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This is the first book to comprehensively map the psychology of learning, playing and coaching the world’s favourite sport. Including contributions from a range of international researchers, each chapter provides a review of the relevant literature, key theories, real-world examples, and reflections on how knowledge can be applied in practice. The book is split into four sections: mood, cognition and emotion; coaching essentials; psychological skills for performance; and youth development. Essential reading for any student, researcher or professional in the area, it is the most cutting-edge overview of how psychology can explain and improve the way football is both played and understood.