Focused for Soccer - 2nd Edition

Focused for Soccer - 2nd Edition

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by Bill Beswick
     
 

Step onto the pitch focused, confident, and positive. Walk off a winner.

In the first edition of Focused for Soccer, internationally renowned coach Bill Beswick uncovered the power of sport psychology for soccer players and coaches worldwide. Now completely revised and updated, this new edition cements its status as the essential guide for

Overview

Step onto the pitch focused, confident, and positive. Walk off a winner.

In the first edition of Focused for Soccer, internationally renowned coach Bill Beswick uncovered the power of sport psychology for soccer players and coaches worldwide. Now completely revised and updated, this new edition cements its status as the essential guide for mastering soccer’s mental game.

Focused for Socceremphasizes playing first with the head, then with the heart, developing decision-making skills, and keeping emotional responses in check. The practical tips, examples from top Premier League teams, and step-by-step techniques will help sharpen your skills and unleash your potential.

All aspects of the mental game are covered—from concentration and visualization techniques to building mental toughness and team cohesion. Featuring the latest coaching strategies for male and female players, match preparation, and communication, Focused for Soccer is your complete guide to a winning attitude and soccer success.

Editorial Reviews

Steve McLaren
To win at any level, players and coaches have to develop the attitudes that create competitive performance. Developing such mental toughness is an everyday process, and in this book, Bill Beswick provides invaluable practical advice. For me, this book is not just a worthwhile read, it's also a necessary reference I can consult as my team experiences the highs and lows of competitive soccer.
Assistant manager of Manchester United Football Club

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736084116
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
06/14/2010
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
711,864
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"As an organization dedicated to education and coaching development, we highly recommend Focused for Soccer.”    

Jeff Tipping — Director of Education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, www.nscaa.com                                                    

“I have always been interested in the mental side of the game, and Focused for Soccer was the first book that helped me understand the power of attitude and how to get the best out of myself.”

Jamie Carragher — Defender, Premier League, Liverpool, FC

“Focused for Soccer is the most interesting book on soccer that I have read. The discussion of the modern coach alone makes this book compulsory reading for anyone wishing to belong to that category.”

Roy Hodgson — Manager, Fulham FC, Premier League

Meet the Author

Bill Beswick is a leader in the field of sport psychology and is especially known for his work with professional soccer teams. He has a master’s degree, five years of experience as head coach of England’s men’s basketball team, and substantial experience in teaching, lecturing, and coaching, all of which make him ideally suited as the first full-time sport psychologist in English professional soccer. From 1996 to 1999 Beswick helped Derby County Football Club compete in the world’s toughest league, the English Premier League. He then took a job with Manchester United, perhaps the world’s best-known soccer club. There he worked with players and coaches to build mental toughness and competitiveness in an environment where the team is expected to win every time it takes the field.

When Manchester United and England assistant coach Steve McClaren was appointed manager of Middlesbrough Football Club in 2001, he surprised the soccer world by appointing Beswick as his assistant manager, the most senior role for a sport psychologist in the history of British soccer. For five seasons Beswick supported McClaren during Middlesbrough’s most successful period in history. From 2006 to 2007 Beswick was psychologist with England’s national men’s team. Following a spell at Sunderland FC, Bill at present provides specialist advice to clubs in England, Holland, and the United States while continuing to develop Sportsmind Ltd., a company that has provided sports psychology services and resource materials to coaches and athletes for more than 20 years.

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Focused for Soccer - 2nd Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bruce_Erickson More than 1 year ago
Focused For Soccer was my first introduction to Bill Beswick and his work. This book then led me to seeing his presentations at the NSCAA conventions and eventually to our campus at Creighton University to work with our entire Athletics Staff, players and coaches. This book is a must read including great stories that outline his experiences in the game of soccer. Being that Bill is the leader in the area of Sports Psychology, there is no doubt that this book will present the vital areas in which we can get the winning attitude and peak performance from our players (and staff). Between this book and other "works" from Bill, we have enhanced and improved the overall success of our players and program. I go back to the book often and you will too! I recommend getting this book and utilizing the many examples of inspiring stories with some of the most recognizable names and teams in the world of soccer. Enjoy!
Tom-Bates- More than 1 year ago
The powerful combination of practical experience at the very highest level and applied principles of sport psychology in action, makes Focused for Soccer a must read for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of attaining peak performance in sport and life. A must read! Tom Bates Sport Psychologist, Birmingham City Football Club