You stand in front of them, eyes transfixed on you, minds’ set for your instruction. A match of significance, of high stakes. A win and your position safe, a loss and the exit door looms.
Your words will travel with them into this game – what you say has to have impact. You can see they are nervous, as are you. But you can’t show them that – heart rate steady, stay composed, a still, rational mind is best.
Pre match simplicity: nothing new now, just reinforcement. Start with a soft voice then raise the tone – now lessen the volume as the room intensity sizzles. Calm minds are a must, no headless chickens.
These are the first few lines from my new book Soccer Brain. It’s a follow up to my debut football book Soccer Tough, however this…
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