Dr. Robin Vealey of Miami University, Oxford is an expert in sports psychology and suggests that confidence in her stream of expertise means: "the belief or degree of certainty individuals possess about their ability to be successful in sport." Confidence is one of the essential prospects for winning maximum amount of football games. Players who lack confidence are less likely to perform at their optimum. Self-confidence is a trait that should be present in each player of your team so that they can perform in synchronisation. It is very rare that amongst successful players there is persistent lack of confidence.

You are not bound to win all games and there will be certain setbacks, which your players will experience. Sometimes they might end up playing bad which might be beyond their expectations and training performance. It is important to reinstall confidence in your players so that they can recover instantly and focus on other matches. As a coach, it is vital that you keep a keen eye on players's level of confidence and this can be judged during training sessions by reading their body language and verbal comments.

Building your Players Confidence during Training

Ways to Building Confidence

Several methods and techniques can support and aid building confidence within your players. Judging your players characteristics, you can successfully implement those specific methods accordingly.

1. Past Performances

One of the most significant sources of confidence is looking back on past performances. It is proven that "success breeds confidence", the number of wins will result in assurance and confidence which can only be maintained by practicing effective goal setting techniques. During training sessions, you can use adequate football supplies such as football nets, rebound nets, portable football nets, and pop-up football goals. This can help you assess each individual player's ability and assign them with the specific goal to achieve, this as a whole will make the team perform productively and help them win more matches. Trying to set achievable goals such as short, medium and long term will result in a focused approach to accomplish targets.

2. Verbal Encouragement

It is important to provide positive feedback and reinforcement to ensure that players perform at their utmost. In order to maintain consistent self-confidence and self-perseverance, it is important to treat each player with equal respect and avoid favouritism, especially when it comes from experience and respected coaches. Encouraging players to perform positive self-talk similar to Mohammed Ali's "I am the Greatest" can install significant confidence amongst themselves. Due to time limitation and pressure, you might not be able to address each and every player and therefore it is important that they self-talk themselves positively by transforming negative phrases from "I won't be able to get this shot" into "I will not stop and try to get the next one in".  You can also teach your players to channel their negative thoughts created by anxiety and stress into positive feelings. Feeling your heart beat fast can be thought as "Can't wait to play" rather than "I am scared".

3. Observing and Imitating Successful Players

Young players can observe other experienced players' tactics and performance while they play the game. It isn't necessary that all high-profile players have learned off their coaches, their experience has come over time and they have learned from their mistakes over time. There is no set way to play football, different circumstances and situations result in using alternative tactics and game plan. Coaches can organise demonstrations, videos and practices according to what they have seen. However, coaches need to be cautious that players don’t start getting frustrated if in case they are unable to perform as other experienced players.