Peter Hyballa, Hans-Dieter te Poel, 2013, Meyer & Meyer Verlag
Peter Hyballa is one of the most successful youth coaches in Germany, how has worked for the U19 teams of VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. He was also head coach of Alemannia Aachen and Sturm Graz and was known for his very aggressive attacking soccer. Along his coaching responsibilities he is also a very active author and wrote several books, together with Hans-Dieter te Poel. In his first book he investigates the dutch youth soccer system, which is one of the best in the world, and what makes it successful. The authors describe the philosophy of the national association KNVB (“Zeister vision”) but also in which aspects the work in the clubs is differing from the associations guidelines and which alternative concepts (e.g. the Coerver method) are used. During the course of the book several club representatives are interviewed, including now famous coaches like Louis van Gaal or Huub Stevens, to find commonalities in their approaches. Especially the focus on independent decision-making, exploratory problem-solving and the training of all aspects of education (Fitness, Tactics, Technique, Mentality) with exercises using the ball is a recurring theme, as well as, that the improvement of the players is more important than the success of the team. In every chapter of the book one can find descriptions of exercises, which show and support the discussed topics. However the book is less focused on the details of how to train a youth team every day, but more on the philosophy, how soccer education should be set up in general and how a youth organization of a club should work to provide the best learning experience for young soccer players.
All in all Peter Hyballa’s book is one of the best books on the market explaining youth player training and education. It would be great if one could find more of these books about other youth soccer academies, as I mentioned before, when The Blizzard discussed the french youth system. Furthermore the structure and the descriptions in the book, especially when it comes to training exercises and tactical aspects, are excellent and much better than most of the books we had before in the blog.
Tactics & Game philosophy: 3/3
Next book: The Blizzard Issue Eight (July 7th)