About Leigh Manson

Leigh Manson
Company President

  • Scottish FA Youth Level4 Award, UEFA B
  • Scottish FA Youth Level3
  • Nike Elite Training Program Director
  • Nike FC Head Coach
  • Author of ‘World Class Training Bible

With over 20 years of experience as a coach, Total Football founder and president Leigh Manson is a leading figure in Japanese football coaching. Prior to coming to Japan, Leigh worked as a coach for three professional teams in the UK, and was part of a team responsible for regional development of the British national women’s team.

In Japan, Leigh’s programs are known not just for coverage of technical skills, but also the strong emphasis upon players’ attitudes towards football. Leigh is also respected at the highest levels of international coaching, invited to participate in a 10-day coaching camp organised by the Royal Netherlands Football Association, and providing elite level training for Philippines’ national players. Leigh’s first book, the ‘World Class Training Bible’ was published in 2010 as a part of Kodansha’s top athletics series, Kamiwaza.