Scoring Under Pressure: 5 Tips to Stay Focused

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You come in with a plan, in control of the ball. You’re confident in your abilities, and you know your role on the pitch.

And then it happens.

Some outside force, slight distraction or unexplainable fumble sends a self-assured player into panic mode.

Don’t Put Your Brain on Auto-Pilot

“We must have had 99% of the game. It was the other 3% that cost us the match.” -Ruud Gullit

You can’t play 100% on instinct. You need to think about what you’re doing on the field, how your role fits into the rest of the game.

This doesn’t mean focusing directly on your feet when you’re doing footwork. That’s the point of training, doing things without having to think about them.

But the game of soccer requires every part of your mind. Don’t tune out.

Stay Focused – Adapt to the Surroundings

“If you want to score a goal, you have to hit the target.” -Fabio Capello

The sun is in your eyes. The wind is blowing your hair over your face. The grass is a wet with last night’s rain!

Think about how your surroundings affect your game. Is the ball moving differently on the wet grass? Where are your teammates? What are your opponents doing?

Wind can be a major ball mover. Sun can reflect off of wet grass, the ball, or just cause a glare in your eyes.

Keeping your mind open to the potential problems and staying focused will bring positive results.

Don’t Panic

“If he thinks he’s the best player of the century that’s his problem.” -Pele

No matter how hard you try, you’re going to screw up at some point. The most important question is: What are you going to do when this happens ?

Don’t panic! Panic leads to poor decision making.

Keep your mind on the play at hand and the ball on the ground. Letting your emotions control you will lead to stupid reactions every time.

Remember: You are on a TEAM

“There are two ways of getting the ball. One is from your own teammates, and that’s the only way.” -Terry Venables

Mistakes happen to everyone. But a minor error might be contained if a soccer player is willing to let his teammates step in and help solve the problem.

Trying to do too much is the reason most decent players fail to score themselves into greatness.

When you’re close to the goal, and find yourself in a tight spot, don’t be afraid to let others help. They may see a way to turn things around!

On the flip side, always keep an eye out for teammates in trouble. You may get to be the hero and make the goal the next time.

Get Back in the Game

“You’ve got to believe that you’re going to win, and I believe we’ll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we’re knocked out.” -Peter Shilton

When you lose your focus and the ball, stay calm. This is the most important time to keep your head in the game.

Regroup and use your vision to see everything you can on the field.

If your teammates have stepped in to help retain the ball, find a way to help them. If you’ve lost it completely, defense, baby!

The point is to not let it ruin your game. Let the mistake wake you up instead of knocking you out.

Bottom line is that goals happen for a reason. Whether your bad pass resulted in a goal for the other team, or their defenseless keeper gave away an easy score, paying attention to your surroundings may make or break you.

So keep your whole head focused on the whole game, the whole time.

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