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Master the essentials for winning soccer from one of the game’s most successful coaches. In Premier Soccer, Michael Parker, the wins leader among active NCAA Division I men’s soccer coaches, teaches every key technique and tactic, with accompanying drills and special tips for executing them when the match is on the line.
Premier Soccer tackles the skills and traits necessary for each position on the field, both offensively and defensively, as well as systems, set plays, restarts, and practice drills. With an emphasis on player development, on-field awareness, conditioning, and team play, Parker reveals his proven approach to team and player success.
Whether you are a player or coach, this is your guide to consistent and winning play at every level of competition.
Chapter 1. Winning Attitude Chapter 2. Roles of Players and Coaches Chapter 3. Attacking Skills and Tactics Chapter 4. Defending Skills and Tactics Chapter 5. Systems of Play Chapter 6. Set Plays and Restarts Chapter 7. Physical Conditioning and Nutrition Chapter 8. Practice Sessions Chapter 9. Matches
Michael Parker, the wins leader among active Division I men’s soccer coaches, has won six national titles in 30 years of collegiate head coaching experience spanning all three NCAA levels. He has been at University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1984, taking a club program and leading it to success in Division III (two national titles) and Division I (fourth among Division I active coaches with a winning percentage of .736).
His teams have made 19 NCAA tournament appearances, and in 1993 he became the first men’s soccer coach in NCAA history to lead a team to the tournament in all three divisions. During his tenure, UNCG has won 10 conference titles, including six during its Division I era. Parker’s 2004 team was ranked No. 1 in polls for much of the season. Parker also won three national titles while head coach at Lock Haven in 1977 and 1978 (Division III) and 1980 (Division II) and three national titles at the semipro level with the USISL’s Greensboro Dynamo in 1993, 1994, and 1995.
Parker resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.
"In Premier Soccer, Michael Parker shares his successful systems, game-situation strategies, and winning insights, along with his expertise on leadership, goal setting, and player and team development. I highly recommend this book."
Houston Dynamo, 2006-2007
Current Team Member of Columbus Crew
"Michael Parker’s insights into the game, approach to coaching, and commitment to developing players make Premier Soccer essential reading for coaches and players at all levels of the game."
Three-Time Collegiate All-American
Head Coach, Iceland Soccer
Women’s National Team
"Premier Soccer provides the skill, strategy, and game insights that are critical to competitive success."