Teambuilding The Road To Success Paperback – Jan 1 2002
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About the Author
For over 35 years, Rinus Michels was involved in the absolute top of international soccer. The FIFA Coach of the Century developed the principles of "Total Soccer", first at Ajax Amsterdam and then with the Dutch National Team during World Cup '74. His credentials as the coach of Ajax, FC Barcelona, FC Koln, and the Dutch National Team are unmatched in the history of the sport.
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This book is a fantastic resource for soccer coaches at any level, or any person tasked with administering a youth soccer program. Michels explains the vital importance of small-sided (4v4) games in teaching young players how to play soccer, establishes objectives for the technical development of young players by age group, discussed systems of play.
This is my "top-rated', "must read" book for any serious soccer coach.
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Michels explains the vital importance of small-sided (4v4) games in teaching young players how to play soccer, establishes objectives for the technical development of young players by age group, discussed systems of play, and gives real-life examples of how to manage the dynamics of professional and international teams.
This may well be the most important soccer book ever written.
Rinus Michels was probabaly a very good coach and had great success with the Dutch national team as a coach during 70s (reached WC FInal 1978 in Argentine) and 80s and obviously has had a great impact on the evolution of Dutch soccer including sucessfull wotk with the Dutch FA and Dutch Youth soccer.
He mentions a lot of interesting things that can be worth taking into account about how the Dutch youth setup is working and what things are important to know about youth soccer in general. I.e At what age you should do that and don't do that
But this book hardly contains any really good exercices to improve your teambuilding. There are only a few exercises in the book and no pictures or diagrams to help you really understand what the exercises is all about. Overall, teambuilding is a broad topic but I felt I would have gained more experience and insight in teambuilding reading this book.
It should also be known that this book mostly cover dutch soccer and that sometimes can be a bit frustrating. For a genuine soccer fan you would have anticipated that he would have learned a lot from his time as a coach of FC Barcelona but barely mention that spell of his life in "Teambuilding". But I suppose he writes about what he knows best.
I don't want to say that you sholdn't read this book because there is always something that you learn with a soccer coaching book that you can apply in soccer on a daily basis. There are always things to pick up but there are for sure better books out there if you want to be a better soccer coach.
Any book that gives over 30 years of successful experience should be on the top of every reading list.