Where I coach in the UK the youth game has been put on hold – we cannot train and we cannot play matches. How long that will last for is not entirely clear but it does mean that I am putting my coaching on hold. MORE
Five books to give you a New Year buzz
I always use this time to catch up on reading the books I have collected through the season. Some are a good read and some are coaching plans or development advice and one is my own! The thing they have in common is they all have something to offer to any coach during the break and are a great educational way to spend your time.
In no particular order:
Soccer Starts at Home® by Tom Byers shares a really simple, unique, forward thinking message that soccer skills can and should begin at home. This isn’t so much a soccer program as much as a developmental message backed up by research and science that shows that advanced nations culture of development starts much earlier than that rest and that it starts between the ages of 2-5yrs old.
Any Parent, regardless whether they’ve played the game or not can help prepare their Child before entering into a Team. The Entry level is perhaps the most important phase of a Child’s development and we can help you to achieve that with, Soccer Starts at Home®!
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Peter Prickett returns with the follow-up to his 2018 3v3 bestseller with new practices that link directly into finishing and creating goals. This book’s focus is on the creation and conversion of goal scoring opportunities, as well as deeper dives into session design to help coaches create better practices.
Developing Skill 2: A Guide to 3v3 Soccer Coaching outlines how you can use and incorporate the 3v3 method into your training and provides more than 85 ready-to-use, illustrated practices. It also details how best to run warm-ups, how to work with different pitch sizes and shapes, and much more.
Through The Thirds – from leading youth coach Tony Mee – offers a practical methodology for football coaches working with 12+ year-old footballers, who want to see their teams play with technique, confidence, and tactical intelligence.
Based around a real-world training programme – which has been developed and delivered by Academy coaches with Academy players – it provides a logical series of progressions, and the opportunity to develop players across all areas of the pitch, both offensively and defensively.
Billy Gazonas was one of the greatest college soccer players from the 70s. He has written an inspiring soccer story that shows us that if you’re really motivated and ignore those that say you are not good enough, you can make your dreams a reality. In “That little son of a b**ch!” Billy explains what he went through, his roller coaster of emotions. The fears, embarrassments, elations, devastating defeats, jubilation in victory, and the drive and passion he felt every day throughout his four years at Hartwick College.
It is a fabulous book for coaches to read with some great ideas for coaching skills and tactics.
A unique resource in a clear landscape format, Soccer Tactics Made Simple explains 58 important soccer concepts in simple English – and offers advice on how to coach them.
Learn and understand concepts like Between the Lines, Line-breaking Passes and Runs, Defensive Diamond, Teaser Passes, Horseshoe, Tumble Dryer, One Touch Kill, Front Marking, Space – Not Man, Steer and Storm, Aggressive Marking, Channel Side, Jump to Press, Zigzag Passing, Play and Run, and Touch on the Move.