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4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview
A very good introduction to the basics, which does exactly what it says, giving a diagramatic layout for coaching sessions. It claims that it does not wish to touch on the theory of the system, but you are occasionally left wanting to know why certain positionings are required.
I feel that this is best used in conjunction with other materials, as few of the exercises...
Published on 7 April 2006

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2.0 out of 5 stars For the novice coach I think
Way too much of this is either plain common sense else known to anyone who has played/watched/coached football for a year. it's intensely logically laid out and tells you how to handle the four attackers coming your way, with one section per attacker who has the ball, and sub-sections depending on who the attacker passes to.

Snag is, defending your left flank...
Published on 7 Sep 2009 by Dervid


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview, 7 April 2006
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A very good introduction to the basics, which does exactly what it says, giving a diagramatic layout for coaching sessions. It claims that it does not wish to touch on the theory of the system, but you are occasionally left wanting to know why certain positionings are required.
I feel that this is best used in conjunction with other materials, as few of the exercises are truly dynamic. Also the very important aspect of body positioning does not get dealt with properly.
However, a good schematic bible - i.e what your position should look like, especially the work on the offside rule.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction, 2 Jun 2006
This is an excellent book for anyone coaching Zonal defence. I Coach a team of under 14's and this book has been extremely useful in my understanding of Zonal defence and also I have used the drills for training sessions. As with one of the other reviewers I would have liked a bit more detail at times on the actual theory but overall it is the best coaching material I have found for teaching zonal defence using a 4-4-2 system.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, wrong layout, 6 April 2011
It's a good book, giving you basics of the 4-4-2 system. It's useful for people looking to improve their fundamental knowledge of football tactics.
The book gives a great number of graphics, explaining the tactics and movement of players, but it's a real downfall that all the graphics and the text referring to them are usually on different pages. More effort should have been made on the layout, so the reader would not turn back and forth pages while trying to match text and image.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For the novice coach I think, 7 Sep 2009
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Way too much of this is either plain common sense else known to anyone who has played/watched/coached football for a year. it's intensely logically laid out and tells you how to handle the four attackers coming your way, with one section per attacker who has the ball, and sub-sections depending on who the attacker passes to.

Snag is, defending your left flank is (presented as) simply a mirror of defending the right flank, and defending left midfield is a mirror of - you guessed it - defending right midfield. So almost half the book is the other half word for word but with the diagrams and words "reversed". And to me the defending is plain common sense, seriously - no gems of trickery or guile at all.

Funny enough I found the shorter sections on attack play quite valuable - how the front two should execute running patterns to lose their markers.

So, I would recommend this for a novice coach only.
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