Sport Psychology & Mental Skills Training:

The use of psychology in soccer

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What type of technical, physical coach or performance development staff member are you? Where do you need to improve? How do you improve?  What are your mental strengths as a soccer coach, performance staff member, practitioner? What do you do to assist & support your players or athletes from a psychological or mental skills approach?

  • Do you understand the most untapped area of psychological behaviour that can be the difference between winning and losing or maximising performance!
  • What are the top 3 tips for developing confidence in soccer?

England National Team goalkeeper Jordan Pickford spoke about the role of the England team’s performance psychologist & the key role he has been playing as the squad prepare for the Euro 2020 fixtures.

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The players & coaches within the England National team have both described recently the key support staff assisting the success before & during the tournament.  

The England goalkeeper said, “It was a massive win and a massive moment for me in my career to be beating Germany at home….It was a great day and great experience, but we have the best staff in the country, the best sports scientists, nutritionists, analysts and psychologists.”

Do you have the ability to let go of mistakes, poor decisions as a coach or individual in a sporting environment? Can you maintain confidence in the face of adversity, how do you coach, reflect & progress as an individual? Do you get the best out of your group & motivate them in the right way?



  • Mental skills training is the process involving methods & techniques to improve performance
  • Techniques involve such things like:
    • Developing self-confidence & creating a positive mind-set through goal setting, positive self-talk, visualization, imagery & self-efficacy
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Our ISSPF Foundation Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills Training is the perfect online sport psychology course to not only learn from world leaders in the area, understand the development & application within team sports, but also to be able to enhance your role & guidance as a coach, practitioner, performance or medical staff member.  

All of these questions, skills & components are needed to be able to compete & progress to the next level irrespective of the job or role you perform!

The fact elite players are not only describing the importance of ‘sport science’ support staff within the International team set up at major tournaments, but really utilising them shows the need for the continued education in this area to promote development in football or soccer science.

The demand for sport psychologists & mental skills training specialists with a focus on football science is growing year upon year. Thousands of students are leaving university with a sport science degree, however many of them asking the key question – What now? How do I get a job in football? What’s the next step? Which area of sport science do I want to specialise in?

The bespoke courses developed by ISSPF Faculty members are a way of further exposing sport science students, individuals working within the game & other football science enthusiasts with a thirst to develop further in this area.

The link below will take you to the hugely popular & expertly designed ISSPF endorsed, & accredited Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills Training online sport psychology course, where you will be exposed to football science research and practical examples used within varying levels of team sports. 

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    Why is this course important?

    • Understanding the key components of what drives coaches, players, & athletes to succeed is of paramount importance
    • Developing strategies in order to prepare individuals for both training & competitive games from a psychological perspective is of great benefit to coaches & practitioners
    • Coaches & performance practitioners can make huge advances in this under-applied area of coaching & sport science
    • This course is developed specifically to enhance the coaching & performance process
    • All practitioners & coaches can only benefit themselves & their players even further by having a more in-depth knowledge of applied psychology & mental skills training development
    • May help us to maximise our decision making through a better understanding & appreciation of psychological & mental skill principles


    Who is this course for?

    • Individuals tasked with the responsibility for the training & coaching aspects of both individual athletes or team sports
    • Individuals with an interest in developing their knowledge in the preparation, training & development of individual athletes or team sports
    • Sport psychologists keen to understand more about soccer science & football training


    Outline of the Foundational Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills course:

    Module 1: An introduction to sport psychology & its role within soccer: Increasing awareness
    Lecturer: Dr. Alonya Grushko (Russia) Dynamo Moscow

    Module 2: Energy management in the game
    Lecturer: Ricardo Pires (SL Benfica)

    Module 3: Improving focus, attention & concentration in a soccer environment
    Lecturer: Omer Ates (Besiktas)

    Module 4: Motivating the Individual
    Lecturer: Sarah Murray (Brighton)

    Module 5: Team cohesion & key lines of communication within soccer
    Lecturer: Ricardo Pires (SL Benfica)

    Module 6: Developing self-confidence
    Lecturer: Dr. Sion Rowlands (Leicester City FC)

    Module 7: Imagery as a mental skills intervention
    Lecturer: Omer Ates (Besiktas)

    Module 8: Coach & Player Self-Reflection
    Lecturer: Thomas Pratl (Austria)

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    ·         How can I improve myself mentally in soccer?

    ·         How do you get a good mentality in soccer?

    ·         How much of soccer is mental or psychological?

    ·         How do you stay calm/relaxed during a soccer game?

    ·         What does psychological mean in soccer?

    ·         What are the top 3 tips for developing confidence in soccer?

    ·         How can I improve my concentration in soccer?

    ·         What percentage of soccer is mental?

    ·         What does a sport psychologist do?

    ·         Sport psychology qualifications?

    ·         Psychology in soccer?

    ·         Football psychology


    All these frequently asked questions will be answered & further information provided within our ISSPF online sport psychology courses – we look forward to seeing you there!

    • Online sport psychology course
    • Online football psychology