Who are you?

My name is Yael Averbuch and I am currently a professional soccer player for F.C. Kansas City, originally from Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

image3How did you get into sport?

I started playing soccer when I was 7 years old because my best friend in school at the time played soccer. I have played for every level of the U.S. Youth National Teams and 26 times for the Women’s National Team.

What have you achieved?

I attended the University of North Carolina, where I won 2 NCAA National Championships (2006 and 2008) and had my jersey retired for being named National Player of the Year in 2006. I hold the record for the fastest goal in NCAA history and most consecutive starts in the history of the soccer program at UNC. I have played professionally for 6 years in the U.S., Russia, Sweden, and Cyprus and won 2 professional league championships in the U.S.

How does psychology influence your performance?

As an elite player, sometimes the smallest difference can make a huge impact on performance. In soccer, the physical, tactical, and technical elements can always be improved, but at the highest level the mental side is often what separates the good from the great. I constantly have to work on my confidence, consistency, and focus to be able to perform at my best.