Football Psychology

Gary Neville: Become a master of mentality FEATURED ARTICLE:

Gary Neville: Become a master of mentality

Use these five steps from the former Manchester United captain to unlock a winning mindset

  • Shake off your superstitions

    Shake off your superstitions

    Take control of your matchday by swapping those obsessive pre-game rituals with a performance-boosting dose of reality

  • The post-match handshake

    The post-match handshake

    Forget the pre-game formalities – it’s at the full-time whistle when it really means something

  • Diego Costa: Silence those boo boys

    Diego Costa: Silence those boo boys

    Chelsea’s raging bull on how to transform a venomous atmosphere into goalscoring fuel

  • Appraise your game

    Appraise your game

    The final whistle on your campaign has blown. Now: time for reflection. Was it a success or a failure? Did you give it your all? Assess your season and find out what you must do to improve

  • Get your season off to a flier

    Get your season off to a flier

    Make sure you're ready to hit the ground running with some cerebral training from West Brom's peak performance coach, Tom Bates

  • Your home, your fortress

    Your home, your fortress

    The game never changes – kick the ball in the opposition’s goal and stop them scoring in yours. So why are teams so much better when playing on their own patch? FFT investigates…

  • How heat and humidity affect the mind

    How heat and humidity affect the mind

    Stay mentally focused every time you feel the heat sucking energy out of your performance

  • Stay calm through any challenge

    Stay calm through any challenge

    Guangzhou Evergrande’s Italian international, Alessandro Diamanti on ignoring a wind-up merchant

  • Anger management

    Anger management

    Keep your emotions in check on the big occasion by focusing on the plan, says the Azzurri rock

  • Michael Ballack: My pre-match rituals

    Michael Ballack: My pre-match rituals

    The former Chelsea and Germany midfielder on how he used music to help him focus before a game