Sports psychology, exploring the effects of psychological interventions on important performance-related outcomes, has become ever more popular and prevalent within elite level soccer clubs in the past decade as teams look to gain psychological as well as physiological advantages over their competitors.

The Psychology of Soccer seeks to present the detailed understanding of the theories underpinning the psychological issues relating to soccer, along with practical insights into effective psychological interventions and strategies

This book uses contemporary theory and research to elucidate key concepts and applied interventions. It includes world-leading expert commentaries of contemporary theoretical and applied approaches in understanding critical issues in soccer, and provides practical implications and insights into working effectively in soccer-related contexts.

The Psychology of Soccer is an evidence-based resource to guide research and facilitate practice and will be a vital resource for researchers, practitioners, and coaches within the area of sport psychology and related disciplines.

part I|87 pages

Working With Individuals and Teams

chapter 1|16 pages

The Transition from Elite Youth to Elite Adult Professional Soccer

A Summary of Current Literature and Practical Applications

chapter 3|15 pages

The Psychology of Penalty Kicks

The Influence of Emotions on Penalty Taker and Goalkeeper Performance

part II|63 pages

Working Through Others

chapter 7|14 pages

Developing Psychological Skills

Emphasising Life Skills for Positive Youth Development

chapter 8|16 pages

Identifying and Delivering a Team-Based Intervention in Elite Youth Soccer

Using Personal-Disclosure Mutual-Sharing to Enhance Team Identification, Resilience, and Coping

part III|94 pages

Working in the Environment

chapter 12|17 pages

Applied Psychology in Academy Soccer Settings

A Systems-Led Approach

chapter 13|16 pages

A Challenge Culture

Reflections on Implementing a Psychological Skills Programme in Elite Youth Soccer