Self-Control in Professional Soccer Players.

Tynke Toering, Geir Jordet

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This study aimed to investigate the concept of self-control in association with engagement in daily activities of professional soccer players and its relationship with soccer performance. Findings indicated that self-control scores of male professional soccer players (N = 639), representing the first squad of every club playing in the (Norwegian) Premier and Second League, were associated with their lifestyle and practice time. A small, positive relationship between self-control and soccer performance was found. In terms of expert performance, a possible explanation of our findings is that self-control helps individuals stay on track on their pathways to excellence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-350
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • soccer players
  • self-control
  • performance psychology


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