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21. World Soccer Yearbook 2003
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22. Coordination, Agility And Speed
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21. World Soccer Yearbook 2003
by David Goldblatt
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Asin: 0789489430
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Sales Rank: 506992
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This informative, engaging and accessible book aims to be the most comprehensive, all-in-one guide to the world's favorite sport.

Embracing the fanatical interest in the world's most popular sport, World Soccer Yearbook 2003 examines the game on a global level. Where other books have been club-based, league based, or specific to national teams, this is the first true survey of soccer around the world -- from its the origins in the 19th century, to the latest national, league, and club standings, there is here for every soccer fan. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful
Words can't describe how great this book is. From the moment you see the section on the World Cup and how detailed it is (EVERY SINGLE WC MATCH IS COVERED), to the wonderful pictures that look so good you could easily mistake you're watching TV, this book grabs you. It covers every FIFA confederation (including OFC) and every majour country's domestic league. Ever wonder who finished 6th in the Uruguayan Domestic League last year? Or ever wonder who led the Swedish Allveskean in goals? Or who plays in the stadium set at the highest altitude? Get this book, and you'll do yourself a favour if you're a football fan. Plus, impress your friends!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Primer for Football Fans!
This book has everything you could possibly want about soccer around the world.Whether it is the World Cup, Continental championships, or domestic leagues, this book breaks down all of the statistics, facts, and tidbits for the soccer trivia enthusiast.A nice primer for people interested in learning about the business that is world soccer. ... Read more


22. Coordination, Agility And Speed Training For Soccer
by Peter Schreiner
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Asin: 1890946427
Catlog: Book (2000-07-31)
Publisher: Reedswain
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Provides drills accompanied by useful tips and understandable instructions with easy to follow diagrams.
Sections include: Practical Warm Ups, Drills with the Ball, Drills with Rods and Cones, Running Technique, Plyometric Exercises and more.
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23. Coaching Girls' Soccer: From the How-To's of the Game to Practical Real-World Advice--Your Definitive Guide to Successfully Coaching Girls
by JOHN DEWITT
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Asin: 0761532498
Catlog: Book (2001-08-09)
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
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Coach Girls for Success on and off the Field
Girls rule! Coaching girls' soccer is a challenge and also a wonderful experience. Witness a game-winning penalty kick or a goalie who saves an almost unstoppable ball, and you can't help but be inspired. The effort, pride, and enjoyment on the players' faces are great rewards for parents and often the signs of a good coach—the type of coach you want to be. So how can you get there?
Perfect for coaches of girls up to age 13, Coaching Girls' Soccer includes everything you need to be an outstanding coach and mentor to your team. Whether you are a seasoned coach looking to fine-tune your skills or a rookie eager to take the field running, you'll discover techniques for success that are tailored specifically to the needs of girls, including:
·Drills and strategies for coaches new to the world of coaching soccer
·Tips on what girls want and need from their soccer experience
·Practical suggestions on how to motivate in a positive and encouraging way
·Advice for helping girls deal with their changing bodies
·And much more!
Now you can be a coaching winner and help bring out the best in your players, both on the soccer field and in the game of life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for girls
After coaching, reffing, and helping to run leagues for 15+ years I am always on the lookout for ways to keep myself fresh and relevant to the kids I have the pleasure to deal with. If every coach could start with this book the world of soccer would be a funner place. This may not be the only book you ever need as you advance, but the broad range of advice, attitude, basic knowledge, and practical tips make this one a "must have". My only gripe is the title, there is some information specific to girls but so much of it is just plain good I hate to see someone miss it because the only coach or have boys.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Soccer Coaching Book I Have Read
This book was absolutely wonderful. I have coached many sports but never soccer until this past year. I read the book after the season and feel ready for the upcoming season. I learned so much about the game tactically and it was easy reading. John knows his subject. Would recommend it for any coach.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quality advice for coaching girls soccer
I work with a top level youth soccer club as the Girls Director of Coaching. After reading Mr. Dewitt's book I feel that he has hit the nail on the head. The advice that he gives, while basic, is just what many new coaches need to start coaching girls soccer. The book covers all aspects of the game while still staying focused on the coaching skills need to work with girls. ... Read more


24. The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro
by Joe McGinniss, Little Brown
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Asin: 0316557366
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
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We already knew Joe McGinniss could chill our blood (Fatal Vision) and arouse both our pity and distaste for the Kennedys (The Last Brother), but who knew he could be so funny? (Well, maybe readers who remember The Selling of the President back in 1968.) Even those who have no interest in soccer--the majority of Americans, he ruefully admits--will relish the author's vivid account of a team from Castel di Sangro, a tiny town in Italy's poorest region, that against all expectations made it to the national competition. Whether he's chronicling his ordeal at possibly the least-inviting hotel in Italy (the heat doesn't come on until October, no matter the temperature; he is assigned to a room up four flights of stairs though there are no other guests), or sketching a colorful cast of characters that includes the team's sinister owner and an utterly unflappable translator, McGinniss prompts roars of laughter as he reveals an Italy tourists never see. He also saddens readers with a shocking final scene in which he confronts the nation's casual corruption, which taints men he's come to respect and even love. Although not a conventional memoir, this stirring book reveals as much about the author's passionate character as about the nation and the players who win his heart, then break it. --Wendy Smith ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Book about a miracle reveals story of corruption and sadness
I'm a sucker for sports books so I was eager to read this one. Not being a soccer fan, it was cool to read about the author's passion of soccer. Well Mcginniss is close to insane. The first half of the book is great when you read about the soccer team, the tiny town of Castel di Sangro, and their amazing achievement of playing these great Italian teams. But the story gives you a dose of reality - deaths, corruption, deceit, disloyalty, stubbornness, etc. The fact is that when I read about cheap and unforgiving the team management and ownership, I was almost prepared for the shocking ending. I'm glad the author put this part in because the truth is there are no fairy tale endings. The weakness in the book is there was no examination of what makes soccer fans so nutty and passionate. He had this perfect place where he could talk to every single fan if he wanted to and find out what is it about this game? Still a recommended read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Skewed, but fun
This is now the second book I've read by McGinniss, and I'm beginning to notice a trend in the stories he tells. In each book, he has started with some sort of declaration that he is going to act as an observor to some event and write as objectively as possible about that event (in this case, the unexpected season of a small town team in higher ranks of Italian soccer). However, it seems that McGinniss can't figure out how to remain objective. In each story I've read, especially The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro, he goes from being an observor to being a part of the story. In this book, it's quite fascinating how he was constantly manuevering to make himself a decision-maker and play-caller during their games. He was constantly giving advise, whether requested or not, to the players, coaches, owners, and family members both on the field and off the field. I don't have a doubt that his presence and his actions effected the play of the team, for better or worse. By the end of the book, you got the impression that McGinniss was a very important part of this town and its soccer team. I'm not sure if this was really the case, or if the reader merely gets that impression from reading McGinniss's somewhat self-centered writing.

McGinniss's self-glorification notwithstanding, this is a highly enjoyable read. The reader really does have the feeling of being in the thick of things, rooting and cheering for the underdogs. In spite of his obviousley skewed and self-centered style of writing, McGinniss does have a very intense and active tone of writing that makes reading his books a page-turning pleasure. I may not think that highly of McGinniss as a person, but I sure enjoyed The Miracle of Castel di Sangro.

5-0 out of 5 stars "The Fanatic is a fan in a madhouse"- Eduardo Galeano
Reviewer: tom cieszinski from United States
The above quote is found on page 345 of this book and a renowned author in his own right, of various books, including one on football-soccer; "football in sun and shadow; an emotional history of the World Cup." This phrase, if I had to pick one, out of this multi-dimensional book would best summarise this outstanding work by Joe McGinnis.
Outstanding, I do not believe, I will reiterate what other reviewers have excellently recanted about this book; I would say, what I believe McGinnis brings to his writing, are numerous literary references as the above and an abundant use of the Italian language make this an excellent read.

Agreeing with one reviewer, half way through the book, it unravels some, some I say, but then, comes back for an excellent finish.

Some opine, Joe McGinnis is the "bulldozer" in this work, that he contains shade of being an "ugly American", to me however, when all is said and done & it is forgivable; understand me there please, but he falls short, of the players, he supposedly "cares" so much about, these hapless heroes, he presents in such a rich context, in their achievements, most to never be recognized in the very large system of Italian soccer, Calcio. He falls short, he burns bridges, he does not become a part of the system, but at what cost?

I would characterise Mr. McGinnis as being "pushy", similar to the second guessings of a "Monday morning quarterback" or as being confrontational and abrasive at times but by golly; who isn't or has not been at some periods of time in their life? Why, Mr. McGinnis faults the system at some points of this book, but if he were doing this in most countries, namely the US and giving advice to a coach, in this case, Osvaldo Jaconi; he might well run into a "my way or the highway" mentality (can one picture, an author of a book, giving advice to an American sports coach in the locker room, with so much frequency? I doubt it). Absolutely, correct, is the reviewer who opines he should have handled the ending differently and without giving it away as well; we have something, that is on a minor scale, similar to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Blacksox scandal of Baseball. The thing is, is that in this book, "corruption" plays a rather minor part of the book as a whole. In fact and very humorously, McGinnis often places his opinions on Coach Jaconi on how a game should be played or who should play in the game. Though he gets away with this, as far as the ownership and the office management of the team, Castel Di Sangro goes, I am surprised, McGinnis gets away with many of the things he does; read that to say; the ownership has shades seemingly of the Sicilian scenes from Godfather II; not that extreme, I mind you, but the author does seem to propose this thesis. In fact, we would be led to believe, from what McGinnis writes, that the whole of Italy, to some extent, has "organised crime" as a part of the system, though it is not as pronounced as that which we see in Sicily.

And I do believe, for the minor role, of speaking about the so-called "corruption" in this book, Mr. McGinnis quotes Eduardo Galeano's writings on soccer. Has McGinnis seen how, even in the World Cup, at times, one can see, games, in these seemingly most important of all soccer games, absolute sham calls? We saw such in the last World Cup, probably prime examples, but these are by no means, the only examples.

McGinnis takes us to places, we previously have not been; so I five star it. Once in one of these overseas countries, I stayed in a hotel, where a visiting team was doing as well. I felt for the players, I can relate to the book; in that the team I personally had contact with was by no means in the upper echelon of the league.

All of that I say, is well and good, but this book, shines, on it's writing of the games, the season and story line,

"...With one voice, the crowd was chanting, "Ca-Stell-O! Ca-Stell-O!" (page 347).

I can pass on some of the extemporary info but I take the good with the bad. I'm looking for a sequel; which I doubt can ever be; maybe something similar should be written by the author.

Oh, and lastly, I have the hard-cover edition of this book, there seems to be about 16 pages of photos, vs. what someone mentioned, possibly reading a paperback edition, said his book did not have the photographs. I'd find it difficult to fathom this book without the accompanying pictures, the first being of the town of Castel di Sangro; very picturesque; a team photo; photos of virtually every major character in the book, including il Signore Rezza and including pictures of the team in their "Soviet Jeans" uniforms.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lo miracolo - an american interferes
The single most superb football book I have ever read, with a narrative and plotline that would be a feat of tremendous inmagination if fiction is made more shocking by the fact that these events actually transpired. McGinniss comes across as a typical American - interfering in things he is supposedly a passive witness to. This grates with me, but also spices the book. The calciatore are presented in a most sympathetic manner, although i feel are patronised by the author. Buy this book, I have not found a more stunning insight into Il Calcio.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good book in spite of the author
Inside there is a great story of uncelebrated heroes, and villians, behind what might be considered the more mundane situation -- that a soccer team from a small village manages promotion to a B league with the season-long goal of surviving. Along the way, there are many great details of the local players, supporters, life within Serie B soccer, and the fabric of society in a small, working-class Italian hillside town. Set on this smaller stage, the story has it all -- life, death, compassion, greed, character, and corruption -- woven together with many amusing and curious subtexts and insights about a "strainero" trying to fit in to a whole other culture and language.

The story is a great success at real-life drama. The only unfortunate part is that the story slowly unravels how much the author completely blew a real opportunity to fit in more and delve deeper beneath the surface of his adopted society -- opting more and more to impose his own self-righteous mindset and judgement on matters (he was as much a "bulldozer" as he accused the soccer team's manager of being) rather than taking a step back to learn more about the inner workings of another culture. This isn't ethnocentrism or even an example of American arrogance -- the author simply self-destructed at his mission to respect, observe, and ask in order to learn and report.

Even so, the book is a great success in spite of the author's mistakes. He gained access to a remote, close-knit community amidst the throes of of several major events -- also capturing moments of great humor. The author's detailed accounting of his conversations and experiences there makes it a fascinating story in its own right. ... Read more


25. The Girls of Summer : The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World
by Jere Longman
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Asin: 0060934689
Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 2085
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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Now with a new afterword, The Girls of Summer, by the award- winning New York Times sportswriter Jere Longman, takes a serious, compelling look at the women who won the 1999 World Cup and brings to life the skills and victories of the American team. Longman explores the issues this unprecedented achievement has raised: the importance of the players as role models; the significance of race and class; the sexualization of the team members; and the differences between men and women's sports. Provocative and insightful, this book reminds us that the real struggles are off the field -- and some remain to be won.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Jere Longman for this wonderful book....
Have you ever read a book and dreaded coming to the end? You can't stop reading it, but you try and pace yourself because you don't want it to ever stop. Well, obviously, I feel this way about The Girls of Summer, by Jere Longman. I was at the 1999 Women's World Cup Final, and reading this book brought back all the memories of that day: the sweltering heat, the anxiety, and the pure joy. Longman describes every important play in wonderful slow motion, and poetic imagery. The player profiles are seamless and beautifully intertwined throughout the book. It might seem as though I am bias towards Longman's effort, but being a huge US Team supporter, wouldn't I have higher expectations than the normal, everyday reader? I wish everyone could read The Girls of Summer.

To make a long story short, The Girls of Summer is a triumphant first effort by Jere Longman. The player profiles, history, and raw emotion in these 300 plus pages is a marvel. Thank you, Mr. Longman!

5-0 out of 5 stars Girls of the Century
Jere Longman's, The Girls of Summer, is by far one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. I am a huge Womens National Team fan. I am always in search for a great book, depicting the life and success's of the entire team. He coherses through the professional and personal lives of the women that grabbed the hearts of the United States. Their success is revealed in this wonderful book.

I persoanally, could not put this book down when I purchased it. I finished it in two days, it was just so up-lifting. It's a great motivational book. You always wish you were there to experience the moments that the team lived through. From country to country, trial to trial, this team is very special. If someone would like to know the US history of womens soccer, this is a perfect buy. I could picture myself there, it was detailed and deeply moving. I really enjoyed reading on the players whom fought so hard to gain respect and recognition.

I'm sure, if we saw the final game against China in 1999, we can all say where we were, and how we reacted. For many of us, such as I, we cried for joy. That game was the turning point in womens sports. And Longman made me remember once again what it was like to watch that game, and see the 90,000+ fans going wild after Brandy Chastain scored the final PK. It is a fantastic book for any soccer fan, man or woman. It is a book to read if you feel you need to be inspired. It's worth the buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars superb soccer
I loved this book. It told about the history of what made the team and womens soccer so good and fun. If you love soccer and history, you will love this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in a long time
This was an awesome book and the best I've read in a longtime. Everyone should read this regardless of if they play soccer or not.

5-0 out of 5 stars great and insperational
I thought that this was a great book. I enjoyed reading it because my favorite female athletes were the subjects in this book. This book shows the stroggle that athletes go through and the publicity that is always there no matter what.

This was probably the best book that i ever read because i play soccer and i like to seee wha goes around on the proffesional level. The us womens soccer team has gone trough their ups and downs and this book went through it step by step. I felt as though i know what they were going through because it was so real.

Mia Hamm is right now the best womens soccer play in the world. She is well know in any ste and country. She has been on adds and verious things to promote the womens soccer team. Others team mates have done the same but none to the level of Mia Hamm. This book shows what she has been through and her own personal struggle to make it as a proffesional athlete.

Now that i have read this book i have even more respect for the womens national soccer team and all proffesional athletes because i am aware of what they have gone through. I have been able to read about my favorite female athletes and know about their past. I recomend this book to anyone who is a female athlete or loves the game of soccer. It's not just for girls it is great for men to learn about proffesiional athletes.

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26. Playing Out of Your Mind
by Alan Goldberg
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Goal setting, handling the pressure of competition, developing concentration, developing a positive attitude, and mental preparation are discussed by one of the country's leading motivational speakers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Coaches View
I think this book will be a very good tool. I am going to make all my players buy it and read it. And then we will discuss it... Definately worth it. I would recommend all soccer players read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars review for playing out of yourr mind
Playing out of your really teaches you to do just that. If you follow what this book says it will prepare you for the big time. By reading this book i have improved myself as well as my soccer game. This book opened my eyes to the larger sceme of things. This book is great for strikers, defenders, goalkeepers, as well as other sports all you have to do is change over the soccer terms to what ever sport your appllying it to. I definantly reccomend this book to you. ... Read more


27. Game and the Glory, The
by Michelle Akers, Gregg Lewis, Gregg A. Lewis
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Asin: 0310235294
Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 142518
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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As the world watched Brandi Chastain set up for her penalty kick, Michelle Akers lay on a training table beneath the Rose Bowl recovering from her efforts in the Women's World Cup final. She had been given two liters of fluid intravenously but was still woozy and it didn't register, at first, that Chastain had scored and the U.S. team had won. At her insistence, the doctor removed her IVs and she staggered out onto the field to join the celebration. As she stood in the center of the field, the capacity crowd began chanting "Aaa-kers! Aaa-kers! Aaa-kers!"

U.S. Women's Team coach Tony DiCicco calls Akers "the best women who's ever played the game." Her fellow 1999 Women's World Cup champions describe her as "a true warrior" and "the heart and soul of this team." In The Game and the Glory, Akers tells the story of her life both on and off the field, and the faith and determination that keep her going--despite a troubled home life, countless injuries, and her battle against CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome). Akers's candor is refreshing; she doesn't paint herself as an angel or take a holier-than-thou attitude. Her Christian faith, simply put, is what allows her to succeed. An inspirational book. --Sunny Delaney ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book EVER!!!
I play select and I alway enjoy reading books on awsome soccer players. When my friend told me about this book I jumped at the oppertunity to read yet another soccer book. I read it and couldnt put it down. As a Catholic I diffently could relate and found it pretty cool we share the same faith.
It was a very good and inspiring book! IM GONNA BE THE NEXT MICHELLE AKERS SO WATCH OUT AMERICA CUZ HERE I COME!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Inspiration
Michelle Akers writes a truly inspirational story. As you read The Game and the Glory you feel as if you know Michelle personally. The book is easy to relate to because she tells her story on such a personal level. We see Michelle grow through her relationships, her spirituality, her CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome), and of course soccer.
Michelle is honest about the carefree wonders of childhood. She tells about two of her childhood dreams: One of being the next Mean Joe Green of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the other dream of being an Olympian. Although, for Michelle, childhood is not always carefree dreams. When she is only in the sixth grade, she struggles to understand the reason behind her parents' divorce. Ironically, even Michelle herself cannot believe when she goes through her own divorce. Michelle, with the guidance of a few friends and through her struggles, finds a relationship that will help her cope with all of her problems.
As a child Michelle always found mass to be boring and going to church on Sunday was never something to look forward to. It is not until Michelle is in high school, with the guidance of a teacher, that she truly finds a relationship with God. However, she gets distracted from this newfound relationship quite soon. After her divorce, Michelle realizes that there is something missing from her life: God. She turns to God at this point in her life, and this time she holds on to what she has found. Michelle promotes her Christianity in a way that no one else has ever done. She founds an organization called the Soccer Outreach International. An organization to promote Christianity in sports especially soccer. Michelle did not only turn to God for answers about relationships and soccer, but also about her CFIDS.
Not long after her World Cup experience in 1991, Michelle begins to suffer from CFIDS. However, Michelle is not diagnosed with CFIDS until 1994. From 1991 to 1994 she did not know exactly what was causing her to feel always fatigued and never well. Michelle has done what no other athlete that competes at the level she competes at has done. She played while suffering with CFIDS. This truly shows her unstoppable compassion for the game.
Michelle played many sports as a child, but soccer was her first true love. When she was only nine years old she attended a soccer camp. During the soccer camp she competed in a juggling contest to see who could juggle for the longest. Michelle stayed out at the field juggling for hours without once loosing control of her ball. The camp director stayed and counted her 5,392 touches, which shattered the previous record set by boy who went on to play collegiate soccer at Duke. This is only one of the amazing stories about Michelle and soccer. Through soccer Michelle has traveled to many countries around the world and established lifelong friendships. She is an original member of the first United States Women's National Soccer Team of 1985. With the National Team she has won many individual awards and is a 1991 World Cup Champion, a 1996 Olympic Gold Medallist, and 1999 World Cup Champion. Michelle admits that God has carried her through it all and without Him she would have never accomplished everything that she has.
It is amazing to think of how great a person she is and how truly human she is. Michelle has accomplished so much for women's soccer. She opened up a new door for girls around the U.S. by using her position as the best women's soccer player to promote the sport. She is one of the reasons that women's soccer become an official Olympic sport. Michelle is a role model to many not only as a world class soccer player but also through her display of Christianity in her every action. In reading her story I have learned that sometimes you just have to "show up" and let God take care of the rest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Michelle is awesome, and her faith is unsurpassed
I know I would love this book even if the writing sucked, which it doesn't...it's beatiful. Still, I'm bias. Michelle has been my role model as a soccer player for years, and I've always her respected her deep faith in Jesus Christ. I'm Catholic. I think Michelle's faith is wonderful, after all she has been through. And the fact that she is grateful for her suffering makes her, in my eyes, a true follower of Jesus.

You will enjoy the thoughts of this excellent (tough as nails) soccer player, and Christian who inspires many others who share her faith. Go USA!

PS. Since this book was written, Michelle has retired.

5-0 out of 5 stars And I'm not even a soccer fan!
This is a great book for a young girl because it feels like Michelle is talking to you. I felt like I was her best friend, because I could relate to her family situation, and like her, I'm a tomboy. I don't care for soccer, but now I have a giant Michelle Akers poster hanging in my room, and I feel like I know her well even though I've never seen her play. I recommend this to any girl, ages 8-15.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! From tears to cheers, this book has it all.
The Game and the Glory is an outstanding book. The life of Michelle Akers is an incredible story of courage and faith. This autobiography shares intimate details of Michelle's life which allow you to feel the passion, the pain, the glory, and the love this special person has shared with so many. It was a pleasure to read and very gripping, you'll have a hard time putting it down.

By reading this book you will clearly understand what makes an athlete - WORLD CLASS. You'll experience the training process, the playing field, the locker room, the awards ceremonies as well as the pain of CFIDS, multiple injuries, and some of her hard life experiences. There are many great players in the world but it takes something special to make it to the top. Michelle has that something and you'll be inspired when you experience her story first hand. She not only made it to the top but stayed!

I also listened to the tapes which are read by Michelle (mainly) and it was just like she was riding along in my truck, sharing her life with me. The passion alone took me from tears to cheers - I HIGHLY recommend you read this one! ... Read more


28. Flat Back Four: The Tactical Game
by Andy Gray
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful
Any fan of British soccer will enjoy this book, especially those who are interested in tactics. The diagrams are very well designed. Elegant would be the word to describe them. Andy Gray does a great job of describing the roles of various positions, the strengths and weaknesses of systems, and the players, managers, and teams that made each one successful or unsuccessful in some instances.

I read the book with great alacrity and finished the book in one sitting. My only qualification would be that it did not describe build-up play as much as I would have liked. Still yet, it is the best book on soccer that I have ever read. ... Read more


29. The Soccer Referee's Manual
by David Ager
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Catlog: Book (2000-12-11)
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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This widely respected book has been revised to ensure that it continues to deliver the latest instruction on soccer refereeing and includes:

  • FIFA's (soccer's worldwide governing body) most recent amendments to the Laws of the Game
  • Expectations on how referees administer the laws and control play
  • Expert advice and insights into the FA's referee training
  • Over 100 questions and answers on the laws and their interpretation

Written by an acknowledged authority, The Soccer Referee's Manual is an invaluable reference for referees and for fans who want to improve their understanding of soccer.

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Rules/Referee's Book Out There - Now Updated
This is by far the best rules/referee book out there. It has "test your knowledge" in every section that test basic and advance knowledge, including good examples that sound like gray-area interpretations, but are well explained. The book covers all aspects of FIFA rules, but presents them in a different order than an "official rules" book.

The book also includes the Rules of the Game, discussion of the Cooper Fitness Test, and advice for pre-game preparation, completing post-match paperwork, and what assessors are looking for. Also has great advice for dealing with coaches, pre-game instructions, and working the diagonal system of control.

The book is applicable for US referees, although it does deal with the duties of the club assistance ref differently than US Soccer Federation (minor in nature).

Not just a dry rules book, the author writes well and interjects good advice based on years of experience. This is one of my two primary reference books for soccer referee material.

NOTE: This manual does not include any organizational specific rules (e.g., AYSO, USYS, etc) or guidance on smaller-sided field dimensions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Coaches should read this book too
I have coached AYSO for 8 years to include at the Allstar level. I found this book clear and complete. The Q & A sections are very stimulating for standard field events and some esoteric challenges as well. Where appropriate, drawings are included.This book can be read over a couple of days and is an excellent reference. It's the best I have seen so far.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Instruction on Referring
This is a fine guide to soccer officiating. Soccer rules are simple but sometimes difficult to interpret and there is a body of knowledge about interpretation that is not found in the official rule book. This book is a good practical manual on the rules and interpretation. It is organized well and has a series of questions (essentially FAQs) sprinkled throughout the text that add additional educational points. It is a very quick read. One defect is that the edition available in the USA is from 1994 and there have been some rule changes since that time. These have generally been minor, such as it is now theoretically possible to score from a kickoff, but this information is not in this book. An updated edition would be desirable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best rulebook available for soccer referees
This is a great resource for soccer referees at all levels. It covers all of the Laws of the Game and how to interpret them. There are excellent self-test questions for each topic covered. This is a book that you will consult time and time again, often learning or realizing something new each time you pick it up. Reasonably priced for all that it covers. I found it to be much better than other books, such as those by Lover, etc. If you're looking for just one book for yourself, or as a gift, pick this one - it's fun and superbly done.

4-0 out of 5 stars Clear and Easy to Understand Soccer's Confusing Laws
As a newbie referee to my daughter's AYSO soccer team, this book offered tremendous help in interpeting soccer's sometimes confusing laws. I read this book several times a week and always learn something new or have better clarification of soccer's arcane laws. It is organized very well and allows you to skip to different laws and offers diagrams and questions and answers to common soccer dilemmas. ... Read more


30. Coaching Soccer Successfully (Coaching Successfully Series)
by Roy Rees, Cor Van Der Meer
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 537976
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Coaching Soccer Successfully is a complete guide to building and maintaining a winning soccer program! It's filled with expert instruction on teaching the techniques and tactics of soccer as well as practical advice for guiding your team throughout the season.

The 51 drills, which cover position-specific and overall soccer skills, will help you develop complete players. The book also explains how to

• develop a coaching philosophy,

• communicate with your players,

• plan practices,

• teach offensive and defensive skills and tactics,

• prepare for matches, and

• evaluate your players and program.

Coaching Soccer Successfully is a sure winner at any level of competition! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent at every level
This book is good.

I accidentally bought two copies. I brought one to practice and showed it to a couple coaches whose teams were practicing nearby to see if they'd be interested in buying it from me. They leafed through it, and in seconds were engaged in a friendly but quite serious argument about who would get to buy it from me.

This book is really good.

It has made a huge difference in how I approach coaching. It is at once personable and professional. The scope is very broad, covering technical skills, tactical considerations, and some strategic discussion. Each topic is presented clearly and in startling depth. Every coach or player will learn a lot about the game here.

What is particularly unique and useful about this book is that it discusses in detail how to approach a season -- how to prepare before the season starts, how to engage a team from the first, what sort of considerations are important at what times, how to approach the off season. It focuses not only on the game, but the role of a coach as an influence on a young life.

This book is really, really good!!

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview on coaching soccer
I coach a youth team (12-18 yrs old). This book gives me a good overview and understanding of what is required in coaching. Two keys to successful coaching: passion and knowledge. A good, motivating coach is one who manages to help his team to overachieve. A negative, critical coach will see his team underachieve. The author's love and respect for his players has transformed my approach to coaching. I have learned that people don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Secondly, this book provides reasonable information on defensive and offensive tactics. I have been playing soccer for over 15 years in various leagues. But it was not until I read this book that I understood the game so much more. I also helps me to appreciate soccer. The defensive habits: covering goalside, inside and support are actually the foundation for attack as well. If you can get your team to play well with the basic defending habits, they will be able to grasp attacking formation and habits as well.

This book is a must read for all beginner and intermediate coach. It gives a great overview of soccer coaching. But you will probably need other resources for more help on more technical help: set pieces, different formation (4-4-2), (4-3-3). This book talks extensively on 3-5-2 formation, which is a direct and very flexible formation actually.

Thanks to Roy Rees for this book! Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Oustanding presentation with thorough coverage.
This is a must for coaches of all levels. It is well organized, easy reading with many great personal insights. The author is very thorough and has the chapters orginized. It is easy to follow and easy to go back and find topics for reference later. I highly reccomend this for anyone who is serious about coaching.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, covering soccer coaching from A-Z.
In the past three years of coaching soccer I have read about two dozen books on the topic. This is the best I have found. This book covers some of the topics that I have searched in vain for such as preparing for matches and evaluating players. I recommend it highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a "must have" for youth soccer coaches (U8-U18)
Roy Rees and Cor Van Der Meer have written the best book I've read thus far on the subject of coaching soccer. I've had the book for about 3 years, but I continue to use it as a resource in setting practice objectives, selecting defensive and offensive alignments, developing match strategy, and as an overall guide to improving my soccer program. With the inclusion of real life soccer experiences, both good and bad, I feel as though I've got a personal friend in these author's. They cover it all: how to build a soccer program; managing parents; managing players/disipline; conditioning; teaching skills; teaching tactics; match preparation (including scouting); and, outlining required player attributes for all positions. I assure you, this is money well spent, especially for intermediate level coaches. ... Read more


31. Magnum Soccer
by Editors of Phaidon Press
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Asin: 0714842362
Catlog: Book (2002-05-24)
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Sales Rank: 230571
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In the tradition of great Magnum books, this publication brings together the work of the finest photographers of our time. Whether covering the latest news or working on commissions or their own personal stories, Magnum photographers have also found time to document a sport that unites us all - football. This uplifting book brings together an array of images by outstanding photographers working across the globe: Henri Cartier-Bresson in Italy, James Nachtwey in Brazil, Steve McCurry in Burma, Martin Parr in Japan, Abbas in Iran, Luc Delahaye in France, and many more. The pictures, taken over fifty years, show that whether played with a tin can on the back streets of Glasgow or with bare feet on a dusty field in Tanzania, football is a game that cuts across all geographic and social divides. Magnum photographers have captured the sport and its fans with affection and humour. Magnum Football is not a book about super-rich professionals. Instead, it uses football to illuminate the human condition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Homage To the Beautiful Game!
An absolutely beautiful collection of about 200 black and white and color photographs celebrating the global sport known as football. Since its founding by a collective of photojournalists in the '40s Magnum has been one of the world's premier photo agencies, so it's not surprising that their archives have yielded such an array of compelling photos of the beautiful game. Few of the photos are of the high level world or professional ranks, rather they are of regular players and fans in the grimy cities, dusty villages, and muddy pitches of the world. Some are action shots, some are posed, some are impressionistic-but all are a tribute to the simplest of sports. Sure to delight devotees of either football or photography, it's an attractive and inexpensive collection that deserves wide readership. ... Read more


32. Teambuilding: The Road to Success
by Rinus Michels
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
Publisher: Reedswain
Sales Rank: 104916
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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All the facets of the team building process, including team tactics and psychology, are included down to the smallest detail. Also included is how youth talent, per age group category, should be developed. And finally, how to set up training sessions to achieve the best results.

This book is a valuable reference for everyone who is, on a daily basis, involved with the team building process: from professional and youth coaches to managers in the business world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Michels Worthy of Title - "FIFA's Coach of The Century"
Rinus Michel's book, together with Bert Van Lingen's book "Coaching Soccer" provide the framework of the "Dutch Vision" of how to coach soccer. This book is a fantastic resource for any soccer coach at any level, any convenor at the youth soccer level, or any person tasked with administering a soccer program.

Michels explains the vital importance of small-sided (4v4) games in teaching young players how to play soccer, establishes objectives for the technical development of young players by age group, discussed systems of play, and gives real-life examples of how to manage the dynamics of professional and international teams.

This may well be the most important soccer book ever written. ... Read more


33. The Soccer Coaching Bible
by National Soccer Coaches Associatin of America
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Asin: 073604227X
Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 39160
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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The National Soccer Coaches Association of America assembled an all-star lineup of 30 top coaches to bring you the most complete collection of soccer insight ever put into print. The Soccer Coaching Bible covers every important aspect to coaching the sport, including coaching priorities and principles, program building and enrichment, practice management, technical and tactical instruction, player and team development, and career growth. The contributing coaches include:

C. Cliff McCrath, Anson Dorrance, Steve Sampson, George Perry, Joe Bean, Charlie Slagle, John Rennie, Mike Jacobs, Joe Morrone, Lauren Gregg, Jeff Tipping, Barry Gorman, Ron McEachen, Layton Shoemaker, Jim Lennox, Peter Mellor, Tony Waiters, Jay Hoffman, Peter Gooding, Al Miller, Tracey Leone, Jay Martin, Miller Bugliari, Tim Schum, Chris Petrucelli, Colleen Hacker, Jeff Vennell, Schellas Hyndman, Tony DiCicco, Glenn Myernick,

Each time you open this book you’ll learn something new and useful for your next practice, game, or season. Whether you coach at the club, high school, or college level, The Soccer Coaching Bible is an essential addition to your coaching library. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Keep looking
This book is fair. It's great for a coach moving up to club levels. Where they need to know team management motivation, etc. But if your looking for rules, tactics, techniques: It's lacking. ... Read more


34. It's Not About the Bra : Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back Into Competitive Sports
by Brandi Chastain
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: HarperResource
Sales Rank: 4009
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When Brandi Chastain famously stripped off her jersey to celebrate her World Cup-winning penalty kick, the gesture represented not only the essence of athletic triumph but the joy of a competitor who knows how to play hard and still have fun. Now, in It's Not About the Bra, Chastain steps out from behind her iconic image to deliver an important wake-up call to competitive youth sports, which has gone increasingly out of control.

Drawing on anecdotes from her own storied career as well as those of her coaches and celebrated teammates (Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, and others), Chastain tackles the thorny issues of sportsmanship, gamesmanship, and parental involvement gone too far. She teaches young athletes how to develop leadership skills, find (and become) role models, and give something back to their team and community. Her timely message is about rediscovering our respect for the game, for teammates and adversaries, for coaches and refs, and, especially, for the players themselves, because without these values "the game breaks down and the joys of competition are lost."

From her struggle to rebound from consecutive knee surgeries to excruciating losses in NCAA, World Cup, and Olympic competition to her recent battle to make the team she loves, Chastain discloses both the good and bad ways she's personally dealt with adversity and reminds us what it truly means to be a "class act" on and off the field.

Whether it's Little League baseball, Pop Warner football, or, especially, top-flight youth soccer, Chastain offers a blueprint for kids and parents alike on how to play fair, win (and lose) with grace, and, above all, how to have a good time doing it. It's Not About the Bra is a mandatory addition to the shelf of a competitive athlete—or anyone who coaches or loves them.

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35. Soccer Yearbook 2004-5: The Complete Guide to the World Game (Soccer Yearbook)
by David Goldblatt
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Asin: 0756604265
Catlog: Book (2004-09-27)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 13138
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Embracing the fanatical interest in the world's most popular sport, Soccer Yearbook 2004-05 examines the game on a global level. Where other books have been club-based, league-based, or specific to national teams, this is the first true survey of soccer around the world-from its the origins in the 19th century, to the latest national, league, and club standings, including women's soccer. Packed with exciting photographs and dynamic graphics, there is something here for every soccer fan. ... Read more


36. Soccer Goalkeeping
by LincolnPhillips
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Asin: 1570280770
Catlog: Book (1996-02-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 100844
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Be the best at the toughest job in the game. Soccer Goalkeeping can teach you how. This first-of-its-kind book is broken into three parts: Understanding the Goalkeeper's Role, Goalkeeping Technique, and Goalkeeping Tactics. And no one is more qualified to write about all three than Lincoln Phillips, the world-renowned player and coach. From the basic starting position to the psychological aspects of goalkeeping, this all-encompassing book can help coaches and players alike. It's not just about stopping the ball, it's about leading the team in the attack, too. For too long goalkeeping has been treated as less important than the roles of the outfielders. But not any more. Soccer Goalkeeping blows all those outdated ideas off the field!About the AuthorLincoln Phillips has enjoyed great success in soccer on youth, college, and professional levels. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, he was considered the leading goalkeeping in the West Indies during the '60s. He led the Trinidad & Tobago national team to a bronze medal in the Pan American Games in 1967. Phillips then moved on to an outstanding professional career in America as a player and coach, holding three records in the Guiness Book of Records for ten years. Phillips also coached the Howard University soccer team to a NCAA Division I Championship in 1974. He is a certified United States Soccer Federation "A" License coach and is a current staff member of the USSF National Coaching Schools. He also lectures internationally as a member of the FIFA board of coaches. As President of Lincoln Phillips Soccer School, Inc., he has touched the lives of thousands of young soccer players. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best keeper book available.
I have reviewed many goalkeeping books and own four. This book is by far the best. It is well organized and explains the details of soccer's most difficult position in an approachable manner. It is obvious that Lincoln knows his stuff. If you read it in his book you can be sure of it, which is not the case in some other books I've read. Can't go wrong with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The essential elements of GKing for players and coaches
The soccer goalkeeper has one of the most demanding jobs in all of sports. He is the odd man out on the team and too often is only noticed when the other team scores. Coaches and players should be thankful for the publication of this book, as it provides outstanding instructions and insights into the intricate aspects of the position. Youth coaches will find it an excellent introduction to the subject, yet there is plenty of information for the more experienced as well. Phillips is especially good at dealing with the need for good positioning, and includes numerous drills to enhance skills. His chapter on the psychological dimension of goalkeeping is the best short analysis of the subject available. A handy glossary is included. This work should replace previous books on soccer goalkeeping

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet
This is a great book! im a keeper myself and it works for me. The pictures and disriptions are great too. ***** 5stars
GREAT VALUE!!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth twice the price
I have over 100 soccer books including goalkeeping books by Wilson, Shilton, Luxbacher, Waiters,Machink and the videos of Machnik, Hoek and Dicicco. Lincoln Philips's book was worth the money and more for several reasons. He has the wisdom of years of playing experience at the the national team level as well as college coaching and USSF Staff coaching duties. He has an excellent discussion on the art of stopping penalty kicks and develops a list of visual cues goalkeepers can use to predict where kicks will go. He examines techniques for prevailing in 1v1 breakaways I had not previously encountered. Finally he has an excellent section on defending restarts which is particularly valuable to the goalie in light of the high percentage of goals which result from poor defensive communication and organization at these times.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book and superior value
I knew nothing of goalkeeping before purchasing this book. This book is easy to read and understand, well organized, and full of easy-to-follow visuals. I purchased it to understand our goalkeeper's job and loaned it to him to read. He played keeper for years, and even he learned from it and INSTANTLY improved. An injury prevents him from playing this season. With this book as my only coach and practicing what was in it, we (myself and my defense) earned a shutout in just my second game as keeper. Lincoln Phillips provides coaching in every aspect of goalkeeping and tells you exactly what you need to know. I recommend this book for beginning keepers, experienced keepers, coaches, and anyone else interested in the position and its importance. BUY THIS! ... Read more


37. Soccer Modern Tactics: Italy's Top Coaches Analyze Game Formations Through 180 Situations
by Alessandro Zauli
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A comprehensive look at modern zone formations through the eyes fo the author and ten high level professional Italian coaches.

Arrigo Sacchi (Milan, Italian National Team), Marcello Lippi (Napoli, Inter, Juventus), Walter Novellino (Venezia, Napoli, Piacenza), Carlo Ancelotti (Parma, Juventus), and Renzo Ulivieri (Parma) are among the impressive list of contributors to this valuable coaching reference. ... Read more


38. Coaching the 4-4-2 & Zone Play
by Floriano Marziali, Vincenzo Mora
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Catlog: Book (1997-04)
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Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Although the theoretical aspects of zone play are continually being discussed and investigated, the teaching methods have not been examined as thoroughly.This is why this book was written. Its aim is specifically practical, so a graphic presentation has been preferred to a theoretical one.

The notions, principles, and the basic and necessary concepts of the zonal system have been covered in a simple yet thorough way.

This book gives primary importance to the defensive phase, while taking into account those aspects relating to the possession of the ball. In addition, you will find organized and logical attacks through easy to follow diagrams. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars To much filler
I was disappointed in the book, to many full page diagrams. This is a 167 page book that has 2/3 diagrams. I expected more in depth about coaching 4-4-2, not just pictures. If I had been able to review the book in a book store, I would not have bought it. ... Read more


39. Skills and Strategies for Coaching Soccer
by Alan Hargreaves
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Catlog: Book (1990-04-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 20148
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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With Skills and Strategies for Coaching Soccer, you have access to 120 drills for teaching skills to players at all levels--from beginning to intermediate to advanced. And for each skill, you'll find drills for players at different levels of development.

Some of the basic skills presented include collecting and controlling, passing, dribbling, kicking, heading, goalkeeping, and the throw in. You'll also find

• offensive moves and countering defensive moves;

• 120 drills for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players;

• coaching points for each drill;

• a fitness program for soccer;

• sample game situations and how to coach in those situations;

• 246 high-quality illustrations of field diagrams and skill execution; and

• methods of coaching that are appropriate for individuals or groups. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A better book than I thought originally

I agree with Rick Siler. In re-reading my review of this book, I realized that it sounded rather lukewarm. Actually, this is one of the best overall books on youth soccer coaching that I have found so far. There are a lot of useful tips on technique, and a very good section on defense.

5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING for the intermediate coach
Absolutely terrific book -- spanning all aspects of team and individual play. I own a number of books -- usually too basic or far too advanced. Hargreaves' book is exceptional in that it takes soccer coaching to a high quality level in terms of both theory and tactics. Probably not the best "first" book for a beginning coach, but great for Under-10 and over (and perhaps U8 advanced play). I'm back to buy additional copies for my assistant coaches. My highest, 5-star recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for a beginning coach
Excellent book that covers all the bases (technique, tactics, philosphy etc). If your ready for more detailed information on the same topics then Coaching Soccer the Progressive Way and Coaching Soccer Sucessfully should be right for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great intermediate to advanced coaching book
THis is a wonderful and well rounded book combining information that reaches way beyond the books oriented to first time coaches. I am recommending this to all coaches who want to get serious with their players.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and usefull book for the intermediate coach
I have coached youth rec. soccer for 4 years and own several books on this subject . Alan Hargreaves Skills and Stategies for Coaching Soccer is by far the best book I have , and use the most .It is very clear and concise and unlike several books I've purchased , most all the info and drills are useable .I would not recommend this book for a first time coach . But for a coach that wants to bring their soccer knowlege to the next level . Great book ! ... Read more


40. Catch Them Being Good
by Tony Dicicco, Colleen Hacker, Charles Salzberg
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Asin: 0142003352
Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Sales Rank: 106166
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This guide to coaching female athletes of all ages shows how to build a team and provides invaluable advice on the differences between coaching males and females. The authors include exercises that foster teamwork and develop essential skills. They also answer parents' most common questions, such as how to tell if the coach is doing a good job and what to do if a child wants to quit. Filled with stories about the Olympic and World Cup championship teams, this useful handbook is infused throughout with DiCicco's philosophy that at every level playing soccer (or any sport) is about "playing hard, playing fair, playing to win, and having fun." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty "Good"
I enjoyed this book.It was exectly what I expected, a little bit of insight, a little bit of instruction and a little bit of personal observation.

It is a great book for any new coach or someone looking to get some ideas, but it wont make you a better coach or change your life.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good new coach book with many team building exercises
I read this book after reading Anson Dorrance's Training Soccer Champions and Lauren Gregg's The Champions Within.This book is better for the new coach who may be just forming their coaching attitudes and style.For coaches of totally dedicated Premier level teams or higher, the other two books are probably better.Catch Them Being Good shares many of the viewpoints of the other two books on building teams, motivating players, and forming strong positive attitudes.The other two books had better technical information and (perhaps because I read them first) struck me more powerfully than this one.This book was more readable for a beginning coach.I think the team building exercises are a real plus and are the biggest items I will take away from reading this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Experience
Ok, this book is wonderful.Tony and Colleen put it all together for you coaches and parents out there!The truth in black and white. I am a product of this type of coaching. I was blessed to have been a soccer player who was led by Dr. Colleen Hacker at Pacific Lutheran University.She caught me being good more often than bad and I thrived mostly as a young woman but also on the soccer field.The book takes you through the life of a season from the very beginning to the end.Tony gives examples of experiences he has had with players/coaches on the US National Team.A valuable tool and great food for thought. ... Read more


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