Coaching Youth Soccer: Step-by-Step Instruction on Strategy, Mechanics, Drills, and Winning

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Each year, millions of kids join local soccer teams or head to soccer-friendly summer camps—and thousands of older, not necessarily soccer savvy people, parents included, find themselves serving as coaches. Are you among the latter? Let Knack Coaching Youth Soccer come to the rescue! In Knack’s hallmark quick-reading, step-by-step, visually organized format, and organized by age group and by league, it presents a season’s worth of plans, exercises, strategies, sample practices, and tips. Its 400 full-color ...

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Overview

Each year, millions of kids join local soccer teams or head to soccer-friendly summer camps—and thousands of older, not necessarily soccer savvy people, parents included, find themselves serving as coaches. Are you among the latter? Let Knack Coaching Youth Soccer come to the rescue! In Knack’s hallmark quick-reading, step-by-step, visually organized format, and organized by age group and by league, it presents a season’s worth of plans, exercises, strategies, sample practices, and tips. Its 400 full-color photos, plus field diagrams, are complemented by easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of ideas for creating a winning team—ensuring that you avoid embarrassment, have fun, and leave kids with the happiest experience possible. 
 

400 full-color photos showing
Rules *  Equipment
• Safety
• Dribbling
• Ball Control
• Passing
• Shooting
• Heading
• Goalkeeping
• Set Plays
• Formations
• Defense Offense
• Transition
• Team Games
• Warm-up Drills
• Sample Practices
• Tryouts
• Indoor Soccer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599215488
  • Publisher: Knack
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Knack: Make It easy
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 986,809
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


D. W. Crisfield has the knack! The author of Everything Kids Soccer and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Soccer, Crisfield—who played soccer through school and then in adult leagues for more than fifteen years, and has coached almost thirty seasons of soccer for children from five to sixteen
 
Beth Balbierz has the knack! A freelance photographer, she has two school-age kids and was herself drafted to coach a youth soccer team.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Getting Started

Your Coaching Personality

Philosophy to suit the ages

Travel Soccer, Rec Soccer, Indoor, Camp

Meeting Your Team

Meeting the Parents

Getting to Know Your Team

Chapter 2: Rules and Equipment 

Object of the Game

Playing Field

The Throw-In

Special Kicks

Referee Signals

Extras a Coach Should Know About

Chapter 3: Taking Care of the Soccer Body

Safety First

Shin Guards and Socks

Cleats

Endurance and SprintTraining

Strengthening—Legs

Strengthening—Core

Chapter 4: Warm Up Drills

Stretching for 4-6 year olds

Pirate Ship Warm-Up

Stretching for 7-10 year olds

Bull in the Ring Warm-Up

Stretching for 11-14 year olds

Half and Half Warm Up

Chapter 5: Dribbling

Mechanics

Moves

Drills for 4-6 year olds

Drills for 7-10 year olds

Drills for 11-14 year olds

Games for all

Chapter 6: Ball Control

Mechanics

Strategy

Drills for 4-6 year olds

Drills for 7-10 year olds

Drills for 11-14 year olds

Games for all

Chapter 7: Passing

Short Ball

Long Ball on ground

Long Ball in air

Drills for 4-6 year olds

Drills for 7-10 year olds

Drills for 11-14 year olds

Chapter 8: Finishing

Power Shots

Finesse Shots

Drills for 4-6 year olds

Drills for 7-10 year olds

Drills for 11-14 year olds

Games for all

Chapter 9: Heading

Mechanics

Choosing the Direction

Diving Headers        

Strategy

Drills

Games

Chapter 10: Goalkeeping

Equipment

Dealing with a lofted ball

Dealing with a rolling ball

Cutting the Angle

Releasing the ball

Warm Up Drills

Chapter 11: Set Plays

Kick off

Goal Kick

Corner Kick for Offense

Corner Kick for Defense

Direct and Indirect Kicks

Penalty Kick

Chapter 12: Formations

4-3-3

4-4-2 flat

4-4-2 diamond

3-2-2 and 2-3-2

2-1-2-2

Three vs. three (super small)

Chapter 13: Defense

Individual defensive skills

Strategy

The Wall

Extras

Against Set Plays

Drills

Chapter 14: Offense and Transition

Getting Down the Field

Throw-In

Strategies

Offense Drills

Transitioning

Transition Drills

Chapter 15: Team Games

Small sided games for 4-6 year olds

Whole team games for 4-6 year olds

Small sided games for 7-10 year olds

Whole team games for 7-10 year olds

Small sided games for 11-14 year olds

Whole team games for 11-14 year olds

Chapter 16: Game Day

Share philosophy

Strategy

Prep

Play time and sub lists

Warm Up Drills

Halftime

Chapter 17: Sample Practices

Practice 1 for 4-6 year olds

Practice 2 for 4-6 year olds

Practice 1 for 7-10 year olds

Practice 2 for 7-10 year olds

Practice 1 for 11-14 year olds

Practice 2 for 11-14 year olds

Chapter 18: If You Are Running Tryouts

Goal setting

What to Look For

7-10 Tryout Day

11-14 Tryout Day

Goalkeeper Tryouts

Player Evaluation

 

Chapter 19: Indoor Soccer

Options

Rules

Why Choose Indoor

Formations

Indoor Drills

Sample Practice

Chapter 20: Resource Directory

Index

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