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81. Blades Business Crew: The Shocking
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82. Goalkeeper Soccer Training Manual
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83. Developing Youth Soccer Players
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84. Complete Conditioning for Soccer
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85. Keane: The Autobiography
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86. White Storm: 101 Years of Real
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87. Playing for Uncle Sam: The Brits'
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88. Explosive Basketball Training
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89. Soccer Dreams: My True Adventure
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97. Zone Soccer: A Game of Time and
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98. The Art of Soccer: A Better Way
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81. Blades Business Crew: The Shocking Diary of a Soccer Hooligan Top Boy
by Steve Cowens
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Asin: 0953084787
Catlog: Book (2003-06)
Publisher: Milo Books
Sales Rank: 431370
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting
There are plenty of books out on soccer hooliganism in England. But this stands out for the simple reason that it is not by some tosser in the south or about supporting some tosser club in the south (Millwall exempted).

Tells you about life for a lot of blokes in Sheffield and how on soccer grounds Sheffield is divided between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United and unlike Dundee (Dundee and Dundee United) for example there is no way both sets of fans will join up, rather they would stick it into one another as well as the opposing fans.

Some of the things Cowens writes might be bollocks but still a good read for someone who likes a bit of violence and mayhem. ... Read more

82. Goalkeeper Soccer Training Manual
by Tony Dicicco
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Asin: 1890946451
Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
Publisher: Reedswain
Sales Rank: 535486
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The most comprehensive collection of goalkeeping articles written by Tony DiCicco and the Directors of SoccerPlus Goalkeeping School. All aspects of goalkeeping are covered: Technique, Positioning, Fitness, Nutrition, Tactics, Psychology, Communication, College Selection and Equipment. ... Read more

83. Developing Youth Soccer Players
by Horst Wein
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Asin: 0736003541
Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 408327
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Tap the full soccer potential of your players as they grow and learn the game. Developing Youth Soccer Players is a clearly written, colorfully illustrated resource filled with useful guidance on age-appropriate coaching.

Author Horst Wein provides tailor-made training and competition programs for the physical and mental maturity levels of players age 7 through 14. These programs center on simplified games and corrective teaching methods based on Wein’s internationally acclaimed Soccer Development Model. This model matches players’ formative levels with the coaching style and playing challenges to produce both optimal improvement and enjoyment.

Developing Youth Soccer Players will help you be a better teacher and coach. Use it to give your players a great start to a successful soccer career. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
As a Brit living in the US who had played soccer for many years, I became involved in coaching youth soccer (U10) a couple of years ago. I purchased numerous books for ideas on drills and approaches to teaching soccer. I consider this book to be one of the best! It includes 5 different levels of development models to take kids from 'basic abilities and capacities' through mini-soccer, 7 v 7, 8 v 8 and 11 v 11.

All of the drills are well illustrated and explained. I have personally used most of the drills in the book. The narrative explain the characteristics of children at various stages of development and how best to develop their play from basic concepts to team play. If you are serious about 'teaching soccer' and not just running drills, I recommend this book! ... Read more

84. Complete Conditioning for Soccer
by Sigi Schmid, Robert Alejo, Bob Alejo
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Asin: 0880118296
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 129710
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In a sport requiring spurts of speed and game-long endurance, even the most skilled soccer players can’t survive on talent alone. It also takes unbelievable conditioning. With more than 90 exercises, Complete Conditioning for Soccer tells you how to develop the stamina you need to run the field and still have the explosiveness to plow through defenders, battle for position, and drill the ball into the goal.

Written by L.A. Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid and Bob Alejo, a veteran conditioning coach who has worked with the UCLA Bruins and World Cup Soccer Teams, Complete Conditioning for Soccer shows you how to get in great shape using the best

• flexibility and warm-up exercises,
• strength and aerobic training,
• power development,
• speed and agility exercises, and
• individual and team conditioning with the ball.

The exercises in Complete Conditioning for Soccer are easy to follow and understand.That’s because the authors have combined step-by-step instructions with more than 125 photographs and illustrations to ensure proper form and technique. Use these expert coaches’ conditioning programs to outperform and outwork your opponents, game after game! ... Read more

85. Keane: The Autobiography
by Roy Keane, Eamon Dunphy
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Asin: 0141009810
Catlog: Book (2004-12-30)
Publisher: Penguin Global
Sales Rank: 48624
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Keane...inside the mind of a winner
This book allows an individual to enter the mind of the talented, agressive, and determined Keane. His intensity for life is shown as well as his desire to succed. FIVE stars for the field general.

5-0 out of 5 stars good book
Roy keane is one of the greatest soccer players in the world. This books adds to his legacy.

5-0 out of 5 stars PASSION as only Keano can deliver!!
For anyone who actually understands the game of football, and has a desire to glimpse the innerworkings of one of the most passionate, hard grafting and complete players of all time, this book is a must. Roy Keane exhibits the epitomy of a true winner and his story is awe inspiring as he moves from an overlooked youngster to the center of the world stage! Don't expect a cozy story, but a gritty, honest and sometimes hilarious account of Roy's professional football career. A must buy!!

5-0 out of 5 stars On the 7th day God made KEANO!!!!
I love this book. I think Roy is one of the best and most interesting characters in football. From watching him play with man utd I have seen how just having him in the game can totally change the way his teammates play and the outcome of a game. I loved reading this book and I love Keano!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Keane is just a bad person!!!!
i'm just going to flat out say it, I HATE ROY KEANE!!! any real fan of soccer would know where i'm coming from. Keane is always making trouble for his team weither it be Manchester or Ireland, he is just a ruthless player who takes the game WAY too far. one time he nearly ended a player's career by directly hitting his knee, not the ball!!! his foot wasn't even near the ball when he hit him. oh, not to mention he is always getting red carded. i just don't under stand how Manchester can deal with such a nasty player. Please don't read this book it isn't worth the money... ... Read more

86. White Storm: 101 Years of Real Madrid
by Phil Ball
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Asin: 1840187638
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Ltd.
Sales Rank: 96215
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87. Playing for Uncle Sam: The Brits' Story of the North American Soccer League
by David Tossell
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Ltd.
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The rise and fall of the NASL
A book like this has been over due for years. It charts the rise and fall of the world game in the USA in the mid 70s to early 80s and lays the foundations for its recovery in 94 with the World Cup and the creation of the MSL in 96.

In 1975/77/79 I was lucky enough to visit the US from the UK for the first times to visit family. It was a thrill a minute adventure to what seemed to be a technicolour land, compared to the relative drab of the UK at the time. The NASL reflected that vividness. Bright shirts, "uniforms", exotically named teams (Tulsa Roughnecks, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Vancouver Whitecaps) and some world class players (Cruyff, Pele, Best). The NASL really was a carnival like experience and where the quality of play was far higher than many people assumed it would be.

Sadly it all ended too soon with too many clubs ("franchises" in reality, not clubs in the European sense) over stretching themselves by paying too high wages to what, in many cases, were moderate players in cities with no historical roots or love of the game. But the NASL sowed a seed that helped lead to millions of Americans, of both sexes, playing the sport, a league in the shape of the MSL where profitability and having a core of local US players is a key factor and a national side that, in the 2002 World Cup in Japan, really was a quality side and a surprise package with significant major future potential.

This book is very well written and David Tossell clearly did his homework with extensive interviews with a great many of the players and coaches of the NASL years, both the big names and the unknowns. The result is an excellent read for anyone interested in the NASL and the growth of the game in the US. ... Read more

88. Explosive Basketball Training
by Michael, Ph.D. Yessis
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Asin: 1585186597
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Coaches Choice Books
Sales Rank: 775835
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Noted author, consultant and sports conditioning & training specialist Michael Yessis synthesizes years of cutting-edge physical training expertise into one easy-to-read and apply resource that will allow coaches and athletes at any level of play develop the physical skills and techniques necessary to excel in the game of basketball.

Covers active vs. static stretching, techniques for improving jump height (with specialized exercises for jumping), techniques for improving shooting range and accuracy (with specialized exercises for shooting), techniques for improving running speed (with specialized exercises for running), improving quickness & agility, designing a personalized training program, and integrated training. Also includes special sections on nutrition and maintaining your training program. Large 8 ½ by 11 inch format with nearly 400 photographs. By Michael Yessis, PhD, Professor Emeritis at California State University and President of Sports Training, Inc. ... Read more

89. Soccer Dreams: My True Adventure Following the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, as a Fan and 12-Year Old Junior Reporter for the St. Petersburg Times During the History-Making 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup!
by Leah Lauber
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Asin: 0974548006
Catlog: Book (2003-09-10)
Publisher: WCI Press
Sales Rank: 53621
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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Leah Lauber's true adventure following the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, as a fan and 12-year old Junior Reporter for the St. Petersburg (FL) Times, as the Team prepares for, and ultimately wins, the history-making 1999 Women's World Cup!

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team proved that dreams DO come true, IF you love what you do, AND you work really hard at it! My unlikely-but-true story following the Team further proves that dreams come true . . .

The 1999 Women's World Cup is widely regarded as a milestone in women's sports and "Soccer Dreams" takes the reader on a journey any sports fan could only dream about - not only meeting her heroes at their finest moment, but interviewing them for one of the country's best newspapers. Leah's incredible adventure takes the reader to games, training sessions, into the locker room and under the press tent after the ultimate victory over China.

Illustrated with more than 200 color photos throughout the book, "Soccer Dreams" will inspire readers of all ages to follow their own dreams, using not only the example of the National Team, but in a much smaller way, Leah's story as she overcomes setbacks andobstacles to witness sports history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Score!
Leah Lauber, then a 12-year-old junior journalist for the St. Petersburg Times had always been a soccer fan. So when she got the chance to follow the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in 1999 during the FIFA Women's World Cup, she jumped at the chance. SOCCER DREAMS is what came of that experience. SOCCER DREAMS is loaded with fantastic color pictures of games, the Women's U.S. National Team, and Leah herself, not to mention fantastic interviews with players such as Mia Hamm, Shannon MacMillan, Kristine Lilly, and more.

Soccer fans will relish in this scrapbook/diary written by a young girl who got to experience all of this excitement first-hand. The interviews with the players, and coaches of the Women's U.S. National Team are in-depth and interesting; and the photographs are fantastic. Showing the players on the field playing the game, and off the field being interviewed, and spending time with each other. Readers will also have the chance to read some of Lauber's published articles about the Women's U.S. National Team, compliments of the St. Petersburg Times. A must-have for all soccer fans, young and old. You won't be disappointed.

Erika Sorocco

5-0 out of 5 stars Soccer Dreams Make Life Dreams Come True!
Here's a wonderful book written by Leah Lauber when she was a 12 years old fan and junior reporter for the St. Petersburg Times as she followed the history-making U.S. Women's Soccer Team's championship run in the 1999 World Cup.

The book is a real page-turner with behind-the-scenes photographs and interviews with such stars as Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain to name a few.

While the book captures the dream-come-true success of the Women's U.S. Soccer Team, the real story is about Leah and her fabled journey from youth soccer to the locker room of the biggest event in women's sports history. Her hard work and commitment to her dream is what made her story and eventually this book all happen.

This is especially inspiring to any girl who is involved in youth sports, music, or other arts, where there is a big dream, a special hero, and a love for the activity that makes the journey even more rewarding than the outcome. I know it sounds cliché, but this book captures one of the most significant ingredients to success: that great results only come when you have a deep love for what you do.

I hope that enlightened parents across the country will make sure that their daughters get a copy of this book for the wonderful story and personal inspiration that this book uniquely provides. A young girl with big dreams would be hard-pressed to find another book to identify more with than Soccer Dreams by Leah Lauber.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Soccer Fans!
I began this book with some skepticism. I'm not at all a soccer fan and was afraid I'd find it boring -- or poorly written, given the author's young age. But Leah Lauber won me over by the second page! Her fresh voice, enthusiasm for the subject matter, and beyond-her-years writing skills make Soccer Dreams a pleasure to read. I was hooked by her chutzpah in dreaming big dreams and finding ways to make them come true. And I learned a lot about the sport and the women who play it. Lauber's book gave me a new respect for these outstanding athletes, not just for their prowess on the soccer field but for their character, loyalty, and sense of teamwork and camaraderie off it. Lauber's journey covers not only her trek across the country to follow the team through the realization of its dreams, but her own increasing skill and confidence as a writer. I expect we'll see more great things from this talented young author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Leah's Journey to the 1999 Women's World Cup
"This is my true story of how, I, a twelve-year old junior reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, had my own dream come true, writing my way to L.A. ..." ~Leah Lauber

Leah Lauber has written a 92-page book about her once-in-a-lifetime adventure. She is soccer a fan and also a junior reporter for the X-Press Section of the St. Petersburg Times. This is Florida's largest newspaper. She is a soccer enthusiast and was able to meet her heroes, interview them and then witness sport history in the making. She has been playing soccer since she was seven.

During her one-year tenure with the X-Press Team, she wrote five feature articles that focused on Women's soccer:

An interview with U.S. National Team member Danielle Fotopoulos
"Soccer Diaries" which described Leah's soccer weekend in Tampa, Florida
A Woman's World Cup preview
An article on "What it Takes to Play on the National Team."
Her description of her trip to L.A. for the Woman's World Cup Finals.

This book was written to coincide with the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. If you have ever dreamed of being able to talk to your sports hero, you will enjoy this fascinating journey. Leah had the chance to witness a woman's sporting event that had 90,185 spectators and worldwide television coverage. The game was tied 4-4 until Brandi Chastain nailed a left-footer into the upper right corner of the goal.

This is a unique book filled with great photographs and many enjoyable articles by Leah who is definately an enthusiastic soccer fan with a great personality. Her writing style is fresh and creative.

There are three sections:

1 - Kicking Off: Stories about the love of the game and plenty of autographs.

2 - Meeting My Dream Team: Lea meets members of the team, reprints of X-Press articles, plenty of exciting game pictures and lots of pictures showing Leah interviewing team members.

3- Interviews and Quotes: Unedited interviews, quotes, and comments from the U.S. Women's National team. Leah asks great questions and team members give insightful answers. She also asks questions about the teams life when they are not playing soccer.

Leah has also written about the Irish Dancing World Championships and also loves to write movie reviews.

Of interest: Her great-grandfather, Joe Donovan, was a sports editor for the Newark Star Ledger in New Jersey. Her father, Chris, is a sports promoter and freelance photographer. This book is truly a unique family collaboration. Her grandmother, Pat Lauber helped to transcribe hours of interviews and comments recorded during seven different sessions with nearly every member of the team. This book is a great example of how parents can encourage their children to pursue their interests and see their own dreams come true.

Congrats Leah! What an amazing journey.

If you have ever played soccer or have children who are interested in this sport, this book will be a fascinating read. I've played a few soccer games myself and this brought back memories of my childhood and college days.

Soccer Dreams has a lot of personality and it a perfect gift for soccer fans everywhere!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stirring memories, a wonderful accomplishment!
This 92 page, 8.5 x 10.5 glossy book is a great overview of what many consider the greatest women's sporting event in history. It is written by then 12yo Leah Lauber who never gave up on her dream to follow the US Women's National Soccer Team in their quest to win the 1999 Women's World Cup. As noted by previous reviewers the book is filled with approximately 200+ pictures of both Leah and her adventures as a junior reporter for the St. Petersburg Times. Many of the pictures are spectacular and to my knowledge have never been seen before this book. There are many tremendous action shots of the games, most of which were taken by Leah's Dad, Chris -- though even Leah took some of the photos!

This book is reasonably priced for all that you get. It consists of 3 sections, 20 chapters in all, which include Leah's early interest in soccer and the US Women's National team, her diligence in meeting the team and overcoming numerous obstacles to get to the games and meet and interview her heroes, as well as the actual interviews and quotes obtained by Leah from most of the US Women's National Soccer team. Admittedly, the third section does become a bit redundant, but that is understandable given the circumstances and Leah competing against much more experienced journalists.

Again, I would concur with other reviewers that this book works at many different levels. It poignantly describes Leah's quest to follow her dream -- she never quit. It is truly a family affair involving Leah, her Mom Rya, her Dad (excellent photos, Chris)!, Leah's sister Nicole, her grandmother Pat, her grandfather Papa Big Ed, and numerous others. It is amazing that when no one would publish a book by a 12yo, the family pulled together and got it published themselves!

I, personally, enjoyed Leah's interviews with Michelle Akers, arguably the greatest women's soccer player to compete in this wonderful game. Also, her conversations/interviews with Danielle Fotopoulos, a tremendous athlete and the all-time leading college goal scorer for women's soccer, who befriended Leah along this journey/adventure. I love the picture of Julie Foudy on page 28 followed by the now infamous word "Foudious" coined by the reporter Tishoudy to mean "beauteous, elegant and graceful while in motion; of, or like Julie Foudy; Are you Foudious?" The picture of Leah on page 37 when she received the phone call that she had won the Hewlett-Packard photo contest is precious. The great picture of Brianna Scurry making her infamous save on page 51...well, as a referee, I will reserve comment(s) except to say that it is a "telling" photo...the real hero was the team itself, but if I had to pick one player it would be Kristine Lilly and her save on the goal line from a head ball subsequent to a China corner kick (see the picture on p. 50) The picture on page 54 of the members of the 1991 World Cup Championship team embracing the 1999 Champions is quite moving...

This is an inspiring, delightful book that not only savors great memories but also "teaches valuable lessons of teamwork and setting goals" (Chris Salzer, previous review of this book). The book can be enjoyed by everyone, however the primary audience may be younger children and adolescents...though as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Leah's Dad did email me and ask me to consider reviewing this book, and I thank him for the opportunity. Leah is 16yo (or 17yo)? now and I hope that she continues to follow her dreams...any parent would be proud to have a daughter like Leah. As they say, Terrific job, kid!" Recommended simply to enjoy oneself or to give as a souvenir or gift. A truly special momento to own... ... Read more

90. COACHING KIDS TO PLAY SOCCER (Fireside Books (Fireside))
by Kurt Aschermann
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Asin: 0671639366
Catlog: Book (1987-08-15)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 77926
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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If you're going to coach your first soccer team, you know you've got a lot to learn about teaching kids this unfamiliar sport. If you coach soccer now, you want to improve your team. If your son or daughter plays soccer, you want to know what good coaching is all about. This is the book for you!

Jim San Marco (head soccer coach at the highly successful Edgemont High School program in New York State) and Kurt Aschermann (coauthor with Gerard O'Shea of Coaching Kids to Play Baseball and Softball) have written this friendly, easy-to-use, fully illustrated guide that teaches you how to run a successful soccer team -- from setting up the first practice to choosing calisthenics to running individual and team skill drills to getting everyone a ride home at the end of the game.

Emphasizing that helping kids to have fun and learn about team spirit, competition, and themselves is far more important than winning games, the authors detail every step of building a soccer team that plays well and plays healthy. Instructions are fully illustrated with photos and diagrams:

* Teaching the rules
* Pre-practice preparation
* Choosing the right equipment
* Evaluating talent and assigning positions
* Drills and exercises to teach fundamentals
* Offensive and defensive tactics
* Game strategies

You may not have played much soccer or know much about it, but Coaching Kids to Play Soccer will teach you everything you need to know. Don't start your season without it! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners... Not for kids older than 7
This book could be called Soccer 101... It's a great place to start if you have 4 to 6 year old children. It shows you how to teach the basics and how to keep them interested in the game..

Good for a first time coach, or those of us that have not coached the first time time soccer player.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very good, basic book, for the first time "parent-coach"
This is a very good, basic book, for the parent wishing to START coaching youth soccer, at the earliest level. The book assumes no prior knowledge of the sport. Any additional coaching skills will need to be acquired by experience, coaching with other individuals, watching the game, and by obtaining other, more advanced books, including more advanced drills and focusing on individual moves. This is a good book, for that parent going out to the field on that first saturday, as well, to try to understand and enjoy the GAME more fully!

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a very good introduction coaching to kids soccer.
This is a great book to read when you first start coaching a team of 5, 6 or 7 year olds. It has right level of drills and tactics for that age.

I've loaned it out several times to friends who are just getting started as coaches. It has the rules of soccer and guidelines for putting together a practice. It also has good, basic drills that are easy to set up and teach the fundamental tactics of soccer. I especially liked the way it shows how to teach heading and shooting.

I recommend it to a first time coach.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very basic and abbreviated, but a good start.
If you want to develop a system for making 10 and 11 year old girls understand simple offensive and defensive concepts, this book is not for you. Dealing with low attention spans is frustrating, and kids this age know it all, are mouthy, but have difficulty learning a new concept. With a practice of an hour a day for two days a week, you can't show much, and you can't be complex. This book needed MUCH more defensive emphasis. ... Read more

91. The Working Man's Ballet
by Alan Hudson
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Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
Publisher: Robson Books
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92. Chelsea's Century: The Greatest Moments From 100 Years Of Britain's Most Legendary Football Club
by Harry Harris
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Catlog: Book (2005-06-30)
Publisher: John Blake
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93. Complete Book of Drills for Winning Soccer
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Catlog: Book (1980-09-01)
Publisher: Parker Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 441086
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book
This is a great reference book for any soccer coach. This "go-to" wealth of information will be something you refer to even if just for new ideas. ... Read more

94. White Angels : Beckham, the Real Madrid and the New Football
by John Carlin
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-13)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Sales Rank: 88407
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95. The Greatest Soccer Players of All Time
by Tom Macdonald, Gavin Hamilton
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-15)
Publisher: Southwater Publishing
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96. Soccer Yearbook 2005-6 (Soccer Yearbook)
by DavidGoldblatt
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Catlog: Book (2005-07-18)
Publisher: DK ADULT
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Exciting action-photographs, dynamic graphics, and illustrated charts take a refreshing and innovative approach to illustrating the world's most popular sport. Where other books have been club-based, league-based, or specific to national teams, Soccer Yearbook 2005-6 examines the game around the world‹from its origins in the 19th century, to the national, league, and club standings in the 2005-6 Season. ... Read more

97. Zone Soccer: A Game of Time and Space
by Herman Vermeulen
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Catlog: Book (2003-10)
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More and more, teams in international soccer are utilizing the principles of zone soccer. This concept of play entails very specific defensive, build-up and attacking principles. Zone soccer in particular is all about the expert use of time and space. This soccer manual for coaches of all levels contains detailed, clear descriptions of the most important coaching points of zone soccer. ... Read more

98. The Art of Soccer: A Better Way to Play
by Mark G. Catlin
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Catlog: Book (1990-09-01)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Insightful, but unfocused and overlong
There are some good insights in this book (and some really nice pictures). However, I was put off by the author's tone, which is pedantic and mildly condescending, and I was unimpressed by his grocery-list application of the insights to the game. The Sun Tzu quotes were appropriate but gratuitous, and the author does not apply the simplicity which has made "Art of War" such a classic. Where "The Art of War" is about fifty pages (including third-party commentary), "The Art of Soccer" is about four times that length.

Brevity would have greatly improved this book. The real insights (primarily regarding the importance of using space in effective soccer) were covered fully in the first chapter or two; the details in the later part are covered more eloquently and carefully in other works (see "Coaching Soccer Successfully," by Roy Rees et al ...

For an intermediate coach or player this book could be quite helpful, but I suggest skimming rather than reading it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best and greatest soccer coaching manual!
I have played soccer for many years and this book would enable many coaches and players to better understand each others roles so much better. This level of understanding takes many years to develope. This book could really help to simplify that process. This book takes sun tzu's principles and applies them to soccer.In the business and martial arts communities,it has always been said that these principles are applicable to all times and places where people compete against each other.Thus this interpretation can be made applicable to basketball, hockey ,etc - ALL SPORTS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book before it goes out of print
If you are involved with a team which has the basics of feinting, dribbling, and passing, then this book will take you to the next level of understanding of how and why positioning should work. As the author points out early, 10 minutes after a game starts you can't tell whether the team is using a 5-3-2 or a 3-4-3 because the game is really about space and how to set up spaces, manipulate it, and work into it. Really a great understanding of the game as it is played and not as a bunch of X's and O's. You MUST read this book if you coach or play U-12 or above.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on soccer theory
This is an excellent book that helps develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the tactics and strategies that underly the "beautiful" game. The main thrust of the book is the idea of space and how to create use and deny it. There are excellent illustrations and diagrams showing exactly how this is accomplished. This is superb book packed with insight and great value. The best soccer coaching book I've read 5+ stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars For higher level soccer
If you are coaching soccer and know the basics and you are ready to take your team to the next level this is the book to take you there. It is very informative and gives coach's a real understanding of the changes a team must make to get to the highest level of competitiveness. ... Read more

99. The Fifa 100
by Kofi Allen
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Asin: 190397352X
Catlog: Book (2004-09-21)
Publisher: Royal Academy Books
Sales Rank: 394295
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Who does Pelé think are the greatest professional soccer players alive? David Beckham, Zinédine Zidane, Mia Hamm, Ronaldo, Diego Maradona? This beautiful book, which celebrates the centenary of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing body of international professional soccer, reveals his selection. Commissioned from some of the world's leading photographers, these portraits are surprising and unexpected. Unlike familiar sports books packed with action shots by anonymous news photographers, The FIFA 100 captures the very essence of athletic greatness. These arresting portraits reveal the athletes' strength and artistry of movement, and the book is a fitting tribute to all the players who have made the game so beautiful.

The book contains more than 100 stunning portraits by such well-known photographers as Marc Quinn, Patrick Lichfield, Norbert Schoerner, and Helena Christensen, biographies of each player and photographer, and forewords by Pelé and Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA. It accompanies a touring exhibition of these pictures, organized by FIFA for its centennial year. AUTHOR BIO: Pelé, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, led his native Brazil to three World Cup titles and later played for the New York Cosmos. He was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Commitee in 1999. Sepp Blatter is the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing body of international professional soccer.
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1-0 out of 5 stars The Best 100 ? Where ?
Sorry , but if you want to do a book called FIFA 100 , you must put there the Best 100 players ever , and not a put togheter to satisfy international market.
How can Brasil have only 14 players..and ...France 13 ....Italy 13....this is not right....Crazyyyy People who think this way.
You have to be kidding......Garrincha....Zizinho...Didi ....Gerson...out....Nakata , the really makes me laugh.......Helooooo? Brasil a 5 times World Champion ...Penta Campeao.....

And not just that but who did this book was not Pele.....and was Blatter, using the imature Edson , because Pele would not do that....and got to Brasil...saying Iam sorry...the List was already done...I just selected a few players......Sorry FIFA stink ... Read more

100. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Soccer
by Deborah Crisfield, Alpha Group
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Asin: 0028627253
Catlog: Book (1998-12-09)
Publisher: Alpha Books
Sales Rank: 387754
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Needs a referee reviewer
A review by a referee would have caught several mistakes in certain "legalities"...

She says "The end lines are also sometimes referred to as goal lines..." The actual name of that line is the goal line. She says the lines on the sides of the field are "called sidelines (although they are sometimes referred to as touchlines)". The actual name of that line is the touchline.

The correct names of the lines of the field are to be found in the FIFA "Laws of the Game" (the rules that govern soccer worldwide). If you want to play the game, learn to use the correct terminology of the game.

She says the height of the corner flags is a maximum of 5 feet. It's supposed to be a "minimum" of 5 feet. It's a safety don't want a player stabbing himself on a short flag.

Her explanation of the important Offside law is incorrect. To begin with, the name of the infraction is "offside" (there is no "s" at the end). What she says states as the offside rule is actually the definition of "offside position," which is not illegal. There's no discussion of "offside position" and "participation". There's no mention of at what point the offside judgement is made or of the exceptions to the offside law.

Alan Lee AYSO Referee and Referee Instructor

5-0 out of 5 stars Need a soccer book - this is definitely the one
As a former collegiate soccer player, a current adult player trying to recapture her youth, and a person working in the sports industry, I have recommended this book to everyone trying to get a grasp on the game. Yes, it's more than just a ball and a couple of goals.

I highly recommend this book to anyone, any age, who wants to learn more about the game. It's especially good for the growing number of soccer parents. As for that other reviewer - I totally disagree with the assessment, with one exception. The author was completely accurate with the offsides description -- whoever drew one of the diagrams clearly missed out on the author's lesson. Other than that, the book was great.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Guide to Soccer!
I read this outstanding book before embarking on my first soccer coaching experience. Although I played competitive soccer for twelve years, I thought I should get updates on any changes as well as get some coaching tips. This book was perfect! It's extremely well written, accurate, and informative. In addition, the layout is easy to navigate, and the glossary and index make finding answers to questions a breeze. I would recommend this book to a wide variety of people, from coaches, to players, to soccer moms, to soccer trivia fans. A great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars RIGHT right right right right!
As a new youth soccer coach, I was looking for a book that would give me quick and easy guidance on understanding soccer and also give me some excellent tips on coaching. This book was perfect! It provided a tremendous amount of information without getting too detailed in any specific area. The book begins with the basics and then takes you through the rules, formations, and strategies. It then provides wonderful information for coaches and parents by discussing training, drills, and ways to run a successful practice. As an athlete, I have read many books on the teaching of sports and this is one of the best. The author injects humor and quick fun facts throughout to keep it very interesting. If you are a new soccer coach, a parent of a child playing soccer, or just want to learn about soccer, this book is excellent. As for the review from the reader from Canada, he is not accurate. Remember, except for hockey, Canada has a dreadful reputation in sports - soccer included.

1-0 out of 5 stars WRONG wrong wrong wrong wrong
I think I know a little bit about soccer, because I've played competitively and watched enthusiastically all my life. I wanted a book on the sport to give to a new girlfriend, so I perused this one. Bad choice. This book explains several rules incorrectly (offsides; out-of-bounds; player positions), discusses tactics only in the most uninformed of manners (speed and power, it seems, being the only skills of merit), and leaves out about half the world's more important historical soccer events, in favor of minor developments in the arena of American soccer business. Avoid at all costs. ... Read more

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