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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: SoccerTutor.com Ltd. (23 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755210743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755210749
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Seedhouse was born in Coventry, England on 21st March 1968. His first book, "Coaching The Coach" has been nothing less than a phenomenal success. "Coaching The Coach" has regularly been the UK's number 1 best selling book in the soccer skills and drills category since its release in 2007 and has gone on to sell thousands worldwide.

Richard's second book Coaching Mini-Soccer was released in 2011 in partnership with www.SoccerTutor.com and immediately became another No 1 best seller. Coaching Mini-Soccer is the first in a series of new books planned by the partnership.

The second and Richard's third book Coaching The Coach 2 was released in June 2012 and is another best seller and the perfect accompaniment to the FA's new Football Development Initiative.

Coaching the Coach 2 continues the educational development of the soccer coach from his first book and the technical base required in coaching into small sided games, functional drills, phases of play and games.

Already getting rave reviews from readers it promises to be an un-missable read for any football coach who is serious about player and personal development.

These books now form a coach education trilogy - the perfect coaching foundation - designed to improve grassroots coaching and player development!

Richard has also submitted articles for World Class Coaching Magazine and wrote the coaching articles in JSP Live, a grassroots football pull-out which appeared in the Sunday People newspaper. Richard is a UEFA B Coach, JFO Tutor and Coach Mentor who is also on two County FA committees for both Raising Standards and Coach Mentoring.

Keep up to date with Richard on twitter @skybluecd or www.coachingthecoach.net

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. O'Donnell on 16 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
I have read many coaching books in my time and they all follow the same pattern, they give you the drill and tell you what to do (this is fine as long as everything goes to plan, and the correct amount of players turn up, which we all know rarely happens!)This book, however, is different. This book asks you questions, asks you the reader how you can change and adapt the drills if you need to. Not only are you given a vast amount of drills but they are also explained in depth, the points at which we should be focusing and looking at are highlighted so that we can ultimately improve the players' ability. Anyone who has already achieved their FA Level 1 coaching badge and wants to prepare themselves for their Level 2 ought to read this. Be equipped for your Level 2 and be the top of the class. Perhaps you don't have the intention of taking your Level 2 and just want to improve as a coach yourself, then you should read this. I really cannot do this book justice merely by saying how superb it is, so buy this book and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Wharton on 1 April 2008
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Having been recommended the book by a coach at my football club, and personally not having much experience at coaching the past, this is a fantastic read to open your eyes to the Level 2 experience. I've been coaching for around 36 months now, attended the Level 1 course, researched drills from the internet and other books.

What this book gives you, is the ability to think out the box and gets you in the frame of mind for the Level 2 course. It doesnt only just get you thinking about the people involved in playing the football, but the environment that some times you take for granted. This may sound simple, but using the same coloured cones as boundry markers, and different colour cones for goal (hard when you have a pack of 50 white cones, but now invested in some colour cones).

It slides in nicely, questioning your own thoughts of coaching, why did that pass go wide? what could the player have done better? let recreate the situation and improve the player. The drills are well explained, simplified and gives natual progression.

I've recommdend this book to a number of people at the club, not just coaches, but parents who are thinking about going into coaching. It also has the added bonus of having a photo of one of the chaps I was on my Level 2 course with - good times!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Level 1 Coach on 8 Mar. 2012
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If, like me, you got into football coaching by being a touchline parent helping out at training and matches for your sons football team, and you are now looking to get more involved and take your FA Level 1 badge and / or coach a team, then this book is a must-read. I recommend you read this book first, and then read "Coaching Mini Soccer: A Tried and Tested Program of Essential Skills and Drills for 5 to 10 Year Olds" (also by Richard Seedhouse). You will soon gain enough knowledge and confidence to take training sessions yourself and pass your level 1 course.

Other books I can recommend to read after these two are "Coaching Junior Football Teams For Dummies", and "Soccer Academy: 100 Defending Practices and Small Sided Games" and "The Soccer Academy: 140 Overload Games and Finishing Practices" (both by Michael Beale).

Want to know a book to avoid ? - "101 Great Youth Soccer Drills: Skills and Drills for Better Fundamental Play" by Robert Koger. The drills are really confusing, even to more experienced coaches than myself that I've shown them to.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ben Isaac on 7 Jan. 2008
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Unlike usual coaching books/guides, this book does not just give you a list of drills for you to set up and supervise, but promotes active coaching. Not only does it explain what each drill works on, but why, how to make it suitable to the players you are coaching, and also draws out your own ideas on to how you can differ the drill in order to make it more effective and/or challenging to the individuals involved. As a level 1 coach I found this book the most beneficial out of any material I have used to help improve my coaching ability and would recommend it to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CheekyBanker on 21 Mar. 2008
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I echo the 2 previous reviews. The author should be congratulated on an excellent effort. Long overdue.

My small gripe is that 8V8 games are reccommended for U8 age group. You only learn to coach 7v7 at level 3.

PLEASE PLEASE all Level 1 or beginners use the 4v4 game format great for the kids under 11 years old. Easy to coach,as natural triangles emerge.It is the smallest realistic game format.

A good source for 4v4 is Give us Back Our Game and Pills drills both are free on the internet.

Use 4v4 in conjunction with Richards book, I could not reccommend a better combination.

Level 3 Coach
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnson on 4 Oct. 2013
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As a newly qualified coach I had been looking for some new learning material for inspiration for my coaching. This book was a real surprise, lots of good drills and sessions. What I really like is its ability to push me as a coach to understand how best to deliver a session. I've tried many of the drills with my Under 8's and they always react really well. Have now purchased this book for a second time after someone stole my first copy - that's how worthwhile it is. Have also just got a copy of Richards latest book about coaching mini soccer and that looks like its going to be as good as this one!
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