Soccer Coaching and the Web: A Guide to Support Player Development

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About the author:
Robin Russell was born in Denmark of Scottish parents. He qualified as a teacher, represented English Universities (UAU) and played semi-professional before joining the English FA in 1978 as a Regional Coach, then Assistant Director of Coaching in 1989
In the 1980's he was extensively involved in the FA National School, established the FA's Grassroots Program and in 1996 oversaw the implementation of UEFA Coach Education Courses in England.
From 1997 as Technical Coordinator he was responsible for the creation of the FA Coaches Association, the introduction of Mini-Soccer, and the creation of FA Learning Ltd. where Robin introduced the following online products:
- The development of 7 E-learning Courses involving over 20,000 students
- The provision of the FA Coaches Magazine ' Insight ' in Online form & the online archive of all FA Coaching Magazines from 1962
- An online player educational and assessment program ,the Soccer Star Scheme, which involved over 1 million children
Robin left fulltime employment with the FA in 2005 to become UEFA Football Development Consultant and start his own business in e-learning in football ( ) For UEFA he has advised on Grassroots Football, developed e-learning courses and contributed to the website. Robin has also acted as a consultant on e-learning, coach education and football development projects with FIFA, CONCACAF, AFC, for a number of National Associations and clubs including Southampton FC and Shakhtar Donetsk.
With Howard Wilkinson he founded the LMA School of Football Management
Robin is a Tutor on the Ohio University /NSCAA Masters Degree Course in Coaching Education and is also a Board Member of Rush Soccer (

Soccer Coaching and the Web: A Guide to Support Player Development

Authored by Robin Russell

The basis of player development has always been face to face interaction between the coach and the player, but our analysis of feedback from over 500 practicing Soccer Coaches at all levels in Europe, Asia and North America, clearly shows that this is not the only way coaches are now engaging with players.
In this first ever Guide for Soccer Coaches on how to use the web to support the development of their players, we explore WHICH Web Tools coaches use, WHY and HOW they use them
The top 5 reasons given by these coaches as to why they use the web to support the development of their players are as follows:
1. The Player is encouraged to take more OWNERSHIP of their own development
2. It's an EXTENSION of the coaching session for the players
3. An opportunity to REINFORCE MESSAGES when they are away from the coach
4. It's an opportunity to provide ADDED VALUE to the coaching they receive from our club and this DIFFERENTIATES us from other clubs
5. It maximizes the CONTACT TIME the coach has with the players

The book is therefore grounded in - PRACTICAL APPLICATION and includes
- Over 100 examples quoted by coaches at all levels
- Recommendations for 200 FREE TOOLS
- References to over 250 FREE websites

Publication Date:
1493689371 / 9781493689378
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Sports & Recreation / Soccer

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