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I was in your exact same position and I read this book:
Now I have a good understanding and know the history the kids don't which has lead to great conversations!
I sat and read it during soccer practices and before games, so it's all tied in with fond memories. I enjoy the sport much more having read it and that reflects on my kids and their coaches.
There a ton of great soccer books and though they are definitely not required reading they are super informative and fun. If I had to recommend one book it would be Inverting the Pyramid
For people new to soccer I recommend focusing on one phase or player. You could have a lot of fun just watching Luka and nothing else.
I want to comment on the show title and Beard's book. "Inverting The Pyramid" is a book about the history of soccer tactics. I have read the damn thing. It's 464 pages of the densest history of how Hungary played in the 1950's, how soccer came to Argentina via English ex-pats in the 19th century, etc. There are comprehensive WWII histories that are less dense and lighter reads. Naming the episode after this book, all the Post-Its in Beard's copy of the book, and the cross-reference to John Wooden's Pyramid of Success are freaking amazing choices.
Among other things, Nate wants the top of Wooden's pyramid (Competitive Greatness) but exhibits very few of the building blocks.
The attention to detail in this show (best exhibited by the She's a Rainbow sequence when Roy returns to Nelson Road) is unbelievable.
Inverting the Pyramid is a well-regarded book about soccer tactics.
The Pyramid of Success is basketball coach John Wooden's approach to team building, well described below. Or above. In this post, anyway.
>as the game evolves tactically you learn to appreciate the game as it was just before the new era.
Yeah, I did read a bit of Inverting the Pyramid (didn't finish the book though), it's very interesting how tactics evolved over time.
>To get closer to your point, I’d say watch games with an expectation of the style/tactic and not the outcome.
How do you suggest I get informed about the usual style / tactic of a team? Do you have any solid sources / resources / tips?
Thanks for the input!
Okay, got it. Thanks! I wasn’t sure if this was a reference to winning World Cup or the birthplace of the tournament and/or sport. Based on the thoroughness of your response, you might enjoy this book . Particularly interesting discussion on what early soccer looked like.
If you REALLY wanna like dive deep into soccer and understand everything about formations and the history of the game, get this book:
Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics https://www.amazon.com/dp/1568587384/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_tDgzyb5QTEA1H
But really if you go on YouTube and with videos that explain the basic rules, subscribe to some great YouTube soccer channels (uMaxit is one, Kick TV another), and start following a team and watching matches you'll be well on your way.
I've always been a Real Madrid fan, but catching games can be tricky if you don't have beIN sports. Download the go90 app and you can stream La Liga and Serie A matches for free, and cast to a chromecast or apple tv. If you wanna get into the premiere league it's pretty easy with NBC Sports, carried by most cable networks. Cheers!
If you like this, give 'Inverting the Pyramid', by Jonathan Wilson a look.
It's a top book full of all sorts of great insights into the history of football tactics, backed up with tales of clubs and players, and little nuggets of delicious trivia.
Not sure where people live where they can't find it...it's on amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Inverting-Pyramid-History-Soccer-Tactics/dp/1568587384/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1424292774&sr=8-4&keywords=inverting+the+pyramid
I got my copy from Barnes & Noble's site. I'm not sure if it's the Amazon for some European countries, but anyone in America & Canada shouldn't have an issue getting it.
Anyone interested in understanding the tactics would do well to read Inverting the Pyramid, a history of soccer tactics. It's an intereting and informative read, and pairs well with your browser and youtube. It's fun to pull up clips (when available) of games and moves the author mentions. For example, when he talks about Kruyf - just find kruyf on youtube and enjoy.
Primeiro, assistindo o máximo de jogos que puder. Vai aprender o básico só de olhar, e o que ficar confuso é fácil de achar no google depois.
Ler o livro de regras é interessante também, maioria das dúvidas vão ser respondidas por ele.
Pra aprender mais sobre o esporte em si, tem dois livros que são praticamente essenciais: Inverting the Pyramid e The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know about Soccer Is Wrong.
Pra ler análises sobre jogos/times específicos, o Total Football Analysis é muito bom, e no The Athletic tem muita coisa boa também.
Pra assistir os jogos, o melhor custo benefício vai ser o Star+. Não tem todos os campeonatos, mas tem os principais e pelo preço dificilmente tu vai conseguir algo melhor.
learning about footy reading suggestions:
inverting the pyramid
only a game?
there are many other great books about the game, but I really like these three. Especially 'Only a game,' which is a first hand account of a difficult footy season that ends prematurely.
Be like Coach Beard, and read this: Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1568587384/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_FDBA8JQB82YHMBBHFZ8Z
/u/DarbyLovesLost 's link US Soccer Laws of the Game
Inverting the Pyramid
The ball is round
Don't listen to people who say either of these books are too advanced.
If you don't understand something, watch some matches, then read it again.
For a longer explanation and overall history of the evolution of tactics, formations, and the sport itself, Inverting the Pyramid is an excellent read.
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And also the soccer book Beard was reading. Inverting the Pyriamd
This book, Inverting the Pyramid which is a great start for tactics.
As far as positions and tactics go, how much soccer do you watch? Watching is the best way to learn.
As far as tactics at this age group I usually would stick to a 4-4-2(4 defenders, 2 central midfielders with 2 wide midfielders, and 2 forwards. One of the forwards should drop deeper and play a more of a CAM. They are creative, need to be able to dribble, shoot, have "vision" to pass to open players or play through balls.
As far as teaching them the technical side(dribbling, trapping, shooting ect). The best way to teach them is to let them get as many touches on the ball as possible. Do drills(or games) where you match up two players(of similar skill) and they get one ball and dribble around a cone(or jersey or towel or water bottle or whatever) and then have to find the person they are paired up with. Do that drill but add a couple of defenders in there who put a little pressure on them and it makes the person who is off the ball learn good movement to get open.
Another one I did when I was at that age was we'd have two people one ball and they would dribble up the field, pass it a couple of times, you'd be standing at the top of the box with your back to goal and eventually you'd yell "pass" and whoever has the ball passes it to you and then the two over lap and you randomly choose one side to pass it to and they can take one touch and then they have to shoot the ball. This helps them learn to use both feet, learn to take good first touches as if they take bad touches they won't be in the position to shoot. After they shoot one of them gets the ball and dribbles back and gets in line. (note the line shouldn't be long, you don't want them standing ever really, you want them constantly moving, passing, dribbling ect)
If you PM me I'd love to help talk you through some tactical stuff. I'll look for some websites that I know have good drills. Also, I'd like to thank you personally for taking the time to spend time with young men(or women) and mentor them!
If you like the patterns, I would recommend this book:
Classic England destined to fail with that thinking.
Some other cool soccer-related (though not necessarily Quakes-related) books:
Not sure which would make for good book club discussion material, as they can be pretty dry. Still great resources for any soccer fan who wants to understand more of the beautiful game.
Well listen to Carragher and Neville when you can.
Read articles on Spielverlagerung when you can, they are written to increase interest much like Cox's are. If you understand German then read the German Spielverlagerung, which has more content and is updated more frequently as it doesn't have to be translated.
In my opinion that's where basic analyses that are found online stop being useful. Spielverlagerung is better than Zonalmarking for match analyses in my opinion, but neither are suitable replacements for tactical knowledge. There are lots of other match analysis sources online but the rest are usually just submitted by less-practiced amateurs.
Jonathan Wilson writes about general tactical trends and is very well known for his book Inverting the Pyramid. By all means check that book out, as it's considered a gateway book to developing your own tactical sense of the game.
So if you're just looking for match analyses then keep reading Zonal Marking or Spielverlagerung, but if you really want to increase your knowledge of the game then read up and develop your own views on tactics.
Definitely Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson
It's a bit dry, but it's a great history of the tactics of football, and how they & the game in general spread across the world.
Even though it's about Arsenal, Fever Pitch by Nick Hornsby does a good job describing what it's like to be a fan.
I haven't read this yet, but have heard very good things about Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer by David Winner
Those are the ones that jump to my head immediately.