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"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

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), played for Sheffield Wednesday, York City, and Boston United football clubs and represented the British Colleges while a student. He is a UEFA professional license holder, an FA staff coach, an AFC staff coach, a UEFA license coach, and an England Youth team coach.

Richard has coached at Leeds United FC, Notts County FC, Lincoln City FC, and Hereford United FC and has been technical director at Watford FC. He was also technical director for the Malaysian Football Association and the Canadian Soccer Association.

He has directed and conducted several UEFA professional license courses and over 25 UEFA “A” license courses. Together with S Subramaniam, he has devised and instigated the Coach Education Programme throughout Asia on behalf of the Asian Football Confederation. Currently he is director of Elite Coaching courses for the Football Association.

Richard lives in Ross on Wye with his wife, Maggie, and enjoys traveling, reading, and walking in his leisure time.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736080228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736080224
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By montana_nick on April 13, 2010
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I'm your typical parent/volunteer coach with absolutely zero background in the sport. While I really enjoyed the game and enjoyed coaching, I certainly struggled at first and found it very difficult to gather information from a variety of sources. But, I stuck with it and improved as a coach and moved on to coach my younger kids, too. Then, last year, having moved up to coaching at a slightly more competitive level, I discovered this book. I've been through it several times and it is the foundation for most of my practices.
I can't recommend this book enough to a beginning or slightly experienced parent/coach. The organization of the book is first-rate. Each skill is explained in detail, with plenty of photos and diagrams to get the point across, then the authors present several drills (with progressions for better players) to reinforce the teaching of a given skill. There's information on the basic skills of the game (dribbling, shooting, receiving, etc...), as well as tactics and coaching techniques. I'm currently coaching my daughter's U8 team and son's U10 team. There's definitely a gap in skillset between the two ages, yet this book has plenty of drills for both.
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Reviewed by Rory, UK - a PE specialist teacher and sports coach

This book is the bible of soccer coaching but it is useful to anyone involved in the game, coaches, teachers and players alike. It covers skills for beginners, intermediate and advanced players with a load of information to help coaches with the progression of their pupils.

The first edition was a best seller and this second edition has been excellently updated. I only wish I'd known of the book whilst at University as it would have been of huge benefit when writing assignments covering the techniques of soccer and how to coach effectively but now that I have found it I am looking to it for advice whenever I coach.

There is plenty of technical information eg on taking penalties and techniques for throw ins, including information covering the tactical benefits of the long throw which I found of particular use as information on this is quite rare. I particularly like the fact that the book emphasises a positive approach to coaching based on skill and fair play and also gives information on good nutrition and diet. The book is arranged in such an easy to use manner that, if my team was weak on attacking, I could easily find the chapter and read up about what was needed to correct the problem.

Hargreaves and Bate clearly have a wealth of experience in soccer coaching; their technique sessions are well illustrated and can easily be replicated on the training field and on the pitch. They don't just assume that coaches will have total obedience from their players and there is an excellent chapter in the book about how to cope with problem players and parents!

Excellent use of colour, diagrams, photographs and layout.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zarreff on January 8, 2010
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Solid Soccer Manual for Beginning to Intermediate Coaches.

Good diagrams.
Good explinations.
The coaches progressions are reasonable so that you can see how to "regress" (dumb down) or "progress" (ramp up) each of the drills.

Re-Read-ability: Has good re-readability and is useful as a reference during season and (more importantly) next season. There are some very popular Soccer coaching books that I have read once and then shelved. Skills & Strategies is a book that you can page through time and again, lift drills straight from the book or spark new ideas for training sessions -- the more one coaches the more one "sees" the idea behind a drill or the concept being taught and then creates a new one tailered to your own teams needs. Skills & Strategies has good breadth (technique/tactics/coaching philosophy/team concepts/team management)but not just latest fades.

ie. Set Pieces -- doesn't try to give you the "definitive set-up" for each player but rather tries to diagram the main lanes of attack.

Problems: As with any book w/ the word "Complete" in its title, it is not actually complete -- its more of a, "What every beginning/intermediate soccer coach should know...." But as a large part of soccer coaching is the ability to see and teach re-occuring patterns, this book is worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2012
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I've been coaching soccer for 8 years now, at age levels ranging from under-6 to under-16. When I was starting out I grabbed a few random soccer books but mostly learned by experimentation. I wish I'd had this book back then. In reading it since my recent purchase I've already picked up half a dozen new concepts, activities, and perspectives to add to my practices this spring. I own at least 6 soccer coaching books now but I don't think I'll rely on any of them as heavily as I will be relying on this.

The text is clear; the authors have a good perspective on fundamentals and tactics, and they have a good idea of what ordinary soccer coaches have to deal with on a regular basis. The diagrams and activities are easy to understand and have an obvious purpose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kreuch on February 19, 2014
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I've purchased several books to assist with my coaching youth players and this is the book I keep coming back to to design my practices and for advancing my you players skills. I used to coach boys from U9-U13 and now coach girls U12. This book is clearly written and the drills take you through a progression of intro to advanced levels making this the perfect reference for any coach. Outstanding job by the authors. This book is comprehensive and well organized. I couldn't recommend it more. I don't give out 5 stars easy but since I haven't found another book that achieves what this book does, it absolutely earns this grade.
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