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Football Psychology

From Theory to Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Erkut Konter, Jürgen Beckmann, Todd Loughead


384 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-05-28
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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: mood, cognition and emotion; coaching essentials; psychological skills for performance; and youth development, 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.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Motivation, Cognition and Emotion

1) Motivation and mood states in football players

2) Mental toughness development in football

3) Courage in football

4) The unifying role of player responsibility in football

5) Nonverbal Intelligence in football

Section 2: Coaching Essentials in Football

6) Leadership and team dynamics in football

7) Effective coaching in football

8) Communication within the team

9) Coach justice and competence in football

10) Psychological aspects of training and practices in football: Training of technical, tactical, and cognitive skills in football

11) Burnout in football coaching

Section 3: Psychological Skills for Performance Development

12) Stress in football through the lens of acceptance and commitment therapy

13) Imagery in football

14) Self-Confidence and Collective Efficacy in Football

15) Goal setting in football

16) Concentration and self-talk in football

17) Applied Behavioral Analysis in top level football: Theory and application

18) Developing psychological skills in goalkeepers

Section 4: Developing the young player in Football

19) Parent coaching in football

20) Talent development in football

21) How youth soccer players learn to succeed

22) Helping players develop life skills in football

23) The transition from junior to elite football: Resources and barriers.

24) Preventing burnout and depression in youth football

About the Editors

Dr. Erkut Konter has various degrees specializing in Sport Psychology and Football. He has more than 30 years' experience as a sport psychology consultant and football coach at national and international levels. He has a number of publications on football psychology and is currently at the Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey.

Dr. Jürgen Beckmann is professor and chair of sport psychology at Technical University of Munich, Germany and Honorary professor of the University of Queensland, Australia. He is a former president of the German Association of Sport Psychology. He has been consultant to numerous elite athletes and teams since 1987 including professional football teams of the German Bundesliga.

Dr. Todd Loughead, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor, Canada. His current research interests are related primarily to group dynamics including athlete leadership, coaching, cohesion, and team-building. Dr. Loughead is co-director of the Sport Psychology and Physical Activity Research Collaborative at the University of Windsor. Dr. Loughead’s research uses a group dynamics perspective to examine human behaviour. Specifically, his interests are investigating athlete leadership and coaching, and how these two sources of leadership impact team functioning. As well, he is interested in athletes mentoring their peers and its associated benefits. He is also interested in team cohesion and how this contributes to an enhanced team environment. Outside of work, he enjoys coaching both soccer and ice hockey.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology