POSSESSION is a step by step explanation of coaching points and on-field exercises for possession soccer. In this installment of the best-selling Soccer iQ series, Coach Dan Blank again distinguishes himself as soccer's finest how-to author, providing coaches with connect-the-dots solutions for teaching possession soccer. POSSESSION provides essential coaching philosophies that break down the art of keeping the ball. It includes dozens of training exercises as well as the mistakes that a coach can expect his players to make during those exercises - and the solutions to correct those mistakes. Filled with simple diagrams, POSSESSION is an easy-to-read guide for coaches who desperately want to help their teams keep the darn ball!
In this installment of the Soccer iQ series, college soccer coach and best-selling author, Dan Blank, educates coaches and players on the most effective ways to implement a high-pressure style of team defending. Nearly 80% of goals scored are the result of three or fewer passes, and more than half of all goals scored begin when a team wins possession of the ball in its attacking half of the field. The numbers clearly indicate a statistical advantage to winning the ball in the opponent's end of the field, and that's exactly what high pressure is designed to do. High pressure is perhaps the most misunderstood term in soccer's vocabulary. There are countless coaches who want their teams to play high pressure, but many of them aren't always quite so sure about what that means. They tend to translate 'high pressure' into 'run around like you stole something until we score.' They only extract the urgency of which the term implies without much understanding of the nuance that makes high pressure a formidable system of team defense. Those coaches understand that high pressure requires a high work rate, but they don't understand the tactical savvy that can maximize the output of that work. As a result, their teams feature only the madness but not the method behind successful high pressure. High Pressure provides an easy-to-follow blueprint for coaches and players so they know not only what to do, but why they are doing it. In this book, Dan Blank clarifies the differences between high and low pressure and explains the big picture of high pressure defending. You will learn the roles of each position, the importance of restraining lines, and how to set up pressure funnels to win the ball in the attacking half. Coach Blank also details the telltale cues that signal a team to step up or back off its pressure, and much, much more. High pressure defending requires more than just hard work. It requires organization, communication and an indefatigable team spirit. This book will show you how to create and implement these elements to get a maximum return on your team's effort.
The only soccer book for players ages 11 to 15 combining expert advice with essential soccer techniques for improving their skills. As a youth soccer coach for more than twenty years, Coach Andrew Latham sets kids up for success in Soccer Smarts for Kids with his no-fluff, easy-to-understand strategies and cover-to-cover tips--from goal setting and staying fit to pre-game prep and mental motivation. Coach Latham preps young players to be their best by sharing soccer secrets, exercises, and tricks for kids to develop their skills on the field, with: Basic to advanced techniques so kids can move at their own pace Player profiles highlighting six superstar soccer players (including Lionel Messi and Alex Morgan) Playbook essentials featuring color photos and custom diagrams Need-to-know terms to crack the code of fundamental soccer definitions Soccer fans will improve their game, play smarter, and have more fun with Soccer Smarts for Kids.
Learn The Secrets of any Soccer Position and Play The Best Game of Your LifeHow to become a Prolific Goal-scorerDesperate to improve your striking skills but lack the inside knowledge on how to do so? Want to know how to imitate the world's best professional strikers? There are a few straightforward procedures you can undertake to achieve top striking ability. Read my book to find out how what they are and how to implement them. With the secrets contained within its pages, you will be equipped to become the amazing goal-scorer you always wanted to be! How to Develop and Fine-tune your 'Game Intelligence'Success in soccer is not always down to having the best shot or dribbling skills. It also depends on game intelligence – the ability to read football with a tactical and pre-emptory eye. Like a game of chess, soccer requires cunning and know-how. You must defeat your opponent mentally as well as physically and technically.Game intelligence is a hard skill to teach, but my manual has uncovered the secret. With the tips contained within it you will be able to expand your game intelligence and your knowledge of the intricacies of playing soccer exponentially. Don't waste any more time, start developing your game intelligence today!How to Develop New Skills Quickly and ConfidentlyEver tried to develop a new skill but been frustrated by failure? Ever tried something that the next footballer learns easily but you struggle to master? Learning new skills can often be an arduous task. However, the difficulties of obtaining new skills can be avoided with the information contained inside my manual. Using techniques popular among South American, and especially Brazilian, players, my guide will show you how to add new skills to your repertoire quickly and easily!How to Become Immune to Mind-games and the Tricks of your OpponentsWhen opponents use dirty tactics to get under your skin, it can put you off your game and prevent your performance from reaching its full potential during a match.I will teach you how to gain immunity to such tactics and even show you how to turn them to your advantage by building up your mental strength. The method to doing this is easier than you'd think. Get reading today to find out!Want to start your Journey to Soccer-stardom Immediately?Discover all these secrets and more by buying my book. Simply scroll to the top of this page and click on the "Buy Now With 1-Click" button!
Global soccer psychologist Dan Abrahams is back with a follow up to his groundbreaking, international bestseller "Soccer Tough." In "Soccer Tough 2: Advanced Psychology Techniques for Footballers" Dan introduces soccer players to more cutting edge tools and techniques to help them develop the game of their dreams. Soccer Tough 2 is split into four sections - Practice, Prepare, Perform, and Progress and Dan's goal is simple - to help players train better, prepare more thoroughly, perform with greater consistency and progress faster. Each section offers readers an assortment of development strategies and game philosophies that bring the psychology of soccer to life. They are techniques that have been proven on pitches and with players right across the world. Like the original Soccer Tough, this book has been designed to be readable, accessible, and no-nonsense. Every chapter is short, engaging and packed full of stories from some of the best men and women soccer players in the world today. - Develop a no limit attitude towards your potential - Create a world class improvement programme for your soccer - Ramp up your training attitude using cutting-edge motivational theories - Prepare to play with energy and confidence - Use your 'controllers' to manage your focus, your intensity, and your emotions on the pitch - Learn to play under pressure like the best footballers in the world do - Measure and build your self-belief Soccer Tough 2 has been written with one thing in mind... to make you the best footballer you can be.
How to Coach Girls provides the most comprehensive guide available to the many issues associated with coaching girls, teams across the spectrum of sports. Volunteer parents and experienced coaches alike will find invaluable advice on the process of making a successful team, encouraging girls to stay in sports beyond the middle school years
Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional football players around the world – from precarious positions in underfunded teams and leagues, to sold-out stadiums and bright lights. Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Gwendolyn Oxenham tells the stories of the phenoms, underdogs, and nobodies – players willing to follow the game wherever it takes them. Under the Lights and in the Dark takes us inside the world of women’s soccer, following players across the globe, from Portland Thorns star Allie Long, who trains in an underground men’s league in New York City; to English national Fara Williams, who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the English national team. Oxenham takes us to Voronezh, Russia, where players battle more than just snowy pitches in pursuing their dream of playing pro, and to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Nadia Nadim, now a Danish international star, honed her skills after her family fled from the Taliban. Whether you’re a newcomer to the sport or a die-hard fan, this is an inspiring book about stars’ beginnings and adventures, struggles and hardship, and, above all, the time-honored romance of the game.
"Take a minute to slip into the mind of one of the world's greatest soccer players and imagine a stadium around you. Picture a performance under the lights and mentally play the perfect game." Technique, speed and tactical execution are crucial components of winning soccer, but it is mental toughness that marks out the very best players - the ability to play when pressure is highest, the opposition is strongest, and fear is greatest. Top players and coaches understand the importance of sport psychology in soccer but how do you actually train your mind to become the best player you can be? Soccer Tough demystifies this crucial side of the game and offers practical techniques that will enable soccer players of all abilities to actively develop focus, energy, and confidence. Soccer Tough will help banish the fear, mistakes, and mental limits that holds players back. Soccer psychology consultant Dan Abrahams shares the powerful techniques that have helped him develop reserve team players to become international players, and guided youth team players from slumps to first team contracts. Covering the mental triumphs of some of the world's leading players - Soccer Tough will help you become the best player you can be. Soccer Tough is for amateur and professional players of all levels, as well as coaches. This book explores how the best soccer players in the world think and gives the reader step-by-step ways to do the same.
Author: Paul S. A. Mairs
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Coaching soccer
This book demonstrates what coaches should and should not be doing with young players in the sport and enables you to identify if effective coaching is taking place."Any parent whose child is playing youth soccer should read this book as the information is going to have a powerful impact on your child's experiences, development, and ultimately their success in the sport. This book is an essential tool for any club, coach, or parent who is truly focusing on player development." Manchester United Youth Academy Coach - Dean Whitehouse Using insightful anecdotes, personal experiences, and perspectives of numerous development experts, they passionately provide the reader with a clear and compelling breakdown of critical issues involved with youth development. Holding nothing back, they unveil the damaging problems that currently exist in U.S. youth soccer due to high numbers of administrators, coaches, and parents demonstrating misguided and outdated beliefs, and/or harboring ulterior motives that are simply not beneficial for the players' best interests. They emphasize how conventional thinking in youth soccer leads to so many youngsters encountering negative experiences during their formative years and is a major driver as to why 70-80% of young players drop out of the sport at a young age before they have even had the opportunity to unlock their true potential. In this book, Mairs and Shaw reveal how coaches and parents can positively impact young players' involvement. They demonstrate how to ignite young players' passion for the sport and arm players with the powerful tools which will help them become successful players in the long-term.
This is the definitive manual for coaching America's fastest-growing sport for kids aged 8-19. Written for both beginning and seasoned coaches, The Complete Book of Coaching Youth Soccer shows you--in concise, easy-to-understand terms--how to organize, motivate, and lead your youth soccer team to success on the field. Included are: Step-by-step teaching points Rules and strategies of the game More than 100 illustrative diagrams More than 75 practice and competitive drills Complete 10-week season plans for each of three separate age groups Designed for easy, on-the-field reference, author Simon Whitehead's proven practice drills are designed progressively to develop maximum skills for both individual and team play. Simon Whitehead lives in Minneapolis and has coached high school and college soccer in England and in the United States for more than ten years. Using proven European teaching methods, he shows the soccer coach how to maximize each young player's enthusiasm, involvement, and personal success in soccer.