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Goal-Keepers : Penalty’s! – The Striker’s Secrets EXPOSED!

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

Picture the scene…

The score is 1 – 0 to you

But after a questionable tackle in the box, a defender gave away a penalty

There’s 1 minutes of stoppage time remaining

This is it!

This is the moment where you become a hero or a loser

You need the three points to stave off relegation because anything less than three points send your team down

But you know you’re bad when it comes to saving penalties

YOUR INNER-VOICE IS A THREAT

Your mind begins to wander – your inner voice pipes up…

Why did he have to make that stupid tackle!

If only we scored down the other end when we had the chance!

This player has only missed one penalty in 5 months!

You’ve gone over the data thousands of times!

You know the tendencies of each player on your opponents team and now here you are going one on one with their most feared striker

Again your inner-voice talks to you, trying to persuade you…

He’s more likely to go right, so I’m going right!

But what if he’s going to trick me!?

You see the player take a few steps backwards, poising himself, ready to launch his attack.

The whistle blows…

TIME TO FOCUS

Being a goalkeeper can be a lonely experience

You are the last line of defence

There is plenty of time for your mind to wander, to think…

So when the striker puts the ball on the spot, it’s that moment you need think the right way (focus) rather than the wrong way (distractions)

SUBCONSCIOUS SIGNALS

Every striker will leak information or tells (think poker players). These tells are subconscious signals, that when you understand the meaning, you can anticipate, and as a goal-keeper, anticipating and gaining the psychological advantage is a necessity to your craft.

Strikers don’t even know they are showing these tells!

You might get some strikers who think they are smart and try to fake you out. But let me tell you the thing with fakes.

A fake is identified by an over-exaggerated facial expression or body movement. A widening of the eyes too much for it to be natural is a sure-fire way to know a fake is on its way.

BE CALM AND RELAXED

So as you stand on the goal line, watching the striker place the ball on the spot, you watch and analyse his movements, his facial expressions, the direction of his eyes.

Breathe normally and calm your mind. Allow your mind to focus on the moment, putting all other thoughts to one side, for this moment isn’t one for distractions.

This is a moment to observe, analyse and anticipate for it’s the striker that will tell you what he’s going to do. You just need to know what you’re looking for

It does take time to learn these strategies but think of the rewards saving this penalty will bring you.

BONUS INFORMATION

The bonus is knowing that these techniques work in the normal run of the game!

Learning to shift your focus away from the ball and onto the attackers movements, and facial expressions allows you to gain an advantage.

Here’s a quick tip – when a ball is crossed in, take note of the flight pattern, the trajectory, speed and anticipate where it’s going. Now shift your attention to the players on the ground and how they are positioning their bodies. It’s this moment you make a decision, go for the ball before the attacker gets it, or

The striker secret weapon has been exposed!

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How to improve your football performance quickly during Covid-19 lockdown – The answer isn’t what you expect!

As a professional or high level sports person, I want you to consider your current reality in terms of your performance.

Before lockdown, was your performance where you wanted it to be?

Do you look at others thinking you’re better than them but for some reason, things aren’t working out for you?

Are you a football (soccer) player that’s hit a slump and is struggling to hit the target?

Are you a defender but attackers are getting the better of you?

You’re current reality is only a blip and can be overcome quickly.

You don’t need to spend hours in the gym

You don’t need to practice more

All you need is an open mind to learning, and before your dismiss this concept, let me tell you a story or two about how quickly you’re able to improve.

A few years ago I worked with a pro basketball player. He was averaging around 5 points a game.

He was in a slump by his own admission.

Something needed to change.

Did he have to spend hours shooting the ball?

Did he have to work on his technical ability?

Did he have to practice under extreme circumstances?

Nope!

All he had to do was have a shift in perception.

I helped him create that shift in mental perception in about 45 minutes all the while he was sat comfortably in the privacy of his own home, which led to him exploding in his next game for 20 points and hitting an unprecedented 100% from the field!

Click here to read his own thoughts in a newspaper column.

Imagine how a struggling striker, unable to hit a strike rate that’s expected of them, can benefit from these techniques?


Defenders – Here’s a story for you.

I worked with a player in the USA, a semi-professional who was only curious about my new ground-breaking program.

So we worked together over 6 weeks, talking for an hour. Again she was in the comfort of her own home and we talked over Skype (way before the Zoom explosion!)

Her curiosity and ability to have an open mind to learning allowed her to win her first ever MVP!

Imagine as a professional player, how this improvement can help your career?

To improve quickly doesn’t involve strenuous physical workouts

To improve quickly doesn’t involve training more specifically

To improve quickly involves shifting your mindset.

I want to help you shift your mindset and in this period of lockdown, now is the perfect time for professional players to focus on developing their mental strength using two proven strategies.

If you have an interest in player development either as a sports psychologist, player liaison officer, manager or team mate, or owner, then I invite you to tell me what you think needs to improve for players you know, then let’s have a chat.

Apply for your consultation at https://elitesportsminds23.org

Do it now in the comfort of your own home over Zoom, in preperation for when the season starts again and you’ll get a head start over the competition.

Take it easy

Mike