It Pays to Win on Offense

It Pays to Win on Offense : A Game-Based Approach to Developing Soccer Players That Score and Create Lots of Goals

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It Pays to Win on Offense is a book for soccer coaches who are looking for the most effective way to engage all of their players all of the time in order to teach them attacking soccer concepts. The book provides an all-encompassing framework for instilling a relentless, attacking mindset in soccer players. By combining educational theory and making everything a competition, coaches can maximize their practice time and teach that attacking concepts are not just limited to certain players (e.g. the forwards or attacking midfielders). Traditional coach-centered soccer coaching-where the coach directly instructs the players what to do, when and how to do it-can be an effective form of teaching for some players. However, it does not encourage all players to become independent decision makers who can creatively solve problems on and off the field. Just as direct instruction (lecture format) is starting to be seen as one of many teaching strategies in the classroom, so the "guide on the side" model of coaching is coming to the fore in soccer. By utilizing "Guided Discovery," a method of teaching in which the coach coaches by asking questions, players are encouraged to come up with their own solutions to problems. The questions can be lower or higher order questions (concrete and simple to abstract and complex), but this is a difficult skill for experienced professional soccer coaches, let alone volunteer coaches who may not have a strong soccer background. As such, this book comes complete with a ready-made set of guided discovery questions that only focus on the attacking side of the game. By emphasizing attack only, it affords all players the opportunity to deeply learn the offensive principles, such as penetration, support, width, mobility, and creativity/improvisation. As this book focuses on developing the attacking mindset, the discussion and analysis will focus on those areas of the game; however, my second book, It Pays to Win on Defense: A Game-based Approach to Developing Highly Effective Defenders, centers on how to train defenders and teach defending concepts is now available. Throughout this book I will profile some of the best attacking players I have coached. These players are included to reveal a player's perspective on Game-based Soccer, but also they may spark an idea in your head about a player that you have that you can better utilize in a different position, or unleash their attacking potential. I want to be clear, this book is a collection of games, activities, etc., that have worked for me over the years. I believe the principles and benefits are transferable, but if I have learned one thing from coaching it is that there is no single best way to do something. I hope you find this book informative and that it helps you train your players to score more goals!show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 210 x 274 x 12mm | 379.99g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1508617996
  • 9781508617990

About Dr James E Jordan

James Jordan is an educator and a soccer coach. He holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF National Youth License, and a Doctorate in Education. Using Game-based Soccer techniques developed over the past decade, his teams (boys and girls) have won six high school state championships and one Classic 1 boys' club more