Soccer Coaching Books to Improve You AND Your Players

Soccer coaching books

Your Continued Education is Key

Key to you’re development. Key to your teams development and key to having players turn up week-in week-out ready to learn.

So it should go without saying, investing in your education should be something you’re not only aware of, but actively pursuing.

As a coach myself, a few years ago I felt I’d reached a point in my coaching where I needed to change direction. One thing I decided to do was to start taking qualifications outside the sport of soccer. A few sports I decided to get qualified in were;

  • Dodgeball
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • And Boccia of all sports.

Now while it would be pretty ridiculous to assume the technique itself, of rolling a boccia ball towards a target was going to help little Ryan improve his trapping skills in soccer – there were some benefits that could be brought across to soccer training such as;

  • Psychology Techniques
  • Different coaching methods
  • A Multitude of transferable skills (think; awareness, focus, communication and sometimes different movements)
  • And, believe it or not transferable equipment (think soccer tennis for example – unfortunately NOT a game I can claim to be mine!)

The big issue with taking qualifications of course, is the price. You could easily rack up thousands of your hard earned cash paying for qualifications and you also run the risk of choosing a qualification that ends up either boring the life out of you or not teaching you anything new what-so-ever.

There is of course another option. A much cheaper of option too.



Books

And in this case more specifically, soccer books that can help your coaching. Below I have listed a number books that have either helped me directly in my time coaching soccer or helped other soccer coaches like yourself become not only better coaches, but better leaders, motivators, educators, mentors and thinkers.

Enjoy!

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Soccer IQ: Things That Smart Players Do, Vol. 1 by Dan Blank

Soccer IQ: Things That Smart Players Do, Vol. 1
745 Reviews
Soccer IQ: Things That Smart Players Do, Vol. 1
A Number 1 bestseller on Amazon, this first installment from the Soccer IQ series does a great job of speaking to; coaches, parents and players. A great purchase if you're looking to improve your coaching, your parenting and the way your young players...well, play. Two thumbs for this one...

Available formats: Kindle / Paperback

Dan Blank’s book, Soccer IQ: Things That Smart Players Do, Vol. 1, is an ideal choice for any coach looking for help when it comes to explaining the game of soccer.  Blank’s advice is not only practical, but also designed to help improve the play of players of any age.

He takes a number of common problems that plague every coach and breaks each down using humorous examples to showcase just how frustrating they can be.  Blank then offers insights on how to help encourage players to recognize these potential pitfalls and ways to avoid them altogether.

His advice is written in a friendly easy to understand language that is relatable to both players and coaches.  Each chapter in Blank’s book is kept short and to the point, making for a quick and easy read.

 

 

The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football’s Leaders by Mike Carson

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The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders
122 Reviews
The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders
While this book is more of look at the greats the game has given us and how they've dealt with failure and success - some lessons can be related on a micro-level in your coaching too...

Available formats: Kindle / Hardcover / Paperback / Audible / MP3 CD

In his monumental text, Mike Carson works to address some of the most common issues that plague many soccer coaches.  His blended approach provides the unique perspectives of some of the game’s greatest coaches alongside some of the most well renowned leaders in the world of business.

Each chapter tackles an identified challenge that many coaches face and provides potential solutions that are just as applicable in the real world as they are on the field.  The flow from one chapter to the next is seamless making The Manager an easy and forgiving read.

If your goal is to find a book on coaching soccer that incorporates alternating perspectives on a range of issues, then Mike Carson’s is for you.  Carson writes as a fan of the game and not as a coach with a definitive model to follow.  His text offers relatable advice to help you build understanding among your players regarding key concepts and strategies to improve the overall level of play.

 

Re-Booting Youth Soccer 2.0: Everything You Really Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask About Youth Soccer by Nick Webster

Re-Booting Youth Soccer 2.0
9 Reviews
Re-Booting Youth Soccer 2.0
A great book with a fantastic review rating on Amazon. Re-booting soccer takes you on a journey through personal accounts and stories from coaches who have walked the path before. Take the lessons in this book and relate them back to your coaching

Available formats: Paperback

Coaching can seriously be a challenge if you walk into it thinking you know it all.  It certainly doesn’t take long for situations to occur and problems to arise.  Thankfully, Nick Webster understands where you are coming from and is here to help with some advice that may just be the answer to your prayers.

In his book, Re-Booting Youth Soccer 2.0, Webster effectively relates a number of personal accounts from a variety of coaches who had to overcome serious challenges both on and off the field.  The author is able to take classic concepts and reworking them in a new and engaging way helping any coach to look at things with a new perspective.

This is a book perfect for coaches of all level and for players of any age group.  Most important of all, Webster highlights a multitude of potential take aways and life lessons kids can receive when it comes to playing soccer.

 

Coaching Better Every Season: A Year-Round System for Athlete Development and Program by Wade Gilbert

Coaching Better Every Season
65 Reviews
Coaching Better Every Season
While this book is more of look at the greats the game has given us and how they've dealt with failure and success - some lessons can be related on a micro-level in your coaching too...

Available formats: Kindle / Paperback

Are you serious about coaching soccer and are looking for a text to answer the questions others can’t?  Consider Coaching Better Every Season to be that text.  Author Wade Gilbert goes a long way to answer the hard questions.  Best of all, he does so in an easy to understand and logical format.

One of Gilbert’s hallmark approaches to this text is to provide a series of issues and concerns commonly faced by many coaches at all levels.  His approach is to provide well researched advice to help address these problem areas and to back the research with advice from some of the most respected coaches the sport has ever known.

The book also offers worksheets along with the text to assist in building further understanding about how the concepts being explained actually play out in real life.  This is a book that is guaranteed to make coaching less complicated and improve the performance of not only your players, but yourself as well.

 

Soccer iQ Presents Shutout Pizza: Smarter Soccer Defending for Players and Coaches by Dan Blank

Soccer iQ Presents Shutout Pizza: Smarter Soccer Defending for Players and Coaches
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Soccer iQ Presents Shutout Pizza: Smarter Soccer Defending for Players and Coaches
Another book here from Dan Blank. After the success of his first book 'Things That Smart Players Do' this time he comes back into the scene with a book more specifically aimed defending. Great for both coaches and players

Available formats: Kindle / Paperback

Is your defense an area where you need further development as a coach?  Are you unsure how to best utilize these players apart from telling them to stop the ball?  If this sounds like you, then perhaps you need to check out Dan Blank’s book, Soccer iQ Presents Shutout Pizza: Smarter Soccer Defending for Players and Coaches.

This is a tremendous read for any coach looking to develop a stronger defense.  One of the key fundamentals of this text is its attempt at building a stronger defense through better communication and structured objectives.

This book is a great resource for players and coaches alike.  It’s easy to understand and utilizes illustrations to help highlight areas to look for in opposing teams and how to identify patterns in their play and movement.  Imagine your defense as a team within a team that works with a unified goal of providing better defense to help support your team to victory.

 

Leading: Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United by Alex Ferguson

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Leading: Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United by Alex Ferguson
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Leading: Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United by Alex Ferguson
I first read this book in less than 24 hours. It gives a great account of the most successful (and least successful) times of arguably the greatest soccer coach the world has ever seen. If you're interested in what it takes to be a successful leader in soccer this ones a must read

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If you are a fan of the Manchester United and have enjoyed their storied career while at the helm of the great Alex Ferguson then you should highly consider this piece as a strong addition to your collection.

In Leading: Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United, Alex Ferguson offers glimpses into the philosophy that helped him define him as a leader and achieve a highly successful career.  This book emphasizes some of his key lessons aimed at successful team building and how to incorporate leadership into everyday life.

The advice he provides is both practical and capable of helping even the most seasoned of coaches handle the difficulties of managing a successful and competitive soccer club.  He reviews common adversities that are likely to be found both on and off the field.  His explanations are broken down into miniature lessons highlighted by anecdotes of his own life and career while helping to guide Manchester United.

 

Making the Ball Roll: A Complete Guide to Youth Football for the Aspiring Soccer Coach by Ray Power

Making the Ball Roll: A Complete Guide to Youth Football for the Aspiring Soccer Coach
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Making the Ball Roll: A Complete Guide to Youth Football for the Aspiring Soccer Coach
If you're just getting into soccer coaching, or you have a few parents who would like to get involved this book might be the best first step forward

Available formats: Kindle / Paperback

In Making the Ball Roll: A Complete Guide to Youth Football for the Aspiring Soccer Coach, author Ray Power offers a plethora of useful advice to any coach looking to better understand the art of coaching.

 

Power offers many age specific considerations with the goal of helping any coach build not only the skill levels of their entire team, but the confidence of his or her players as well.  Power also stresses the importance of effective communication that needs to exist between not only the coach and their team, but between players as well.  Each area he focuses on is highlighted by actual stories from real life coaches who have been there before.  These additions give the book a genuine and relatable feel that makes it easy and fun to read.

This really is the perfect coaching guide for any current or aspiring youth soccer coach who wants to make each practice meaningful and practical.  Each chapter highlights very specific areas related to coaching youth soccer and offers a series of drill and objectives aimed at improving both the team’s performance as well as the coach’s.

 

Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer (Volume 1) by Mr. Richard E Shaw

Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer
98 Reviews
Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer
Recommended by Manchester United Academy coach Dean Whitehouse, 'Coaching Outside the Box' can give even the most professionally run youth clubs some ideas to improve the standard of their coaching

Available formats: Paperback

Effective coaching requires the ability to understand the game of soccer from a variety of perspectives.  You must recognize the motivation of individual players and how this impacts the team as a whole.  Stressors that erupt in the midst of play can greatly magnify a seemingly minor issue that had up to that point been only of marginal concern.  Being able to effectively manage these, along with a whole slew of others, is what is required to transform a group of kids into a dynamic team.

These are just some of the qualities stressed in Richard E. Shaw’s book, Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer.   Shaw helps break down the sport of youth soccer by age groups and helps to highlight what areas of development are most crucial for players of that age to master.

The author provides not only his own advice, but pairs it with perspectives given by a number of leading professionals from the worlds of soccer, business, and leadership.  This book brings to light what can help turn an aspiring coach who is unsure of the next step into one who is able to lead their team to victory.  This text also incorporates the viewpoint of parents and highlights their importance to a team’s success.

Shaw’s book helps to illustrate and explain what the plays and practices of effective coaches look like and the motivation behind doing each.  It is his assertion that through following these methodologies, any coach can ensure their players are not only excelling, but are enjoying themselves at the same time.

 

Soccer iQ Presents… POSSESSION: Teaching Your Team to Keep the Darn Ball by Dan Blank

Soccer iQ Presents... POSSESSION: Teaching Your Team to Keep the Darn Ball
115 Reviews
Soccer iQ Presents... POSSESSION: Teaching Your Team to Keep the Darn Ball
Another book here from Dan Blank - this time focusing on possession and keeping the ball. If you've worked in youth soccer for any length of time you'll know the struggles when trying to teach your team how to keep the ball longer. Again, another Soccer IQ book that explain everything brilliantly that can be read by both Coaches AND the players themselves.

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If you are looking for a seminal author who knows a thing or two about coaching youth soccer, then you are more than likely familiar with Dan Blank.  In this work, Soccer iQ Presents….POSSESSION: Teaching Your Team to Keep the Darn Ball, Blank focuses solely on one of the most critical areas of the game, keeping possession of the ball!

Too many coaches run drills aimed at helping players follow classic patterns.  What’s the problem with this approach you may be wondering?  The trouble is that many times the other team knows those same patterns as well!  If an opposing team can recognize your approach to maintaining possession then they can surely interrupt the plays and take the ball.

In this easy to read book, Blank showcases numerous training exercises to help your players improve ball control and maintain possession longer.  Each exercise is accompanied with a diagram offering a visual means to better understand each lesson.

Blank’s goal is to show coaches what to watch out for and what to do if a problem arises when their team is out on the field.  This step by step guide is the perfect addition to any coaches’ library and is an excellent tool for leaning ways to maintaining possession of the ball at all time.




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