Soccer Skills: For Young Players

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Making the most of preparation and practice time with this comprehensive skills-guide.

This handbook has everything the young soccer player needs to improve his or her game. Fully illustrated with step-by-step sequences for optimum performance, it covers all aspects of the sport: historical background, soccer jargon, and basic defensive and offensive strategies. The book is suitable for players just starting out and for the more experienced ...

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Overview

Making the most of preparation and practice time with this comprehensive skills-guide.

This handbook has everything the young soccer player needs to improve his or her game. Fully illustrated with step-by-step sequences for optimum performance, it covers all aspects of the sport: historical background, soccer jargon, and basic defensive and offensive strategies. The book is suitable for players just starting out and for the more experienced player looking to fix a persistent problem or improve a specific skill.

With dozens of color photographs, Soccer Skills features:

  • Ball control
  • Passing skills
  • Running with the ball
  • Free kicks, corner kicks, "bending the ball"
  • Hitting the back of the net
  • Controlling the ball on the head
  • Shadowing and tackling
  • Goal-keeping
  • Warming-up and cooling-down exercises
  • Pre-match preparation and off-season conditioning
  • Pre- and post-game nutrition tips.

Training drills used by soccer's top professionals are combined with sequential photographs and detailed explanations. At-a-glance tips help players solve problems and polish their techniques.

From the necessary skills to strategic tips for winning, Soccer Skills is essential for players and coaches of the world's most popular sport.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Digest - Emily Johnson
With instructions on proper technique, this books guides you on making the most of your practice time.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews
Middle and high schoolers are sure to enjoy this tutorial on the sport of soccer.
Vancouver Province - Joan Fader
Illustrated with more than 200 full-color photographs, this step-by-step guide is an easy reference for both players and coaches.
Blair Christolon
More than 70 drills for beginner to advanced players ... illustrated by at least one colorful action photograph ... clearly written.
—School Library Journal, October 2000
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Children who think they have the corner on soccer expertise will find more than a few surprises here. This title explains the basics of the game in 71 drills, where the author details specific soccer plays, such as heading for the goal, advanced trapping, speed dribbling, speed kicks and warm-ups. Color photographs of adult players executing the highlighted plays and helpful diagrams to aid readers' understanding of the author's instruction accompany each drill. There is a useful glossary and informational sketches of some famous soccer players with brief narratives dovetailing with specific drills. Given this book's breadth and soccer's popularity, the author's failure to warn children about the health risks associated with hitting soccer balls with their heads is unfortunate. Instead, his discussion of heading the soccer ball is limited to the proper technique to use with this play. 2000, Firefly Books Ltd., Ages 10 up, $14.95. Reviewer: Bruce Adelson—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Buxton presents more than 70 drills for beginner to advanced players. The book opens with a few warm-up and stretching exercises. Specific types of drills are illustrated by at least one colorful action photograph; many are also accompanied by a diagram of the play on the field and additional tips outlined in a skill box. One page emphasizes the importance of cooling down and another offers ideas for off-season training. A full-color photo of an internationally known men's soccer star opens each chapter; both men and women are shown executing the various skills throughout the book. This clearly written title will appeal most to readers who have been enjoying this sport for a few seasons.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552093290
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/17/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 698,411
  • Age range: 8 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Buxton, a soccer coach with 30 years of experience, spent three years coaching the Tampa Bay Rowdies, who twice won their division in the North American Soccer League. As the manager of China's national soccer team he took the team to the Asian Cup Final. He lives in England.

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