Passing and heading exercises are easy to find. But how do you train a player’s focus? How can youth players learn to handle stress better? What is willpower training, and how can you make it age-appropriate for kids? The sports scientists at the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University in Cologne have addressed these questions and many others relating to mental training. In our last issue, they gave us a set of team-building exercises. Now they’re back to help our players identify patterns and respond to stimuli.
Dear SIS readers,
As I write this editorial, the start of the 2014 World Cup is just nine days away, and a lot of questions are on the horizon. Which great young talent will make the headlines? Will we see anything new in terms of formations? Most important of all, which team will win? Will Spain be able to repeat their 2010 success, or will the host Brazil win it all? With the home advantage and loads of individual talent, Brazil should be able to better deal with the tough physical demands that local weather conditions will impose.
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