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Developing Youth Football Players

by Horst Wein Human Kinetics
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Pbk 264 pages
AU$62.99 NZ$65.21
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Ensure that your young footballers reach their potential! Developing Youth Football Players combines proven coaching methods with engaging games that allow young athletes to develop their skills, understand team play and appreciate the sport.

Author Horst Wein provides more than 150 games, corrective exercises, and competitions for players aged 7 to 14. Based on the internationally renowned Football Development Model, training and coaching methods are divided into four levels, resulting in the best age-appropriate coaching resource available. From fundamental skills and goalkeeping to tactics and game intelligence, Developing Youth Football Players covers it all with clear writing and colourful illustrations, making it easy to incorporate each lesson into your programme.

Developing Youth Football Players will help you become a better teacher and coach. Use it to give your players a great start to a successful football career.

Chapter 1. The Natural Development of Young Players
Chapter 2. A Successful Approach to Coaching Football
Chapter 3. Coaching Age-Appropriate Football
Chapter 4. Games for Basic Abilities and Capacities
Chapter 5. Developing Football Game Intelligence
Chapter 6. Games for Mini-Football
Chapter 7. Games for 7-on-7 Football
Chapter 8. Developing Young Goalkeepers
Chapter 9. Games for 8-on-8 Football
Epilogue Taking Football Into the Future

“Horst Wein has captured perfectly the ethos and philosophy in working with young players by allowing them to take ownership of their game. An essential resource for coaches who wish to give players every opportunity to be the best they can be. Ideally suited for youngsters of all abilities – outstanding!”

Mark Lee
Football West, Australia

"Developing Youth Football Players is the ideal resource for coaches on skill acquisition and creative thinking in game-centred fun practices for players 7 to 14. A valuable and highly recommended resource."

Jim Selby
Technical Director
Oceania Football Confederation

"Developing Youth Football Players demonstrates Coach Wein's impressive knowledge of soccer player development. His book is a must have resource for youth soccer club administrators and coaches."

Sam Snow
Director of Coaching Education
US Youth Soccer

Horst Wein is perhaps the world's foremost mentor of football (soccer) coaches and trainers. He has taught the coaches of institutions in 51 countries covering four continents and has written 31 sport-related textbooks, including four on football.

Wein, an Olympic silver medal winner as a coach, was the first coach from the Western world to be invited to train top athletes in the former Soviet Union in the late 1970s. He also has served as a consultant for two Olympic Games, the Asian Games, and one of the most important football clubs in the world—Internazionale Milan.

Currently, Horst Wein works cooperatively with the Center for Research and Studies (CEDIF) of the Royal Spanish Football Federation. He also travels extensively, helping others adapt the game of football to better suit their young players. Recently, Nike United Kingdom appointed him as head coach for their famous Premier Football training programme. He resides near Barcelona, Spain.