U6 TO SENIORS how-to manual on talent development
STRATEGIC APPROACH for every soccer coach
104 PRACTICAL ADVICES on how to improve your trainings
EXAMPLES from everyday work with top talents
KNOWLEDGE recommended by top soccer coaches
ABOUT THE BOOK
Though during my work at the Federation as the U-21 and A national team coach, I had the chance to manage the most talented from the country, it was often emphasized that our base of players all the way through the lowest levels is the foundation of our success. I believe that knowledge from this book and such educational material is critical in enriching the work at those levels, ultimately to benefit the national teams at the top of the pyramid.
The book Development Curriculum is a document that should further enrich and structure the processes in youth development, as it derives insights from science, experience, but most importantly, analysis of the game and demands placed upon players at the top level. Though it contains many elements aimed at youth player development, insights from it can significantly help coaches at the top level as well, identifying indicators of success and underlying game principles.
Considering the population of Croatia, its economic and infrastructural challenges, one can with certainty state that the success of our national teams and players on the international club scene are overachievements. Besides talent and passion for the game, one has to recognize the expertise of coaches throughout Croatia that has been leading these players to growth and success. As a result of the authors’ experience, who laid the foundation of one of the most prolific youth academies in the world, that of GNK Dinamo Zagreb, and achieved significant successes with Croatian youth national teams, one has to take this program as a proven fact.
I am certain this book will become a legacy and lay the structure of development for generations to come. Such material certainly won’t go unnoticed in the world, just like the players that it has helped develop.
Former U-21 and A national team coach of Croatia
WHAT IS INSIDE?
A must read for any young aspiring coach or professional person within the world of football. If you want to develop your players, the book Development Curriculum is a must read for any young aspiring coach.David Viejo Romero
The book, which in the coaching circles has already been labeled as “The Soccer Bible” is a unique base with educational guidelines. The book presents a pathway for development of Croatian football, based in years of experience, analysis of the current situation and modern trends and best practices in organization and workTalent Center
The book is great. We started to adapt our program according to its guidelines and principles. The real deal, worthy of every penny spent.Emir K.
This book is the bomb!
The Development Curriculum is a fantastic source of information for any coach.
It’s structured in a way that enables coaches to form specialized training programs and form their own periodization, while at the same time providing incredible amount of insight, stats and normative.Luka Lalic
Both football lovers and experts understand that the development curriculum you have presented is a nationally unique and efficient programme.
The football world should be grateful that this youth development strategy and philosophy has been shared and every FA should therefore work towards approaching youth development through this strategy.
Croatia is definitely heading in the right direction to achieving high things again in the next few years.David Zalai
This book is exactly what a youth academy like ours needs, it will serve as a great guideline. Thank you to the authors!Bojan R.
I devoured the book 👊 Great stuff with so many answers in just around 200 pages! The Development Curriculum offers a highly detailed overview of the pillars of youth football development, drawing on the great success of Croatian football in the last decade. The book provides scientific evidence and practical advice in a structured and easy to understand way, making it a must read for every coach, looking to deepen his knowledge and achieve better results.Denis Kolev
Born on October 11th, 1972 in Rijeka, he began coaching immediately after receiving his degree at Zagreb’s Faculty of Kinesiology at the age of 25. After several years of coaching experience with youth age groups at the Orijent, Osijek and Dinamo soccer clubs and in addition to international experience in Germany, Africa, and Canada, at the age of 35, he took over management of the GNK Dinamo Soccer Academy.
After nearly seven years at this position, in 2013, he became the Technical Director of the Croatian Football Federation, whose Men’s National Team under his mandate as director achieved placement in several European and World championship competitions.
Starting out as the Croatian Football Federation’s Chairman of Technical Committee, European Club Association Youth Panel member and a UEFA Technical Instructor in 2013, he shortly after also became first a member of the UEFA Youth and Amateur Soccer Committee followed by the UEFA Technical Committee.
His M.Sc. degree is from the field of Sports Psychology, and he earned his Ph.D. in 2012 with a thesis on soccer and at the age of 44 was awarded the scientific and educational title of professor.
Participating in over 100 national and international conferences, congresses and seminars as a lecturer and instructor, he has released three soccer educational DVDs, “The Sense for the Play,” “Soccer FUNdamental for U-6 to U-10” and “Basic Stereotypes of Cooperation”.
He possesses a UEFA Pro coaching license and is a regular lecturer and mentor at the Croatian Football Federation’s Coaching Education Department. Currently, he is the Head Coach of Kuwait ‘A’ national team.
Born on May 9, 1982, in Pula, Ivan attained a Business degree at Zagreb’s Faculty of Economics and Business, in Sociology at Holy Names University and a master’s degree in Sports Science from Saint Mary’s College of California.
He holds the UEFA “A” coaching license and also a USSF “A” license. He has participated in numerous international conferences as a lecturer and instructor and is also a regular lecturer at the Real Madrid Master in Football Management program.
He began his coaching career with youth age groups at the Jadran Poreč Soccer Club in 2004 while he was still a player, and after leaving to study abroad in the United States he continued coaching at Walnut Creek SC, Holy Names University and San Ramon FC (first team).
He worked as the Assistant Director of Dinamo Zagreb’s Youth Academy for several years. Ivan also served as an assistant coach for the U-19 Croatian Men’s National Team and took part at the U19 European Championship in 2016. His latest experience was as the Technical Director of Legia Warsaw.