • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
      • Maintain positive mental health
      • Compete with confidence more often
      • Manage your emotions better
      • Improve your commitments levels

      David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

      He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors. In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations. 

      In this short solo episode, I answer a question posed by a parent.  “How can I help my son, a goalkeeper who gets very grumpy and nervous the evening before a match?”  Many children across a range of sports face this challenge, often talking themselves into performing poorly before they go out to play a match or compete.  They let nervousness win.  Today’s episode is set up to help parents where I share some ideas on how you could adapt your approach so that you help your children. 

      Key Learning

      • Consider if you are providing emotional support or if you are drawn into problem solving?
      • Offer your children some space.
      • Help your children to find ways to switch off from their sport.
      • Be careful not to over-coach your children.
      • Consider if practice the day or evening before is fun and relaxing or actually fuelling anxiety and perfectionism.

      Connect with David Charlton

      Sign Up to Conversations with Kids

      Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

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      Relevant Podcast Episodes

      Ep008: Brendan Pearson – Academy Football, Professional Football, Injuries and Early Retirement

      Ep074: David Charlton – How Can I Make My Child Feel Confident?

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

      Ep112: David Charlon – How to Deal with Physical Insecurities as a Young Athlete

      Ep122: Prof Camilla Knight – Helping Your Children Get The Most From Their Sporting Experiences

      Other Relevant Blogs and Resources

      Blog: Pre Match Tips for Parents

      Blog: 5 Reasons Why Being Released from a Football Academy is Difficult

      Blog: How To Overcome Self-Doubt When You’re A Goalkeeper

      Blog: Goalkeepers – Does your warm up have to be perfect for you to feel confident

      Blog: Do You Focus Too Much on the Opposition as a Goalkeeper

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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]

      Search Our Sports Psychology Website

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        Steve Beharall’s Journey from Football Coach to CEO

        EP 139 Episode Cover Steve Beharall

        Steve Beharall’s Journey from Football Coach to CEO

        Steve Beharall

        Steve Beharall is the Head of Newcastle United Foundation who are the charity of Newcastle United.  

         Steve has the responsibility for leading the Foundations Senior Management Team with accountability for strategy, business planning, leadership, management, governance, finance and risk.

        Since 2016 Steve has played a strategic role in significantly growing the Foundations income by developing innovative programmes and helping grow services to generate fees, sales and grants.

        Newcastle United Foundation employ over 200 staff and have been recognised nationally at the 2021 Football Business Awards as one of the best community organisation in the Premier League and was also awarded the North East Charity of the year In October 2021 and then in December was again recognised with the International Sports Award for Professional Clubs (Community).

        In March 2022 the Foundation opened NUCASTLE a world class, £8.5m purpose built capital development in Newcastle City centre to further expand the work of the Foundation and in July 2022 NUCASTLE was recognised at the Construction News Awards as best national project (under £20m)

        In episode 139 of Demystifying Mental Toughness I had the pleasure of speaking to the head of The Newcastle United Foundation, Steve Beharall.  Steve shared his inspiring journey from being a part time football coach to where he is today.  Lessons that he has learned, challenges he’s overcome as well as insights into initiatives that the foundation are involved in and what the future holds.  Steve also passes on some advice to the future generation of coaches on opportunities for them.

        Key Learning Points:

        • Whilst as an academy coach at Newcastle United, I realised that all I wanted was to help kids with football.
        • When I decided to take a different direction in the Newcastle United Foundation I spent the first three years of my time here working closely with my predecessor learning valuable lessons.  
        • Since I started we’ve gone from 65 to 240 full time staff and 60 sessional staff. 
        • In 2022, we’ve grown the turnover from £3 million to £6 million and expanded on programs, by 80% in the last three years.
        • Newcastle United Foundation Case Studies
        • NUcastle is an important part of the community and service sector across the North East of England.
        • Whether you’re a coach or a leader, relationships have to built on trust, respect and honesty.
        • It’s important to be mindful of your mental health.

        Connect with Steve Beharall

        The Newcastle United Foundation Website

        LinkedIn

        Connect with David Charlton

        Sign Up to Conversations with Kids

        Download THE FOCUSED ATHLETE CHECKLIST

        Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

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        To Listen to Relevant Podcast Episodes

        Ep027: Natalie Henderson – How to Develop Mental Toughness with Young Footballers 

        Ep064: Edu Rubio – How to Support Young Footballers 

        Ep 084: Dr Jim Afremow and Phil White – Mental Toughness and The Leaders Mind 

        Ep092: Dr James Hegarty – ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness

        Ep111: Michael Caulfield – How to be an Effective Sports Psychologist in Elite Professional Football 

        Other Helpful Resources

        Psychology in Football or Soccer Library

        Blog: How Mentally Healthy is Your Clubs Sporting Environment

        Blog: Does Your Warm Up Influence How You Perform?

        Blog: 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

        Blog: 3 Tips to Deal with Bullying in Sport

        Vlog: How Mental Toughness Helps us Understand Psychological Safety with Doug Strycharczyk 

        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

        Are you an athlete, coach or parent that would like to learn how to create sustainable high performance? Receive our free regular newsletter, where we share proven mental toughness and high performance tips and strategies. If you want some support and motivation straight to your inbox, then sign up below.

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