Summary: Progressive Soccer Coaching: From Novice to Expert is the most comprehensive soccer textbook of its kind. The systematic approach employed by the authors, from the most basic juggling exercise for the novice through the systems of play and team tactics for advanced players, make this book "a must" for the most inexperienced recreational youth coaches and physical education teachers as well as high school and college coaches. The way the text is organized in ...show more three progressive phases is a particular strength.
The Beginneer Developmental Phase explains all the fundamental soccer techniqiues such as dribbling, passing, controlling, shooting, and tackling that the soccer novice needs to learn in an easily understood systematic format.
The Intermediate Developmental Phase takes the teacher/coach through several more sophisticated technical skills such as chipping and curling the ball; a vaariety of different "turns," "fakes," and "dummies" used to beat an opponent; and includes sections on heading techniques and goalkeeping.
The Advanced Phase focuses on the tactical aspects of soccer including systems of play, the functions and roles of different positions, and offensive and defensive set piece plays. I particularly like the different evaluations at the end of each phase which assess the players' skill, knowledge, and understanding. The simplicity and utility of the over 100 "drills" and "games," illustrated with well-crafted diagrams, underscores the brilliance of this book. The authors' years of practical soccer teaching and coaching experience pour from each page. ...show less