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Soccer Practice Games/120 Games for Technique, Training, and Tactics

Soccer Practice Games/120 Games for Technique, Training, and Tactics
by Joe Luxbacher, Joseph A. Luxbacher

These 120 quick-paced games are excellent for coaches who want to teach specific soccer skills and tactics or who need drill ideas for the practices, as well as for players who want to work on skills on their own. All games are fully illustrated and detailed for organizing and playing. "Every youth coach MUST own this book. I have been coaching youth soccer at various levels for nearly 15 years, and this past season I had more fun than any year before. The primary reasons: 1) my practices were more fun for me and the players 2) my practices were more productive. Both of these transformations came from reading this book. I wish I could thank Mr. Luxbacher personally. --Fritz Kass

Attacking (Soccer School Series)
by Richard Dungworth

A reader: "In my many years of playing soccer (6 years) I have learned plenty of dribling, defence and offence skills but this book considerably helped my techniques improve vastly. I wrote this review beacuse i wanted to acknowledge the great author. I put the skills that he mentioned in his book to work and voila I was averging 24 goals a season (I worked really hard too) The book teaches you about pschycologic factors involved with the game and with great illustrations it depicts the techniques used by proffesional soccer players! Have fun! Enjoy it! Buy it!"


Coaching Kids to Play Soccer

Coaching Kids to Play Soccer
by Jim San Marco, Kurt Aschermann

Kurt Ascherman teams with Jim San Marco, a leading high school soccer coach, to deliver an easy-to-use guide to coaching soccer. Includes all the rules and fundamentals, from corner kicks to penalties. 50 black-and-white photographs. This is a very good introduction coaching to kids soccer. This is a great book to read when you first start coaching a team of 5, 6 or 7 year olds. It has right level of drills and tactics for that age. I've loaned it out several times to friends who are just getting started as coaches. It has the rules of soccer and guidelines for putting together a practice. It also has good, basic drills that are easy to set up and teach the fundamental tactics of soccer. I especially liked the way it shows how to teach heading and shooting. I recommend it to a first time coach. --A reader from Bethesda, Maryland

Goalkeeping (Soccer School Series)
by Jonathan Miller

A reader: "If you are a coach of a youth soccer team, I am sure you've heard this plea before. Yet, you are obligated as a coach to discover which one of them possesses that unique set of characteristics to become the 'last defender'.

This book can certainly help. It helped me to discover at least two potential goalkeepers on our team by eliminating the fear factor. The fear of the unknown was probably greater than the fear of being hit (by the ball, legs, etc.). The illustrations in this book helped to reduce the 'fear factor' and made it possible for the youngsters to actually try and learn the daunting task. Everything from basic ball handling and positioning to penalty and corner kicks is covered in a simple and informative way.

With abundance of photos and pictures that illustrate each technique, this inexpensive book could easily substitute a video; it will particularly appeal to kids. It's a short read (only 32 pages), but it will have a great impact on your coaching ability."


Kids' Book of Soccer: Skills, Strategies, and the Rules of the Game

Kids' Book of Soccer: Skills, Strategies, and the Rules of the Game
by Brooks Clark

Once considered to be a solely European sport, soccer has now surpassed baseball in popularity among American schoolchildren. Geared toward kids aged seven to twelve, this easy-to-understand book includes such topics as the history of the game, the basics of how to play, suggestions on how to become a better player, and fun soccer trivia.


National Soccer Coaches Association of America

National Soccer Coaches Association of America
by Tim Schum (Editor), National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Fundamental skills, offensive and defensive strategy, team offense and defense, conditioning and motivational techniques--every conceivable aspect of the game is discussed in this official coaching handbook from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Never before has so much information by so many renowned soccer authorities been collected in one volume. Photos.


Passing and Shooting

Passing and Shooting
by Gill Harvey, Clive Gifford



Practice Games for Winning Soccer

Practice Games for Winning Soccer
by J. Malcolm Simon (Editor), John A. Reeves (Editor), Malcolm J. Simon

More fun than drills, more focused than scrimmages, practice games are great for developing specific techniques, tactics, and fitness. Here are 80 of the best games from 51 of America's top high school and college coaches--complete with tips for improving performance and variations for adapting games to different ability levels and objectives. 86 illus.


Soccer Drills for Individual and Team Play

Soccer Drills for Individual and Team Play
by James P. McGettigan

Promoting lasting good habits and reactions in players, the 264 drills included create game-like situations in practice, resulting in direct interaction among small groups of players in the area of the ball.


Soccer Fundamentals for Players and Coaches

Soccer Fundamentals for Players and Coaches
by Wiel Coerver

Best soccer book I 've seen. Nice photos and easy to follow I went through many books and this one is the best I've found so far... Great pictures and explanations. My soccer skills are much improved from this book, I was the worst player on the team and in one year I became one of the better ones! I usually took 3 exercises and practice them for one week and then move on to the next set... The only downside to this books that it does not cover kicking techniques, bicycle kicks and heading... Great investment in your soccer skill! --A reader from Calif.


Soccer Restart Plays

Soccer Restart Plays
by J. Malcolm Simon

Very usefull insights into soccers "set plays" While soccer is primarily a dynamic sport with ever-changing positions and opportunities, there are moments that can be scripted - dead ball situations. "Soccer Restart Plays" describes in detail how any team can effectively take advantage of these golden moments and create excellent scoring opportunities. Clear diagrams of corner kick, direct and indirect kicks and throw-ins detail actions and responsibilities of key players. I have coached teams that scored twice in the final at the USA Cup on plays from this book! I high recommend it to any serious coach. Scott Lockwood

The Complete Book of Coaching Youth Soccer: The Authoritative Guide to Successful Team Tactics and Competitive Individual Skills
by Simon Whitehead

Great Book for Inexperienced Youth Coaches Whitehead does a great job of providing the basics to the in-experienced youth coach. He doesn't assume knowledge on the part of the reader and his drills are progressive and effective. His distinction between "teaching" and "coaching" is a valid one that I had missed despite 6 seasons of youth coaching. His emphasis on the kids having fun and a variety of game type excercises is just right for the 6-12 year old player. Just showing the book to other coaches and allowing them to browse through it has lead to 6 other coaches buying the book. Overall, an outstanding basic reference for the begining coach. Certainly not the LAST book you should buy, but maybe the first. --Alan Greenberg from Midland Michigan USA


Understanding Soccer : Rules & Procedures for Players, Parents & Coaches

Understanding Soccer : Rules & Procedures for Players, Parents & Coaches
by Gene Kira

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