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A Completely Different Game

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780349443256

Price: £22

ON SALE: 23rd July 2024

Genre: Economics, Finance, Business & Management

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How do you get the best out of people? What does it take to make a team thrive? From the head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and legendary coach of Chelsea FC comes a book of hard-won lessons for leading a team to success, on and off the field.

Few places will test your leadership skills more than elite sport. For more than twenty years, Emma Hayes has led her teams to trophy after trophy, coaching her players through personal and professional setbacks, and becoming a powerful advocate for women in sports.

A Completely Different Game shares Hayes’s inspirational, innately human approach to fulfilling the potential of those around her. Beginning with her upbringing in Camden and ending with her move to the US National Team, Hayes takes us through the events that shaped her and the critical leadership lessons she learned along the way. She also lays bare the difficulties that came with managing a women’s sports team in an industry designed for and catered to men, and makes a clear, actionable and urgent call for equity in sports.

Generous, authoritative, and grounded in lived experience, A Completely Different Game will help you lead with heart, strength and authenticity no matter what challenge you’re facing.


Seamlessly passing between personal and professional anecdotes, the book is written with the energy, passion, insight and no-nonsense approach usually displayed by Emma at the side of a pitch. It is a must-read for anyone interested in women's football
Dawn Airey, Chair of the Women's Super League and Championship, and Chancellor of Edge Hill University
I will be supporting Emma Hayes all the way on her new journey in America, where I'm sure she will continue to enjoy the success she has had throughout her fantastic career
Sir Alex Ferguson
Hayes's record speaks for itself, but what people don't see is the type of manager she is off the pitch. She picks players up when they are down. People think she is this tough coach, and she is, but she also puts her arm around people
Sam Kerr, captain, Australian Women’s National Soccer Team and 3-time Golden Boot winner
There'll never be another coach quite like Emma Hayes. A Completely Different Game gives an intriguing insight into her mindset and her motivations as she has fought her way to the very top. Leaders in any line will gain fresh perspective on their own practice, and football fans are in for a rare treat as Hayes details the secrets of her success with her characteristic unflinching honesty
Carrie Dunn, acclaimed author and women's football historian
Hayes has done an incredible job, and she got so much respect and deserved respect
Sarina Wiegman, manager, England Women’s National Team
Hayes has so much experience in the women's game, and she has done such incredible things with a top-tier team
Lindsey Horan, captain, United States Women’s National Team