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Skills & Strategies for Coaching Soccer-2nd Edition

Skills & Strategies for Coaching Soccer-2nd Edition

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    The key to successful coaching is preparing your players to make intelligent decisions on the field. For years, the best-selling Skills & Strategies for Coaching Soccer has helped coaches of every level do just that. Now, soccer's premier coaching resource has been updated and expanded to provide you with more insights into developing individual talent, team tactics, and winning play.

    Skills & Strategies for Coaching Soccer provides you with over 125 for teaching skills and techniques. You'll also learn how to develop these skills in realistic game situations with beginning, intermediate, advanced, and all-star players.

    Essential skills are presented, including collecting and controlling, passing, dribbling, kicking, heading, and goalkeeping. You'll then apply those individual skills with attacking and defensive tactics, team formations, and set pieces. With Skills & Strategies for Coaching Soccer, you'll learn the what, how, and why of soccer through these essentials:

    -Over 125 drills for beginning, intermediate, advanced, and all-star players

    -Progressing basic drills into realistic, competitive situations

    -Tactics in attack and defense

    -Tactics in set plays

    -Team management

    -Mental and physical preparation for games

    -Handling problem players and parents

    -Fitness and conditioning

    -Preparing and developing coaching sessions

    -Establishing a coaching philosophy
    Skills & Strategies for Coaching Soccer is an invaluable guide for coaching any team in any setting. The best team doesn't always win—but it usually does.

    Table of Contents

    Drill Finder

    Part I Preparing to Coach
    Chapter 1. Ethics and Your Coaching Philosophy
    Chapter 2. Personal Coaching Strategies
    Chapter 3. Group Coaching Strategies

    Part II Skills and Techniques
    Chapter 4. Collecting and Controlling the Ball
    Chapter 5. Passing
    Chapter 6. Dribbling
    Chapter 7. Striking the Ball
    Chapter 8. Shooting
    Chapter 9. Heading
    Chapter 10. Goalkeeping
    Chapter 11. Tackling and Defensive Skills

    Part III Tactics and Teamwork
    Chapter 12. Principles of Play
    Chapter 13. Team Formations and Systems of Play
    Chapter 14. Coaching Teamwork
    Chapter 15. Tactics in Defense, Midfield, and Attack
    Chapter 16. Set Pieces

    Part IV Team Management
    Chapter 17. Physical and Mental Preparation for Games
    Chapter 18. Working With Problem Players and Parents
    Chapter 19. Fitness and Conditioning for Soccer

    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Alan Hargreaves MA, Med, DLC, played for Lancashire, Loughborough Colleges, and English Universities. A fully qualified Football Association coach, he directed national residential coaching courses for players up to 18 years of age and codirected the Soccer Academy for Young Players in California. He was head coach for the British Colleges soccer team and coached professional soccer for five years—two years with Stoke City and three years with Crewe Alexandra. He has conducted numerous coaches' and players' courses in England and California and was a consultant in fitness training for soccer and hockey players.

    Alan directed the fitness training program for the 1980 and 1984 British men's Olympic field hockey team. He has also worked extensively in universities, soccer coaching clinics, and residential camps, many for the American Youth Soccer Organization.

    Now retired, Alan enjoys playing tennis and golf and traveling with his wife, Janet.

    Richard Bate, BEd (PhysEd), was the head of the Cardiff City FC Youth Academy and the former director of elite coaching for the English Football Association (FA). He coached at Leeds United FC, Notts County FC, Lincoln City FC, and Hereford United FC. He served as the technical director at Watford FC, and as a technical adviser to FIFA, soccer’s world governing body. He was also the technical director of the Malaysian Football Association and the Canadian Soccer Association.

    Bate was a UEFA professional license holder, FA staff coach, AFC staff coach, UEFA “A” license holder, and England youth team coach. As an athlete he played for Sheffield Wednesday, York City, and Boston United football clubs and represented the British Colleges while a student.

    He directed and conducted several UEFA Professional License courses and more than 40 UEFA “A” license courses and, together with S. Subramaniam, devised and instigated the Coach Education Programme throughout Asia for the Asian Football Confederation. He received the Lifetime Achievement Coaching Award from the English Football Association.

    Dick Bate passed away in 2018.


    "Skills & Strategies for Coaching Soccer offers insight for coaches at any level. From basic drills to advanced practices, it details techniques and philosophies that will help you develop players both on and off the field."

    Hope Powell
    Head Coach, England Women's National Football Team