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E-book - Coach and Player Development - Volume 2

Coach and Player Development - Volume 2

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This video and e-book package is aimed at youth development coaches and practitioners wishing to develop players and improve their own knowledge and skills. The content is primarily aimed at those within football (soccer) but there are many transferable ideas which can be implemented in other sports.

This e-book is made up of 8 fantastic presentations (this package includes the full chapters in video form) which have been transcribed and were originally delivered as part of our online virtual conference’s in 2017 and 2018. The theoretical and practical advice from the coaches and practitioners come from their own experiences in the beautiful game and are presented in a way that you can take the ideas and put them into practice immediately, with the players in your club or academy. The e-book covers elements from different aspects of coaching: physical, psychological, social, technical and tactical.


Contributors and Chapter Titles

Claire Davidson | Performance Psychologist at Notts County F.C. | More Than Just A Shirt

Gary Curneen | UEFA A Licence Coach | Creating A Winning Culture

Gerard Jones | UEFA A Licence Coach | Operating In Your Own Genius

Gobinder Singh-Gill |  Lecturer in Sport Psychology | Applied Emotional Intelligence and Coaching Practices

Helen Nkwocha | UEFA A Licence Coach | From Casual To Competent

Ian Dyer | UEFA A Licence Coach |  Train How You Play: Developing A Strong Training Culture

Laura Finnegan  | Lecturer in Sport Management + Talent Development in Waterford IT | Relative Age Effect In Football: The What, Who, How And So What
Louise Capicotto  | Assistant Academy Sport Psychologist at Leicester City Football Club | Psychosocial Factors In Sports Injury Rehabilitation And Return To Play


What is Included?

E-book PDF - Ebook and Presentation slides combined - 338 pages - 19, 284 words

About Contributors and About Chapters

Claire Davidson | Performance Psychologist at Notts County F.C. 

About Claire

Claire is the Lead Performance Psychologist at Notts County football club. Claire started at the club as Academy Lead Performance Psychologist in 2014 before progressing on to her current role in 2017. Claire also has experience working with the Nike Academy which was based at St Georges Park.

More Than Just A Shirt

About Chapter

In this presentation, Claire takes a look at the different identities that players have (or frequently don’t have) and what happens when their shirt is taken away due to injury. Claire uses a case study of an injured player and gives practical examples of interventions that you can also use to implement with injured players.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the impact of only being a footballer
  • Recognise how other identities can help players grow both on and off the pitch
  • Ways coaches and support staff can encourage this

Gary Curneen | UEFA A Licence Coach | Creating a winning culture

About Gary

Gary Curneen is the current assistant coach at Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL (women’s professional league). Gary previously was the head women's coach at California State University Bakersfield, where he led the program to a first ever second place finish and was named Coach of the Year in 2016. Gary has started Modern Soccer Coach to help educate other coaches and provide avenues for coaches  to learn from some of the best.

Prior to Cal State, Gary was the Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at University of Cincinnati and Head Women's Soccer Coach at Wingate University. Gary holds a UEFA 'A' License from the Irish FA and a "Premier Diploma" from the NSCAA.

Creating a Winning Culture

About Chapter

In youth development, the subject of winning brings up a number of questions: Is it part of the development problem or part of the solution? Are coaches placing too much of an emphasis on it? At what age should we focus on it? How do we teach players to become more competitive yet maintain their enjoyment of the game? Gary will discuss a number of these topics, as well as how coaches can build elite environments and create buy-in from both players and parents.

Learning Outcomes
  • Helping players learn winning behaviours
  • Implementing collective and individual feedback systems
  • Building lifestyle and training habits conducive to performance

Gerard Jones | UEFA A Licence Coach

About Gerard

Gérard Jones has over 13 years experience coaching across most levels in the game, having worked in the U.K., U.S.A., Italy, Norway and New Zealand. Jones has previously been a Director of Coaching in the U.S. as well as being a former U21 Assistant Coach with Bradford City, an Academy Coach at Rochdale and a non-league Manager at Eccleshill United FC. In addition to being a UEFA A Licensed Coach, Jones holds the FA Advanced Youth Award, is a Qualified Teacher and Published Author.

Operating In Your Own Genius

About Chapter

A detailed insight into how coaches can increase their self-awareness and manage their reputation through a simple tool that will enable them to enhance their coaching competence and communication network as well as invest in their own progress.

Learning Outcomes
  • Critical understanding of self-awareness tools to identify own strengths, areas of interest and blind-spots
  • Increase reflection skills
  • Demonstrate detailed self-insight into your own individual development plan, with transferrable methods which can be used with players

Gobinder Singh-Gill |  Lecturer in Sport Psychology

About Gobinder

Gobinder has lectured in Sport Psychology for over 15 years. This experience has enabled him to apply his sport psychology knowledge and work with individuals and groups in developing positive mind-set. Gobinder is an author of Journal articles and also published books in the area of emotional intelligence.

Applied Emotional Intelligence and Coaching Practices

About Chapter

Gobinder will be looking at the use the practice of emotional intelligence in football coaching to enhance effectiveness when dealing with own and others emotions.

Learning Outcomes
  • Coaches will gain knowledge of emotional intelligence and use this in their applied practice
  • Coaches will identify with relevant strategies that will enhance their own levels of emotional intelligence
  • Coaches will identify with strategies that they can use with their players

Helen Nkwocha | UEFA A Licence Coach

About Helen

Helen L. Nkwocha is the creator of The Soccer Coaches Agency. She is a UEFA A Licence coach and is currently based in China. Her coaching background includes work with male and female youth players in the USA and in England. She has extensive experience within the grassroots and professional coaching environments.

From Casual To Competent

About Chapter

Helen discusses her experience and observations of working with youth players and gives insight into how she views development .

Learning Outcomes
  • To gain an improved understanding of what supports improved performance in youth players
  • The importance of play

Ian Dyer | UEFA A Licence Coach                            

Ian Dyer is a UEFA A Licensed Coach, who also holds an A License with the USSF, as well as the FA Youth Award, Coerver Coaching Diplomas 1 & 2, and a certificate in Sports Psychology. Ian has vast experience coaching across all levels of the game, his previous clubs include Fulham, Barnet and Portsmouth, as well as 3 years as Technical Director of Coerver Coaching. His coaching has taken him across the globe, and he has learned coaching methods from some of the world’s top clubs, including Real Madrid, AC Milan, Ajax, Chelsea and Dinamo Zagreb.

Train How You Play: Developing A Strong Training Culture

About Chapter

In this chapter, Ian will highlight the importance of creating a strong training culture and environment for your players to work in. Ian will explore the link between training well and playing well, and provide tips on how coaches can develop their own strong training culture. High level game performance depends on high level training performance in all sports, so Ian will explain how we can train better for football.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to create an effective and successful training culture
  • Maximising your game performance through your training sessions
  • How to get your players to train at game intensity and speed


Laura Finnegan  | Lecturer in Sport Management + Talent Development in Waterford IT

About Laura

Laura is a lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology in the south-east of Ireland. She has a Degree in sport management and a Masters in sport psychology. Laura is focused on helping to bridge the space between academic research and its accessibility to the wider coaching public. She is trying to enhance this access by writing research-informed blogs and providing the ‘so-what’ insights to cut through academic jargon and journal pay-walls.

Relative Age Effect In Football: The What, Who, How And So What

About Chapter

Laura will explore the following on relative age effect in youth development:

  • What it is (over-representation of early-maturing kids on football talent development pathways).
  • Who does it affect (graphs and research on youth football, showing under-representation of Q4 players, but also the disadvantages to the Q1 kids).
  • How does it occur (I.e. how is it perpetuated by coaches, parents and the athletes themselves, how certain development structures can lead to an enhanced RAE within that context).
  • And then focus on the ‘so what’ for coaches (how it can influence selection, strategies to minimise impact).

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the Relative Age Effect.
  • Understand their role in perpetuating the effect (coaches/parents/talent pathway managers).
  • Use this knowledge to guide future player selection and structures of pathways


Louise Capicotto  | Assistant Academy Sport Psychologist at Leicester City Football Club

About Louise

Louise Capicotto is a powerlifter based in the UK, with plenty of sporting roles to her name.  As well being the 2015 European Squat Champion, she is also an Assistant Academy Sport Psychologist at Leicester City Football Club.

Psychosocial Factors In Sports Injury Rehabilitation And Return To Play

About Chapter

This chapter will discuss the principles and practices that guide psychological intervention with sports injuries in youth soccer players and encourages a psychological approach to injury rehabilitation for professionals working within sport. Returning to sport following injury is typically a main concern of injured players, however players’ physical and psychological readiness to return after injury do not always coincide. This chapter aims to introduce key psychosocial considerations during sports injury rehabilitation and subsequently share practice around how physical and psychological rehabilitation can be intertwined.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the psychological and social factors influencing rehabilitation
  • Outline common performance concerns among returning players
  • Assessing players’ psychological readiness to return to play

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  • PDF (157MB)
  • PDF (137MB)
  • PDF (23MB)

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