Concentration is a critical skill for
soccer. Lapse for a second and a great chance is missed or a sloppy goal is
conceded. But just like physical skills, focus and concentration can be
improved with effort and good technique.
Because soccer is a fluid game,
realize that you have to concentrate all the time: there is no “safe” time
when you can switch off. Even dead balls can quickly become live.
Loss of focus often starts a downward
spiral: the more you lose focus, the worse you play, the more worried you
are, and the more you focus on that rather than the game. Eventually you
become a burden on your team. You can’t wait to get off the pitch!
downward focus spiral
So you need to find ways to get your
concentration refocused, and to limit both the number of lapses in a game
and the depth of those lapses. You can train yourself to
In this section, we cover 5 ways to
improve your focus and concentration:
Using focus cues
brushing it off
preparing for disaster in advance
making technical adjustments
escaping from self-judgment