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The Football Association Coaching Book of Soccer Tactics and Skills [Paperback]

Charles Hughes
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Queen Anne Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (27 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852915455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852915452
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 21.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Football Association's official coaching manual was written in conjunction with the production of 13 technical videos (in collaboration with the BBC) with the express purpose of helping players, teachers and coaches to understand better the finer technical points of the game. It is also intended as a structured aid to the development of techniques, skills and tactics for all levels of the game. The course includes systems of play, principles of coaching, creating space, passing and support, attacking, shooting, goalkeeping, defending and set plays, all illustrated in a series of 600 step-by-step photogrpahs and diagrams.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The official coaching manual of the FA 16 Jun 1999
By A Customer
This is the football associations offical book and it is easy to see why. The skills and tactics in this book are clearly explained and have been devised over a number of years. There are hundreds of diagrams illustrating how practices should be organised, along with key factors to look for in all skills. The book is very old as the photos clearly show, and the author has a reputation for long ball football. However the book is more concerned with direct football and the basic skills all players need.
Excellent value for money , I have one other book , that I thought was worth the money , but page for page, this book is superb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Learning the English Way 1 Jan 2005
This book was bought for me as a present when I was a teenager and my intial thought was what do I want with this book? However when I started coaching in my early twenties this book proved invaluable in helping me pass my FA coaching license. Hughes breaks down the key factors of basic techniques (passing, heading, turning, dribbling, shooting etc.) and of basic tactics (defending, creating space, movement off the ball etc.)In terms of helping you know what to coach you won't find a better guide. However if you are looking for this book to teach you how to put on a coaching session you will be disappointed. Also it is based around Hughes flawed study that states the majority of goals (85%) come from 5 passes or less. This becomes his foundation for why teams should play direct football or what is commonly known when England tumble out of major competitions because we can't keep possession as the 'English Disease'
Take away this daft and dated concept though and you have yourself a valuable coaches handbook
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good on basic skills, outdated tactics 17 Feb 1999
By A Customer
For someone like me who has never been coached in football, I was faced with a problem - How could I coach my son in the basic skills of football when I didn't know what they were.
This book provided the answers.
Using it I could devise games to play with my son which were good fun AND taught him the basic skills.
My only reservations about the book were that the tactics covered in it (a friends who knows about football coaching advises me) are out dated. I.e. it covers only the long ball game, the so called Route 1 technique.
On the whole this book solved my problem.My son and I had fun reading it and putting it into practise.
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