Forget about boring practice sessions that don’t help players develop a feel for the game. Say good-bye to tedious drills that fail to develop so-called soccer sense. Soccer Practice Games will teach athletes to think on their feet while building skills, developing game intelligence, and staying engaged through small-sided competitive games.
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Soccer’s top practice games book returns bigger and better than ever! Engage your players and make each practice more challenging, productive, and fun with 175 games!
Soccer Practice Games presents the best small-sided games for developing technique, skills, and soccer sense in players. In the third edition, you’ll find more games on every aspect of play:
Warm-up and conditioning
Dribbling, tackling, and shielding
Passing and receiving
Shooting and finishing
Each game maximizes player involvement, activity, and learning and contains at least one major objective related to player or team development. A new chapter presents large-group games that are ideal for teaching team tactics while simulating match competition. Best of all, each game can be adapted to accommodate players of various ages and abilities.
Designed for youth through high school competition, Soccer Practice Games provides you with the most effective and fun way to learn and teach the game. This is one book you’ll refer to again and again.
Chapter 1. Planning Practice Sessions
Chapter 2. Warm-Up and Conditioning Games
Chapter 3. Dribbling, Shielding, and Tackling Games
Chapter 4. Passing and Receiving Games
Chapter 5. Shooting and Finishing Games
Chapter 6. Heading Games
Chapter 7. Individual and Small Group Tactical Games
Chapter 8. Large Group and Team Tactical Games
Chapter 9. Goalkeeping Games
Joe Luxbacher has more than 30 years of experience in the field of competitive athletics. A former professional soccer player for the North American Soccer League, American Soccer League, and Major Indoor Soccer League, he is currently at the helm of the University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team, a position he has held since 1984.
The twice-selected Big East Conference Soccer Coach of the Year holds a PhD in health, physical, and recreation education from the University of Pittsburgh and has earned the Level A coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation.
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.
Inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and designated a Letterman of Distinction by the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, Luxbacher is the founder and director of Shoot to Score Soccer Academy, an organization that offers educational camps, clinics, and tournaments to players aged 7 to 18. The camp Web site is www.shoot2score.net.
Luxbacher resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Gail, and children, Eliza and Travis.
“Your athletes will embrace practice, hone key skills, and be more likely to become passionate about soccer when you incorporate Soccer Practice Games into your weekly practice plans.”
James Schmutz -- Executive Director, American Sport Education Program