Winning Soccer for Girls

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Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
For any young woman interested in learning how to play soccer, this book will prove to be a valuable primer. With the aid of comprehensive detail and helpful photographs, the reader will learn much about the mechanics of soccer play. This is one of the oldest team sports known to us, having begun more than 2,000 years ago in 400 BC, Today, soccer has become one of the world's most popular sports, although the game still lags in comparative popularity in the United States at the professional level. Kids across this country have nevertheless gravitated to what is basically a simple game, needing only players and a soccer ball. In her book, the author provides information on varying facets of the sport, from passing, ball handling, receiving and tactics to how to play goalie. Don't expect your child to select this book for leisure reading. It is styled as a how-to book, replete with details and descriptions that do not lend themselves to recreational reading. But if you have a girl in the house looking to learn how to play soccer or improve her game skills, this would be an excellent choice for her to peruse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816077151
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Series: Winning Sports for Girls Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 775,714
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
The Growth of Girls' Soccer xiii
A Look Inside xiv
Practice Time xv
Play the Game xv
The Mental Commitment xvii
1 In the Beginning 1
A Short History 1
What's in a Name? 2
Soccer in the United States 2
2 Rules and Equipment 5
The Playing Field 5
The Equipment 6
The Rules 7
Out of Bounds 9
Offsides 9
Fouls 9
A Few Unwritten Rules Too 11
3 Training to Play 15
Stretching 15
Ankles 16
Calves and Achilles Tendon 16
Quadriceps 17
Hamstrings 18
Hip Flexor 18
Inner Thigh 18
Hips 19
Groin 20
Waist and Sides 20
Shoulders 20
Triceps 21
Neck 21
Endurance Training 22
Circuits 23
Strength 23
Crunches 24
The Rocker 24
Hill Sprints 25
Brain Training 25
Drills 26
Forward Roll 26
Push Up 27
Game Time 28
Stomach Toss 28
Over Under Relay Race 29
Leapfrog and Snakecrawl 29
4 Passing 33
Control 33
Beyond Control--The Rest of the Basics 34
The Inside of the Foot 35
The Instep Pass 36
The Lofted Pass 38
The Chip 40
The Volley 40
The Drop Kick 40
The Outside of the Foot 42
One-Touch Passing 42
Drills 43
Wall Kicking 43
The Weave 44
"Yes" Drill 45
Windshield Wiper 46
Game Time 48
Six-in-a-Row 48
Soccer Golf 48
Hot Potato 49
Ten and Again 49
5 Receiving the Ball 51
Create Options 51
Plays Without the Ball 52
Square 53
Wing 53
Wall 54
Overlap 54
Back 55
Communication 55
Trapping the Ball 55
Trapping with the Body 57
One-Touch Passing 58
Drills 59
Middle Player 59
Running Backwards 59
Air Attack 59
Game Time 60
Corners 60
Wallball 61
6 Ball Handling 63
Progressing Forward 63
The Mechanics of Straight Dribbling 66
Evading a Defender 67
Cuts and Fakes 69
Drills 71
Slalom 71
Relay Races 71
The Worm 71
Game Time 72
Juggling 72
Group Juggling 72
Hunter 73
Through the Legs 73
Duck 74
Bull in the Ring 74
Bulls versus Cows 75
Firing Squad Survival 75
7 Shooting 77
A Pass in Fancy Clothing 77
The Physical Shot 78
Ball Placement 79
The Mental Shot 80
Shooting during Practice 80
Finish with a Shot 81
Drills 82
Serving Up Shots 82
The Mini-Field 82
Shooting on the Fly 83
Game Time 84
Four Goals 84
Partners 85
Knock-Out 85
One Goal 85
Feed the Dragon 86
8 Heading 89
Starting Out 89
The Mechanics 90
Get into Position 90
Watch the Ball 90
Keep Your Neck Stiff 90
Lean Back 92
Snap Forward 93
Diving Headers 95
Heading to the Side 95
Flicking It Back 97
Get in Shape 97
Drills 98
Head Toss 98
Diving Headers 99
Head Games 100
Head Control 101
9 Goalkeeping 103
Practicing to Be a Goalkeeper 103
Playing the Field 105
Total Fitness 106
Starting Position 111
Narrowing the Angle 111
Get Behind That Ball 112
Using the Hands 112
Diving 116
After the Save 116
The Roll 117
The Toss 117
The Punt 118
Game Situations 118
Corner Kicks 120
Direct Kicks 120
Indirect Kicks 121
Penalty Kicks 122
Drills 122
Learning to Dive 122
Reflexes 122
Rapid Fire 123
Shuffle, Touch, and Layout 124
Game Time 126
Goalie 126
10 Tactics 129
Embracing Offense and Defense 130
Positions 130
Formations 132
Offensive Strategy 134
Defensive Skills and Strategy 135
Marking a Player 135
Stealing the Ball 137
Support 137
Game Time 139
Three on Three on Three 139
Line Soccer 140
Square Soccer 141
Monkey in the Middle 142
Cone Ball 142
Fooseball 143
11 Restarts 145
Kickoffs 145
Offensive Strategy 146
Defensive Strategy 146
Throw-ins 147
Offensive Strategy 148
Defensive Strategy 150
Goal Kicks 150
Offensive Strategy 151
Defensive Strategy 151
Corner Kicks 151
Offensive Strategy 151
Defensive Strategy 152
Direct Kicks 152
Offensive Strategy 153
Defensive Strategy 153
Indirect Kicks 154
Offensive Strategy 154
Defensive Strategy 155
Penalty Kicks 155
Drop Kicks 156
Drills 156
The Smokescreen 156
12 Wrapping It Up 159
Glossary 162
Soccer Resources 164
Further Reading 166
Index 167
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