Synopses & Reviews
Introducing a breakthrough approach to creating team excellence
In Coaching Women's Soccer, Ian Stokell, an expert with 35 years of experience playing and coaching soccer, presents a revolutionary coaching paradigm that is sure to find mass appeal among the thousands of new and established women's soccer coaches throughout North America.
The "freegame" approach Stokell advocates is based on the belief that drill-based coaching methods, adapted from other U.S. team sports, have no place in soccer, where ideally the game is the teacher, and players mainly learn from one another. According to Stokell, players dominated by an autocratic coach and forced to spend most of their time drilling never develop the on-field decision-making skills, sense of teamwork, or spontaneity needed to excel.
Stokell provides a tested-in-the-trenches strategy to bring the game back into practice. In place of traditional drills, he teaches freegame restrictions and small-sided games--exercises that allow players to freely work on specific aspects of the game.
The author presents the notion that women's soccer coaches spend too much time on practising drills rather than playing the game. Coaches are given a "freegame" philosophy where players learn from their teammates, not the coach, and are shown how to teach fundamentals within that framework.
About the Author
Ian Stokell (Penn Valley, CA) is the women's goalie coach at California State University, Chico. He is on the editorial board of Soccer Journal, the official publication of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.