What separates good players from great players is their ability to recover from School Boy Errors (SBEs) or mistakes.  Mistakes and errors are a natural part of learning and development.  Failure is only feedback and we must use this feedback quickly.  Everyone fails at some stage and some of the greatest and most successful people in business and sport have been labeled a failure but they have taken the feedback and learnt from it and gone on to achieve amazing things.  The question is how do we do this in the heat of battle? How do we do it on the pitch with a crowd watching?  Every footballer is different so what will work for one athlete may not work for another.  

The first step is to be aware and recognize that mistakes and SBEs happen constantly and even the best players make mistakes (the best players can just recover quickly from them and forget about them!).  When you make a mistake they key is to recognize that you have made a mistake and that you will react in a certain way and this will be an emotional response (this links to the Chimp Management model used by Dr. Steve Peters with Great Britain Cycling).  With this in mind when you make a mistake you need to let the chimp do it's thing. It is going to be mad, aggressive and frustrated (all emotions!) that a mistake has been made. During training you need to reduce the time this emotional response takes. Do this through simulations and extending your comfort zone. Then get the logical and rational side of the brain (the human in the Chimp model) back in control.  You need to stop this emotional response.  I do this by a loud clap of the hands when I am playing basketball. A footballer might shout to their self. Once this is done get rid of the emotional baggage and refocus.  This is the difficult thing to do.  This can be done by concentration and positive self talk with links to positive reference points of aspects of your game that if you did and did consistent would allow you to play the best game of your career. These aspects must be thing within your control and must be simple to perform, they must be in the present.  An example could simply be to 'be loud and vocal'.  

So to recover quickly from school boy errors in football.

1. Recognize the error has been made (everyone makes mistakes!)
2. Be aware of your emotional response
3. Stop the response and get rid of this response quickly
4. Refocus - control the controllables