About Soccer Mindset Academy

The Soccer Mindset Academy (SMA) exists to deliver the world’s most effective mindset and mental performance programmes and community to youth players, coaches, and parents. Through the use of cutting-edge technology we strive to give the soccer community the ultimate tools to achieve soccer peak performance.

Our Mission

We want to educate 1,000,000 players and coaches in the next 3 years, increasing the standard of Soccer at youth level globally and provide players with the necessary tools and techniques to attain a level of consistency in their performance required to excel. This can be achieved through the development, awareness and maintenance of mental attitudes, to the game, the team and personal performance through the use of cutting edge neuro­linguistic techniques, and tools proven to support individuals seeking increased performance and awareness.

With competition in Soccer growing everyday and with more and more Professional sports personalities in Soccer and beyond engaging the services of Performance coaches to help them deliver consistent levels of performance, we have seen a sharp uplift in demand for this type of knowledge and training across the board.

SMA will deliver these essential tools for success in Soccer to players, coaches and parents at a grassroots level, educating and increasing awareness and improving the level of new talent within the sport.

The S.M.A Board of Directors

Yal Bekar

Yal Bekar

Founder of SMA

A former Rangers FC (Scottish Premier League) youth player and lifetime soccer enthusiast, Yal’s personal mission is to create education programs that raise awareness for and deliver mindset training already used by professionals to support young players and help them reach their full potential.
Andy Barton

Andy Barton

Performance Director

One of the leading peak mental performance coaches in The UK and Europe, Andy currently works with Premiership and England team players, as well as professional sportsmen and women from other disciplines, helping them to manage their mental state and achieve the consistent levels of peak performance demanded of them.
Dr. Matt Pain

Dr. Matt Pain

Psychology Advisor

Holding a number of senior positions at the Football Association of England including Psychology Manager Dr. Pain is responsible for supporting players at both senior and youth levels through the delivery of mindset training to soccer coaches across the UK
Barry Gorman

Barry Gorman

USA Ambassador

A legendary collegiate soccer coach, serving as the Penn State coach for 22 seasons and achieving 254 victories. Barry is a soccer coaching legend in the US and, as the former NSCAA president, is well connected with soccer coaches and administrators at all levels across the US.