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The Penalty Kick: The Psychology of Success

Published Date: February 17, 2020

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152 x 229mm


Penalty kicks play a significant role in determining the outcome of a match. Because of this-and because they don’t happen in every game-fans, media, and even athletes and trainers are fascinated by penalty kicks. Over the past 30 years, there have been more than 130 scientific studies which identify the motivational, strategic, anticipatory, and attention- and perception-based factors that can mean a successful or failed penalty kick. This book presents the information from these studies in such a way that it is useful for the athletes, trainers, managers, and even the soccer fans. All the information on penalty kick methods is based on sport psychology and movement science. The authors have also included anecdotes of the biggest and most important penalties in the history of soccer. They connect these actual events with the scientific findings, creating real life examples which make it easier to understand the science. Furthermore, they examine the penalty kick from both the kicker’s and the goalkeeper’s perspectives to explain shooting and saving techniques from every angle. A successful penalty kick takes more than just luck, and The Penalty Kick demystifies the science so that the reader knows how to win every penalty kick

Author information

Prof. Dr. Daniel Memmert is the managing director of the Institute for Training Science and Computer Science at the German Sports University in Cologne. His work focuses on movement science, sports psychology, and sports informatics. He holds trainer licenses in soccer, tennis, snowboarding, and alpine skiing and is the author of textbooks on modern soccer training. In addition, he cooperates with national and international professional clubs, the German national team, and DAX companies and has organized the first international master’s program in match analysis.


Benjamin Noel has a doctorate in Cognitive and Sports Game Research from the German Sports University in Cologne.

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RRP £14.95


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