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Product Details

  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Reedswain (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189094632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890946326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book for covering all the major issues of attacking and defending.
D. Masson
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to take their knowledge of soccer to the next level.
TechGuru101
I found the book to be simple to understand and the figures and examples to be very helpful.
Justin Butler

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Scott Griswold on July 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
As stated on the back cover, this book is "aimed primarily at intermediate and advanced coaches" and "examines the principle formations used in modern soccer..." It states these formations clearly (along with diagrams) and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each. It is a great resource for the coach who is looking to develop the appropriate offensive and defensive systems. The book does not cover other issues such as team management or practice drills. Look elsewhere for that.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Masson on August 7, 2007
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Great book for covering all the major issues of attacking and defending. If you want to know where your defenders or forwards should position to maximize their position, this is a great book. There are many simple basic diagrams that are uncluttered, showing just the players involved in the play and this is a plus for sharing information with your players!

The book does not cover any drills for achieving these desired results, but I consider it a must read for the coach considering the 4-4-2, 4-3-3, or 3-5-2 formations.

Buy with confidence, this book will refresh your positioning and playing coaching skills as well as providing a way to copy handouts for your players from the many diagrams this book provides!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Battle on February 18, 2014
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This is partly my fault, but the book is now badly dated.

It is still extremely helpful in developing soccer tactics at the basic level, and will remain a resource because of how they approach strategy and counter strategies. That said, since its publication, tactics have shifted and the book does not address the increasingly common Central Defensive Midfielder (or "Pivot") formations which has become a very key position in the modern game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.E.T. on July 11, 2011
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I played scholarship college soccer and coach high school and semi-professionally. There are a lot of systems I never played and wanted more info about them. This certainly doesn't go into immense detail about how to make one of these systems work, but there were definitely things that I learned. They do a good job of talking about the pros and cons of different strategies without being too prescriptive (i.e. should you force another team to the center or out wide, or as a back should you shade inside shoulder vs outside shoulder).
Good read. Worth the price. Wont' make you Anson Dorrance. Will help you be better than you were.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thanasis Soltadis on July 29, 2008
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A good introduction to soccer strategy, and excellent review of the most accepted playing systems. It's not only suitable for coaches, but also for players and tv fans interested in getting an understanding of the sport's dynamics.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Driver on December 25, 2011
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This book is not very comprehensive into specific details about tactics and how you may formulate certain aspects of football.To me it provides knowledge and helps you to identify what the opposing players are doing and what you can do to counteract those tactics.Most of the defensive tactics explicitly supports the role of a sweeper and how you can make him/her effective even if you don't use him/her in there.The attacking tactics mainly expains the runs the forwards should be making and how to create space up front.As someone said before,excluding the midfield from this book makes it difficult to grab certain concepts and the linkage that should be made between attck and defense.It's no must read to me but I guess you can learn a few things.
P.S. I am currently studying phys. ed. to eventually become a football coach.I'm not actively involved in teaching or coaching currently therefore my views may be considered 'amateur'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buck Rosenfield on April 2, 2009
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This is a wonderful, short and direct book exploring the benefits and deficiencies of subtle tactical changes within soccer formations. The level of detail is eneergizing when combined with the thorough discussion of formational decisions that evolve from offensive and defensive soccer strategies.

A quick, direct read that you will re-read to be thoroughly saturated by the nuances of the game of soccer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TechGuru101 on July 17, 2013
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I'm been playing and coaching soccer for about 4 years now and my son is now playing U12 competitive soccer. I was suprised that many people said they "knew" about soccer, but when I tried to get any strategies from them, they really didn't know. When I started assisting as a coach, often the coach woukd send the kids out on to the field with confusing orders and no real strategy (and later yell at them for not following his orders...poor kids). Anyways, When I started looking for a clear book on strategy, it was not easy, my first book "Fundamental Soccer Tactics" by Dewazien, was a great beginners book, but this book is the next step up.

Overall this book has given me much more insight as to the rationale, pros and cons of different formations/line-ups, and some great offensive and defensive strategies. I gave it 4 stars because I think it could have been illustrated better, and also written in a clearer fashion, but if you read it patiently, the information is there. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to take their knowledge of soccer to the next level.
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