About Julius Duchscherer

Performance and Mentalcoach for ambitious soccer players

My Work

Performance and Mentalcoach

As a performance and mentalcoach I help ambitious soccer players to develop their mental strength so that they can fulfill their true potential – in sports and in life.

Speaker

As a keynote speaker I hold speeches and workshops for team, clubs and organizations. I combine my experiences and my story with inspiring personal development content.

Author

As an author I write books, journals, newsletters and blogs about my experiences, learnings and work in order to provide players with new perspectives.

My Story

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Childhood

I grew up with the dream of becoming a professional soccer player. Both my parents played soccer and they helped me lay the foundation for my career – in sports and in life.

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Time in a Youth Academy

Time in a Youth Academy

When I was 12 years old, I joined the youth academy of SV Wehen Wiesbaden. The challenges grew. The competition rose. The pressure increased. At that time I was a player who was overthinking everything and who put even more pressure on himself.
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A difficult Time

My physical development was slower than the development of other players. I had a hard time playing against players who were bigger and stronger than I was. I doubted myself and had the feeling of not being good enough. I eventually had to move because I did not fit into the philosophy of the new U19 Bundesliga coach. I felt like my world collapsed.

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What I didn't know then

Everything happens for a reason. I joined SF Eisbachtal – a club closer to my hometown – which was the best thing that happened to me. I finished high school with a GPA around 3.4, was the leading goal scorer and helped my team get promoted to the Youth Regionalliga. I kept working hard for my dream.

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Move to TuS Koblenz

After half a year in the senior level I got a offer from TuS Koblenz. Then everything went quickly. I performed in the second team and became a starter for the first team in the Regionalliga (4th division). I just played soccer, with no expectations and pressure because I was happy to get so much playing time as a young player.
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The Down Sides of the Soccer Industry

It’s not all roses and butterflies in the professional football. I experienced a lot of difficult things. Relegation battles, bankruptcy of the club, unrest in the team, aggressive and outrages fans, politics, … Adding to the pressure that came from the outside, I put a lot of pressure on me. It was tough for me to fulfill my own aspirations. I was my own worst enemy.

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Going to the USA

After two seasons and more than 40 games in the Regionalliga, I decided to go to the States with a soccer scholarship. My three years at NC State University helped me grow into the next version of myself. I finished my study with a degree in Business Administration and Psychology (GPA: 4.0) and played some really successful college seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I even was on the list for the MLS Soccer Combine.
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Mindset Shift

Taking the leap to go to the US changed my life. In between my departure and my arrival, I neither changed soccer-wise nor physically, but I changed mentally. I played free and liberated on the pitch. This mindset shift has helped me play a really successful College Career (See Highlight Video). In retrospective I asked myself: “Why haven’t I been able to perform like this more often in the past?” The answer: my Mindset…

My Why

My Why is contribution. I want to give back because in my career I would have needed what I am passing on today. I wish I had someone who I could talk to get even better and reached the career that I had the potential to. My mission is to make mental training, coaching and personal development a vital part of modern Soccer Education – in accordance with the statement: “Develop people, not just players.”

I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

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