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If You Train Young or Adult Players, Your Ultimate Guide to Coaching Soccer’s Core Principles has Arrived

It’s here! Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense is a complete plan on how to build strong foundations on which your players’ future development can grow. Created by two coaches with international experience in developing young players, this book covers everything you need to know on how to drill your players in soccer’s core principles


Dear Coach,

When you coach young or adult players, it can be difficult to know what to focus on. Too often the focus is on developing technique, and trying to skip past the basics. But this can just stunt any player’s development. When they don’t understand the game’s core principles, they won’t know where they need to be and why so they can harness their technique. To solve this age old problem, two experts in youth coaching have created Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense. This book presents a structured approach to developing an understanding of how the game is played and to provide them with a solid base on which they can develop.

Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense provides the same training on the core elements of soccer its authors provide at the Nike Sports Camp and Education Football seminars. Harnessing detailed diagrams, coaching points and progressions, it provides a complete set of drills for developing the core principles of soccer. This includes drills for penetration, support, defensive compactness, concentration and more.


The drills in Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense will enable you to develop a team with a richer understanding of what to do, when to do it and why, in every phase of the game. The drills also provide a strong foundation on which you can add more technical drills and strategic play, and build players with coaching brains to match those in their feet.

Bain“This coaching manual created by Jonny Carter further solidifies the opinion that he is one of the best coach educators in the industry today. He displays a clear ability to provide the reader with many variations of how the game can be played, but also how this is then broken down into individual sessions. I particularly like his candor when conceptualizing principles & how a trainer would then impart this mind set upon his/her players. In a game where there are many grey areas, the clarity upon which he delivers this text is truly enlightening. Jonny has a vision of the game that few coaches possess, and as such this piece serves as a very comprehensive learning tool for coaches of all ability levels & experience.” – Ally Bain, 1st Team Coach, Global Premier Soccer, UEFA ‘B’ Licence & NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

“This will help a lot of young coaches avoid the common mistakes, and give a reminder to some of the older ones too”

A common mistake, by many coaches, is to focus on technique. It’s understandable. We’d all love to have a team that plays with the flair and creativity of Barcelona. Developing highly skilled players from a young age seems like the best way to build one. But if you don’t get the fundamentals right, all the hours spent on technique are a waste of time.

Developing any player to the next level is like assembling building blocks. There are all sorts of components players need to have at the bottom before they can develop into technically gifted and tactically astute players. This is why it’s vital that they have strong foundations on which future building blocks can rest.

Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense provides a complete guide on how to build this foundation. It shows you exactly how to run practice sessions that will build your team’s understanding of what they need to do and why, and to gain a stronger basis upon which their future skill development can rest.


“A complete foundation level guide created by two expert youth coaches on the core principles to focus on from a young age”

CarterJCoaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense is a book born from the passion of its two authors, Jonny Carter and Michael J Louter, for developing the core skills young players need for success.

Carter has coached his own ‘Principles Based’ methodology on tactical soccer across Europe, America and Asia. His key specialty is youth development and establishing the right culture and environment in which young players can grow. He’s a strong believer in giving players the opportunity to solve real soccer problems, rather than rely on a dictated style of coaching, in order to grow.

Carter holds an ‘A’ License and is head coach at Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong, and is responsible for delivering the Nike Sports Camp in Hong Kong for elite youth players. He also runs the Education Football program, which trains coaches to develop their knowledge from foundation through to advanced.

Michael J Louter has spent his life studying soccer coaching. In particular, he specializes in soccer psychology and the technical and tactical components that need to be combined to build a successful team.

LouterWhile running elite soccer camps at Vitesse, Louter has been able to witness the benefits of his coaching philosophy firsthand. Through coaching at the camp’s state-of-the-art facilities in Tennessee, Louter has been able to work with elite level players and to further expand his vast coaching knowledge.

Louter holds a USSF ‘A’ Licence and an NSCAA Premier Diploma. He is currently the Director of Coaching at FC Dallas Tri and oversees the development of the U15-U19 teams.


What’s covered in Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense

Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense breaks down how the game is played into digestible chunks. Drills are provided for each which highlight to players what they need to do, when and why in a variety of offensive and defensive situations. Every drill is clearly explained with setup instructions, detailed diagrams and coaching points so you can gain the maximum benefit from every session.

Principles of Football – Attack
The first half of the book focuses on the core foundation elements of successful attacking. The principles of attacking are clearly defined, which remain the same whatever formation you play. This includes applying pressure, penetration, width, support and depth. This chapter also looks at the numbering of positions and where in the formation you’d expect each player to be.

Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense then provides a variety of drills for developing your players’ understanding of each principle. In particular, it aims to help players understand what their roles and responsibilities are in different attacking situations. This includes game related drills, game specific, conditioned and phase play.

Author Jonathan Carter during a training session

Principles of Football – Defense

The second half of Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense focuses on the defensive side of the game. Core principles covered include pressure, depth, balance, compactness and denying the opposition’s penetration.

As with the attacking section, drills are provided which focus on different stages of the game for each principle. This includes game related drills, game specific drills and conditional drills, which are more elements to increase the intensity and challenge for players.

What you will gain from Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense

WORLD CLASS COACHING has a vast collection of books, which cover every technique, formation and aspect of modern coaching. But few of them provide such a comprehensive guide on the foundations of soccer as Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense. This makes it a valuable resource if you coach young players and want to ensure they have a firm grasp of how the game is played and strong foundations on which to develop their technical skills.

From Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense you will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of the principles of soccer, which are the same whatever formation you play
  • A ‘principles’ based methodological approach to training players in their roles and responsibilities
  • A series of attacking drills for improving penetration, support, width, imagination and more
  • Drills for improving defensive play in applying pressure, cover, balance, concentration, compactness and more
  • Both sets of drills will improve team performance in a variety of game situations
  • Your players will have a better understanding of what they need to do and why
  • Your players will have a stronger foundation on which to develop their technical skills and strategic mindset
  • Overall decision making, playing speed and organization will improve as a result of your team having a firmer grasp of soccer’s key principles and performing them effectively


If building your soccer knowledge is like assembling a series of building blocks, Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense provides the base on which they are stacked. This book is unique in how it trains players in how the game is played at its most fundamental level. What’s more, it provides drills that will engrain these principles into their minds so they understand where they need to be, what they need to do and why.

Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense is the perfect choice if you’re just getting started or coach young players. Its timeless insights will also help you to reinforce your players’ understanding of the fundamentals, whatever level you coach at.

Zailani“Jonny and I attended the same coaching course a couple of years back. I realized then how he breathes and lives football. He was always asking questions or challenging the group with another perspective. Hence I was not surprised that he had written this football book. I liked the fact that the book is based on the principles of football. This gives coaches a very clear understanding on what to coach when conducting their sessions. Jonny’s attention to detail has him even giving the definitions of the different football terms and there are clear diagrams for every exercise. This is certainly one coaching book that you will make you excited to start going to the pitch and practicing. Do enjoy the book, understand the contents and start working on those exercises.” – Mohammad Herman Zailani, Staff Coach, Technical Department, Football Association of Singapore, AFC ‘A’ Licence


mohases“As Soccer Coaches, we expect much from our players, and they, in turn, should expect and received much from us, this is the magic of the Coach – Player relationship.

Jonathan Carter is student of the game, his book Coaching the Principles of Soccer | Attack & Defense, is both comprehensive and detailed, loaded with many Technical and Tactical instructions and insight.” – Morteza Mohases, FIFA Panel of Coaching Instructors, AFC Elite Coaching Instructor, AFC Technical Committee


deZeeuw“Coaching the Principles of Soccer | Attack & Defense is more than just a coaching tool and more that just another football coaching resource.  The structure and clarity of the documentation allows a coach to understand the core principles of attacking and defensive football and then carry these training concepts from the page, to the practice field and to share the details with our players.

The formatting of the session plans allows a coach to retreat or to progress training session to meet the needs of your players and your teams.  Whether a youth coach trying to impart the core principles as a foundation of knowledge or whether training elite players the session planning paints the clearest picture yet of what needs to be taught and how to teach it.

A principles-based methodology is fast becoming the strongest educational tool in the coaching industry and this coaching manual is a pioneer, well ahead of its time.

Excellently crafted, detailed with such clarity, and structured exactly how we need it.” – Arjan de Zeeuw, 13 Years Professional Player in English Leagues, 8 Years Premier League, Barnsley FC, Wigan FC, Portsmouth FC, Coventry City FC


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“The game’s core principles are clearly explained with an abundance of drills that will give your players the strong foundation to build on”

There are few areas of soccer evolving as quickly as at youth level. It’s now recognized that regimented drilling and a heavy focus on technique is not the best approach. This is because it risks creating players that can perform well in dictated practice sessions but often make mistakes in real game situations because they don’t understand its core principles.

Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense addresses this problem. Its structured approach enables you to develop players that understand what they need to do and why. With drills that cover pressure, balance, progression and more, as well as drills for different stages of the game, your players will be able to make the right decisions and fully harness their technique, instead of possessing technical skills alone.

Best Wishes,

Mike Saif

P.S.  Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense provides a methodical approach to coaching young players in the game’s fundamentals. This approach enables you to develop players with a firmer grasp of what they need to do and why, and a strong foundation on which their technical skills and tactical knowledge can grow.

P.P.S  If you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of the soccer coaching resources in Coaching the Principles of Soccer – Attack and Defense after six months then we will refund your purchase in full, no questions asked.

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