Are you passionate for soccer? Is the beautiful game all that you can always think about? On the field or off it, you can’t get your mind off the game? All you ever want to do is to know more and more about the game you love. Well a book can be a handy friend in that case.
You might be an ambitious soccer player or someone who is new to the game and wants to learn about the game as much as possible. You won’t always have an internet connection to study the game on YouTube or other popular coaching websites. Imagine you are travelling to a distant place and even the connectivity of your phone ditches you!
A soccer-a-holic like you must have one or probably more of the below books to intrigue you in the meantime. A book can be your most reliable, convenient and an omnipresent teacher.
Let’s have a look at the top 10 books available for learning about soccer.
- Inverting the Pyramid:
Written by the famous soccer journalist and writer, Jonathan Wilson, this book has been considered as “the best thing that could ever happen to English soccer”. This book is undoubtedly an ocean of vast knowledge when it comes to the perspective of soccer tactics and formations history.
Jonathan has explained the history of soccer tactics from the very beginning of the game in the 1860’s up till today. He has beautifully explained how the very first soccer formation of 2-3-5 gradually changed into the 4-4-2 of today. Every chapter digs deep into the formation and the creators of the formation and the tactics revolving around that formation. The successes achieved by the formation have been glorified. Jonathan dictates the significance of soccer in every era since the 1860’s and how the cultures and traditions of different countries influenced the tactics and formations and gave birth to a diverse range of soccer strategies and playing styles.
This is probably the best written soccer book till date and is a must read for any passionate soccer fan.
- Attacking Soccer:
This book is an ideal manual for soccer coaches.
The book primarily deals with the attacking phase of the game, that is the phase in which the team has the ball in possession. This book demonstrates verbally the different ways in which a team can try to score. The book also complements the quality of the players within a team by providing insight upon tactics which technically poor teams can deploy to score goals.
An important feature of the book is that it provides a chapter on every modern day formation including the 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-5-1, etc and in each chapter the author has dissected the formation to explain its strengths and weaknesses and illustrated the different tactics which can be used to score goals using that formation. What adds more to the quality of content of the book is the fact that at the end of every chapter a one-on-one duel has been written explaining how the formation taught in the chapter can exploit every other formation.
- Dutch Total Football:
The Dutch have been the pioneers of grassroots soccer since the last half century. The Dutch coaching philosophy inspired by the youth Academy of Ajax has given the world of soccer numerous stars like Johann Cryuff, Patrick Kluivert and the likes of the “coach of the century” Rinus Michells who changed the game of soccer with his revolutionary ‘Total Football’ strategy.
This book is a must read for any soccer fanatic as it explains the tactics and drills that led to the development of top class Dutch players of today. Also, the book also explains how the Dutch culture, geographical parameters of Holland and its social philosophy affected Dutch soccer and led the Dutch into being one of the most revolutionary soccer pioneers in the modern day game.
- Ajax training sessions:
Written by Jorrit Smink, a renowned Dutch journalist, this is another book which puts light on the training philosophies of the Netherlands. Ajax rank along with La Masia as one of the biggest and most successful Youth academies in the world. This book is a mirror to every reason behind it.
The book consists of 40 drills which the coaches at Ajax Amsterdam use at all levels of play. Also there are sessions from the Dutch coach Ronald Koeman himself.
- Attacking down the centre:
Ask any soccer coach the importance of the centre of the field and he will immediately have thousands of words for it. Be it attack or defense the teams that dominate the centre of the field are the ones that often win games.
This book contains lots of drills which can be used in team trainings to learn to dominate the center of the pitch.
Drills are focused on creation of goal scoring opportunities and the individual runs and finishing.
- Attacking down the flanks:
The flanks are an effective complement to the centre of the field. Teams which lack technically proficient players in the middle of their formation exploit the flanks more. This is because there is comparatively less pressure and more time and space along the flanks. Attacking down the flanks is a challenging move as it involves relying on methods of crossing and heading to score.
This book contains drills which promise to improve the various aspects necessary to attack down the flanks. The drills can be used for the whole team in order to prepare a philosophy which encourages the individual players to make the most out of the flanks.
- Soccer IQ: Things that smart players do:
This is the Amazon best-seller and has been honored as the one among the top 5 books of the year by National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The author Dan Blank has taken tremendous efforts in giving soccer readers a book which teaches them how to THINK soccer. Backed by a twenty year soccer coaching experience, Blank has compiled this book putting light on the most common problems which soccer players face and some surprisingly simpler problems to solve them. This book guarantees to enrich the understanding of soccer of the reader enabling him to take smarter decisions on the field.
- Soccer Modern Tactics:
Written by Alessandro Zauli, this book can be considered as one of the greatest ones in soccer. This book contains deep dissection and analysis of the tactics of the modern game and the formations underlying them. What adds the icing to the cake is the fact that the book contains interviews of several modern day soccer geniuses like Carlo Ancelotti, Marcello Lippi, the great Arrigo Sacchi and many more shrewd tacticians.
This book is guaranteed to change your outlook towards soccer for sure.
- 4-4-2 v 4-3-3:
Published by World Class Coaching, this book is yet another tactical Bible. This book analyses the 4-4-2 formation of Sir Alex Ferguson and the 4-3-3 of Jose Mourinho. These two managers are arguably the two best managers in the business and their tactical geniuses have achieved several accolades for the team they coached.
This book showcases the perspectives with which these two managers see the game and what decisions trigger them to deploy certain players on certain positions. This book will definitely inspire you to understand soccer the way these two men do.
10. Brazilian soccer Coaching:
If there is a sight beautiful in world sport it cannot be more beautiful than a soccer field on which Brazil are playing. The Brazilians are technically superior than most of the other opponents and have a divine understanding of the game. This book contains coaching drills from a top soccer club’s youth academy based in Brazil.
The practices involved are the ones which Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaka trained during their youth. This book can be considered as manual to learn to play the Brazilian way. This book comes in two volumes and is a yet another World Class Coaching product.