SoccerIQ: Things That Smart Players Do (Anglais) Broché – 5 juin 2012
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As our season winds down, here are my thoughts on this book and how it has affected our team.
For starters, at some point during the season, we've dealt with every one of the chapters. Whether it was the impossible pass or throw-ins or the toe poke, at some point or another each chapter was applicable to my team. The material in this book is very relevant and it's presented in a simple and direct way that makes it easy to remember.
My core group of players have really gained a lot out of it. I can see how the things they picked up from reading are being applied during our practices and games, which is really cool to see. But my favorite story is this one, which I've also shared with the author:
A few days ago we were heavy underdogs in our district final game. We were playing a much more talented team from a much bigger school, but we went up 2-0 on them by the middle of the first half. Shortly after our second goal, a player of mine was sent off, so we would have to play the rest of the game 10 v 11. At half-time we still led, but the score was now 2-1.
As I was trailing the players over to the spot on the field where we were going to have our halftime talk, I was trying to sort out the thoughts in my head as to what I would say to them. But then a bunch of them started saying, "Chapter 50, right, Coach? Chapter 50!" At first I had no idea what they were talking about and then one of them said, "The chapter about clock management." Then I realized they were talking about Soccer iQ. Chapter 50 is entitled Clock Management With The Lead and it provides strategies for shortening the game.
My boys are not savvy soccer players. We don't live in a soccer area and I doubt this town has produced a single college soccer player. Most of the guys on my team only play 3 months a year and I doubt any of them have ever watched a game of soccer on TV. But they had done their homework and they had remembered what they read and they went out and killed off the second half better than any high school or college team I've ever seen. It was almost surreal to watch how they milked seconds off of every single restart like they had been doing it their whole lives. They applied all of the strategies in that chapter and held on for a 2-1 win and a district championship. It's really crazy to think that one chapter (three pages) of a book had such a dramatic effect on the outcome of a playoff game.
The other big benefit I've come to realize is that because Soccer iQ has addressed so many of the `small' things, it has freed me up to focus on more big picture topics. And when I need to make a correction, a lot of those corrections have been discussed in the book so there's a quicker sense of understanding from the players.
Soccer iQ is a fantastic book for players and coaches, and it's a steal at the asking price. As I told the author, we are winning games because of this book, and that's about the best review I think anyone could hope for.