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Soccer Tough: Simple Football Psychology Techniques to Improve Your Game [Paperback]

Dan Abrahams
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1 Aug 2012

"Take a minute to slip into the mind of one of the world's greatest soccer players and imagine a stadium around you. Picture a performance under the lights and mentally play the perfect game."

Technique, speed and tactical execution are crucial components of winning soccer, but it is mental toughness that marks out the very best players - the ability to play when pressure is highest, the opposition is strongest, and fear is greatest. Top players and coaches understand the importance of sport psychology in soccer but how do you actually train your mind to become the best player you can be?

Soccer Tough demystifies this crucial side of the game and offers practical techniques that will enable soccer players of all abilities to actively develop focus, energy, and confidence. Soccer Tough will help banish the fear, mistakes, and mental limits that holds players back. Soccer psychology consultant Dan Abrahams shares the powerful techniques that have helped him develop reserve team players to become international players, and guided youth team players from slumps to first team contracts.

Covering the mental triumphs of some of the world's leading players - Soccer Tough will help you become the best player you can be. Soccer Tough is for amateur and professional players of all levels, as well as coaches. This book explores how the best soccer players in the world think and gives the reader step-by-step ways to do the same.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Bennion Kearny (1 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957051190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957051195
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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As a semi-pro footballer I've heard a few sport psychologists speak at the clubs I've played at over the years. They never really convinced me of the importance of sport psychology in football but this book has. Someone recommended this book to me and I'm so pleased I bought it. My confidence tends to go up and down throughout the season and I have always just thought that's just the way I am. But the chapters on self belief and confidence have shown me that I can do simple mental exercises to take control of my confidence

There is so much material here to use. I was fascinated by the idea of 'The script' and have started to use in both training and matches. It's really tightened up my focus and given me a way to deal with my distractions.And the chapter emotional management is something I'm going to be showing a lot of my team mates.

I heard Dan Abrahams on the radio last night which really drove me to write this review. This is a great book for footballers of all levels so simple and so interesting to read I wish I'd had it ten years ago Can't recommend enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great read and superb tool to add that edge to a player's mental part of the game .. An easy read with easy to remember statements and suggestions .. I'm not a footballer but it's tips give you a very positive outlook .. I recommend the book to players and I will be sending my players messages that I've picked up from it to give them a little boost .. it will also make me sound like I know what I'm talking about too!!

Very clever writing .. keeps it snappy and real .. not a cheesy self help book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read 9 Jan 2013
By Em
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I dont usually write reviews but after getting my book today in the post i felt i had to. Im 17 and not a vivid reader never have been and wasn't sure if i would be interested in reading this either! But after all the great reviews and much of a fan i am of Dan's there was only one option. It is a fantastic book, easy to follow and understand, after getting it today ive read it for 4hours straight and felt ive learnt so much about ways i can improve my game and use it in a real life situation. If anyone is not sure about getting this book, get it you won't regret it.
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I first came across Dan's work during a conversation with the @coachingfamily on Twitter surrounding issues with player's confidence and how we as coaches could try to help rebuild it. Dan's website was suggested as the first port of call and after downloading his free psychology book I was immediately impressed by Dan's approach and his use of visualisation techniques and keywords to create a players "soccer image". This was in the main due to the way that Dan presents the techniques in a simple straight forward way that players can relate to. I'm pleased to say that his new book Soccer Tough continues in the same vein.

The book itself is set out logically and mirrors the format of a football match. The first half concentrates on creating your soccer image or mindset and how this translates into your self belief based around 3 principles of memory, imagination and perception.

There's a half time break which; in keeping with how half time talks should be, is a brief summary of what's been covered in the first half and a look forward to what the second will bring. The second half further explores ways to build confidence and focus; it talks about training effectively and looks to further enhance a player's mindset. Of particular note is the concept of building a player's Match script based around a focus philosophy of:

"The me, the now, the script"

It's really fascinating and more importantly thought provoking stuff!

The mini case studies presented on professionals Dan has worked with alongside the examples set by famous figures from within the game give players real life examples to relate to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for players/coaches at all ages! 27 Sep 2012
Wow, what a good read! This book is a wonderful guide for the soccer mindset, and how to gain and sustain a competitive edge from the "mental side" of the game. I found the book to be incredibly well structured and to provide easy to remember frameworks for the various components of the competitive mindset. By breaking it into elements of memory, imagination and perception, the author provides an excellent framework for the kinds of exercises and activities that can influence a player's mind. The simple ideas laid out in the book, seem as though they should be almost obvious, but strikingly are not upon reflection. They are often taken for granted elements of competitive athletes and too often completely ignored in their training. The way theses various dimensions are combined and sequenced is where the book's power lies. The stepwise approach to player growth and layering of insights highlight the immense value of a little investment in training the mind as well as the body of the competitive athlete.

I bought this book wanting to help a youth soccer team I coach that is having difficulties translating gains made and skills acquired in practice to match day. There is a fantastic analogy in the book about crossing a long and wide enough to easily walk across plank on the ground, and then raising it high in the air that beautifully highlights the difference between the same tasks when the stakes or perception of the task have been changed. I thought it explained so well how players can train like lions and become tentative as lambs in the pressure of competitive play. The approach set out in the text to help players become more distinguishing of those factors that they can control and those that they can't as a way to breakthrough and overcome such challenges was enlightening.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional read
This book maintained my interest throughout in both the way it was written and through the use of examples of real football players such as carlton cole. Read more
Published 8 days ago by mrs s goldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight forward, helpful, insight
It's a simple read. However it doesn't make it simplistic. One of sports key aspect, is always keeping it simple.
Published 11 days ago by Frederico Pereira Henriques Morais
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
It was an absolute pleasure to read Soccer Tough - Dan's insight opens doors to new schools of thought which are essential to helping a player reach his full potential in the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Coach/Scout/Football Agent
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Introduction to Psychology
For me soccer tough is a fantastic introduction to psychology. It's an easy read for both academics and non academics which offers a variety of simple psychology techniques... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Scott Hastings
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
This book is a must read, I couldn't put it down, if your a footballer in need of some help this book is for you.
Published 1 month ago by Marc
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
As a player and coach we generally focus upon tactical, technical, physical aspects of the game, the mental side of the game I personally never really given much thought too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard Cashman
This is an excellent book for both coach and player. The immportance of psychology in sport is now widely acceptaed as being a factor for success. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PATJAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Soccer Tough is a brilliant insight into the mental operations of football. I didn't think it was possible for someone to alter my mindset when it came to football, especially... Read more
Published 3 months ago by TomC93
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
This is a must read for anyone wanting to improve their performance on the football pitch. Brilliantly written, easy to relate to and understand and teaches really simple and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for players of any level or age
The book really helped my 11 year old son understand the thought processes behind his feelings and how to manage them. I would recommend the book for anyone involved in football.
Published 5 months ago by STEVEN GOODACRE
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