Presenting an empirically underpinned synthesis of research and theory, while offering guidance for applied practitioners, this is the first book to comprehensively map the psychology of learning, playing, and coaching the world’s favourite sport.

The book provides a complete analysis of key topics that capture the broad range of football psychology such as personality, motivation, cognition, and emotion; coaching and team essentials; psychological skills for performance enhancement; and developing players in youth football. Including contributions from a range of international researchers, each chapter provides a review of the relevant literature, key theories, real-world examples, and reflections on how knowledge can be applied in practice. Split into four sections, the book covers a diverse range of topics relevant not only to coaching and performance but also to personality development and health promotion.

Essential reading for any student, researcher, or professional in the area, the book is the most cutting-edge overview of how psychology can explain and improve the way football is both played and understood.

chapter |6 pages


Football psychology on route to becoming an integral part of football
ByErkut Konter, Jürgen Beckmann, Todd M. Loughead

part I|2 pages

Personality, motivation, cognition, and emotion

chapter 1|14 pages

Mood states as motivational and emotional determinants of football performance

ByJosé Lino O. Bueno, Victor C. Souza

chapter 2|15 pages

Mental toughness development in football

ByTristan J. Coulter, Richard C. Thelwell

chapter 3|12 pages

Courage in football

ByErkut Konter, Jürgen Beckmann

chapter 4|11 pages

The unifying role of player responsibility in football

ByGeorge K. Doganis, Marios T. Goudas, Paul M. Wright

chapter 5|13 pages

The consistent psycho-social development of young footballers

Implementing the 5C’s as a vehicle for interdisciplinary cohesion
ByKarl Steptoe, Tom King, Chris Harwood

chapter 6|15 pages

Decision making and non-verbal intelligence in football

ByItay Basevitch, Erkut Konter

part II|2 pages

Coaching essentials in football

chapter 7|10 pages

Athlete leadership in football

ByTodd M. Loughead, Ashley M. Duguay, Matt D. Hoffmann

chapter 8|16 pages

Effective coaching in football

ByChristine Nash, Clifford J. Mallett

chapter 9|10 pages

Collective collapse in football

ByErwin Apitzsch

chapter 10|11 pages

Leadership power in football

ByErkut Konter, Todd M. Loughead, Kyle F. Paradis

chapter 11|12 pages

Coach justice and competence in football

ByTomás García-Calvo, Francisco M. Leo, Inmaculada González-Ponce

chapter 12|13 pages

Burnout in football coaching

ByZoltán Gáspár, Attila Szabó

chapter 13|14 pages

Recovery in football

ByJahan Heidari, Fabian Loch, Michael Kellmann

part III|2 pages

Psychological skills for performance development

chapter 14|19 pages

Psychological skills for football players

ByErkut Konter, Jürgen Beckmann, Clifford J. Mallett

chapter 15|14 pages

The use of acceptance and commitment therapy for stress management interventions in football

ByChristopher R. D. Wagstaff, Göran Kenttä, Richard C. Thelwell

chapter 16|14 pages

Imagery in football

ByKrista Munroe-Chandler, Michelle Guerrero

chapter 17|15 pages

Self-confidence and collective efficacy in football

ByEdson Filho, Jean Rettig

chapter 18|14 pages

Concentration and self-talk in football

ByMirko Farina, Alberto Cei

chapter 19|12 pages

Applied behavioural analysis in top-level football

Theory and application
ByRasmus Tornberg, Henrik Gustafsson, Daniel Ekvall

part IV|2 pages

Developing the young player in football

chapter 20|14 pages

Parental coaching in football

ByDenise Beckmann-Waldenmayer

chapter 21|14 pages

Talent development in youth football

ByJürgen Beckmann, Denise Beckmann-Waldenmayer

chapter 22|16 pages

How youth football players learn to succeed

ByLaura Jonker, Barbara C. H. Huijgen, Bart Heuvingh, Marije T. Elferink-Gemser, Chris Visscher

chapter 23|11 pages

Helping players develop life skills in football

ByDaniel Gould, Lucas S. Capalbo

chapter 24|13 pages

The critical transition from junior to elite football

Resources and barriers
ByJosé L. Chamorro, David Sánchez-Oliva, Juan J. Pulido

chapter 25|14 pages

Preventing depression and burnout in youth football

ByInsa Nixdorf, Jürgen Beckmann, Raphael Nixdorf