How Girls Soccer Players Can Become More Confident

Published on April 20, 2018

In my 20 years of playing soccer, confidence was a tough thing for me to nail down.

And I think the same is true for most kids and even collegiate and professional athletes.

Confidence is a roller-coaster. Rarely will youth players ever experience a steady high of confidence over a long period of time.

Confidence comes from within but there are also other external factors that can influence confidence, especially in young female soccer players.

Some of those factors include:
-Coaches
-Parents
-Playing time
-Peers/teammates
-Results (or lack thereof)

In my opinion, good confidence is absolutely KEY for a player to perform well on a consistent basis.

So, how can we help improve players confidence or what can they do to improve their own confidence?

As a coach, it is my job to develop their skills and give them all the tools necessary to succeed.

In training, I am constantly thinking about how I can make a player feel more confident.

It comes from my feedback, my corrections, my body language and tone of voice.

As parents, it is critical that you foster a positive environment and do things to improve their confidence.

After games, focus on what they did well

Don’t harp on the things they didn’t do well.

If both the parents and coaches work as a team to build up their confidence then that is half the battle.

The other half is for THEM to take control.

It’s about putting in the work and pushing past their comfort zone

It’s about not being afraid to make a mistake!

It’s about being coachable and asking questions

Remember that as female adolescents and teenagers, their confidence is very fragile. We need to do all we can to help them build up their confidence, not tear them down.

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