The Psychology of Youth Soccer

In any sport, psychology plays a large factor in team and individual performance.  Soccer is no exception and you'll find that at any age, if you are not paying attention to the psychological needs of your players ... you are not doing them any favors.

Psychological factors and needs grow more complex the older the player gets.  I want to talk briefly about youth players up to about U16 in this post.  I am not a psychologist, but I have had extensive experience with and done a load of research on youth soccer players.

In my opinion, the psychological needs of a youth player boil down to two items ... reinforced confidence and an "always do your best" mindset.

I talk about this in more detail at my soccer coaching blog at