Skills and Strategies for Coaching Soccer: The Complete Soccer Coaching Manual

Author(s): Alan Hargreaves & Richard Bate


The second edition of "Skills and Strategies for Coaching Soccer" is fully updated and revised, bringing the book right up-to-date with current coaching trends and practices. Building on the success of the first edition Alan Hargreaves together with Dick Bate have produced a resource that is truly relevant to every coach irrespective of individual style and experience. It covers all aspects of the job; from philosophy to match management, providing key advice for coaches working with players of all abilities. Every essential soccer skill is covered in a progressive manner in order to get optimum results from players in real match situations. There are extensive chapters on tactics, which provide advice on team formation and set-pieces for offensive and defensive situations. Skills will be built up from basic practices through to drills that are practiced by professional players. What's more, all of the technique illustrations from the first edition have been replaced with photos and all drills are accompanied with informative illustrated diagrams.


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Alan Hargreaves (MA, Med) played soccer for Lancashire, Loughborough Colleges and English Universities. Alan has directed national residential coaching courses for players up to 18 years of age and was the co-founder and director of the Soccer Academy for Young Players in California. He was head coach for the British Colleges soccer team and coached professional soccer for five years. He has conducted numerous coaching courses in England and California and was a consultant in fitness for soccer and field hockey. Dick Bate (BEd, Dip Phys Ed) played for Sheffield Wednesday, York City and Boston United football clubs. He also represented the British Colleges whilst a student. He is a UEFA Professional Licence holder, FA Staff Coach, AFC Staff Coach, UEFA A Licence Coach and England Youth Team Coach. Dick has coached at Leeds United FC, Notts County FC, Lincoln City FC, Hereford United FC and is currently Technical Director at Watford FC.

Chapter 1. Ethics and Your Coaching Philosophy; Chapter 2. Personal Coaching Strategies; Chapter 3. Group Coaching Strategies; Chapter 4. Collecting and Controlling the Ball; Chapter 5. Passing; Chapter 6. Dribbling; Chapter 7. Striking the Ball; Chapter 8. Shooting; Chapter 9. Heading; Chapter 10. Goalkeeping; Chapter 11. Tackling and Defensive Skills; Chapter 12. Principles of Play; Chapter 13. Team Formations and Systems of Play; Chapter 14. Coaching Teamwork Methods and Practices; Chapter 15. Tactics in Defense, Midfield and Attack; Chapter 16. Set Pieces (Throw-Ins, Corner Kicks and Free Kicks); Chapter 17. Physical and Mental Preparation for Games; Chapter 18. Working With Problem Players and Parents; Chapter 19. Fitness and Conditioning for Soccer.

General Fields

  • : 9780736080224
  • : Human Kinetics Publishers
  • : Human Kinetics Publishers
  • : December 2009
  • : 254mm X 178mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : October 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 121 colour illustrations, 187 colour illustrations
  • : 392
  • : 796.334
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : Paperback
  • : Alan Hargreaves & Richard Bate