German Soccer Passing Drills

Peter Hyballa, Hans-Dieter te Poel, 2015, Meyer & Meyer Sport

We just recently reviewed the first book of Peter Hyballa and Hans-Dieter te Poel and now his second book in English language is coming on the market. The book “German Soccer Passing Drills” is focused on the training of all kinds of passing types, which are used in soccer. The authors identified 20 different types of passes and describe for each one drills, which can be used to learn them. For the training they follow the now accepted model, that drills should not be repetitious but should create situations happening in games, which are made more and more challenging by restriction rules to increase complexity and a learning effect, which then can be recalled in a game. Therefore in every chapter several exercises are described with increasing complexity but for every drill variations are described as well, so that the training stays interesting. I’m not a coach, therefore I cannot judge the quality and feasibility of the drills but even for me as a layman the explanations are comprehensible and I should at least be able to judge if they are done right or not by someone else.
What is missing in the book is the bigger context, that means finding the right positions on the field to allow passing, the comparison of different passing choices in game situations, e.g., how do I crack a defensive 4-4 or 5-3 formation or how do I pass intelligently so that the receiver of the pass does not have less options for passing than I had. Parts of these aspects are, of course, covered in the drills, because they encourage the players to find their own solutions but some explanations regarding the overarching tactical aspects connected with passing would have been helpful. Maybe that is the focus of the second book which mainly covers interviews with coaches of teams with international reputation about passing skills.
All in all it is an interesting book for coaches and players. For the general soccer or tactic fan it does not contain enough information to make it worth buying.

Biography: 0/3
History: 0/3
Background: 0/3
Tactics & Game philosophy: 1/3


Dutch Soccer Secrets

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.

Biography: 0/3
History: 1/3
Background: 2/3
Tactics & Game philosophy: 3/3

Next book: The Blizzard Issue Eight (July 7th)

Mythos Niederländischer Nachwuchsfussball

Peter Hyballa, Hans-Dieter te Poel, 2011, Meyer & Meyer Verlag

Wir hatten erst vor kurzem das Buch “Modernes Passspiel” von den gleichen Autorenpaar hier im Blog vorgestellt, deswegen ist es natürlich notwendig auch mal auf das erste Buch der beiden Fußballlehrer einzugehen. In diesem beschäftigt sich Peter Hyballa mit dem holländischen Nachwuchsfussball, der als bestes Ausbildungsprogramm der Welt für Fußballspieler gilt. In dem Buch beschreiben die Autoren die Philosophie des niederländischen Verbandes KNVB (“Zeister Vision”) aber auch, wo die Ausbildung in den Vereinen von der Verbandsstrategie abweicht und welche alternativen Ausbildungssysteme erfolgreich sind (z.B. die Coerver-Methode, zu diser siehe auch in The Blizzard und auf Spielverlagerung). Dabei werden die Nachwuchskoordinaoren zahlreicher niederländischer Vereine interviewt, inklusive jetzt berühmter Trainer wie Louis van Gaal oder Huub Stevens, und die Gemeinsamkeiten der Ausbildung herausgearbeitet. Vor allem der Fokus auf Selbständigkeit, explorativer Problemlösung und dem Trainieren aller Aspekte (Konditions, Taktik, Technik, Mentaliät) durch Spielformen mit dem Ball ist in allen Antworten präsent, ebenso die Philosophie das Lernen der jungen Spieler über den Erfolg des Teams zu stellen. In den verschiedenen Abschnitten findet man auch Traingsformen, die die angesprochenen Aspekte zeigen oder unterstützen sollen, aber dieses Buch ist kein Trainingsbuch, sondern eher ein Trainingsphilosophiebuch, d.h. es stellt die übergeordnete Vision und Koordination der Ausbildung von Nachwuchsspielern in den Vordergrund und nicht die Details des Trainings.
Alles in allem ist Peter Hyballa’s Buch eines der besten Bücher, welches ein System der Nachwuchsausbildung erklärt. Es wäre schön, wenn man ähnliche Bücher auch für andere erfolgreiche Nachwuchszentren finden könnte, wie ich schonmal erwähnte, als das französische Ausbildungssystem in The Blizzard näher untersucht wurde.Auch zu Erklärungen von Taktik und Training setzten Hyballa und te Poel Maßstäbe, wie ich schon früher erwähnte.

Biographie: 0/3
Geschichte: 1/3
Hintergrund: 2/3
Taktik & Spielphilosophie: 3/3

Next book: Dutch Soccer Secrets (June 27th)