Overview

Football (Soccer) poses a tremendous challenge to coaches because it is a game of constant motion where instant decisions have to be made in ever-changing situations. Therefore, the coaching system has to be carefully structured to create a learning environment that enables all players to reach their full potential. This book makes the case that small-sided games, which promote whole brain thinking, are the best way to achieve this. Young players must be given the freedom to play, experiment, take risks, ...
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Soccer: Play to Learn and Learn to Play

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Overview

Football (Soccer) poses a tremendous challenge to coaches because it is a game of constant motion where instant decisions have to be made in ever-changing situations. Therefore, the coaching system has to be carefully structured to create a learning environment that enables all players to reach their full potential. This book makes the case that small-sided games, which promote whole brain thinking, are the best way to achieve this. Young players must be given the freedom to play, experiment, take risks, improvise and make mistakes. By intelligently introducing the appropriate coaching methods at the right time, players will become confident of making decisions by themselves. This book uses a progressive system of smallsided games which enables players to find their own way. Includes 196 exercises complete with diagram, equipment, pitch size, number of players and time required.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016250007
  • Publisher: Reedswain Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mick Critchell
Following a successful career as a Head of Physical Education and Head of Year in secondary schools, Mick has focussed on football coaching. He works with players at all levels - from “grass roots” to professional. He has been coach and fitness adviser to Farnborough Town FC and Basingstoke Town FC, coach at Portsmouth FC School of Excellence and coach educator for Hampshire FA and Surrey FA. He has worked as an in-service trainer for the Premier League Football Academies and for both the Swedish FA and the Polish FA, and is currently a consultant for Fulham FC.

He is also the author of three best-selling books: “300 Innovative Soccer Drills for Total Player Development”, “Warm Ups for Soccer - A Dynamic Approach” and “Game Vision in Soccer”, and co-presenter of the video: “Going for Goal”. In addition, he is a director at The Football Garage, an approved centre for 1st 4 Sport.

Bo Bosma
Bo is a Dutch national who qualified in 1987 as a clinical psychologist and a neuro-psychologist at the State University of Utrecht. After qualifying she took a fellowship at the University of Antwerp and continued to work in a children’s observation centre.

In 1990 she started work in Dublin as a neuro-psychologist, specialising in memory disorders.After moving to England, her children started playing football. This gave her the opportunity to analyse football training in community and academy settings. It soon became clear that there was no particular training structure that took into account children’s development. Frustrated with the observations, she met with Mick Critchell who introduced her to more challenging and creative ways of training. From here, her interest in cognitive sport psychology developed.

Richard Cheetham MSc
After completing a Masters degree in sport science at Brunel University, Richard travelled to New Zealand where he lectured in sports coaching as well as strength and conditioning. He was fitness coach for Massey University Rugby in Palmerston North and the provincial Sevens team, Manawatu. Success with both these teams led him to work with the New Zealand Academy of Sport, the NZRFU and the Olympic White Water Kayaking team. Since his return to the UK in 2004, he has been a lecturer at the University of Winchester where he now holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching.
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