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41. Conditioning for Soccer
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42. The Official Manchester United
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44. Futebol: The Brazilian Way
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45. 248 Drills for Attacking Soccer
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49. Soccer Practice Games
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51. My Favourite Year: A Collection
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52. Soccer Speed
53. Passing Rhythms : Liverpool FC
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54. Warm Ups for Soccer: A Dynamic
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55. WUSA Girl's Guide to Soccer Life
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56. Coaching Women's Soccer : A Revolutionary
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60. The Vision of a Champion: Advice

41. Conditioning for Soccer
by Raymond Verheijen
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Asin: 1890946052
Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Reedswain
Sales Rank: 224420
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A complete guide to developing every aspect of conditioning for soccer players. Europe's top soccer conditioning experts contributed the following chapters:
Soccer Strength Training, Soccer Specific Endurance Training, Speed Training for Soccer, Pre-Season Conditioning, Goalkeeper Training, Fitness Testing and Injury Prevention.
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42. The Official Manchester United Illustrated History
by Manchester United Football Club
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Asin: 0233999655
Catlog: Book (2001-12-01)
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd
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43. The Complete Book of Coaching Youth Soccer
by SimonWhitehead
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Asin: 0809240726
Catlog: Book (1991-04-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 240452
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars great coaching skills for beginner coaches
goes in detail of coaching young kids [fantastic

4-0 out of 5 stars A decent book for beginners and intermediates
This is an okay book for beginner and intermediate level youth soccer coaching. There are two main problems with this book. One is that the illustrations are extremely crude, often reduced to literally stick figures. The other problem is that, having collected several other youth soccer coaching books and videos, I'm not sure that I actually learned anything new from this book, and so in retrospect, I don't think I would have gotten this book. For beginner coaches learning how to coach very young kids (i.e., ages 4-8), Karl Dewazien's "FUNdamental Soccer" is a better book in terms of the illustrations, and in its emphasis on how to handle these very young children. For a more detailed explanation of tactics and intermediate to advanced skills for older children (ages 8+), Alan Hargreaves' book "Skills and Strategies for Coaching Soccer" treats essentially the same topics in a much more thorough fashion. For teaching soccer dribbling "moves", Wiel Coerver's "SCORE!" is the ultimate book (although, as I noted in my review of that book, the companion videos, viewed in slow motion, are more useful). However, if you haven't gotten any soccer coaching books yet, and are looking for your first ever youth soccer coaching book for slightly older kids (ages 8+), this book might be useful. It does have a cookbook set of week-by-week soccer drills that will get you through your first soccer season, if you don't want to have to think too hard about what it is that you're going to have to do. ... Read more

44. Futebol: The Brazilian Way
by Alex Bellos
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Asin: 1582342504
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Sales Rank: 445918
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Through the lens of Brazil's trademark sport, Alex Bellos brings us a fascinating portrait of Brazilian identity.

The Brazilian soccer team is one of the modern wonders of the world. Its essence is a game in which prodigious individual skills outshine team tactics, where dribbles and flicks are preferred over physical challenges or long-distance passes, where technique has all the elements of dance and, indeed, is often described as such. At their best Brazilians are, we like to think, both athletes and artists. Soccer is how the world sees Brazil, but it is also how Brazilians see themselves. The game symbolizes racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation, and skill, and yet it is also a microcosm of the country itself, containing all of its contradictions.

Travelling extensively from Uruguay to the northeastern backlands, and from the coastal cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to the Amazon jungle, Alex Bellos shows how Brazil changed soccer and how soccer shaped Brazil. He tells the stories behind the great players, like Pele and Garrincha, the great teams, and the great matches, as well as extraordinary stories from people and pitches all over this vast country. With an unerring eye for a good story and a marvelous ear for the voices of the people he meets, Alex Bellos uncovers what Ronaldo called the 'true truth' about Brazilian soccer.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...
'Futebol' by Alex Bellos, is an amazing book detailing the nature of brazilian fooball, and it's effect upon the entire nation, a world full of passion and corruption. Bellos shows the passion for football which Brazilians have, their love of 'jogo bonito'. Chronicling events such as Brazil's fateful 1950 world cup loss to Uruguay and the rise of players such as Garincha,who managed to win the hearts of all, more loved than Pele.
This is a must for anyone interested in the passion which football can produce, and anyone who has ever been enchanted by the beauty which the Brazilians used to produce (pre '82). Plus the cover artwork makes the book worth the purchase.

2-0 out of 5 stars Should have been better
I expected an exciting, informative book full of interesting anecdotes, but was disappointed. The beginning is simply boring, and the end is a superficial criticism of the current state of corruption in Brazilian football. The only chapter I found entertaining was on the life of Garrincha.

5-0 out of 5 stars Futebol: The Brazilian way (of writing)
This is an outstanding book about the Brazilian soccer and culture. As Brazilian and top soccer fan, I can say that the book is rich in details and realistic information that few Brazilians know. It is clear that Alex did extensive, diligent, and almost Herculean researches all over this continental size country. The author clearly described the history of Brazilian soccer, our passion for soccer, idols, martyrs, the bad-guys, the culture behind soccer, memorable moments, episodes we are ashamed, the corruption, and justice in this sport. The superior English sense of humor makes this book a very relaxing and entertaining reading.
This book should be translated to Portuguese. It is top reference in any Brazilian soccer fan library. It really worth the reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than 5 stars!
Easily the best book written on soccer ever. If you want to learn the why and wherefores of Brazilian soccer, buy this now! There really are no words to explain how insightful and fun the writing style is and the research here is beyond amazing. You think you know all about Brazilian soccer from watching Ronaldo et al in the World Cup, then think again. It's more than samba style and goals galore. It's Brazil itself in all its glory from sun, sex and sand to completely corrupt political dealings to bizarre religious soccer rituals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superbly explains the joy and beauty of Brazilian Soccer
The author has superbly combined sports journalism with anthropological analysis and written a splendid book. If you like soccer, or want to know why Brazil has won the World Cup five times, this book will explain it. If you want to understand the nuances of Brazilian culture, this book explains it through Soccer.
I especially enjoyed the chapters on Garrincha and the 'Pelada' in Manaus. In addition, the sense of humor that the author has is funny, and provides great insight into Brazilian life.
In short, highly recommended. ... Read more

45. 248 Drills for Attacking Soccer
by Alessandro Del Freo
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Asin: 1890946273
Catlog: Book (1999-08)
Publisher: Reedswain
Sales Rank: 474650
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This excellent book will help all coaches with one of the most complex and significant aspects of the game of soccer - the build-up of the attack.It is in the attacking game that the player's ability to react correctly to difficult situations comes to the fore.The exercises in this book are designed to teach your players to make exact evaluations in critical moments and look for suitable solutions without prescribing to a prearranged strategy.Soccer is a game of reaction, the match can not be scripted.Intelligent, creative attacking play is essential in overcoming the ever changing defensive schemes in the game today. The 248 exercises in this book and their numerous variations will help you train your players to keep their composure and stay focused in the face of unexpected or seeminglyimpossible situations. An excellent coaching tool. ... Read more

46. The Official Manchester United's Illustrated Encyclopedia
by Manchester United Football Club, Bobby Charlton
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Asin: 0233999647
Catlog: Book (2001-12-01)
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd
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47. Coaching Soccer: The Official Coaching Book of the Dutch Soccer Association
by Bert Van Lingen
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Asin: 1890946044
Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
Publisher: Reedswain
Sales Rank: 74145
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book is used throughout Holland as the foundation for coaching soccer.
Chapters include: What is Coaching?, Reading the Game, The Dutch Concept, Teaching Techniques, What is 4v4?, Why 7v7?, Goalkeeper Training
The emphasis throughout is on the creation of optimal learning situations.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Must reading for all but the most experienced coaches.
This book teaches you how to read the game for on and off the ball movement of your players, and provides small sided games to improve deficiencies you have diagnosed.Who else but the Dutch would be serious enough to have a chapter titled "Didactics and Methodology in Youth Soccer Training?"Do not look to this book for skills coaching, however.Useful for coaching U-10 and up. ... Read more

48. Complete Encyclopedia Of Soccer
by Keir Radnedge
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Asin: 184442636X
Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Carlton Books
Sales Rank: 354737
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Soccer is the world's most popular sport, played regularly by millions and watched by billions around the globe.The Complete Encyclopedia of Soccer is a celebration of the sport, describing the history, organization, legendary players, clubs, notable coaches and stadium, as well as providing in-depth information on the major competitions and highlighting the laws and tactics as they have evolved over the past 130 years. ... Read more

49. Soccer Practice Games
by Joe Luxbacher
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 29353
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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Make each practice more challenging, productive, and fun with 125 games! Divided into six sections, Soccer Practice Games presents games on the following aspects:

· Warm-up and conditioning
· Passing and receiving
· Dribbling, shielding, and tackling
· Heading and shooting
· Tactical training
· Goalkeeper training

Each game maximizes player involvement, activity, and learning and contains at least one major objective related to player or team development. A detailed explanation and accompanying illustrations are provided for each game to make application easy. Games can be easily adapted to accommodate players of various ages and abilities.

Designed for beginning youth through high school competitive levels, Soccer Practice Games is a big winner among coaches and those who teach soccer. Whether working with whole teams, small groups, or players one-on-one, it is a fun and effective way to instruct and learn the game. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Luxbacher's the Best!
I've read all of Luxbacher's soccer books. Judging by how he writes, he's one of the best youth coaches in America. I've incorporated many of Luxbacher's drills and small-sided games into my sons' teams' practices. Luxbacher and publisher Human Kinetics are the best in America!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for a coach who does not have any
One of the best books on soccer coaching ever. The drills are very simple to follow. I have incorporated some of the ideas into my own coaching sessions and the team that I coach really loves it. They have fun whilst at the same time they learn some basic skills. With this book, you will not be short of ideas on how to run soccer practices.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for new coaches!
This is my first year coaching. I was worried what/how to teach 3 & 4th graders. This book gave MANY excellent drills and games for the kids to play and learn. The diagrams were very helpful. If your looking for a good book with lots of great ideas...this is great for any level player or coach!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun Training Games
This book shows many training games. It tells you how to do it and shows a picture. The game I liked best is the 4 Zone passing game. Each games tells you the objectives, equipment, organization, directions and coaching points. I liked this book because it has games that I like.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless resource
No matter how many other soccer coaching books you buy, you will always keep coming back to this one. I have about 20 books, but this is the one whose games consistently find their way into practices. The games are simple, so you can get the players going right away. The games are focused, so the players can become effective with one skill without having to master 6 others at the same time. The games are quick, so you can run them for 5 minutes or 45 minutes and get something out of them. The games are fun, so you can use them again and again, and get some productive learning over the course of a season. ... Read more

50. Soccer in Sun and Shadow, New Edition
by Eduardo Galeano
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Asin: 1859844235
Catlog: Book (2003-04)
Publisher: Verso
Sales Rank: 20215
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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This new edition of Eduardo Galeano's riveting commentary on the history and politics of soccer includes newly written material on the 2002 World Cup, which one quarter of humanity watched. Discussing everything from the leveling of the Twin Towers to the death of the sole survivor of that extraordinary match between British and German soldiers in 1915, one of South America's greatest commentators issues forth on robotic soccer in Japan, the mass-production of the game as a sign of the decline of civilization, the amazing success of Senegal and Turkey, and how Nike beat Adidas. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars beautiful, read it non--stop
I couldn't put the book down, being South American, much English language books are so heavily biased towards european teams and matches. Nothing against them, I love them as well, and who deosn't love a great game anywhere? But it was nice to read about the formation of modern soccer in England done the way only Galeano could. Followed by the entry of soccer in Buenos Aires and Galeano's soccer world from his childhood days in Uruguay.

I guess this defines me well but if I had to take a book to the beach for pleasure reading this would be it, why?

The prose, the language, this is THE guy who you'd want to do match-report, if you were the 'man-of-the-match' in the most important game of your life, why?

Galeano's word choice is like poetry, that only comes when one makes the sweetest kick ever. It definalty is as a magazine reviewer put it, 'like Pele in a field of second-stringers'.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful & Lyrical Reader
This is a thoughtful little soccer history reader by a well-known Uruguayan poet and writer. It's written in tiny little topical chunks covering the history of soccer in roughly chronological order. Starting with the pre-history of soccer it unravels leisurely until at the end there is a small denunciation of the big money interests that have corrupted the game which has a grip on the imaginations of little boys (and now girls) around the world. Scattered throughout are lyrical testimonials to individual performers and goals throughout history. As I read, I kept wishing for an accompanying DVD to show these magical goals, but upon reflection, I realized that what Galeano can paint as magic with words might well fade into banality when subjected to the freeze frame. Even though a lot of the players and matches mentioned will mean little to North American soccer fans, the book is still essential reading for its ability to impart the mystical grip the sport has on much of the globe.

3-0 out of 5 stars biased but addictive
This is candy for the soccer enthusiast. Very few public figures tackle the question of sponsorship...what Galeano considers the "selling out" of soccer. He makes a strong case, especially in his extended condemnation of the oligarchic structure of FIFA. The questions he raises remain unanswered, however, considering that all sports are "consumed" and otherwise would have no way of paying for themselves. The least appealing part of this book is the fact that Galeano (a Uruguayan) focuses exclusively on South American soccer. I do not dispute that most Europeans and North Americans could profit from learning more about the soccer in this region. However, the nature of this book is that of a history of anecdotes, and there are plenty of those to be had in the European theatre that the author ignores. This book should have been titled "The Anecdotal History of Soccer in South America".

5-0 out of 5 stars The Culture of "Futbol"
The two most talked about topics in the world are the weather and soccer/football. Galeano's lyrical style of writing bites and pulls on heartstrings. He is realistic about the state of soccer today (and of the soccer of his own country, Uruguay, diminished after the early-years domination of the sport) and does not pretend to be an expert. In is first anecdote, "Confession of the Author," he writes that he is a "poor beggar for good football" and "for the love of God, let there be a phenomenal play." He tells stories about great soccer players and the influences they have had on world culture. He makes you double over with laughter and pinches you hard with irony. Galeano has a very singular gift and if you should be looking for a magical look at a sometimes brutal sport, this Uruguayan writer deserves to be read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book about football, written by a true fan.
Unlike the effort that is Joe McGinnis' self-obsessed "The Miracle of Castel di Sangro", this book is written by a true poet, and a true fan, not at least. Galeano shows us the highs, the lows, the pain, the joy, the frustration, the elevation and the emotional merry-go-round that is the life of the supporter, seen from the eyes of the working-class South American supporter. Even if I am a European, the sentiments are so easy to recognise - the book itself a joy to read. This one's a football classic. ... Read more

51. My Favourite Year: A Collection of Football Writing
by Nick Hornby
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Asin: 0753814412
Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
Publisher: Orion
Sales Rank: 31047
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52. Soccer Speed
by Vern Gambetta
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Asin: 1879627035
Catlog: Book (1998-12-31)
Publisher: Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Sales Rank: 290665
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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--the DEFINITIVE plan laid out in a systematic approach for developing optimum soccer speed.You will learn a step-by-step progressive drill system with planned specific workouts for all players from youth, through the developing player to the elite player.Learn how to improve all aspects of successful winning soccer:

 running mechanics,
 first step quickness,
 overall agility, balance and coordination,
 ability to accelerate,
 speed of decision making,
 soccer speed.

You will be able to integrate all aspects of speed into your existing training program!SPEED WINS!. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very practical
It is a great book for training for speed in soccer. It is short, on the point and has a set of excellent practice programs which one can use. It definitely helped me a lot to develop a personalized training system. The shortcoming is that it doesn't discuss to much the physiology of the exercises. ... Read more

53. Passing Rhythms : Liverpool FC and the Transformation of Football
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Asin: 1859733972
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Sales Rank: 818812
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Liverpool Football Club, in stark contrast to its competitors, remains locally owned, not a conglomerate or media business.Unlike its main rivals, the Liverpool club has been loathe to pursue global markets for merchandizing - though it attracts a huge fandom around the world - and its ambitions remain resolutely fixed on footballing success.No football club has ever had such an extended period of dominance in the English game, nor extended that dominance to Europe so effectively.

Many of the current crop of top young players are locally born and are a central feature of the city's nightlife, as well as national icons in pop/football/youth culture.But there are fears that the Club's great days have now passed.At the height of its powers in the 1980s, Liverpool FC was the site of two catastrophic crowd disasters, which effectively transformed the sport and added to wounding perceptions about the city's alleged sentimentality, fatalism and irreversible decline.The legacy of the Heysel and Hillsborough tragedies continues to shape the self-image of the Club and those who support it.A seething rivalry with nearby corporate giant Manchester United is a constant reminder of football's new order.

Addressing all of these concerns, as well as Liverpool's global reputation as the home of the Beatles and the 'Mersey sound', this book takes an original approach to the study of football by examining its links with other important popular culture forms, especially pop music, but also television and youth styles.In particular, however, it looks at the very special meaning of football in Liverpool.
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54. Warm Ups for Soccer: A Dynamic Approach
by Mick Critchell
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: Reedswain
Sales Rank: 388672
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In this long overdue book, Critchell addresses the issue of stretching and warm up practices for soccer. The main focus of the book is to discourage the use of static stretching and instead offer a variety of dynamic exercises which more closely resemble the movements made in the game, giving the players the preparation they need either pre-game or pre-practice. ... Read more

55. WUSA Girl's Guide to Soccer Life
by The Stars of the WUSA
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Asin: 1591860407
Catlog: Book (2003-08-31)
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Sales Rank: 9833
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The Women’s United Soccer Association is the professional organization for women’s pro soccer. It is committed to promoting the game and increasing its visibility nationally. Its board is comprised of highly visible active players who are helping propel women’s soccer to a position of growing prominence today. The WUSA season is April – August and is televised each week on the PAX network.

The WUSA Girl’s Guide to Soccer Life is written for girls ages 8-16 (and their parents). The Stars of the WUSA provide insights into their on and off the field experiences. They cover such topics as: Getting Started in the Game; Improving Your Game; Personal Development (hair and makeup, dress and style, the opposite sex); Balancing School and Sports; Dealing with Roadblocks and Setbacks; Maintaining the Edge, Rituals and Superstitions; Life Off the Field.

The book is timed to publish just prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, September 23-October 11, in China. This may result in a rematch of the famous U.S. win in the 1999 World Cup—the event that created significant national attention for women’s soccer. The book will also coincide with the girls middle school soccer season that plays in October and November.

Archived video from the first two seasons of the WUSA will be edited to present informational and instructional elements about the game. Original footage to be shot to introduce the DVD itself and specific sections of the DVD.

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56. Coaching Women's Soccer : A Revolutionary Approach to Putting Play Back into Practice
by IanStokell
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Asin: 0071382097
Catlog: Book (2002-01-14)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 574563
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Introducing a breakthrough approach to creating team excellence

In Coaching Women's Soccer, Ian Stokell, an expert with 35 years of experience playing and coaching soccer, presents a revolutionary coaching paradigm that is sure to find mass appeal among the thousands of new and established women's soccer coaches throughout North America.

The "freegame" approach Stokell advocates is based on the belief that drill-based coaching methods, adapted from other U.S. team sports, have no place in soccer, where ideally the game is the teacher, and players mainly learn from one another. According to Stokell, players dominated by an autocratic coach and forced to spend most of their time drilling never develop the on-field decision-making skills, sense of teamwork, or spontaneity needed to excel.

Stokell provides a tested-in-the-trenches strategy to bring the game back into practice. In place of traditional drills, he teaches freegame restrictions and small-sided games--exercises that allow players to freely work on specific aspects of the game.

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57. Football in Our Time: A Photographic Record of Our National Game
by Stuart Clarke
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Asin: 1840187360
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Ltd.
Sales Rank: 716420
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58. The Official American Youth Soccer Organization Handbook
by Vincent Fortanasce, John Ouelette
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Asin: 074321384X
Catlog: Book (2001-08-02)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 339209
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The first book endorsed by AYSO -- the organization that soccer moms and dads trust most -- that presents all the basics of youth soccer

If you are a soccer parent, coach, or referee, or just a youth soccer enthusiast, The Official American Youth Soccer Organization Handbook is for you. Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, Lawrence Robinson, and John Ouellette, the National AYSO coach, have written the book that will help everyone to better understand the rules, regulations, and skills that are essential to the game and a rewarding soccer experience for the children who play. In a straightforward, easy-to-follow style, The Official AYSO Handbook covers:

  • the five philosophies of AYSO: everyone plays, balanced teams, open registration, positive coaching, and good sportsmanship
  • the responsibilities of each position
  • the complete rules of youth soccer, including offside, throw-ins, and penalty kicks
  • skills such as ball control, goalkeeping, heading, and shooting
  • short-sided soccer rules for children between the ages of six and twelve
  • information for the prevention and treatment of the most common soccer injuries

AYSO is the best and most trusted youth soccer authority. And now, Fortanasce, Robinson, and Ouellette have collected AYSO's expertise in this indispensable book -- a must-have for anyone who embraces the important role that youth soccer can play in a child's life. ... Read more

59. The Official Rules of Soccer 2005 (Official Rules of Soccer)
by U.S. Soccer Federation
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Asin: 157243693X
Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Triumph Books
Sales Rank: 199044
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60. The Vision of a Champion: Advice and Inspiration from the World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach
by Anson Dorrance, Gloria Averbuch
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Asin: 1585360554
Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
Publisher: Huron River Press
Sales Rank: 14252
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Legendary soccer coach Anson Dorrance has coached 17 of the last 21 NCAA women's championship soccer teams.Enough said."The Vision of a Champion" is just that, as Dorrance distills his vision in this mandatory guide for young athletes and coaches who want to inspire and train them. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good read!
Don't know anything about Anson Dorrance personally, but I love his books. There is so much great information. He really conveys his philosophy of how to become a great soccer player, and how a player should conduct themselves in high school and college. I enjoyed this book from a coach/parent standpoint, but I really think high-school age players could benefit from this as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best soccer books ever.
Recently, I was sidelined in hospital, and my team bought me the book. I read it cover to cover twice, taking notes the second time.

Anson Dorrance has proven to be the guru for Womens soccer coaching in the United States. Some of the people he has shaped is a "Who's who" of soccer: Tony DiCiccio, Lauren Gregg, Kristine Lilly, Lorrie Fair, Cindy Parlow.... and some girl named Mia.

The book is written for players, but it is a MUST for any coach of girls, soccer or otherwise. In addition to talking about strengths and weaknesses in the current Womens game, he talks about the psychology of the team and player. He gives a no - holds barred insight into Tar Heel soccer, down to preseason drills, peaking cycles, intensity training and offseason training. It is all written in plain english that anyone can understand.

The entire UNC program is in here for all to examine. His thoughts on everything from his approach to injuries and resting players to recruiting players and demands for (scarce) scholarship money. He gives a good insight on the subject of soccer and scholarships that I wasn't aware of.

I highly recommend this book. It would be a bargain at twice the price. If you plan on playing Division I soccer, this book gives a good expectation of what the #1 program in the country looks for.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Soccer Bible for Females and Those Who Love Them
After reading this book, it's no wonder that many of the women trained by Anson Dorrance are wonderful role models as well as amazing soccer artists. The game of soccer is not just about good technique, but also how the female soccer player develops into a responsible person, challenging herself physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. Dorrance and Averbuch have combined here to write the definitive work on growing a soccer player. This book is for the players, their parents and their coaches. If there is anyone who believes that coaching girls is no different than boys-this will prove otherwise. Bravo to the authors!

5-0 out of 5 stars An ABSOLUTE must-read!
I can't say enough good things about this book. It is beautifully written and a complete inspiration. I feel fortunate to have the guidance presented in this book. It is fantastic.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must buy!
I am a professional youth soccer coach, with my own company. I also played semi-professional soccer in my native England. I read this book--twice--and was so impressed, I bought 50 copies for my players. I have loved the flair of this game all of my life. My emphasis as a coach is bringing that love of the game, with all of its skill, to American youth soccer. This book communicates the essence of the game, and more, it's a great guide for soccer and life! ... Read more

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