Soccer Resilience

Strategies to Take Control of Performance Anxiety, Build Passion for the Game, Persevere in Adversity and Enhance Game Performance 

Wells ThompsonWells Thompson, Colorado Rapids, 2010 MLS Cup Champion 

Brad Miller
Brad Miller, Wake Forest University, 1988


Does your player...

Get nervous, overthink or lose confidence in games, especially against tougher competition?

Become discouraged and stop working as hard when they or their team make mistakes or experience setbacks?

Have potential to play at a higher level and their mindset is the biggest thing holding them back?

If your player experiences any of these challenges or other challenges regarding the mental side of soccer, keep reading. 

Wells Thompson went from being a walk-on soccer player at Wake Forest University in 2003, to being drafted in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2007 MLS Superdraft by the New England Revolution.  Wells' relentless work ethic and drive to improve everyday propelled him to play nine years of professional soccer, winning the 2010 MLS Cup with the Colorado Rapids.  Despite Wells' success, there were times when the stress of being a professional soccer player negatively impacted his performance and growth.  If you feel like you have times when you can be your toughest opponent, you are not alone.      

Dr. Brad Miller, licensed clinical psychologist, has spent over 20 years helping youth, adults and athletes learn how to overcome difficulties and grow while experiencing adversity.  As a former Division I soccer player at Wake Forest University, Dr. Miller knows how his mindset helped him grow.  At other times, his mindset fed his performance anxiety.  As a psychologist, Dr. Miller has learned that perseverance and controlling our performance anxiety are like a muscle. Any player can strengthen these mental skills, if a player is willing to work hard, step outside of their comfort zone and use strategies.    

We created our Soccer Resilience Program to help youth, college and professional players build resilience to setbacks and adversity and reach their potential on the field and in life.  Combining Wells' experiences of playing and winning on the biggest stages of the MLS with Dr. Miller's clinical knowledge, we understand the specific skills and tools needed to enable players to strengthen their mental toughness and resilience. 

Through uniquely tailored team, coach and club presentations and workshops, we help players learn how to develop the mentality that is crucial for growth and improvement.  We know the ups and downs players go through and have developed a road map for players to learn the four fundamentals of Soccer Resilience:

  • Take control of performance anxiety and stress 
  • Build passion for the game 
  • Persevere in the face of adversity
  • Enhance game performance 

Our Soccer Resilience presentations and workshops provide players with a wealth of knowledge and expertise from a former MLS player and a clinical psychologist.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, now, more than ever, players need support in strengthening their mental toughness on the pitch and in life.  We look forward to helping your player and team learn tools to help them grow both individually and as a team.

Dr. Brad Miller & Wells Thompson