60 Quotes About Confidence from Professional Soccer Players and Managers

Soccer players gain confidence as a result of past matches or contests. As you progress as a soccer player, you’ll become more comfortable on the pitch. Gaining confidence on the soccer field will help you succeed in both the sport and in general.

Boosting confidence, like learning any other skill, takes practice and time. Soccer is considered a high-pressure sport since it not only physically but also mentally tests the individual. When it comes to the mental aspect of the game, a soccer player’s confidence level is crucial. Under pressure, a soccer player who is confident in his ability plays effectively. Only thorough preparation and practice can develop skills. As a result, confidence is directly related to preparation. The better your preparation, the more confident you will be on the field.

In this post, we’ve gathered confidence-boosting and inspiring quotes from legendary soccer players and successful managers on the topic of establishing and maintaining self-confidence.

Also See: Inspiring Cristiano Ronaldo Quotes

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  1. Let your confidence talks. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer player.

  2. Confidence is one of the best characteristics you should have. If you lose that you lose your style, your skills.” Neymar, Brazilian soccer player.

  3. Being confident you can risk doing different things and that is very important on the pitch. Neymar, Brazilian soccer player.

  4. If you don’t believe you are the best, then you will never achieve all that you are capable of. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer player.

  5. The secret is to believe in your dreams; in your potential that you can be like your star, keep searching, keep believing and don’t lose faith in yourself. Neymar, Brazilian soccer player.

  6. Confidence comes from inside you, but you develop it over time. Not just in football but in all sports and other professions you need to be confident in what you do. If you do not have confidence in yourself, who will? Neymar, Brazilian soccer player.

  7. Every human being needs confidence to perform at the highest level. If you’re not winning, confidence is creeping away. Virgil van Dijk, Dutch soccer player.

  8. When you win, you don’t get carried away. But if you go step by step, with confidence, you can go far. Diego Maradona, former soccer player.

  9. Always believe in your ability and in your goals. This is the only way you will be able to reach them. Mohamed Salah, Egyptian soccer player.

  10. You must never give up and have faith in yourself. Luka Modrić, Croatian soccer player.

  11. You can lose confidence when you’re not in the rhythm. Joshua Kimmich, soccer player.

  12. If you are determined and confident, there is nothing in this great existence that can stop you from achieving what you want. Zinedine Zidane,  French soccer manager.

  13. That was my way of getting through difficult times of low confidence – hard work. David Beckham, former soccer player.

  14. You should be relaxed before taking the free kick. You should have confidence in your ability and happiness that you are going to score a goal. Roberto Carlos, Brazilian former soccer player.

  15. We go there with confidence, but we know there is a very fine line between success and failure in this game. Alan Shearer,  retired soccer player.

  16. Our confidence comes from our preparation. Ronaldinho, Brazilian soccer player.

  17. For goalkeepers, confidence comes from games and minutes. So whenever someone gives you an opportunity or shows faith in you, it always gives you a boost.  Iker Casillas, Spanish former soccer player.

  18. Confidence is probably the biggest thing that any player needs when they step on that field, so he is not hesitant to make decisions, he knows exactly what to do and he can execute. Arsène Wenger, former soccer manager.

  19. We cannot play with fear nor with too much confidence. Thomas Tuchel, German soccer manager.

  20. You have to be at your strongest when you are feeling at your weakest. Anonymous

  21. People do not see the work you are doing, they only see a player who is lacking confidence and many people do not help. Saul Niguez, Spanish soccer player.

  22. For every striker, it’s important to have the confidence of the coach. Edin Dzeko, Bosnian soccer player.

  23. I think confidence is a big part of it. Also luck – the ball has got to fall for you in the right time and the right place. Dele Alli, Soccer player.

  24. There’s no better way to be than depending on yourself. Casemiro, Brazilian soccer player.

  25. You’re great if you score goals and bad if you don’t. I will always believe in myself, and those who doubt me will always continue to do so. Gonzalo Higuain, Soccer player.

  26. The only way to improve and gain confidence is through hard work, and I have been working hard. Philippe Coutinho, Brazilian soccer player.

  27. If you believe in something that you can achieve, I think you will make it if you put everything into it. Memphis Depay, Dutch soccer player.

  28. Confidence makes a big difference. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Icelandic soccer player.

  29. The key is to work hard and stay calm. It’s easier said than done when the house is on fire but I’m blessed with the gift of not getting nervous, ever. Toni Kroos, German soccer player.

  30. You have to have faith in your own qualities; that is part of being a footballer: being strong in your head. That is more than half of the quality you need to be a football player. Olivier Giroud, French soccer player.

  31. You lose a game and you lose confidence and we get that back through hard work. Steve Bruce, English soccer manager.

  32. I’m confident in my own ability. If that wasn’t the case you might as well pack it in now. If you think too much, you start doubting yourself, doubting your quality, so you have to train yourself in a certain way. Michael Owen, former soccer player.

  33. You have to truly believe in your skill and trust that you can do something. Sol Campbell, soccer manager.

  34. You’ve got to be a little bit self-confident. As a player, I would go into detail, watch who I was playing against. Who might come into my vicinity. That gives you self-confidence. Sol Campbell, soccer manager.

  35. Confidence is something that when you are in an environment when everyone is around the same kind of vibe in terms of what you’re doing, what you’re trying to do, what you want to do and how much you are working, you need something else. Ian Wright, former soccer player.

  36. Players playing with a lot of confidence can achieve great things. David Seaman, English soccer player.

  37. The only way the confidence comes back is by winning games. You grind out a few results and hopefully with each game you get more confident. Jamie Carragher, English soccer commentator.

  38. Nothing improves your confidence and brings a team together more than winning a cup. Gary Neville, English former player.

  39. Every human being in any job needs a little bit of confidence in order to perform at the highest level. If you are not winning at the highest level, then confidence is creeping away but we know it can turn around just like that, we have to work hard. Rio Ferdinand, Former soccer player.

  40. Confidence & belief is what we need. Fly out the blocks from the first whistle & scare the hell out of them. Rio Ferdinand, Former soccer player.

  41. As a footballer, you have to be confident you can win all the time so it does not come as a surprise. Peter Schmeichel, Danish soccer player.

  42. When the team is doing well, you go with the flow. You get confidence, and you just build on that. Christian Eriksen, Danish soccer player.

  43. Only those who have the courage to take a penalty miss them. Roberto Baggio, Italian former soccer player.

  44. Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it. Stan Smith, English soccer player.

  45. Picture it.  Visualize the confident you, and drink often from your fountain of images. Anonymous

  46. The more games you get, the more confidence you gain. I started to set the bar high for myself. Clint Dempsey, American soccer player.

  47. Confidence is on one side of the line, and self-belief is on another. People all think those are mixed up.. Tim Howard, American soccer player.

  48. Some people are born with confidence while others build it as they grow. Those players born with it are driven but most of us have to work hard for it and to be a dynamic player, you need to be confident. Paul Caligiuri, American former soccer player.

  49. To be confident as a soccer player, just put the extra work in and do the best you can every time. Paul Caligiuri, American former soccer player.

  50. The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do. Anonymous.

  51. You’re the only one who can take away your own confidence. You have to adjust to your inner voice and realize that it’s okay that your inner voice may be negative at times and your confidence may be hit but you make the final choice in how you want to react to those negative inner voices. Christie Pearce, American soccer player.

  52. A major key to confidence is eliminating fear. Stop stepping away, holding back, or hiding from the ball, and immerse yourself fully in the game. Anonymous.

Quotes about self confidence from female soccer players

  1. Going through those situations when I was younger was huge for me, not only to learn about confidence but to grow as a person. Alex Morgan, professional soccer player.

  2. I have learned that by pushing aside those insecurities and rediscovering my inner confidence, I become a better teammate and person. Alex Morgan, professional soccer player.

  3. Sports can do so much. It’s given me confidence, self–esteem, discipline, and motivation. Mia Hamm,  retired soccer player.

  4. When you can score three goals without the most prolific scorer in the world, you know you have a lot of depth, and it gives you confidence. Abby Wambach, retired soccer player.

  5. Why stop? It’s always good for players’ confidence when they score. Birgit Prinz, German former soccer player.

  6. Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds. Marta, Soccer player.

  7. You’re always going to survive the pain of loss. I can live with that confidence inside of me. Hope Solo, Soccer goalkeeper.

  8. Putting yourself out there is hard, but it’s so worth it. I don’t think anyone who has ever spoken out, or stood up or had a brave moment, has regretted it. It’s empowering and confidence-building and inspiring. Not only to other people, but to yourself. Megan Rapinoe, American professional soccer player.



A fun quiz is a great way to summarize the lessons we can take from these inspiring quotes. This fun quiz is intended to help you remember the key ideas and takeaways from the quotes in our blog post.

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Also See: 

Soccer Quotes About Practice

Empowering Sports Quotes from Top Athletes On Confidence


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