MAKING THE BALL ROLL – REVIEW – Football Coaching, Knowledge Is King

This is a product review for the book MAKING THE BALL ROLL.


BOOK TITLE:MAKING THE BALL ROLL– A Complete Guide To Youth Football For The Aspiring Soccer Coach.



PUBLISHED BY: Bennion Kearny Limited

COPYRIGHT : Bennion Kerarny Limited 2014

ISBN: 978-1-909125-52-0

COST: Paperback £18.99

RATING: 10/10


Making the Ball Roll is the ultimate complete guide to coaching youth soccer.



What’s the book all about?making the ball roll


The book details various practices and tactics of soccer.  It is easy to understand and aims to show any aspiring youth coach how to help young players achieve their best levels, through all sorts of ways from preparation,communication, tactics, and psychology.  What makes this book so special is it relates to age-specific groups.

There are 14 different chapters, each dealing with a specific theme.

Each chapter covers in detail, a separate aspect of coaching to give you, the football coach, a broad understanding of youth soccer development. Each topic is brought to life by the stories of real coaches working with real players.

Never before has such a comprehensive guide to coaching soccer been found in the one place.  If you are a new coach, or just trying to improve your work with players – and looking to invest in your future – this is a must-read book!

– Analyse how football coaching has dramatically grown and changed over the last decade, and help prepare your players for the modern game

– Understand the age-related development of players: technically, tactically and physically

– Gain an insight into new research around psychology in soccer and the growing effects of social considerations like communication, teamwork, leadership, and rapport

– Consider age-appropriate methods, sessions, and curriculum planning, used by top coaching programmes

– Learn the methods of top coaches like Mourinho, Guardiola, Sir Alex Ferguson and Wenger and apply them to your work with youth players

– Study the methods of top development academies like Barcelona, Liverpool and Atlético Mineiro; and National Associations like Germany’s DFB, Holland’s KNVB,and the English FA.


“Buy this book! Absolutely crammed with useful tips and information that will make you rethink what you do and make you realise how innovative some of the ideas and analysis is” customer review Mr Andy Mcgowen.



Ray Power is a Licenced youth football coach, Coach Educator, Former Academy Manager at Sunderland AFC, Author of Making The ball Roll, Soccer Tactics and Dilibrate Soccer practices.

He came to England in 2007 to pursue a career in coaching football/soccer.  He started his football career in Grassroots football.  He has also coached in Ireland and Switzerland.  He acheived his UEFA A Licence in 2012.

He has worked in various age- groups across academy football.

When asked about the book he says “it is aimed at coaches of all levels from Academy level to working at Liverpool- it will challenge all levels of coaches, in many different ways”

He also goes on to say ” I am always keen to learn,develop, leave my comfort zone, and challenge myself. I passed my FA Level 2, got a job in community football development. 7 years later I tutor Level 2 courses, have acheived my A licence and work full-time in football”

ray power


“Without doubt the best coaching book I have read. As an inexperienced Level 1 coach, this has changed the way I think and given me so many ideas to help improve as a coach. For any coach looking to improve themselves and their players, this is a must read! ” customer review from Chappers



If you are looking for a book to improve your coaching methods and make you think about all aspects of coaching, then this is a book you should read.

It is detailed in all aspects of football.  It is crammed full of great ideas.

A very comprehensive read if you are in football coaching or  looking to get into coaching. You can never gain enough knowledge about any subject you are interested it. Keep learning as Knowledge is always king, to help you get ahead and grow in football and in life.

I have given this book full marks 10/10 due to its comprehensive coverage on the subject of football coaching.  An impressive read and a must have book in your collection.

Best Wishes and happy reading.

Please leave me a comment and any thoughts on this review.


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2 thoughts on “MAKING THE BALL ROLL – REVIEW – Football Coaching, Knowledge Is King

  1. My uncle is a football coach for his school. His birthday is coming soon. I think this can be a good birthday gift for him. It will be helpful to improve his coaching skills . His team loves him very much and there is a party coming soon. The picture of you with the trophy is nice. Knowledge is a lifetime need indeed. We can never stop learning.

    1. Hi kit.  Wish your uncle a very happy birthday from myself. 

      Good luck with his coaching. 

      Thank you for checking out our website and for the lovely comments.

      Best wishes


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