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4.0 out of 5 stars A coaching model that will develop the right mindsets and team dynamics to help performance on the pitch, 22 Oct 2014
This review is from: Soccer Brain: The 4C Coaching Model for Developing World Class Player Mindsets and a Winning Football Team (Paperback)
Following on from Soccer Tough, Sports Psychologist Dan Abrahams turns his focus away from the players and on to the coach in his next book, Soccer Brain. As with his previous work, my review of which can be found here, Abrahams aims to bring the often complex world of sports psychology to a wider audience by explaining some of his key methods and strategies in an easily digestible and ideally usable format.

As opposed to the vast majority of football coaching manuals, focusing as they do on training drills, skills and techniques, tactics and formations and so on, Abrahams proposes a coaching model that will develop the right mindsets and team dynamics to help performance on the pitch. It aims to “teach coaches to train players to compete with confidence, commitment, intelligence and as part of a team,” as well as developing the mental skills to allow players to perform their skills under pressure, when it is needed the most. By creating the right environment to allow players to play with confidence and freedom and without fear Abrahams argues that players’, and the team’s, performance can be enhanced significantly more than by skills and tactical training alone.

This shouldn’t be taken as meaning that the book is only focused on elite or higher levels of competition. Many of the ideas could just as easily be applied to coaches at a lower or a youth level; anywhere that the coach themselves is seeking to get the best from themselves and their players.

By focusing on the assistance psychology can give in developing football coaching methods, Abrahams has kept his brief narrow enough so as to allow a degree of footballing specificity to his points. A sports psychology book could easily get itself lost in amongst the complexities of the mind and the perceived need to explain such intricacies to the reader in full depth, but that isn’t necessary to make such a book effective.

The book is split into four main sections, each looking to develop a different aspect of coaching and mindset culture within the team; a culture of creativity, of confidence, of commitment, and of cohesion – the 4C coaching model as mentioned in the book’s title. The ideas are presented in terms of football, but much could of course be applied elsewhere in the sporting sphere too.

As with Abrahams other football psychology book, Soccer Tough, he uses numerous real life examples from the sport to illustrate his points. It’s not a complicated idea, but it’s one that makes the reader experience all the better and makes it infinitely easier for the uninitiated to understand the points being made. It’s not dumbed down, far from it, but it is explained in a straightforward and easy to follow way. Klopp and Mourinho get a mention, as do various players and coaches from further down the pyramid, but all of the examples are useful and purposeful.

Some will want to take more from this book than others, but sports coaches, and of course football coaches in particular, would surely find enough ideas to develop and adopt to make this a more than worthwhile read.

This review is from my website www.thesportsbookreview.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just physical talent that makes a good player... it's mindset talent too, 21 July 2013
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This review is from: Soccer Brain: The 4C Coaching Model for Developing World Class Player Mindsets and a Winning Football Team (Paperback)
This book will transform the way most coaches actually coach. It details subjects that most coaching books don't even touch on. Dan has expertly articulated how areas of psychology can help get the most out of your players. Not just the star players, but every single one of your squad.

It's very well written, and contains clear, real-life examples to back up the theory. It's one of them books that has leaves wanting to read just one more page - I can't think of many coaching books that have done that!

The modern day coach needs more than drills, tactical nous, and game know-how. In an age where the focus on grassroots development is so high-profile, a coach should be constantly looking for ways to improve their players. This book, being unique in its subject matter relating to football, gives so many techniques and tips on how to extract the most out of every individual squad member. The insight you'll get about Klopp and Mourinho will help you to understand how they've gained their success. And the best bit is that their techniques are explained ready for you to try on your own team.

Overall, this is a fantastic book. It really opened my eyes to many things I'd taken for granted. Being a coach is not just about technique, it's about people. Real people with real feelings. Get the most out of them with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Coaching Bible, 10 July 2013
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This review is from: Soccer Brain: The 4C Coaching Model for Developing World Class Player Mindsets and a Winning Football Team (Paperback)
Having read Soccer Tough I was really excited when I heard Dan was releasing a book aimed at coaches. I have done my Level 2 qualifications- I'm convinced this book can help any coach of any age and any standard, in line with Soccer Tough it's written in a really simple way and I love the way Dan uses stories and real life examples to bring sport psychology alive.

The book is divided into 4 sections- each section informs the reader of how to develop different cultures within his coaching practice . Section One teaches you how to build a culture of creativity.Section 2 has loads of tips to build a culture of confidence section 3 talks about developing a culture of commitment, while section 4 introduces the reader to ways of improving your culture of cohesion. It's really simply laid out and is crammed full of idea and techniques.

If Soccer Tough is your playing bible, this is your coaching bible. It's applicable to all sports coaches-not just football ones
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 1 July 2014
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If you coach you should read this. Many, many good ideas and best practices to challenge coaches at all levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 21 May 2014
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Thought provoking, simple but gripping. This book offers practical advice to all coaches on building a culture, helping individuals and teams progress. The aggregation of marginal gains alone is worth the fee.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for Grassroots Coaches, 15 May 2014
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If you want to learn and develop your coaching then I Cant recommend this highly enough - packed full of ideas and things you can take on the training ground with any group of players whatever age. A Must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindset, 8 May 2014
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The importance of positive psychological engagement with your players should never be under estimated and if applied appropriately can have a huge effect
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master coach, 24 April 2014
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This book explores the power of the players mind! Maybe 30% applicable to u9 but what in important %.
This should be on the fa recommended reading list, it's that good. Regrettably I discovered this book 12 years after I had started! I am on my second read so that the concepts stick and are retained.

I am very impressed with the books content but most importantly, I am thinking differently- job done by the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 11 April 2014
This review is from: Soccer Brain: The 4C Coaching Model for Developing World Class Player Mindsets and a Winning Football Team (Paperback)
Written in a manner which is easy to read and relevant to the modern day coach. A must read for those who want to embrace all aspects of coaching football.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and educational tool book, 11 April 2014
This review is from: Soccer Brain: The 4C Coaching Model for Developing World Class Player Mindsets and a Winning Football Team (Paperback)
Soccer Brain is a fantastic read for all coaches at every level of the game. It's such an informative read, I couldn't put it down. Your tool box in understanding player mindsets and how to get the best out of them will increase in size massively and in turn make you a far better and influential coach for the players. Can't wait to read Soccer Tough also written by Dan Abrahams.
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