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Introduction to the Constraints-Led Approach. Application in Football

  • Book

  • September 2020
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5137724

Introduction to the Constraints-Led Approach: Application in Football is a coaching resource football coaches can use to understand key theoretical components of the constraints-led approach. Sections discuss ecological dynamics, perception-action, degrees of freedom and complexity theory. Examples are provided within theoretical chapters to assist readers in their practical application. Over 30 designed practices using the constraints-led approach show readers how the theory translates into practice. These are ordered by the aim of the practice, from in possession, to defensive transition, to out of possession and attacking transition.

Currently, there are no books on the market covering the constraints-led approach specific to football. The aim is to make this book accessible to football coaches without the necessity to focus solely on academic theory.

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Table of Contents

1. The theoretical foundation of the constraints-led approach2. Ecological dynamics3. Perceptioneaction coupling4. Role of constraints5. Practice designs overview 6. Warm-ups 7. In possession8. Transitions9. Out of possession


Ben Bell University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England, Assistant Football Coach, Penarth Town AFC, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. Ben Bell holds a BSc in Sports Coaching and is currently studying for an MSc in Sports Leadership, Education & Society at the University of Gloucestershire. He has obtained a UEFA B license with the Football Association of Wales, in the United Kingdom. In addition to his studies, he is also a grassroots level coach of football in Wales. Mr. Bell studied the constraints-led approach, under the guidance of Will Roberts, a respected author of several books in this area. Ben chose to write a book that provides readers practical sessions that are theoretically informed.