A coach and soccer player's guide to the best techniques and most effective plays.
Professional soccer coach Paul Fairclough provides expert advice for players of all levels, demonstrating how they can improve the skills and tactics used in their game, whether as an attacker, defender or goalkeeper. The book covers every critical play for each position. For example, a defender must pass the ball at a critical time, an attacker must never be afraid to shoot for goal and a goalkeeper must know the precise moment and just the right move to make a save.
Expert advice from professional coaches and players is given in concise, easy-to-follow instructions, complemented by full-color spreads. Some of the features that make this book especially easy to use include:
Soccer Strategies is a practical, hands-on addition to a soccer player's training regime and a coach's practice plans.
Paul Fairclough was a team manager in the Football Association (FA), the body that regulates soccer in England. He is an FA-qualified coach and a trained teacher.
They Call It The Glory Game
The famous Brazilian, Pele, once called soccer "the Glory Game." Arguably the greatest player of all time, Pele played more than 1,000 senior games and scored more than 1,000 goals. He won three World Cups -- the first when he was just 17 -- and gained worldwide fame that lasted long after he actually retired from playing soccer.
His sheer joy for the game -- especially scoring goals -- was obvious in pictures from his playing days. And you only have to look at any newspaper or soccer magazine to see players celebrating scoring.
Goals -- and glory -- are what the game is all about. It is not always the attackers, or forwards, who score the goals, but it is their job on the field to do so, or to lay on chances for their teammates. Some of the best attackers manage to score goals despite close marking from defenders. Other attackers are more cunning. Spain's Raul scores his fair share of goals, but also often makes clever runs to confuse defenders and help his colleagues to score.
This book will help you develop many of the tricks of the attacker's trade, such as shooting and being in the right place at the right time. It will show you how to lose your marker and how to be a real team player by giving your pals a chance to score.
Above all, it will try to show how improving your skills can be fun -- and help you get even more enjoyment out of "the Glory Game."
Table of Contents
Profile of an attacker
Shooting for goal
Heading for goal
Receiving the ball
Passing for attackers
Losing your marker
Running with the ball
Crossing the ball
Tricks for attackers
Shielding the ball