Everything You Need To Know For Coaching Youth Soccer

Lessons in youth coaching from Tony Carr MBE - possibly the world's greatest professional academy coach
Tony Carr

If you want to build a team of technically proficient players (even if they’re not “Premier League quality”) that can play the quick passing game that everyone loves to watch, Everything You Need to Know for Coaching Youth Soccer will show you the way…

Are you anxious about coaching soccer to children? Maybe you’re already coaching, but sometimes struggling to get your points across at training? Perhaps you simply run out of preparation time? Possibly you’re feeling your sessions are getting dull?

In this comprehensive resource you’ll get: 8 exercises to encourage and improve passing and moving in young players – the cornerstone of Tony’s teams, 6 ball manipulation techniques that players of every level can master (and there’s no need for outlandish moves and spins!), 3 fundamental ball control skills that give players more time on the ball, 12 activities to prepare players for the demands of the modern passing game, 3 ways to coach players one of the most difficult – but most effective – goal-scoring techniques, 2 activities I use to develop that vital goalscorer’s instinct in every player – not just strikers!

In total, you’ll get 91 activities to explode your players’s skills and give them the technique and ability they need to take their play to the next level.

This attractively produced landscape format manual is for new and aspiring coaches of youth players. It is designed to help you build your players’ techniques, skills and understanding of the whole game from ages 12 to 18.

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Foreword by Sir Trevor Brooking

Tony Carr and I played together in West Ham’s Youth Team back in the early ’60s and were extremely fortunate to come under the influence of two outstanding coaches – Ron Greenwood and John Lyall. Their training methods and philosophy created and reinforced West Ham’s renowned reputation for playing entertaining and skilful football.

I enjoyed myself so much I stayed at the club throughout my 19-year playing career. Tony’s playing days were cut short by injury, but he was quickly persuaded to retain his close ties with the club, and to continue to develop the up-and-coming stars of the future. I joined West Ham in 1965, just after they had won the European Cup Winners’ Cup, following their FA Cup success the previous year.

World Cup glory was to come in 1966, and the Hammers trio of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters were to play a prominent part in the historic campaign. West Ham’s style of play required all team members to have the basic skills of good control, which naturally included the right kicking and passing techniques.

Youngsters today have far greater distractions and alternatives to football, which means we must make significant changes if our national game is not to languish behind the rest. It is these basic skills that have suffered more than anything since my younger days, as now football must compete with television, videos, computer games and numerous alternative sports.

Although individuals can be born with natural skills, it is only regular practice that provides the necessary technique to play the game well. I believe the younger you start, the better. The years from the ages of five to eight are absolutely vital because youngsters are totally receptive to everything you tell them, and they have not developed any bad habits. They can be taught the correct techniques for kicking and control, while also being encouraged to use both feet. Early football experience, during the primary school period up to the age of 11, is another crucial period.

Throughout this time the emphasis should be placed on football being fun and something to be enjoyed. Unfortunately, a good deal of the junior football played in this age group is not undertaken
by schools but by well-meaning parents. Too much emphasis is placed on winning at all costs, and quite frequently the “shouts” from the sidelines are more of a hindrance than a help. Youngsters do make mistakes, which sometimes cost goals, but at that age they are on a learning curve and should not have their spirit and enthusiasm extinguished.


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2 reviews for Everything You Need To Know For Coaching Youth Soccer

  1. Steve Watson

    “Coaching Youth Soccer is a great resource that I would highly recommend to all coaches.

    It’s clearly laid out and full of drills and exercises that are easy to follow with some great progressions to take things further.

    The sections are set out perfectly so that if you notice faults during training session you can find an appropriate activity quickly.

    Coaching Youth Soccer is a key manual to own.”

    – Steve Watson – UK

  2. Dave Clarke

    “Coaching Youth Soccer is a blueprint for success in youth soccer, containing all the building blocks a coach needs to give his players the tools that will develop them to be the best they can.

    I highly recommend you get hold of a copy, anyone who considers themselves to be a good coach shouldn’t be without it.”

    – Dave Clarke, Editor – Soccer Coach Weekly

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Tony Carr is one of the most influential figures in English football. The former West Ham Academy director has brought through – from the youth team to the first team – players like Glen Johnson, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe.

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