Wiel Coerver ( 3 December 1924 – 22 April 2011) was an association football manager from the Netherlands and the developer of the Coerver Method, a football coaching technique.
He won the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord Rotterdam in the 1973–1974 season.
Coerver, who was born in Kerkrade, Limburg, was nicknamed “the Albert Einstein of Football”. He died in Kerkrade.
The Coerver Method is a football coaching technique which Coerver created.
By analysing videotapes of various great players including Pelé, he devised a new concept in football which advocates that skill could not only be inherent with the young players but could also be passed on in a comprehensive academic way.
Under this technique, players progress in a structured manner, pyramidal, from basics of ball mastery to a tactically driven group attack.
They would be exposed to the other essentials like Receiving and Passing, Moves (1v1), Speed and Lethal Finishing.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup in France saw the first Coerver student, Boudewijn Zenden who played for the Netherlands national football team, make it to the FIFA World Cup.