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In soccer, a good defender is someone who can outthink the opponent, win the ball, and combine physical and mental skills with courage and determination. In the mini e-book Soccer Defense: Winning the Ball, coaches and players will find detailed descriptions, full-color photos, and diagrammed drills for developing the skills of first and second defenders. First defenders will learn how to close down on an attacker and jockey, win the ball by good positioning and interception, stop the attacker from turning with the ball, force the attacker one way, and recover when beaten. Second defenders will learn to cover and support the first defender by not moving too soon or too late and to set the offside trap.
This mini e-book also covers the three basic tackles: block tackle, side block tackle, and sliding tackle. The photos show correct and incorrect positioning for each tackle, and the diagrammed drills for each tackle include equipment, organization, instructions, and coaching points and progressions.
The defensive drills in Soccer Defense: Winning the Ball cover all levels of the game so that beginning, intermediate, and advanced players can all learn to take their defensive skills to the highest level.
The mini e-book Soccer Defense: Winning the Ball is an abridged version of the comprehensive book Skills & Strategies for Coaching Soccer, Second Edition (Human Kinetics, 2010).
Alan Hargreaves MA, Med, DLC, played for Lancashire, Loughborough Colleges, and English Universities. A fully qualified Football Association coach, he directed national residential coaching courses for players up to 18 years of age and codirected the Soccer Academy for Young Players in California. He was head coach for the British Colleges soccer team and coached professional soccer for five years—two years with Stoke City and three years with Crewe Alexandra. He has conducted numerous coaches’ and players’ courses in England and California and was a consultant in fitness training for soccer and hockey players.
Alan directed the fitness training program for the 1980 and 1984 British men’s Olympic field hockey team. He has also worked extensively in universities, soccer coaching clinics, and residential camps, many for the American Youth Soccer Organization.
Richard Bate, BEd (PhysEd), played for Sheffield Wednesday, York City, and Boston United football clubs and represented the British Colleges while a student. He is a UEFA professional license holder, an FA staff coach, an AFC staff coach, a UEFA license coach, and an England Youth team coach.
Richard has coached at Leeds United FC, Notts County FC, Lincoln City FC, and Hereford United FC and has been technical director at Watford FC. He was also technical director for the Malaysian Football Association and the Canadian Soccer Association.
He has directed and conducted several UEFA professional license courses and over 25 UEFA A license courses. With S Subramaniam, he has devised and instigated the Coach Education Programme throughout Asia on behalf of the Asian Football Confederation. Currently he is director of Elite Coaching courses for the Football Association.