1st Edition

Coach Education in Football Contemporary Issues and Global Perspectives

Edited By Thomas Leeder Copyright 2022
    296 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Association Football is undoubtedly a global sport, with millions of individuals participating in more than 200 countries. The need for an educated football coaching workforce to deliver appropriate coaching practices has never been greater. Formal coach education, which is often the primary medium for developing football coaches, is socially constructed, meaning an array of social, cultural, and historical factors underpin the design and delivery of any provision. Coach Education in Football: Contemporary Issues and Global Perspectives is the first book to explicitly explore these aspects, by providing critical insight into football coach education programmes from across the globe.

    Each chapter, organised via a central theme, highlights a contemporary issue affecting football coach education and development within a specific country, offering insights into the contextual opportunities and challenges. The book covers essential topics including the progression of female football coaches, coaches’ perspectives towards current provision, technological and pedagogical advances, and the historical development of formal coach education. Each chapter demonstrates the complexities associated with developing football coaches within grassroots and high-performance domains, while providing recommendations for national governing bodies, policy makers, and coach developers. This book is the first of its kind to explicitly investigate football coach education globally.

    This accessible book is an important read for students, academics, and practitioners with an interest in sports coaching, coach education, and football.

    Section 1: Introducing Football Coach Education

    1. Coach Education in Football: Setting the Scene
    2. Thomas M. Leeder

    3. Developing Politically Astute Football Coaches: An Evolving Framework for Coach Learning and Coaching Research
    4. Paul Potrac, Edward Hall, Mark McCutcheon, Callum Morgan, Seamus Kelly, Peter Horgan, Christian Edwards, Charles Corsby, and Adam Nichol

      Section 2: High-Performance Football Coach Education

    5. Contemporary Football Management Education in Scotland: Legacy, Learning, and Leading
    6. Stephen H. Morrow and Brian Howieson

    7. Coach Development in High-Performance Brazilian Football: Continuous Learning in Professional Clubs
    8. Michel Milistetd, Alexandre Bobato Tozetto, François Rodrigue, and Leandro Teixeira Floriano

    9. The Coach Education System for Elite Football Coaches in Singapore
    10. Koon Teck Koh, Warrick Li Quan Tan, Tong Hai Lim, and Gavin Lee

      Section 3: Youth and Amateur Football Coach Education

    11. Understanding Grassroots Football Coach Education in England through Creative Fiction: Connecting the Past to the Present
    12. Thomas M. Leeder, Noel M. Dempsey, and Reece Chapman

    13. Coaching Implications for Amateur/Grassroots 60+ Small-Sided Football: Strategic Team and Player Development in a Canadian and International Context
    14. Harry T. Hubball and Jorge Díaz-Cidoncha García

    15. Cherish the Local: Swedish Youth Football Coaches’ Perspectives on Coach Education, Learning, and Support
    16. Krister Hertting

      Section 4: Supporting the Progression of Female Football Coaches

    17. Enhancing the Learning and Development of Female Coaches in the Football Association of Ireland
    18. Seamus Kelly and Niall O’Regan

    19. A Historical Perspective on the Development of Female Football Coaches in South Africa
    20. Heather Morris-Eyton and Alliance Kubayi

      Section 5: Critical Reviews of Current Football Coach Education Provision

    21. The Football Coach Education System in Botswana: Current Challenges and Future Directions
    22. Tshepang Tshube, Comfort J. Mokgothu, and Kevin Ntshimane

    23. The Sustainability and Implementation of Course Content in Dutch Football Coach Education
    24. Frank Jacobs, Anne Ludérus, and Annelies Knoppers

    25. The Evolution of Football Coaching in Australia: An Historical Overview and Research Review of Coach Accreditation, Education, and Development
    26. Narelle Eather, Shane Pill, and Bradley Jones

      Section 6: ‘Lessons learned’ from Empirical Research into Football Coach Education

    27. A Coach Education Initiative in the Context of Norwegian Grassroots Football: Implementation and Lessons Learned
    28. Bård Erlend Solstad, Margaret L. Søvik, Torill Marie Larsen, and Yngvar Ommundsen

    29. Breaking New Ground in the United States: Lessons Learned from a Master’s Degree in Soccer Coaching Utilising a Blended Learning Format
    30. Jørgen Bagger Kjær

    31. Coach Developers’ Perspectives on a Masters’ Football Coach Development Programme in Colombia
    32. Catalina Belalcazar and Bettina Callary

      Section 7: Technological and Pedagogical Developments within Football Coach Education

    33. Developing the Coach Education System in Japan: Tactical Analysis through Objective Data in Football
    34. Akira Yamanaka, Jorge Díaz-Cidoncha García, and Masahiro Sugiyama

    35. Coach Education in United States Youth Soccer: Same Game, New Paradigm. Play-Practice-Play
    36. Adrian P. Turner and Thomas W. Turner

    37. Mobile Devices in German Football Coaching: Implications for Coach Education by Investigating Coaches' Usage, Access, And Guidance
    38. Florian Ingwersen, Torsten Schlesinger, and Dominic Habenstein

      Section 8: Conclusion

    39. Closing Reflections on Football Coach Education: Towards a Rhizomatic Approach

    Thomas M. Leeder


    Thomas M. Leeder is a Lecturer in Sports Coaching & Pedagogy within the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences at the University of Essex, UK. Thomas primarily teaches and researches across the overlapping areas of coach education and development, coach learning, sport pedagogy, and the sociology of sports coaching. Thomas also has experience of working as both a coach and coach developer across performance and development domains

    "This book is the first of its kind in providing conceptual and empirical insight into specific football coach education programmes across a range of countries and contexts. The book will be a valuable resource for students, lecturers, researchers and practitioners in understanding the facilitating and constraining factors in developing football coaches of the future, and will have broader appeal to those studying and working in sports coaching, sports development and sports management."

    Dr. Jimmy O’Gorman, Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Management and Coaching. Dept of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University, UK