Recommended Books

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The Talent Code

Daniel Coyle examines the notion of creating muscle memory in athletes, and how deep practice results in the development of more autonomous skill sets. A defining book for skill development and an essential read for all.

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  • Information 90%
  • Readability 75%
  • Practical Application 70%
  • OVERALL RATING 78.3%

Winning

Clive Woodward coached the England Rugby Team to World Cup glory and did so with such attention to detail. This book chronicles the development of the team on its path to success and is a must read for all coaches.

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  • Information 70%
  • Readability 80%
  • Practical Application 60%
  • OVERALL RATING 70%

The Power of Habit

This book explains how habits are formed and examines how a coach trained their team to be more efficient in their play and to read the game in greater detail. A worthwhile read for all coaches.

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  • Information 73%
  • Readability 65%
  • Practical Application 74%
  • OVERALL RATING 73%

Barca

A fantastic insight into Barcelona and how they built a club and a team that is arguable the best team of modern times. Go behind the scenes and read about the development of the likes of Messi, Xavi, Puyol and Iniesta and how they created a winning culture.

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  • Information 90%
  • Readability 85%
  • Practical Application 50%
  • OVERALL RATING 75%

Bounce

An amazing read and a must for all. So many interesting concepts and ideas, and methodologies used in many different sports with a lot of cross over to soccer. The the book also examines feedback methods and how the players handle it.

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  • Information 82%
  • Readability 80%
  • Practical Application 75%
  • OVERALL RATING 79%

Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell popularized the notion of 10,000 hrs being the amount of time it takes for someone to become world class at their chosen discipline. This theory transferred to soccer is a great starting point for all coaches looking to motivate their players towards greatness.

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  • Information 70%
  • Readability 60%
  • Practical Application 60%
  • OVERALL RATING 63.3%

Practice Perfect

Doug Lemov offers practical tips and advice for coaches with deep scientific background. I challenge you to read this and not become a better coach as a result of incorporating some of the ideas into your coaching.

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  • Information 87%
  • Readability 84%
  • Practical Application 83%
  • OVERALL RATING 84.6%

The Little Book of Talent

An amazing book that every coach should read. It offers great ideas and concepts that will aid coaches as they develop talent in whatever area they coach/teach. Keep a copy on you and try implementing the tips – you will see results!

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  • Information 78%
  • Readability 95%
  • Practical Application 93%
  • OVERALL RATING 88.6%

Mindset

Carol Dweck provides ground breaking theory on the difference between a ‘fixed’ and a ‘growth’ mindset. This book is an essential read for anyone that wants to get more from their players, staff and even themselves.

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  • Information 90%
  • Readability 80%
  • Practical Application 95%
  • OVERALL RATING 88.3%

The Gold Mine Effect

Rasmus visits hotbeds of talent all over the world, with the aim of explaining why they have been so successful. Plenty to learn from the many different sports and disciplines he examines!

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  • Information 77%
  • Readability 70.6%
  • Practical Application 60%
  • OVERALL RATING 78.3%

The Sports Gene

A highly detailed examination of a contrasting theory to the work of Daniel Coyle through his book ‘The Talent Code’, and certainly worth reading to understand both sides of the discussion.

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  • Information 70%
  • Readability 50%
  • Practical Application 55%
  • OVERALL RATING 58.3%

The Numbers Game

An interesting look at the numbers and statistics involved in the game of football/soccer and how they apply to the game. The attention detail is fantastic and it is a must read for anyone who loves the statistical side of the game.

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  • Information 65%
  • Readability 60%
  • Practical Application 50%
  • OVERALL RATING 58.3%

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