Over the years that I have been Training/Coaching soccer teams for various clubs and schools I, like most, have drawn ideas from an assortment of periodicals, coaching journals, and of course mentors. We can all identify with different philosophies, styles of play, and concepts for developing players technical abilities and tactical awareness. And as you might agree, our objective is to authentically and purposefully cover the spectrum of skills for this sport in the most complete and enjoyable way possible.
In my endeavors I have always sought out resources that assist me with conveying specific aspects of the game that I would like a team or a player to experience and gain insight into. Many of you out there are quite familiar with and are utilizing the NSCAA Journal- great for a full range of information. UEFA.com and the USSF also provide valuable tips and games to help a trainer focus on specific features of play. Of course, the Wiel Coerver methods have revolutionized the specificity with regard to technical training and ball mastery (foundational critical to all training sessions). Those mentors and philosophies, whether they be Dutch, German, or of other origins can be discussed in another feature.
Most imporant, I would like to share my favorite journal, the Success in Soccer publication that has now been discontinued, unfortunately. Since then, I have counted on World Class Coaching, mentioned to me by a training colleague some years ago. Success in Soccer (backed by the German Football Federation-DFB) provided a very clear structure along with a comprehensive range of variations/levels that always provided me with fantastic direction, certainty, and most of all, inspiration. I continue to refer to my catalogue of journals when planning training sessions to this day!
However, since Success in Soccer is no longer producing their materials to my knowledge, I have been relying on a very similar publication that brings the Trainer great content on line at various price points- Some for free and others escalating depending on your level of engagement. World Class Coaching- is a Trainer’s Guide to exercises, tips, and tactics that I unreservedly recommend. If you would like to explore what they offer just click on the link and see what they offer. www.worldclasscoaching.com/