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  • ISBN-13: 9780139079733
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
About This Resource ix
Part 1
FIRST STEPS 1

Chapter 1
BUILDING AND MAINTAINING A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM 3
What You Need to Build a Successful Program 3
A Vision of What Your Program Can Become, and a Plan for
Accomplishing It 4
Building a Feeder Program 5
Starting From Scratch: A Case Study in Persistence 6
Coming to Grips with Your Program 7
Expanding Participation 7
Improving the Local Soccer Facilities 8
Training Coaches and Officials 8
Gaining State Affiliation and Acquiring a Club Format 9
Upgrading Girls' and Women's Soccer 10
Extending Your School Feeder Program Downward 11
Seeking Administrative Backing and Community Support 12
Developing a Soccer Booster Club 13
Seeking Sponsorships 14
Gaining the Support of Medical Personnel 14
Courting Media Coverage 15
Ten Qualities You Need to Be a Successful Coach 16
1. Leadership Ability 16
2. An Organized Approach to Your Coaching 16
3. The Ability and Desire to Teach 17
4. An Understanding of the Game and How It's Played 17
5. Open-mindedness 17
6. A Love for the Game and Coaching 18
7. Determination 18
8. Patience 19
9. A Sense of "Fun" 19
10. A Supportive Family, Spouse, or Significant Other 20

Chapter 2
Surviving the First Year 22
Understanding Winning and Losing 23
Changing Attitudes 23
1. Surrounding Yourself with Believers 24
2. Teaching Your Players How to Win 25
3. Pursuing Achievable Short-Range Goals 26
4. Extending Your Players' Comfort Zone 29
2-1 Griffin High School Soccer Schedule (Sample) 30
The Second Year33

Chapter 3
YOU AND YOUR TEAM 34
Shortcuts to Excellence 34
The Benefits of Team Membership 34
The Family Plan 35
First Steps 35
Building Togetherness 36
You and Your Players 38
Motivation 39
Incentives 39
The Best Motivation Program of All 40
Using Team Leaders 40
Team Captains 41
Senior Leadership 42
Using Assistant Coaches 42
Handling Player Problems and Problem Players 43
Encourage Your Players to Come to You with Their Personal
Problems 43
Be a Problem Solver. Tackle Problems Head-on 43
Make Team Loyalty Your Top Priority 45

Part 2
PLAYING THE GAME 47

Chapter 4
DEVELOPING AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE GAME 49
The Playing Field, or Pitch 49
4-1 Soccer Pitch: Dimensions, Lines, and Flags 50
Layout of the Pitch 51
Rules and Playing Procedures 52
Scoring 52
Kickoffs 53
Resuming Play After Stoppages 53
4-2 Not Offsides 56
4-3 Offsides 56
The Players 57
4-4 Typical Man-to-Man Defensive Alignment, Ball Near Touchline at Midfield 58
The Goalkeeper 59
4-5 Keeper Moving to Reduce Shooting Angles 59
The Sweeper 60
Fullbacks 60
The Stopper 60
Midfielders 61
Wingers 61
Forwards (also called Strikers) 61

Chapter 5
SOCCER FUNDAMENTALS 63
Teaching Soccer Skills 63
Four Principles of Teaching and Learning 64
Hints for Effective Teaching 65
Soccer's Basic Skills 69
Passing 69
5-1 Passing 69
5-1 (a,b) Push Pass 70
5-2 (a,b) Outside Push Pass 71
5-3 (a-d) Driving the Ball 72
5-4 (a,b) Contact Points and Loft 74
5-5 (a,b) Contact Points and Bend 75
5-6 (a-c) Chip, or Lofted, Pass 77
5-7 Wall, or One-Two, Pass 78
5-8 Cross, or Switch, Pass to Far Post 78
5-9 Through, or Penetrating, Pass 79
5-10 Typical Combination Passing Sequence 79
Shooting 80
5-11 (a-c) Driving the Ball Low Past the Keeper 82
5-12 (a-c) Volley Shot 83
5-13 Half-Volley Shot 84
Heading 85
5-14 (a,b) Heading 85
5-15 (a-c) Sitting Header 87
5-16 (a-d) Kneeling Header 88
5-17 (a-c) Diving Header 89
5-18 (a-c) Standing Header 90
5-19 (a-c) Jumping Header 92
Dribbling 93
5-20 Dribbling in Close Quarters 93
5-20a Dribbling 93
Receiving the Ball 94
5-21 Collecting with the Inside of the Foot 95
5-22 (a-d) Collecting with the Instep 96
5-23 (a-c) Collecting with the Chest 97
5-24 Collecting with the Thigh 98
Tackling 99
5-25a Taking the Ball Away 100
5-25b A Sliding Tackle 100
5-25c The Block Tackle 101
5-26 The Poke Tackle 101
5-27 (a-c) The Sliding Tackle 102
5-28 The Shoulder Charge 103
Coaching Tips: Tackling and Defense 103
Goalkeeping 104
5-29 Goalkeeper's Stance 105
5-30 (a-c) The Keeper Protecting His Goal (Diving to catch or deflect
a shot) 106

Chapter 6
SOCCER DRILLS 108
The Importance of Drills 108
Conditioning 109
Stretching Exercises 109
Jogging 110
Running 110
The Indian Run 111
Other Conditioning Activities 111
Ballhandling Drills 112
6-1 Beginning a Move 112
Ball Juggling 113
Coaching Tips-Ball Juggling 114
Dribbling Drills 114
Dribble Slalom 114
Dribble Tag 114
Kickaway 114
6-2 Double-Circle Drill Format 115
1-v-1 Offensive Moves 115
6-3 Protecting the Ball 116
Coaching Tips-Dribbling 116
Passing/Receiving Drills 117
6-4 Target Passing Drill 118
Target Passing 118
Golf 118
6-5, 6-6 Triangle Passing Drill 119
Triangle Passing 119
The Dutch (or Circle) Drill 119
Overlapping Runs 120
The Two-Player Passing Triangle 120
6-7, 6-8, 6-9 Overlapping Runs Drill 120
6-10, 6-11 Two-Player Passing Triangles 121
Coaching Tips: Passing/Receiving 122
Shooting Drills 122
Shooting Station Drill 1 122
Shooting Station Drill 2 123
Shooting Station Drill 3 123
Shooting Station Drill 4 123
Other Drills 123
6-12 Shooting Station Drill 1 124
6-13 Shooting Station Drill 2 124
6-14 Shooting Station Drill 3 124
6-15 Shooting Station Drill 4 124
The THC (Throw, Header, and Catch) Game 125
Coaching Tips-Shooting 125
Tackling Drills 125
The "Dead Cockroach" Drill Series 126
6-16 The Cockroach Drill 127
6-17 Varying the Location, Cockroach Drill Series 127
6-18 Varying the Players' Routes, Cockroach Drill Series 128
Coaching Tips-Tackling 128
Mini-Games 128
Micro Soccer 129
Big Dog 129
6-19 Big Dog 130

Chapter 7
SYSTEMS OF PLAY AND THEIR ASSOCIATED STRATEGIES 132
7-1 The 2-3-5 Alignment 133
The 2-3-5 System of Play ("35") 133
The 3-4-3 System of Play ("43") 134
7-2 The 3-4-3 ("W-M") Alignment 135
7-3 Variation in 3-4-3 Alignment 135
Modern Concepts of Soccer 136
System Priorities 136
7-4 4-4-2 Alignment with Sweeper/Stopper 137
Exploiting Opponents' Weaknesses 140
Negating Opponents' Strengths 141
The 4-2-4 System of Play ("24") 141
7-5 4-2-4 Alignment with Four Fullbacks 142
7-6 4-2-4 Alignment with Sweeper/Stopper 142
7-7 A Free Fullback, 4-2-4 Defense 143
7-8 Offensive Flow in Transition, 4-2-4 System 144
7-9 Attacking With Fullbacks, 4-2-4 System 144
Organizing a 4-2-4 Attack 145
7-10 Sideline Attack with Forward Overlap, 4-2-4 145
7-11 Forwards Give-and-go, 4-2-4 146
The 4-3-3 System of Play ("33") 147
7-12 4-3-3 Alignment with Four Fullbacks 148
7-13 4-3-3 Alignment with Sweeper/Stopper 149
7-14 Center Midfielder Attacking, 4-3-3 149
7-15 Wing Option, Forward Overlap, 4-3-3 150
The Rubber Band Principle 150
The 4-4-2 System of Play ("42") 151
7-16 4-4-2 Alignment with Sweeper/Stopper 151
7-17 4-4-2 Alignment with Four Fullbacks 152
7-18 Options at the End of the Overlap, 4-4-2 153
Building a Team Offense, 4-4-2 153
Overloading 154
7-19 Forwards Overloading, 4-4-2 154
Midfielder Runs 155
Stopper/Fullback Runs 155
7-20 Midfielder Run, 4-4-2 155
7-21 Stopper Run, 4-4-2 156
7-22 Fullback Run, 4-4-2 157
Switching the Ball 157
7-23 Working the Ball Around the Perimeter, 4-4-2 158
Mixing Systems 159
The 5-3-2 System of Play ("32") 159
7-24 5-3-2 Alignment with Three Central Defenders 160
7-25 5-3-2 Variation (Sweeper and Two CDs) 160
7-26 Changing the Alignment in Attacking, 5-3-2 161

Chapter 8
BASIC SOCCER STRATEGY 163
Risks and the Thirds of the Field 163
8-1 Dividing the Pitch Into Thirds 164
The Defensive Third 165
8-2 The Second Pass 166
The Midfield Third 166
The Attacking Third 167
8-3 A Balanced Attack 168
Man-to-Man Defense 169
8-4 Man-to-Man Defensive Responsibilities 170
Delaying Tactics 171
8-5 High-Pressure Man-to-Man Defense, Full Field 172
8-6 Low-Pressure Man-to-Man Defense 173
Desperation Delaying 174
8-7 Picking Up a Dribbler Who Has Broken Free of His Mark 174
Double-Teaming 174
8-8 Double-Teaming at the Touchline 175
8-9 Double-Teaming in the Penalty Area 176
Zone Defense 177
8-10 Flat-Back Four Defense 178
Zone Defense From a 4-4-2 Alignment 179
8-11 Defensive Movement with Pass That Establishes Ball Side 180
8-12 Continuation of Defensive Movement with Deep Pass Along
the Touchline 181
8-13 Defensive Rotation with Crossing Pass 182
8-14 Interior Zone Defense: Covering the Middle 183
Focusing on the Fullbacks 183
8-15 Interior Zone Defense: Covering the Diagonal Attacking Angle 184
8-16 Covering the Deep Side of the Pitch 184
Combination Defense 185
Comparing Man-to-Man and Zone Defense 185
Situational Strategies 187
Kickoffs 187
8-17 Getting the Ball to F1, Kickoff 188
8-18 Attacking at the Wing, Kickoff 189
8-19 Drop Pass Attacking Sequence, Kickoff 190
8-20 Drop Pass Attacking Variation, Kickoff 191
8-21 Decoy Moves to Set Up Weak Side Pass, Kickoff 193
Throw-Ins 194
Goal Kicks 194
8-22 Throwing In Down the Line 195
8-23 Receivers' Routes, Goal Kick 196
Corner Kicks 196
8-24 "Two-Man Drag" Set Play, Corner Kick 198
8-25 "Wave" Set Play, Corner Kick 198
8-26 Short Corner Kick 199
8-27 9-Man Zone Defensive Alignment, Corner Kick 199
Direct and Indirect Free Kicks 200
8-28 Set Play, Direct Free Kick 201
8-29 Set Play, Indirect Free Kick 201
Penalty Kicks 202
Drop Balls 202
8-30 Penalty Kick 203
Part 3
COACHING YOUR TEAM 205

Chapter 9
TEAM TRYOUTS AND SQUAD SELECTION 207
Recruiting 207
9-1 Tryout Notice-Griffin High School Soccer 208
Conducting Team Tryouts 209
What to Look For in Young Players 209
Selecting Your Team: Five Guidelines 210
9-2 Skills Associated with Soccer Positions 211
How Long Should the Tryouts Last? 212
Announcing Player Selections 212

Chapter 10
PRESEASON PRACTICE 214
The First Team Meeting and Other Preliminaries 214
Preseason Practice 215
Desirable Individual Skills/Team Preparation Ratios 215
Desirable Offense-Defense Ratios 216
Practice Schedules 216
Contrasting Emphases in Preseason Practice Schedules:
A Case Study 216
10-1 1984: Initial Preseason Practice Schedule 218
10-2 1984: Amended Preseason Practice Schedule 218
Preseason Practice Schedules 219
10-3 Preseason Practice Schedule 220

Chapter 11
ORGANIZING YOUR DAILY PRACTICES 223
Conducting Daily Practices That Sizzle: Five Guidelines 223
1. Coach with Intensity 223
2. Vary Your Practice Routine 224
3. Look for Ways to Make Drills Self-Motivating 224
4. If You're New to Soccer, Buy Some Drills Books (Appendix A) 224
5. Don't Just Scrimmage; Use Controlled-Scrimmaging Sequences 225
11-1 Typical Controlled-Scrimmaging Sequence, Offense 226
Finding a Desirable Ratio Between Drills and Scrimmages 227
Installing Your Offense and Defense 228
The Whole-Part-Whole Method of Instruction 228
The Walk-Through 228
Breakdown Drills 228
Time Management 229
Daily Practice Length 229
The Mechanics of Daily Practice 230
11-2 Basic Daily Practice Format, GHS Varsity Boys' Soccer 231
A Different Slant on Breakdown Drills 232
Daily Practice: Final Thoughts 233

Chapter 12
GAME PREPARATIONS 235
Scouting 235
What Teams Should You Scout? 236
Indirect Scouting 237
Direct Scouting 238
Scouting Tips 239
Preparing Your Scouting Report 240
Game Planning 241
Your Basic Game Plan 241
Contingency Planning 242
Adjustments for Wide or Narrow Playing Fields 242
12-1 4-4-2 on a Wide Field 243
12-2 4-3-3 on a Narrow Field 244
Extending or Adjusting Your System 245
Late-Season Adjustments 246
The Second Time Around 247
Questions and Answers Regarding Game Plans 247

Chapter 13
FILLING IN THE GAPS 249
Post-Season Responsibilities 250
Listing (and Prioritizing) the Work to Be Done 250
Helping the College-Bound Athlete 252
The Freshman Year 252
The Sophomore Year 253
The Junior Year 254
The Senior Year 255

Appendices 257
Appendix A
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY 259
Appendix B
COACHING TASKS AND PREPARATIONS 263
Appendix C
THE SOCCER PITCH 264
Appendix D
SOCCER STAT SHEET 265
Appendix E
PLAYER CHECKLIST-PREPARATION FOR GAMES AND DAILY PRACTICES 266
Appendix F
ATHLETIC PACKET 267
Appendix G
PLAYER INFORMATION SHEET 270
Appendix H
MEDICAL HISTORY FORM 271
Appendix I
PHYSICIAN'S MEDICAL EXAMINATION FORM 272
Appendix J
CHECKLIST OF TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE PHASES TO BE COVERED IN PRESEASON 273
Appendix K
MANAGERS' DAILY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 274
Appendix L
MANAGERS' GAME DAY RESPONSIBILITIES 275
Appendix M
PREGAME SCOUTING FORM 277
Appendix N
SCOUTING CHECKLIST-INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS 278
Appendix O
SCOUTING CHECKLIST-TEAM OFFENSE 280
Appendix P
SCOUTING CHECKLIST-TEAM DEFENSE 282
Appendix Q
GAME PLAN 283
Appendix R
GAME PLAN EVALUATION 290
Appendix S
WEIGHT TRAINING 291
Appendix T
WEIGHT TRAINING WORKOUT LOG 293
Appendix U
SAMPLE COLLEGE RéSUMé 294
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