I played soccer as a youth and also later as an adult. I coached youth soccer teams for about 10 years, and in 2006 I published the book “Mental Aspects of Youth Soccer: A Primer for Players, Parents, and Coaches.” My publisher has also produced a 30-second video trailer of my book. You can see the video trailer at:

This book is available in the usual book stores such as

The book can also be purchased directly from me; the cost of each copy if purchased from me is $9.99, which includes free first-class shipping in the continental U.S.  Below are the pre-publication reviews of the book.

Review 1: “During my almost thirty years experience in youth soccer, I have read and reviewed numerous books and videos on soccer. … I can’t remember any of them teaching how to play without the ball and how a team can utilize space to create opportunities for scoring or better defend as Don’s book presents. … I believe that any player or coach will get a great deal of insight and useful information that will help each to become a more successful participant and gain more enjoyment in the world’s most popular sport.”

– Ben Curci, President of Monmouth Ocean Soccer Association of New Jersey, Member of New Jersey Youth Soccer Hall of Fame, and long-time coach of youth soccer traveling teams.

Review 2: “For years I have run camps for kids, teens, adults and coaches as the soccer epidemic has grown in the US. There is a hunger for parents to learn the game and desire for many of them to coach and to lead their children and their teams well. Mr. Tow has provided a foundational read for any parent or youth coach wanting to understand the basics of the game. … Mr. Tow has a wonderful ability to break the essential components of the game down into easy to understand concepts and diagrams. Gone will be the days of coaches who simply yell, “Boot it!” or who try to impose adult systems of play on their youth teams.”

– David J. Bartels, Former professional soccer player, a four-year player at the University of Maryland, former Assistant Coach at Penn State University, National Coaching license, and directed soccer instructional camps nationwide for 10 years.

Review 3: “Coach Tow does an excellent job elucidating that although athleticism, speed, and strength have become more important in soccer players today, what separates a good team from a great team is the individual’s, as well as the team’s, awareness of space, understanding of player movement, and personal creativity.”

– Bing Shen, M.D., former All New Jersey State Youth Soccer Player.

6 Responses to “Soccer”

  1. football says:

    nice blog. thanks for the useful article

  2. “provided a foundational read for any parent or youth coach..” This kind of information could be a great milestone for any player to become professional and serve the nation. All the reviewer of this book have strong background in professional career and it totally worth of it to own this book for future use. I hope the book could state an info about the soccer gear as well instead of the mental aspects of youth soccer because of the understanding of player movement also being revised in this book. By the way for making this book for the sake of youngster and the soccer community.

  3. teknoloji says:

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  4. Tim says:

    I totally agree that playing without the ball is as important if not more important than playing with possession of the ball. Is there an audiobook version of your publication as well?

  5. Don says:

    Currently there is no audiobook version of my book.

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