How to Become a More Confident Football Player
We all know that playing while we feel confident and good about ourselves is much easier than if we feel nervous and under pressure. There is also a different between games and practices.
The point is that we all are aware of the fact that our performance is better when we feel confident. But mental strength is often ignored both by coaches and players. But without doubt mental strength and confidence is what separates a professional from an amateur.
It doesn't matter if you feel good psychically, if you don't believe in yourself you will find yourself struggling.
In this post, How to Become a More Confident Football Player, we will give you tips on how to improve your confidence.
1. Master the Basics
If you find yourself low in confidence, then trying to dribble past a whole team or shooting from impossible angles shouldn't be your first go to, as those have a high percentage of failure. We are not telling you to not take risks, but if you feel like your confidence is low try to perfect all the basics, play simply with one or two touches. Don't over do it. Play for the team and not yourself.
Work hard in the defense, and concentrate in the first place doing well on the things assigned to you and your particular position. When you will do the basics right, you will feel more confident and the team will feel more confident in you. This is when you can start taking more risks, especially in the final third.
"By meditating regularly, it becomes easier to “get in the zone,” turn your brain off, and stop negative self-talk. This is why studies have found that meditation “increases social self-confidence, sociability, general psychological health, and social maturity.” (How to Beast)
Meditation can basically make you more focused. The thing with low confidence is that it is usually accompanied with a lot of anxiety, a lot of thinking about the future and general overthinking. It gives you a lot of anxiety and makes you perform worse. In reverse, when you feel confident, you are more in the zone. Focused. You don't find yourself thinking as much.
Meditation can really help you get more focused and concentrate on the important things. To really be in the moment.
This is very important for football players, because it also makes you more calm. Being more calm on the pitch results you in making better decisions, more better decisions will result in a better confidence.
When you don't feel calm, you'll feel stressed with the ball and often not even looking to get the ball from your teammates. This results in a worse control and more often worse decision being made. The more often you give the ball up, the lower your confidence.
That's why we suggest Headspace to learn meditating. Its a crucial app in how to become a more confident football player.
Sit down and think really hard about a good game that you played. Then focus on one specific occasion, when you did a great dribble for example.
Try to pick those kind of moments apart in details. How did you feel after and during that dribble? Why was it so successful? Try to analyze and visualize yourself doing those kind of dribbles and good plays before a game and practice. Try to think about what you want to do in specific situations on the pitch.
This kind of thinking will help you be more confident before a game and practice if you make it your routine.
The premise is that our mind can't really tell the difference between a real situation and a "fake" one in your head. Which means that you visualizing this will train your brain to feel and do those things as if you were practicing them in real life.
This will make it easier for you to perform specific actions on the pitch.
So try to visualize, and combine that also with meditation to calm your mind.
Visualizing, a key in order to to become a more confident football player.
4. Football is Supposed to be Fun
The older you get and the more serious clubs you join, the more you'll feel like football almost have become a habit to you. Practice starts to feel as more something you have to do, rather than something you want to do.
This will definitely lower your confidence as it is much easier to perform well in something you enjoy doing.
That's why you always need to remember back to why you started plying football, and why you are still doing it.
Because you love it.
That's why we all chase a ball for 90 minutes, it doesn't matter if we are 12 or 45, we love it and that's what you need to remember.
Next time try not to be hard on yourself if you make a mistake. Football is just a a game, and shouldn't affect your mental health negatively. It's something that should help with your problems.
Try to gather some friends and play a little 4v4 outside, just for fun, to make you feel like football is still fun even if it feels like a job times.
5. Are You Fit Enough?
Sometimes, the reason for players not feeling confident is that they simply don't feel as they are fit enough.
For example, some players will only be able to run and perform well for only he first minutes, and after that they will feel exhausted. This results in a lower confidence, because they won't be trying to take risks and perform runs as much as they feel tired. The more tired you are the higher risk you make a bad decision, which also lowers your confidence.
The feeling of being able to run up and down the field makes you feel great about yourself, as you really feel like an impact player.
In this situation, the chance is you only need to work on your fitness to get that complete confidence in all your play.
Make sure to check out 3 Stamina Workouts for Football Players to help you reach your fitness goals as a player.
How to Become a More Confident Football Player
We hope this post, How to Become a More Confident Football Player, gave you some useful tips in order to become a more confident footballer.
We have previously written a post about mental strength, which also gives insightful tips for you as a player.
Make sure to check this out here: What Is Mental Training? (For Footballers).