Your Complete Coaching Guide to Playing like The Dutch Has Arrived! Improve your players’ technique, passing and understanding of how to perform in the Dutch vision of how soccer should be played

Finally, the complete Dutch drills manual is here! Dutch Drills for Total Team Training is packed with soccer drills and exercises that will train your team to pass, move to dominate opposition teams just like the Dutch. If you’ve ever wanted to replicate what the Dutch players do on the practice pitch, now you can!

Dear Coach,

The Dutch are respected throughout the world for their exceptional technical and tactical abilities. Few teams pass as smoothly or intricately as the Dutch, while their aggressive 4-3-3 formation can often give them the tactical edge against teams unprepared for their free flowing, aggressive style of play.

The quality of Dutch players comes from their uniform training methods and technical skills that are honed from a young age. In fact, the KNVB Dutch National Federation recommends that teams, from youth to pro, adhere to the coveted Dutch 4-3-3 formation.  Having said that, this book is great regardless of the formation you play with your team.  Simply utilizing the Dutch training methods to your own system of play will result in quality technique and better play from your team.

This book provides a complete coaching guide on how to train players in the Dutch model. Drawing on his own firsthand experience of coaching with FC Ajax and Vitesse Arnhem in Holland and passion for the Dutch style of play, author Robert Podeyn has put together an in-depth analysis of how to develop the beautiful Dutch game on the training pitch. This includes dynamic warm-up drills, Dutch fitness exercises and specific drills focused on particular positions which will make your players more effective in playing Holland’s feared 4-3-3.

“I love this book! I see so many coaches that have an idea, an overview of what they want their team to do but need the details, the foundations, on which to build their team’s performance. This book covers every aspect of training needed to be successful with the 4-3-3. Fundamental passing exercises that include running off the ball movements, focused competitive defensive and offensive activities and excellent scrimmage games that show you how to use small sided formations to train for full sided play.

I felt like everyone of these activities was fun, functional and challenging. No player will be involved in these activities without realizing they are training the way they are going to play! Best of all, each activity beyond the fundamental stage incorporates extended periods of free play to allow the application of the principles with the creativity and discipline required in the game. Highly recommend this book in conjunction with “Coaching the Dutch 4-3-3.” – Chuck Coan

“This book covers drills for improving the technical passing and movement the Dutch are famous for, but also provides specific training for different positions to create a ‘Total Football’ team”

The Dutch 4-3-3 is renowned for its effectiveness at dominating and frustrating opponents by maintaining possession and pressing the ball in the opponents half. It’s a style of play every coach aspires to have in their arsenal, but it can be difficult to know exactly which exercises to use for which players to ensure everyone knows how to play the system effectively on game day.

Author Robert Podeyn aims to correct this with Dutch Drills for Total Team Training. The book features a wide array of drills for different positions and is structured so you can train your team to become ‘Total Soccer Players’.

The drills in this book span from dynamic warm-up routines and fitness drills through to general drills to improve technique and then it covers specific training sessions for defenders, the triangle midfield and the forwards. Through this approach, you gain ‘total team training’ and a team that knows how to play the Dutch vision.

“A book born from firsthand experience on how to coach 4-3-3 the Dutch way”

Robert Podeyn’s goalkeeping and coaching career spans over twenty-eight years. His playing career started in New York, playing for Kings Park and then Cow Harbor. He then moved onto college soccer, helping LIU-C.W. to advance to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals in 1987, earning All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-American honors in the process.

The next step in Podeyn’s career was to Long Island Stars, in the now defunct American Soccer League, where he set a professional record of 973 shutout minutes, earning team and league MVP honors in the process.

In 1990 Podeyn then began his coaching career back at Kings Park, coaching the junior and high school squads. Podeyn’s next move was to Florida, coaching both the boys and girls youth teams at Osceola High School and helping them to gain much improved winning records. In 2003 Podeyn coached the Williams Woods university, building them into one of the top offensive teams, with 183 goals in 57 games.

Podeyn’s reputation for rebuilding and re-energizing teams was further cemented at Northwood University, whom he took from the brink of extinction to a record setting season in which they nearly entered the NAIA Top 25. Podeyn now coaches at South Western University Bolivar, Missouri, competing in the toughest women’s conference in the country (MIAA).

Podeyn has earned coaching certifications from the USSF, NSCAA and KNVB, all of which were earned with distinction. A keen student of the game, Podeyn has also traveled aboard to learn from some of the best foreign goalkeeping coaches, this includes completing English FA coaching courses and earning the UEFA coaching certificate. In Brazil he participated in sessions with CBF and CAM professional clubs, and has also studied goalkeeper coaching techniques at FC Ajax and Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, the homeland of some of the world’s greatest ever keepers.

What’s covered in Dutch Drills for Total Team Training

Each chapter in this book opens with an in-depth discussion of the purpose of each section of drills and their roll within the Dutch system. This will enable you to approach the drills with a deeper understanding of their purpose and the results you can expect to get.

Drills are broken down into each specific area of the team i.e. the triangle midfield, shifting back 4 and 3 player attack.

Intro – Podeyn opens the book by explaining how the Dutch have influenced his soccer philosophy. He highlights the importance of identifying the style and system you want to play then focusing your training drills on achieving it.

Quick reference guide – This chapter discusses the roles and responsibilities of players in every position, both in and out of possession. Podeyn also looks at the risks of playing the offside rule with a shifting and sliding defense, as well as the tactical changes that need to be made for high and low pressure play.

Dynamic Warm-ups – Podeyn discusses the role of conditioning, plyometric training, weight training and more in the development of players. Warmup routines covered are the Ajaz dynamic warm up, Vitesse Arnheim dynamic and two KNVB dynamic warm-ups.

Fitness drills – This chapter explains how fitness routines have evolved into technical fitness training, with sessions designed to be game like in nature. Drills covered are the Vitesse Dallas Technical Fitness and 11 PSV Eindhoven fitness drills.

General training drills – Podeyn explains why training need to be fun and in a non-structured atmosphere for young players up to age 14 to avoid burn-out, and how the Netherlands provides an excellent model for how it’s done. This chapter includes 20 different drills, including the Vitesse Dallas Dutch Cross, Dutch Wine Glass and Ajax Triangle.

Drills for defenders in the 1:4:3:3 – Defenders need to balance physical presence with the skill to control the back third. The 10 drills in this chapter will challenge players and teach them how to build out from the back and to maintain possession.

Drills for the Triangle Midfield – The triangle midfield has the option of creative runs and overlaps or maintaining its shape. The 10 drills provided will teach players their roles and responsibilities when playing the 4-3-3 or 3-5-2.

Drills for attackers – Podeyn gives a personal example of how his college team weren’t shut out for 21 straight games by adopting an attacking playing style favored by the Dutch. These drills focus on developing an attacking mentality, which include the Vitesse Dallas transitional Attacking Game, Ajax 3v3 and KNVB 2 Zone attacking game.

Team Shape – In this chapter Podeyn explains how to build out the team shape through small sided games. These drills will help your players understand how to play the Dutch 4-3-3 system and approach, through drills which include the Ajax Back Up and KNVB 7 v 7 box game.

Author Rob Podeyn during a half time team talk

What you will gain from Dutch Drills for Total Team Training

Whilst there are other books available on Dutch soccer, few books feature the variety of Dutch training exercises as Dutch Drills for Total Team Training. Along with general technical training drills, you also get training exercises focused on specific areas of the team, namely the defenders, triangle midfield and the attackers. You also get a wealth of background information on the Dutch vision and philosophy.

From Dutch Drills for Total Team Training, you will gain:

  • 120 drills and training sessions for coaching the Dutch 4-3-3 formation
  • Specific drills for different positions in the team
  • Insight on the how to identify the style and system you want to play, and how to achieve it through training
  • A deeper understanding of the 4-3-3 and the Dutch vision on how it should be played
  • Dynamic warm-ups and fitness drills used by ‘Clockwork Orange’ sides including Ajax and Feyenoord 
  • Your players will love working through drills and exercises taught to some of soccer’s legendary Dutch players, like Johan Cruyff, Marco Van Basten and Denis Bergkamp
  • Your players will have an enriched understanding of how to play in the Dutch style, with an increased reliance on technical passing and maintaining possession in the opponent’s half
  • Your team will become more proficient at utilizing the ethos of the Netherlands’ ‘total football’ philosophy to dominate the opposition and win more games


Whether you coach young players or teams at the elite level, the variety and comprehensive nature of the training exercises Dutch Drills for Total Team Training can equip you with a team that’s well versed in the Dutch vision of soccer and ready to score more goals through their patented aggressive and free passing style.

Dutch Drills for Total Team Training is a fascinating insight into the world of Dutch football.All the drills and small sided game are informative and easy to understand. The diagrams make it easy for coaches of all levels to understand and the coaching points are full of technical information. This book is a must for any coach or manager at any level in their search for Total Football.” – Colin Semmens – UEFA B ,Fa Level 3 coach

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“It explains everything you need to know about how to coach your team like the classic Clockwork Orange sides of the 70s”

When writing Dutch Drills for Total Team Training, author Robert Podeyn set out to create the definitive Dutch soccer coaching manual. Drawing on his own firsthand experience of training with famous Dutch sides, like Ajax and Vitesse Arnheim, and knowledge of Dutch soccer, Podeyn has assembled arguably the most comprehensive set of Dutch drills you’ll find anywhere.

Along with general drills used by the Dutch for warmup routines, fitness and technical development, you also get drills focused on specific areas. This means your players will be more attuned to their particular responsibilities and roles on game day, whether they play in defense, the triangle midfield or in the three man attack.

Podeyn highlights the need to identify your own style and system when playing the Dutch 4-3-3. With its wide array of drills and insightful guidance, Dutch Drills for Total Team Training provides you with everything you need to mould your team into a devastating attacking unit and emulate the classic ‘Clockwork Orange’ sides that first showed the world how to play ‘total football’.

Best Wishes,

Mike Saif

P.S. Dutch Drills for Total Team Training is packed with soccer drills and exercises used by leading Dutch teams. Along with general drills for developing technique and fitness, you also get drills focused on developing a shifting defense, triangle midfield and three man attack. This enables you to provide your team with a more comprehensive coaching program on the roles and responsibilities of every position when playing the Dutch 4-3-3, so you’re ready to demonstrate the devastating power of Dutch ‘total football.

P.P.S If you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of the soccer coaching resources in Dutch Drills for Total Team Training six months then we will refund your purchase in full, no questions asked.

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