Bill Walsh won three Superbowls with the San Francisco 49ers. When he took over as head coach in 1979 they were arguably the worst team in American football history. Within two years they were the best. This sympathetic and honest book, published after Walsh’s death in 2007, but largely in his own words, explains in detail the methods he used to achieve extraordinary success. MORE
Quick-fire skills activity: Sprint passing
A quick set-up activity to work on your players’ passing at pace.
- Put three attackers at one side of a 12m by 10m box. They sprint through the cones in front of them, which triggers the defenders to sprint forward.
- You feed to the first receiver, who passes to the second receiver before the first defender gets to him.
- The second receiver either passes or dummy-passes to the last player, depending on whether the second defender decides to go in or out.
- The first defender sprints at the first attacker once the attacker is through the gate of cones.
- The second defender decides whether to go in or out
- Start with short passes before lengthening. Adjust starting points to ensure a good contest. Swap sides.
- Keep the hips facing up the pitch.
- Reach for the pass.
- Finish the hands towards the passer.
- Pass in front of the receiver.