Soccer Psychology: Helping Soccer Coaches Reflect On Their Approach #BITESIZE

Soccer Psychology: Helping Soccer Coaches Reflect On Their Approach #BITESIZE

Gary Curneen

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 on topics that really matter in the beautiful game and elite-level sport. 

In today’s bite sized episode, I was joined by the author of the Modern Soccer coach series Gary Curneen, where he opened up on an expensive mistake he made on his coaching journey.  He also talks a lot about humility and the importance of integrating the psychological side of the game better.  This episode is for coaches, especially those who are confident in their ability as you’ll note when I share my thoughts at the end and ask you to reflect on your approach.

Key Learning Points:

  • At present for soccer or football coaches there’s more pressure, many distractions and a lot of information to decipher through.
  • The psychological and emotional elements to football can be overlooked however are vital components and crossover to technical, tactical, physical and lifestyle.
  • Showing humility as a coach is a skill that everyone can benefit from.
  • Appreciating that individual players preferences and personal situations can influence their numbers and therefore their mindset moving forwards.

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Relevant Soccer Related Podcast Episodes

Ep064: Edu Rubio – How to Support Young Footballers

Ep096: Gary Curneen – Developing Mentally Strong Footballers

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 Soccer or Football 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

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.  

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