In learning optimal techniques for performing the various movements in the target classifications, players need to focus on target mechanics. In other words, effective movement needs to be based on sound mechanical principles.
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The world’s most popular sport is also one of the most demanding. Stronger, smarter, and more agile players have increased the intensity and tempo of the game. Success hinges on the ability to read, react, and execute. For individual players and teams alike, speed is a necessity.
Soccer Speed is a groundbreaking work—more than a training guide, but an all-encompassing execution plan for success in today’s aggressive, attacking, and fast-paced game.
Inside, you’ll learn how to develop these skills:
Quickness, agility, and balance for defending, attacking, reacting, and executing
Most effective techniques, such as heel passes and stride changes, to challenge opponents and keep them off balance
Soccer intelligence, or the ability to instantly recognize and exploit the opposition’s weakness
In-game decision making with and without the ball
Every aspect of the game is covered, including step-by-step instruction and 36 drills for developing technical and tactical speed in passing, receiving, dribbling, scoring, counterattacking, and defending. Soccer Speed is the one and only guide for outpacing, outsmarting, and outplaying the opposition.
Introduction: A Different Game
Part I: Developing Physical Speed
Chapter 1 Game Speed: Speed and Agility in Soccer Chapter 2 Factors Affecting Game Speed Chapter 3 Developing Soccer Game Speed Chapter 4 Designing Game Speed Training Sessions
Dick Bate heads the Cardiff City FC Youth Academy and is the
former director of elite coaching for the English Football Association
(FA). He has coached at Leeds United FC, Notts County FC, Lincoln City
FC, and Hereford United FC. He has been the technical director at
Watford FC. He is a technical adviser to FIFA, soccer’s world governing
body. He was also the technical director of the Malaysian Football
Association and the Canadian Soccer Association.
Bate is a UEFA professional license holder, FA staff coach, AFC staff
coach, UEFA “A” license holder, and England youth team coach. As an
athlete he played for Sheffield Wednesday, York City, and Boston United
football clubs and represented the British Colleges while a student.
He has directed and conducted several UEFA Professional License courses
and more than 40 UEFA “A” license courses and, together with S.
Subramaniam, devised and instigated the Coach Education Programme
throughout Asia for the Asian Football Confederation. He received the
Lifetime Achievement Coaching Award from the English Football
Bate is in demand as a speaker and presenter. In a presentation to the
National Soccer Coaches Association of America titled “Soccer 2020: The
Future of the World’s Game,” Dick described how soccer has evolved into
a game that rewards players who can master speed and agility skills
under match pressure—one-touch passing and receiving, retaining and
regaining possession, fakes and feints, and quick changes in direction.
Ian Jeffreys is one of the most respected strength and
conditioning coaches in the United Kingdom and a world-renowned
authority on speed and agility development. He is a reader and
coordinator in strength and conditioning at the University of South
Wales. He is also the proprietor and performance director of All-Pro
Performance based in Brecon, Wales. Ian has been a member of the
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 1989. He is
a registered strength and conditioning coach, certified strength and
conditioning specialist (CSCS), and certified personal trainer
(NSCA-CPT) with the NSCA and has been recertified with distinction (*D)
in all categories. He was the NSCA’s High School Professional of the
Year in 2006, the first time the award had ever been presented to a
coach working outside the United States. In July 2009, Ian was awarded a
fellowship by the NSCA for his outstanding contributions to the
industry. He is an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the
United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and was on
the board of directors of the association from its founding in 2004
Ian has authored 4 books, 10 book chapters, and numerous strength and
conditioning articles that have been featured in leading international
journals. He also edited the NSCA book Developing Speed (Human
Ian has worked with numerous clubs and sport organisations around the
world. He is a sought-after conference presenter and has given keynote
presentations and hosted performance workshops at several worldwide
conferences, including the NSCA Sport-Specific and European Conferences
and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Conference.
“After 30 years as a college soccer coach I can say Dick Bate is the
best instructor/clinician I have seen. If playing faster interests you
as a coach or player, then Soccer Speed is a must read.”
Ray Reid-- Head coach University of Connecticut – Men's Soccer
“Dick Bate has created a highly technical book on soccer specific
fitness, speed, agility and the technique to enhance and develop these
important physical skills. As in all Dick Bate coaching, Soccer
Speed is about the real detail that makes the difference for coaches
and athletes. He uses examples from the Premier League and I found the
read technical but very enjoyable. This is a must for coaches and
athletes that want to take their game to a higher level.”
Tony DiCicco-- Olympic Gold Medal Coach, USA ‘96; World Cup
Champion Coach, USA ’99; U20 World Cup Champion Coach, USA ‘08
“At Manchester United Football Club our on and off the field
conditioning is expertly guided by Soccer Speed and the
information that Dick Bate and Ian Jeffreys present.”
Tony Strudwick-- Head of Fitness and Conditioning, Manchester
United Football Club