Association Football is a global sport, with approximately 265 million individuals participating across over 200 countries, meaning the need for an educated football coaching workforce to deliver appropriate coaching practices has never been greater. However, while the literature base on coach education is steadily growing, research that focuses specifically on football coach education is limited, despite the sport’s popularity and global appeal. Therefore, stakeholders responsible for designing and delivering football coach education have found it challenging to develop meaningful provision, due to being unaware of what works, why, and for whom across coaching domains and countries. This very problem was the catalyst to produce this book, with the hope of introducing readers to the conceptual, theoretical, practical, and contemporary issues within football coach education across the world. Thus, this introductory chapter aims to provide an overall rationale behind the development of this book. In particular, the current challenges and debates within the broader coach education and more specific football coach education literature are outlined, highlighting areas of future exploration this book aims to address. Furthermore, the overall structure and format of the book is discussed, while providing a brief chapter synopsis and description of the book’s intended use and readership.
|Title of host publication||Coach Education in Football|
|Subtitle of host publication||Contemporary Issues and Global Perspectives|
|Editors||Thomas M. Leeder|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Jun 2022|
|Name||Routledge Research in Sports Coaching|