What is the difference between shooting and finishing? Let’s look at it this way - a player can shoot the ball well but may not necessarily be a good finisher. I was fortunate during my playing career to have played with some great finishers. I also played with some players who were hard shooters but not necessarily good finishers.
Set pieces are a critical part of the modern game of soccer. Interestingly, they occur more frequently in the biggest matches, where emotions run high and there’s a tremendous amount of energy within the players on the field. For this reason, organization in both attack and defense in set pieces is important.
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The key to success in soccer is solid, well-rounded attacking skills. And in today's game all 11 players on the field, not just the strikers, need to be proficient in attacking play. Strikers must master the technical and tactical skills, finding new ways to put the ball between the goalposts. Defenders must be willing and able to move forward and join in attacks. Even goalkeepers must know how to launch and coordinate a counterattack. In Attacking Soccer, editor Jay Miller has assembled a panel of experts to discuss these topics and more:
Attacking from the flanks
Crossing and attack heading
Direct and indirect free kicks
Capitalizing on corner kicks and throw-ins
Maintaining team possession
Attacking from the defensive third
The coaches who have written these chapters are a who's who of elite soccer, including Anson Dorrance, Ken Lolla, Bobby Clark, Tony DiCicco, and Mike Noonan. Each has included favorite drills so that you can practice the same attacking skills used with elite players. Attacking Soccer is the definitive guide for breaking down defenses and consistent offensive performance.
Chapter 1 Individual Skills: Dribbling, Passing, Receiving Chapter 2 Team Possession Chapter 3 The Goalkeeper in the Attack Chapter 4 Attacking From the Defensive Third Chapter 5 Attacking Through the Middle Third Chapter 6 Creating Opportunities in the Attacking Third Chapter 7 Attacking From the Flanks Chapter 8 Specialty Skills: Crossing, Attack Heading Chapter 9 Shooting and Finishing Chapter 10 Corner Kicks and Throw-Ins Chapter 11 Direct and Indirect Free Kicks
About the Editor
About the Contributors
Jay Miller’s 40-year coaching career is the culmination of
a life of competition and mentoring at every level of soccer. With a BS
and MED in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg
University, Jay began his career at Lebanon County High School, where he
won the state championship, a first for the school. Later, coaching at
the collegiate level, Jay led the University of Tampa to their first
national title. As head coach for the University of South Florida, Jay
won three conference titles.
Jay has served as a national teams coach and coaching instructor for
the United States Soccer Federation since 1978. He has contributed to
several technical reports for competitions, including the 1994 World
Cup, 1996 Olympic Games, and the 1999 Women’s World Cup. His
international coaching includes qualifying the U-17 national team for
the 1997 World Championships and serving as a national coach for the
U-18, U-20, U-23, and full national teams. Coach Miller represented the
U.S. State Department’s Sports Envoy Program as an instructor and coach
on tours to Morocco, Bolivia, and Thailand.
In 2012 Jay joined New England Revolution Professional Soccer Club as
the first assistant. The following year the Revs returned to the MLS
Playoffs after a four-year absence.
"Attacking Soccer makes the subtle complexities of a
tactical sport clean and enlightening. It is a must-read for all
aspiring coaches and players.”
Mick Elliott-- Award-Winning Sports Writer and Olympic Journalist
“Jay Miller is one of the few professionals who can train coaches and
teams and excel at both. His insightful book is a first-class manual on
how to attack.”
Ray Reid-- Head Soccer Coach University of Connecticut
“The most successful coaches ‘see’ the game and make adjustments
when necessary. They also connect with and develop their players. Jay
excels at both, and with Attacking Soccer you can too.”
Taylor Twellman-- Former U.S. Men’s National Team Player and MLS
MVP With the New England Revolution, ESPN Analyst for MLS and U.S. Men's
National Team Matches
"Jay Miller possesses a vast wealth of knowledge culled from his
coaching experiences across every level of American soccer over the past
35 years. He shares what he has devised and learned in Attacking
Soccer, an informative guide to breaking down the opposition composed
with the help of established and successful coaches from across the
country. The lessons included in this book provide vital knowledge for
coaches at any level looking to improve how their team moves from back
to front and produces chances in the final third."
Kyle McCarthy-- FOX Soccer
“Jay Miller is an excellent choice as a contributing editor because
of his experience at every level of soccer from youth to professional.
He has a vast knowledge of this wonderful game, and his insight will
resonate with all coaches. Great coaches are always actively searching
for new or different ways to learn about their game. This book offers
an excellent platform into the perspective of 11 of our country's most
knowledgeable and successful soccer coaches.”