Football Starts at Home
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Tom Byer is recognized by his football peers, the AFC, numerous national Football Federations, major football sponsor brands, international media and the countless number of young footballers he has taught and inspired over the last 24 years, as the World's leading grassroots technical coach.
Even though Tom has been teaching football to children for over two decades, it wasn't until he had two children of his own that he understood he'd been missing something. And he realized that it wasn't just him, but the football world in general that was ignoring football's youngest age bracket.
Can you teach football skills to a 2-year-old? Tom decided to find out with his own two sons. He documented and videoed their progress and using this practical experience helped to develop Tom's philosophy, which was previously based on his countless hours of coaching other people's children with more traditional methods.
This book makes Tom's philosophy available to all parents in a simple and straightforward way. It also reaches into cutting edge child development theory which explains the benefits of utilizing Tom's methodology to not just improve technical football skills, but also to assist in the development of a young child's brain.
This book explains how you can teach very young children the skills required to be a football player in a fun and self-motivating way - and anybody can do it. You don't need to be a professional coach like Tom; you just need to be a parent.
It's not about coaching and coaches; it's about using a parent's love for their children and a child's need for parental approval to ignite the child's interest, and eventually love for the game. In 'Football Starts at Home,' Tom Byer is sending a message to the world of football. If you think there's nothing new to be learned in the sport, think again.
It's an article, not a book
This book would make a great article in a magazine, but not a book. Great points are restated far too many times. In summary, buy small soccer balls (size 1) for your children to manipulate. Kids should start at very young ages, instead of waiting until they are 7-10 years old, manipulating small soccer balls. Parents need to facilitate their child's soccer skills growth by buying lots of small soccer balls that they can manipulate...
I expected that the book would show at least a portion of the material he uses for his programs, but it does not.