Part coaching manual and part love letter to the Dutch vision of soccer, you need never read another book on the philosophy and coaching practices of Dutch soccer again!

Wow, now this is comprehensive! Weighing in at nearly 200 pages, Dutch ‘Total Football’ provides an in-depth guide to the history, philosophy and soccer drills that shape the Dutch vision of how soccer should be played. You will find a mountain of insights and coaching guidance you can use to coach your players in Holland’s aggressive, free flowing ‘Total Football’ style of soccer

Dear Coach,

The Dutch are known throughout the world for their amazing technique, tactical awareness, passing and chemistry, where the players seem to have a mental bond and know exactly where to place the ball for one another. These qualities, evident in Dutch teams for decades, are no accident. The Dutch approach to soccer comes from a uniform philosophy, culture and training methodology that is utilized at a youth level through to seniors all over the country.

Part coaching manual part love letter to Dutch soccer, Dutch ‘Total Football’ provides a comprehensive analysis of all the elements that make Dutch soccer so special. This includes an in-depth look at Dutch culture, how soccer was transformed from its amateurish 1960s roots and a look at the ‘Clockwork Orange’ teams of the 1970s.

In addition, Dutch ‘Total Football’ is packed with over 120 pages of Dutch soccer drills, with detailed diagrams and clear explanations on how to gain the maximum benefit from every exercise. Whether you coach developing youth teams or players at the highest level, the background information on the Dutch ‘Total Football’ philosophy and training exercises make this book your ideal guide to learning from some of the most technically gifted players in the world today.

“Terry Michler has written a great book that goes beyond the usual compilation of drills.  In providing a comprehensive background on how the Dutch method was developed, he provides insights to the drills and games presented in later chapters.  You grow to understand not only how the drills work, but why they work.  The look into Dutch culture also sparks the imagination and begs the question; what pieces of our culture can we bring to the game and how do we integrate who we are into how we play?  The book is worthwhile for only the drills and games, but the history given takes it to another level.” – Drew Fitzgerald, Assistant Coach – Missouri State Women’s Soccer

“Gain a much deeper understanding of why drills are used and the benefits you can expect to gain”

Before the 1974 World Cup, Dutch soccer was seen as unrefined, amateurish and tactically crude. Those impressions soon changed when their brand of ‘Total Football’ saw them progress all the way to the final and to narrowly lose to the hosts, West Germany. Ever since the Dutch have been respected for playing an aggressive, technical and highly entertaining brand of soccer.

It’s evident from the passionate way in which the book’s author, Terry Michler, analyses the development of the Dutch game that he is one of their leading admirers. Dutch ‘Total Football’ is packed with soccer drills and exercises, but it is much more than a training manual. This book seeks to uncover the philosophy that drives the Dutch vision to ‘keep it simple’ while playing some of the most technically smooth soccer you’ll see.

The result is that you will gain a much deeper understanding of the mindset and philosophy behind the training exercises and how they can help you to build a team that plays and performs like the smooth passing Dutch masters.

“A book that’s a labor of love by the most winningest high school coach of all time”

Dutch Total Football is a book born from a coach’s passion for the Dutch style of football, a style of play which he has used to devastating effect for over 39 years, winning 24 District Championships (which includes 16 in a row).

Terry Michler’s love of the Dutch style first arose when he attended a ten day International Coaching Course in Zeist, Holland, at the headquarters of the Dutch soccer governing body (KNVIS). As part of a small group of eight coaches instructed by A-licensed instructors Jan Pruijn and Brom Braam, Michler experienced firsthand the Dutch culture and mentality towards soccer, which has proven so successful at developing a style of play that is aggressive, powerful and highly entertaining to watch. Ever since, Michler has sought to embue every team he coaches with the Dutrch vision of how soccer should be player.

Michler played for Rockhurst College before turning pro and playing for Kansas City Spurs for two seasons, where he won the North American Soccer league Championship in 1969. Michler then swiftly made the transition to coaching at Christian Brothers College (CBC), Missouri, where he continues coaching over 40 years later. During his tenure, Michler has accumulated the most winningest record in high school coaching of all time: 24 District Championships, 16 Final Four appearances, 12 State Final appearances, 6 State Championships and 10 times national rankings.

In addition, Michler’s 40 years of coaching has overseen the development of an astounding number of players: 32 became pros, 8 played nationally, 18 High School All-Americans and 283 played collegiate soccer.

Along with league and cup trophies, Michler’s achievements have included being awarded the  National High School Coach of the Year (1985) and the Coach of the Year (2004).

Along with Dutch Total Football, Michler is the author of Coaching Soccer Champions and Full Season Training Program – Elite Teams.

What’s covered in Dutch Total Football

This comprehensive book comprises of around one third background information on the history, philosophy and performance of Holland’s sides and two thirds soccer drills taught by Dutch coaches:


Dutch ‘Total Football’ opens with Michler explaining where his fascination for Dutch soccer comes from and why he loves their style of play and how it has shaped his own mentality and approach to the game.

Chapter 1 – Clockwork Orange

This chapter looks at how ‘Total Football’ was born from humble beginnings, and the influence of Rinus Michel’s master plan to create a new generation of highly technical and organized Dutch players.

Chapter 2 – Orange

Michler discusses how the color orange’s association with creativity makes it the ideal choice for Holland’s free flowing brand of soccer.

Chapter 3 – Dutch Traits

How did the Dutch mentality and national identity influence their approach to soccer? This chapter answers these questions and more.

Chapter 4 – Dutch Space is Different

The Dutch have a theory that space on the pitch is flexible and every run is designed to increase and exploit the space that is available. This kind of inventive, creative and abstract thinking permeates every level of Dutch soccer, and this chapter analyses how and why.

Chapter 5 – What is Dutch Soccer?

Characteristics include a careful buildup from the back, early deep passes to start the attack and the third man concept. The Dutch also have a certain arrogance in the way they play but sometimes miss the ingredient of a competitive drive. Michler analyzes all these ingredients and more that define the Dutch game.

Chapter 6 – Street Soccer

With the decline of street soccer, Dutch coaches had to find alternative ways of taking the concepts and skills developed in casual games onto the training pitch. With street soccer in decline in most countries, the lessons the Dutch learned will be of interest to any coach.

Chapter 7 – Ajax

In this chapter Michler looks at arguably Holland’s most famous club side, including the history of their name, emblem and vision of a team that can trace its roots of playing attacking soccer back to WW1.

Chapter 8 – Ajax Youth Development

Ajax’s principles of constant improvement and TIPS training philosophy are a blueprint for youth coaches all over the world. Michler explains why
Chapter 9 – Johan Cruyff

Holland’s most naturally gifted player of all time, Michler looks at the qualities that made Johan Cruyff so special and why he was the archetypal Dutch player.

Chapter 10 – Rinus Michels

Michels’ book ‘Team Building: The Road to Success’ was the blueprint to the development of a structural approach to coaching young players across Holland. Michler looks at how the book’s influence continues today.

Chapter 11 – Dutch Vision

This chapter looks at the elements of the Dutch vision for how soccer should be taught and played, such as many repetitions to develop technique and total enjoyment from playing.

Chapter 12 – Linking Up

This final background chapter explains how to connect all the background information with what you are trying to achieve on the practice ground, in particular the need to pay attention to quality, detail and mentality.

Chapter 13  – 40 drills for receive – pass – move

Utilizing the Dutch approach to rectangular passing runs, this extensive collection of passing drills will help to develop your players’ technical first touch and passing accuracy.

Chapter 14 – 55 drills for pass – move – shoot

Holland is famous for their ability to literally pass the ball all the way up the pitch and into the net. These drills use half the pitch to create full team drills in which the move ends with a shot on goal.

Chapter 15 – 30 positional play and transition drills

This drills aim to improve the ability of your players to think, to create space and to work together when dealing with pressure and to support each other.

What you will gain from Dutch Total Football

If you want to learn how to improve your team’s passing and movement, there is no better nation to learn from than the Dutch. Along with over 120 soccer drills, you gain a wealth of background information on the history, philosophy and characteristics of ‘Total Football’ in the Netherlands.

When reading this book you will discover it’s a labor of love by the author Terry Michler, and from it you will gain:

  • An enriched understanding of Dutch soccer, from its humble beginnings in the 1960s into the aggressive, free flowing and highly technical ‘Total Football’ style
  • Over 120 soccer drills used by coaches in academies all over the Netherlands to improve the technique, passing, thinking and creativity of players. If you want to train your team to play like Holland, you need look no further.
  • A deeper understanding of the cultural traits, Dutch mentality and other elements that have contributed to the highly creative Dutch vision of how soccer should be played
  • The extensive background information will enhance your understanding of the benefits of every drills and the results you hope to gain
  • Your players will love the wide variety of soccer drills and being put through the same paces of legendary Dutch players, like Johan Cruyff, Marco Van Basten and Denis Bergkamp
  • The Dutch soccer drills will enable you to develop players able to pass and move, more capable of exploiting space and able to literally pass the ball all the way into the opposition’s net


Part training program and part love letter to the Dutch vision of soccer, Dutch ‘Total Football’ is packed with valuable insights and coaching tips you can use, whether you are developing young players, you’re a student of the game or coaching players at the highest level.

“I’m pleased I was able to read this book as it truly has an attention to detail mindset, and more over education based, in understanding how very top players or most effective players in the game today, on average are on the ball just over a minute or so.  Unfortunately as a whole this part of player development or performance is not fully understood or respected enough by coaches and the only attention focuses on time spent on the ball, not on performance in effecting opponents off the ball.

The book truly does however cover essential techniques and ball relationship areas for momments of being in possesion, with well over 100 pages of sessions, again knowing you can adjust as you see, putting in the detail to suit the topic or individual player. Over all this book has my backing as a worth while addition and time spend reading.” – Chris Robinson – Former EPL Academy Coach and current Director of Education in TX.

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“Part training program and part love letter to the Dutch vision of soccer, Dutch ‘Total Football’ is packed with valuable insights and coaching tips you can use, whether you are developing young players, you’re a student of the game or coaching players at the highest level.”

Ever since the 1974 World Cup, when the Dutch brand of Total Football was showcased to the soccer world, coaches everywhere have sought to emulate the elegant yet aggressive pass and move style of Dutch sides. However, knowing how to emulate ‘Clockwork Orange’ sides involves much more than merely running through their drills. You also need to understand the philosophy, history and abstract thinking that makes Dutch soccer so devastating.

In this special book, Terry Michler has sought to share both his passion and knowledge of Dutch soccer. The most winningest high school coach of all time, Michler knows exactly how and why coaches can use lessons from the Dutch to improve their team’s performance.

Yes, you get over 120 drills used by Dutch coaches to improve the technique, passing ability and thinking of players. But what you also get is a wealth of background information that will enrich your understanding of exactly why the drills are used and the results you can expect to get.

When put together, this combination makes Dutch ‘Total Football’ one of the most comprehensive books available on Dutch soccer and one that can help you to adopt the Dutch vision to your team’s training and future success.

Best Wishes,

Mike Saif

P.S. Dutch ‘Total Football’ is a comprehensive guide to Dutch soccer. Along with over 120 soccer drills used by Dutch coaches to improve technique, passing and mental agility, this book covers the philosophy, history and identity of ‘Clockwork Orange’ teams. This in-depth information will enrich your understanding of how soccer players are developed in the Netherlands and how you can apply their coaching methods to developing the aggressive, free flowing passing style of your own team.

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

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