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The psychology of penalty kicks: the influence of emotions on penalty taker and goalkeeper performance

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The penalty kick is a specific act during (or at the end) of a soccer match that can elicit strong emotional responses in the players involved, which has the potential to impact on skill execution. This chapter will explore the psychological impact of penalty kicks on those involved (takers and goalkeepers) and the practical strategies that can be employed by players to maintain an optimum level of emotional control. The authors will discuss their work with players and challenge the traditional argument that you can’t recreate the pressure of a match situation to effectively practice penalties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Psychology of Elite Soccer: More Than Just a Game
EditorsJoseph G. Dixon, Jamie B. Barker, Richard C. Thelwell, Ian Mitchell
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003005568
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2020

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