14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2005
I found the book quite helpfull, how ever i do not believe it is a basic guide! and is not aimed at all ages. There is some good information and drills in the book and some really good questions to ask players about key momments of the game. would advise anyone to buy this after all it is quite cheap and i believe it is value for money.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2005
When reading the synopsis to this book online it clearly states "any age, any level ".When I started to read this book I was surprised to read in the Introduction that in fact it is assumed that the team is 11-a-side with players who are at least 13 years old. So if you are starting to manage/coach a younger team which are at the 7-a-side stage its a bit disappointing. This should have been mentioned in the book details because it would have stopped me and others from buying it. I`ve gone on to read the rest of this book and it has some decent content but really is not ideal for the level in which I was interested in.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2011
Possibly not as good as it once was when it was originally released back in 2004 (the FA have changed a lot since then). However, its still a decent 1st book, and should be cheap now, to give you some basis on what to work towards and how to set up.
The presentation is a bit 'drab' with very little to no colour used in the diagrams, though they are pretty clear and easy enough to follow. Plenty of statistics and figures to help put points and theories across within the book, but again they're no out dated, but you can still see the idea behind them.
I wouldn't recommend it for an experienced coach, or someone who has done their coaching badges, but its a good book to read if you're interested in coaching.
As someone else mentioned in their review its not aimed at all ages/teams (again a throwback to it being published in 2004).
Borrows bits from the other FA Learning books (Psychology and Fitness), just so you are aware.
0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2007
I could've written this book. Gather together some overpaid wannabe male models who like to kick a ball around badly occasionally, add a coaching team who aren't too bothered, throw in enough money to buy most of the world, lose alot, collect wages. Sorted!