These are the show notes for Episode #6 of the Soccermetrics Podcast, with featured guest Dr Geir Jordet of the Norwegian Centre of Football Excellence. This interview was recorded on 12 November 2013 from the Atlanta office.
Dr Jordet is a professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and the head of the Psychology division of the Norwegian Center of Football Excellence. He is a sports psychology consultant to athletes in a variety of sports, but the majority of his work is in football, and he has consulted professional clubs and national teams across Europe.
During our conversation, Geir and I discussed the following topics:
- The role of the Centre in the development of football in Norway
- The challenges of conducting psychological research in sport
- The three conceptual frameworks that underpin Dr Jordet’s research
- Factors that influence expert performance in football
- Performance under extreme pressure
- Why do England fail so often in penalty kick shootouts? And why are Germany so successful?
Web links to relevant resources referenced during our conversation:
- Geir Jordet’s website
- Prof. Anders Ericsson‘s academic website (Acquisition of Expert Performance)
- International Society of Ecological Psychology
- Prof. Roy Baumeister‘s academic website (Self-Regulatory Breakdown)
- Geir Jordet’s paper on Choking in Soccer
As always, we welcome your feedback on the episode, whether on content or technical matters. You can make your feedback in the comments section (recommended for content-related discussions) or by emailing [email protected] (recommended for technical issues).