Put your opponents on their heels and the ball in goal! Use the strategies, plays, skills, and drills of Attacking Soccer to develop a high-powered offensive team that will take your club, high school, or college league by storm. The expert contributing coaches cover the following:
• Playing out of the thirds
• Possession soccer
• Changing points of attack
• Quick counterattacks and transitions
• Flank attacks
• Offensive patterns of play
• Restart plays
• Individual skill development
Editor Joe Luxbacher, head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, has assembled many of the game's top offensive-minded coaches including Dave Sarachan of D.C. United, Jay Hoffman of the U.S. Women's National Team, former Tampa Bay Mutiny coach John Kowalski, and college coaches Dean Foti of Syracuse, Sam Koch of Massachusetts, and Dave Masur of St. John's. Each coach explains and illustrates a specific aspect of developing an attacking offense, helping you develop and implement the tactics, skills, and drills that are needed to maximize scoring opportunities.
Part I: The Fundamentals of Attacking Soccer
Chapter 1. Playing Out of the Defending Third (Dave Masur)
Chapter 2. Playing Through the Middle Third (John Kowalski)
Chapter 3. Creating Opportunities in the Attacking Third (John Astudillo)
Part II: Attacking Strategies and Tactics
Chapter 4. Possession Soccer (Dean Foti)
Chapter 5. Changing the Point of Attack (Ronald Quinn)
Chapter 6. Quick Counterattack and Transition Play (David Sarachan)
Chapter 7. Attacking on the Flanks (Jay Hoffman)
Chapter 8. Patterns of Play (Stephen Locker)
Part III: Attacking from Restart Plays
Chapter 9. Corner Kicks and Throw-ins (Gene Klein)
Chapter 10. Direct and Indirect Free Kicks (Sam Koch)
Joe Luxbacher, PhD, has more than 30 years of experience playing and coaching soccer at all levels. A former professional soccer player for the North American Soccer League, American Soccer League, and Major Indoor Soccer League, he is the head men's soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh, a position he has held since 1984.
Twice selected Big East Conference Soccer Coach of the Year, Luxbacher has authored more than a dozen books and numerous articles on the sport of soccer. His soccer articles have appeared in national publications such as Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director and Soccer Journal.
Coach Luxbacher was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and was designated a “Letterman of Distinction” by the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.
Luxbacher resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Gail and children Eliza and Travis.
"This book contains a lot of expertise on important phases of tactical soccer that need to be coached. Joe Luxbacher has put together an important coaching tool for all ambitious coaches who want their teams to play sound tactical soccer." Al Miller Cleveland Crunch General Manager 1994 and 1996 NPSL Championship (General Manager) 1973 NASL Championship (Coach)
"This is a helpful addition to any coach's library. The topic it examines is of utmost importance, and Dr. Luxbacher's contributors make some excellent points." Jeff Tipping Director of Coaching National Soccer Coaches Association of America
"Many soccer coaching and tactics books do not give the level of depth needed for developing good tactical awareness for players aged 12 to 18. I have found that your books are excellent; specifically, I have used Attacking Soccer to develop training session plans with great success from the under-sixes through the under-fourteens." Darren K. Rogers AYSO Region 335 Assistant Commissioner & Referee Administrator Morristown, TN