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on 25 September 2014
This book gave me an insight into a side of coaching I've never experienced, with every turn of the page I learned something new. Fascinating book that I struggled to put down!
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on 11 April 2014
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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on 8 May 2014
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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on 28 November 2013
I like the message of the book. It is good for other sports too. Twitters from DA help me to remember the ideas and examples written in the book.
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on 22 October 2014
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.

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on 17 September 2013
I highly recommend this book, if your a leader, a coach and want to develop your coaching style with mindset. Don't look past this book
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on 10 January 2014
I would recommend any of Dan Abrahams books if you are interested in developing an understanding of psychology in football.
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on 1 July 2014
If you coach you should read this. Many, many good ideas and best practices to challenge coaches at all levels.
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on 11 April 2014
A book that will make any coach have the right mindset for his players before any game or training session
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on 20 July 2014
Read in a couple of days and have taken on board lots of ideas.
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