- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Bennion Kearny Limited (October 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909125326
- ISBN-13: 978-1909125322
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author sheds light on key elements such as the psychology aspect of football (soccer), the importance of health and provides alternative solutions for incorporating speed and agility with touch on the ball. He also provides useful and meaningful tactical drills, making them more interactive, moving away from the old school methodology many of us grew up on. His drills and diagrams are easy to follow, set up, and incorporate into your weekly practice routine. His focus on the non-negotiables is refreshing as it’s a great reminder as coaches, what we need to adhere to and look for in our training sessions.
I have taken what I have learned from this book and incorporated them into my training sessions and I’ve seen an immediate improvement from my team. They are working together and enjoying training more and moving the ball as a unit. I look forward to reading his other books and seeing what else I am able to incorporate into my training regimen and continue to development my team.
Any open minded coach, no matter what age level you train, can learn and incorporate lessons from this book.
The author harshly criticizes static, repetitive exercises that concentrate on technique because players become bored. Instead, he suggests practice sessions should be a series of small-side games. While I agree that bulk of practice should be competitive and game like, I have also observed that high-level players spend lots of time perfecting technique with "cone drills" or 1v0 activities. I don't think the author is suggesting you neglect technical training, but he doesn't offer any tips on how to achieve technical mastery while maintaining intensity.
The suggested activities are helpful, and I intend to use them, but hat's missing though are some "nuts and bolts" of technique that perfect execution, like body positioning or runs. The coaching points are vague. For example, on defending: "Communication! Which forward has the ball and how must defenders organize themselves accordingly?" While I understand the use of questioning as a coaching technique to encourage problem-solving, a coaching manual should provide a substantial answer one what I'm looking for as coach.
As a previous reviewer mentioned, the most productive chapter is "The Non-Negotiables" that outline the environment you should provide for your players in training. Curneen provides very concrete, practical suggestions here.
Finally, I should mention there a few typos that I found frustrating and distraction, but they don't detract from the author's message.