In endurance-based, high intensity sports the focus on the psychological elements of the game can take a backseat to physical conditioning. However, maintaining a mental edge and a superior level of focus and concentration in soccer can be the difference between winning and losing. Whether it is recognizing a play developing or executing a certain formation, the athletes that maintain a mental edge through the duration of the contest are that much closer to reaching their goals.
Additionally, psychological preparation produces better technical proficiency and smarter expenditure of energy—high stress minutes during games are more physically taxing than ones characterized by a calm focus. By pairing the physical and the mental sides of the sport, both sides build off of each other in a symbiotic relationship that will your take your game to the next level.