Today our guest is sports psychologist Geir Jordet. Jordet is currently a sports psychology professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, specialising in psychology applied to football. He is also the Director of Psychology at the Norwegian Centre of Excellence (owned by the Norwegian Premier League), where he advises clubs in the top two professional leagues, as well as Norway’s national teams, on all topics related to psychology.
Over the past 15 years, he has consulted professional football teams and players in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, England, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is also the co-founder of Be Your Best™ cognitive training and testing tool for football players, which is a virtual reality-based company.
Today he'll discuss the psychology behind penalty kicks ahead of the world cup, how sports psychology has evolved in last 20 years, virtual reality and football psychology and how football psychology is approached in different countries around Europe such as Spain, Portugal, Germany, and England.
I'll tell you what I told Geir, I don't think I've learned more about a subject in an interview than in this one.
Also, I recently started a separate podcast called the Football Book Club. So if you like football books, go check out that podcast. Every week I will speak with a new author and explore an interesting topic.
8:10 How to prepare for penalty shoot-outs
15:13 Why coaches should choose penalty takers
21:23 Preventing big major errors
33:15 How sports psychology has evolved in last 20 years
40:05 Sports Scientists vs Sports Psychologists
43:29 Virtual Reality
48:47 Psychology around Europe