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Every Boy's Dream: England's Football Future on the Line [Kindle Edition]

Chris Green
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'skilfully analyses the successes and deficiencies of the academy system' --Guardian Sport

'A copy of which should be on the desk of the manager, coach or proprietor of every football club in the land as soon as possible.' --The Daily Telegraph

'Chris Green, takes a long hard look at the state of youth coaching and its findings are predictably grim. Green has uncovered a total disconnect between the game's top brass and the kids at the sharp end.' --When Saturday Comes

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Short listed for the Best Football Book in the 2010 British Sport Book Awards
The way Britain develops its top football talent is a hot topic of
debate. The failure of all four of the UK's national teams to reach the
2008 European Championships and the ever-increasing reliance of
England's top clubs on foreign talent underlines an undisputable fact:
that Britain now lags well behind the world's top countries in
producing the best footballers, despite having the wealthiest league in
the world and untold riches at the game's disposal. Every Boy's Dream: England's Football Future on the Line investigates
why - despite unprecedented expenditure on a huge overhaul of youth
development in the past decade - British football continues to fail to
nurture top-class football talent.


With some 10,000 boys in the system at any time - and less than
one per cent of those boys likely to make it as professional
footballers - there is a real need for a long, hard look at our
domestic football development system. Who funds the system? How are the
boys recruited? Who is responsible for their coaching and what
qualifications do they have for the job? Who looks after their welfare,
ensuring they are enjoying the sport and still keeping up with their
schooling while under the clubs' stewardship? What happens when the
boys don't make the cut and are released by the clubs?


Every Boy's Dream
does not pull any punches. It
lays the blame at the doors of the authorities in charge of youth
football. But, rather than just listing the faults of system - which
are many, as the hard-hitting real-life examples demonstrate - it
provides tales of inspiration and a blueprint for the future of the
national game. It is the most thorough book ever written about football
youth development, and cracks through the age-old veneer of perceived
wisdom that has stifled debate on the subject.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1831 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00G09PCT4
  • Publisher: A&C Black; 1 edition (3 Aug 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QMA2AG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No future? 21 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
This book explains why England are unlikely to win the World Cup again and if you care about the future of English football then Chris Green's book is for you.
I found the book fascinating. It is obvious that the author is passionate about English football and his frustration at football's hierarchy and their inability to work together for the good of the future of the English game becomes increasingly apparent.
The book is well researched and clearly shows what is wrong with youth development in English football and suggests a path to what should be happening.
Any football fan will enjoy the book but not the message.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most thought provoking read 3 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
I read this in one sitting and was hooked. The whole Academy thing, especially at the younger ages sits very uncomfortably.
With all the hype of the Premiership and anythng football, this is a sobering read - Chris Green has written a real gem here and should be compulsory reading at the FA, for any junior football coach or parent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 25 Mar 2013
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If you have boys in the football system as I do, this is a great read on the truth surrounding this so called centres of excellence and academies and how the clubs treat the children and the parents on their quest to find the next star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Football fan 18 Feb 2013
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A really good read for anyone interested in the youth development system in the premier league. I have already recommended it to all my fellow football following mates.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Boys Dream 24 Jan 2013
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This book is a fascinating read, and just has to be read if you feel strongly about the future of our national game. Chris Green's book is undoubtedly passionate about the English game, and his frustration at football's hierarchy shines through. Very well researched, it shows what is wrong with youth development in English football and the path to a brighter future. Excellent.
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By Geoff
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There has been much talk since the World Cup regarding the issues of English Football . If you want an answer to almost every question on what's gone wrong with the game in England ...this book will do just that !
I've been fortunate to talk with the author and he speaks as he writes...I would love something to change and happen, after reading this book !

Any parent of a young child who feels their child has the ability to become a footballer MUST !! read this book , if only to open their eyes to what reallly goes on and how their child is likely to be treated.

I loved this book because as a Coach and a Dad of a very fine young player (He was scouted by a club at 6 , he's now 17 and playing football for Town and County ..when so many have sadly left the game !) ..I read about everything I had seen both good, bad and down right ugly and also some great ideas about what is needed to improve the game at grassroots,local club and national level.

If I could recommend one book and one book only to be on the reading list of every FA Coach or potential Coach/Manager ,it would be without any doubt this book !

Read it because if we don't listen and act the game in this country will become at best mediocre or at worst an English Player of true World Class potential will be a thing of history books and joyous memory !
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