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Essential Practices for Player Development: The Ultimate Program for an Entire Season of Training

Published Date: July 6, 2022

Paperback and ebook (select below)


Out summer 2022!

165 mm x 241 mm


Often football coaches find that to keep their players motivated and engaged, they must create new practices every week. But when there are those particular practices that the players enjoy playing again and again which also provide the ideal environment for them to develop, why not use them more than once?


Essential Practices for Player Development will provide the reader with 10 core football practice sessions that the players will find both enjoyable and challenging and that the coach will find develops key areas of the game. There are 9 adaptations provided with each core practice, making 100 practices in total. Every practice is linked to one key area of the game that is identified as being essential to player development.


To support practice delivery, the book additionally covers key aspects of session planning so that the most effective learning environment can be produced for the players. Also included is information on long-term player development, recognizing and supporting individual player needs, interventions, and player challenges.


This book is not only a resource for football coaches just starting out on their coaching journey, but it is also for more experienced coaches looking to adapt their practice sessions. All practices provided can be used exclusively to create training curriculum for a full season, meaning there is no need for a coach to create a new session every week. The sessions can also be used to form the foundations of the curriculum, leaving room for a coach to add in those favorite practices. Essential Practices for Player Development is a book coaches will refer back to time and again.



Author information

Carl Wild has obtained lots of experience in professional football, having coached both men and women and for a number of clubs. He also has vast experience coaching grassroots football and has supported grassroots coaches through his roles with the English Football Association. He was a coach mentor, providing coaches with support and guidance, and a coach educator, delivering on a number of the English Football Association’s coaching awards. Carl also has a MSc in Sport Performance Coaching, and he is the program leader and lecturer for a BA (Hons) course on Football Coaching and Management. Carl’s first book, The Intelligent Soccer Coach, was published by Meyer & Meyer Sport in September 2021

Where to buy

RRP £18.95


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