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F.A.Coaching Book Soccer Tactics Paperback – 27 Jun 1994
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The Football Association's official coaching manual was written in conjunction with the production of 13 technical videos (in collaboration with the BBC) with the express purpose of helping players, teachers and coaches to understand better the finer technical points of the game. It is also intended as a structured aid to the development of techniques, skills and tactics for all levels of the game. The course includes systems of play, principles of coaching, creating space, passing and support, attacking, shooting, goalkeeping, defending and set plays, all illustrated in a series of 600 step-by-step photogrpahs and diagrams.
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Excellent value for money , I have one other book , that I thought was worth the money , but page for page, this book is superb.
Take away this daft and dated concept though and you have yourself a valuable coaches handbook
This book provided the answers.
Using it I could devise games to play with my son which were good fun AND taught him the basic skills.
My only reservations about the book were that the tactics covered in it (a friends who knows about football coaching advises me) are out dated. I.e. it covers only the long ball game, the so called Route 1 technique.
On the whole this book solved my problem.My son and I had fun reading it and putting it into practise.
Hughes is often blamed for promoting "long ball" football and not "playing the right way". Well, I've read the rule book and there ain't no points for style, you win by putting the ball in your opponent's net more often than he puts it in yours! And that indeed, is what Hughes book teaches.
It well laid out in sections covering the usual attack, defence,etc with some more detailed chapters on through balls and other specific techniques. The book is more of an analysis than a training manual and unlike other books doesn't really detail drills to be used on the training pitch, although they are easily enough extracted from the analysis.
The analysis itself is clearly presented with plenty of diagrams and photos, and also supported by in depth statistical data.
Whether you are a coach, player or spectator this is an excellent book in my opinion which will teach you a lot about the game, no matter how much you think you know already.
The fact that this book and author are much maligned owes much to the idea that football is fully formed and that new ideas are "muggy-bonehead" together with this myth of "the right way". Some of the tactics may well be out of date now but the basics are still as valid today as they have ever been.
I'm giving this 5 stars - it was a groundbreaking book. Where Hughes went wrong was that he based his analysis on the peroformances of Brazil, Argentina, Germany and the Liverpool of the late 70s and early 80s. His mistake was not in his work or conclusions but trying to apply it in England where players just lacked the skill and ability to apply the tactics.
I suppose some thing haven't changed!
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