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Skills and Strategies for Coaching Soccer [Kindle Edition]

Alan Hargreaves , Richard Bate
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The second edition of "Skills and Strategies for Coaching Soccer" is fully updated and revised, bringing the book right up-to-date with current coaching trends and practices. Building on the success of the first edition Alan Hargreaves together with Dick Bate have produced a resource that is truly relevant to every coach irrespective of individual style and experience. It covers all aspects of the job; from philosophy to match management, providing key advice for coaches working with players of all abilities. Every essential soccer skill is covered in a progressive manner in order to get optimum results from players in real match situations. There are extensive chapters on tactics, which provide advice on team formation and set-pieces for offensive and defensive situations. Skills will be built up from basic practices through to drills that are practiced by professional players. What's more, all of the technique illustrations from the first edition have been replaced with photos and all drills are accompanied with informative illustrated diagrams.

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About the Author

Alan Hargreaves (MA, Med) played soccer for Lancashire, Loughborough Colleges and English Universities. Alan has directed national residential coaching courses for players up to 18 years of age and was the co-founder and director of the Soccer Academy for Young Players in California. He was head coach for the British Colleges soccer team and coached professional soccer for five years. He has conducted numerous coaching courses in England and California and was a consultant in fitness for soccer and field hockey. Dick Bate (BEd, Dip Phys Ed) played for Sheffield Wednesday, York City and Boston United football clubs. He also represented the British Colleges whilst a student. He is a UEFA Professional Licence holder, FA Staff Coach, AFC Staff Coach, UEFA A Licence Coach and England Youth Team Coach. Dick has coached at Leeds United FC, Notts County FC, Lincoln City FC, Hereford United FC and is currently Technical Director at Watford FC.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3842 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736080228
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Pub Inc; 2 edition (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00511ET78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A benchmark manual 17 Dec. 2009
By Anon
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This latest edition of the Alan Hargreaves and Richard Bate manual is the most professionally presented I've seen. The print is colour and glossy, diagrams and tables are crystal clear, and the information is organised in clear defined units.

Part 1: Preparing the Coach, gives information and advice on how to coach football players and clubs.

Part 2: Skills and Techniques, analyses eight distinct areas, starting from the basics.

Part 3: Tactics and Teamwork, discusses the Principles of Play, and different formations, and set prices.

Part 4: Team Management, covers the role of the manager/coach with a team, and also discusses physical fitness.

Although I would suggest the information in here is relatively basic, there is no doubt that certain sections would be useful to any coach, especially the Principles of Play chapter. All the key tecniques are listed and explained in great detail. There are numerous drills and training games described and illustrated. Perfect for coaching youth/junior football.

In summary: A highly useful manual, well presented, clear concise ideas, aimed at youth/amateur football. This surely must be the benchmark manual for all youth coaching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for FA Level 1 coaches and above 22 Jun. 2011
By Sajjio
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I bought this book and used it really for the 'advice' rather than the drills/excersizes. I have since loaned it to my level 1 coach/assistant and she is picking up a lot from it.

It has great colourful pages and they really put some effort into this book. I would recommend to all new coaches, but experienced coaches could find better.

Each section is broken down by activity type and then by difficulty. There is a great contents section to help you find what you need.

The advise is good also, such as dealing with kids/parents etc
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By janet
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My husband, Alan Hargreaves, and his friend Dick Bate are the co-authors of this second edition - so you may consider that this review is biased!

That said, the first edition you published in 1990 was a "best seller" and the revised version, which was your idea, is so much better both in content and presentation (full colour).

We are delighted with it and also the manner in which Human Kinetics has marketed the book - keep up the good work.


Janet Hargreaves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coaching Soccer 29 Mar. 2013
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Superb practical book by Alan Hargrewaves, and Dick Bate on Coaching Soccer. I remember Dick being the North West Regional Football Development Coach. He did a brilliant job up here. This book is highly recommended to all coaches, and those with an interest in it.
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