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"An excellent resource for coaching the barcelona style and others. Highly recommend this to all coaches."
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"Coaching the Tiki Taka Style of Play incredibly well researched. Highly recommend to any coach. Really impressed. Best football coaching book I've read in a long, long time. Great job" 10 Nov 2013
Jed Davies outlines in detail the Tiki-Taka football philosophy popularised by Barcelona and Spain and shows you, the coach, how to implement this style of play. Davies has studied the methods used at FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, Swansea City FC, Villarreal CF and AFC Ajax who have all developed possession based philosophies as a way of controlling and winning games.
Part 1 explores the development theory that requires an understanding before you are able to produce the Tiki-Taka style of football, this includes: Establishing a Football Philosophy, Identifying Local Talent and Purposeful Training.
Part 2 looks at the Tiki-Taka philosophy and how it can be developed through purpose designed training sessions. 50 practices are provided from professional clubs including FC Barcelona, AFC Ajax, Athletic Bilbao and Liverpool FC.
Part 3 looks at the influential figures in the evolution of Tiki-Taka with chapters on Rinus Michels (‘The Father of Football’), Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola among others.
Part 4 looks at the Tactical Theory and provides a blueprint of how to play with the Tiki-Taka brand of football. It analyses positional systems, game realistic situations and solves tactical problems such as when the opposition are sitting in a deep low block (‘Parking the Bus’), all using the advice provided from professional coaches who have been involved in the implementation of the Tiki-Taka philosophy.
Practice Topic Samples:
AFC AJAX: 4 v 4 (+2) End to End Possession Game
FC BARCELONA: 5 v 4 Breaking Out of the Middle Third
VILLARREAL CF: The Gridded 4 Goal Game
ATHLETIC BILBAO: Finding Space within the Block (Pattern Play)
LIVERPOOL FC: The Defensive Block Scoring Zone Game
FC BARCELONA: Switching Play through a Central Zone Transition Game
AFC AJAX: 3 v 3 / 6 v 3 Quick Phases Transition Game
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Meet the Author
Jed C. Davies
Jed is the assistant manager and head of
analysis for Oxford University Centaurs
and has worked with various youth
players throughout Europe.
has studied the methods used at FC
Barcelona, Liverpool FC, Swansea FC,
Villarreal CF, AFC Ajax and a number of
teams developing a particular fascination
with the possession based philosophies
in football as a way of controlling and
Tiki-Taka football is a
style of football popularised by Spain
and Barcelona during the decade
ending 2010 and is part of a philosophy
in football that has existed right from
the game’s very beginnings: a way of
controlling the game through possession
and positional systems.
Jed Davies has been fortunate enough
to speak in great lengths with a number of coaches who work at the clubs who
currently advocate the possession based
philosophy and in doing so, has
developed a clear understanding of
what the tiki-taka philosophy is and
how it can be developed through
purpose designed training sessions.
A train of thought has been developed
that football that is played in this
way is developed through it’s ‘form’:
positional systems, attitudes to building
up possession etc. Davies therefore
has proposed that football tactics
should be designed around the dictum “form follows process”, a way of perfect
football within an adaptive structure
where the structure and positional
system is the agent of change, rather
than the players themselves.
This exceptional book contains a complete coaching resource on the
Tiki Taka philosophy, development, training methods, tactical insight and of course practices from FC Barcelona, Ajax, Liverpool and more.