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Master all the fundamentals that matter on the pitch with Soccer Skills & Drills. This comprehensive instructional guide for players and coaches alike teaches the techniques necessary for success as well as games and drills to hone your skills to perfection.
Learn to dribble, receive, pass, shoot, head, tackle, and guard the goal with guidance from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the top coaches’ organization in the United States. Then use the 80 progressively arranged games and drills to practice those skills in competitive situations and small-sided games. The insightful teaching points and effective practice activities will reinforce your execution of the fundamentals and expand your repertoire of techniques and tactics.
Dozens of photographs and diagrams are provided to help you visualize the technical instruction, while the application of each skill is described from both tactical and positional perspectives. More than a drill book, Soccer Skills & Drills is the information-packed resource that will elevate any player’s game!
Founded in 1941, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America
is the largest coaches’ organization in the United States. Its members
coach both genders at all levels of the sport. In addition to a national
ranking program for colleges and high schools, the NSCAA offers an
extensive recognition program that presents more than 10,000 individual
awards every year. It fulfills its mission of coaching education through
a nationwide program of clinics and weeklong courses, teaching more than
3,000 soccer coaches each year. The organization is based in Mission,
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Bill Steffen is an NSCAA national staff coach and is recognized
as one of the top goalkeeper instructors in the United States. His
coaching services are requested at camps and clinics throughout the
country, as he has successfully trained players at all levels of the
game—from Special Olympics players to professional and national team
players. Steffen has been head coach of the University of Oregon women's
team, assistant coach of the Furman University men's team, and
goalkeeper coach of the University of North Carolina women's team.
James W. Lennox is currently the director of coaching for the
Connecticut Junior Soccer Association. Along with 35 years of experience
as a college soccer coach, Lennox has also headed up international
teams, including the United States men's national B team and the World
University Games team from 1986 to 1994. Lennox served as the U.S.
soccer coordinator of coaching schools and was named NSCAA director
emeritus of coaching, having written the original five-level curriculum
for the NSCAA coaching school. Lennox led Hartwick College to the NCAA
Division I National Championship in 1977 and was named Junior College
National Coach of the Year in 1976 and Division I National Coach of the
Year in 1984. In 2000, he became the first recipient of the Mike
Berticelli Excellence in Teaching Award. Lennox and his wife, Janice,
reside in Oneonta, New York.
Janet Rayfield has been the women's head soccer coach at the
University of Illinois since 2002, during which time she has led the
program to a 53-28-8 record, reached the Elite Eight in 2004, and won
the Big Ten title in 2003. A United States Soccer Federation A-licensed
coach, Rayfield returned to Illinois after serving two years as a United
States national staff coach for Region II. She served as the 2003-2004
president of the NSCAA and is currently the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II
Girls Olympic Development Program (ODP) head coach. Rayfield was one of
the best collegiate players ever, leading North Carolina to four
national titles while setting numerous Tarheel records and winning
several honors, including Nike Player of the Year and All-America
honors. She also was named one of the top 10 soccer players in America,
male or female, by Soccer America in 1991. Rayfield resides in