Author(s): Ted Buxton
While Americans are avid about football and baseball, statistics actually show that more people play soccer. Cities participate in statewide competitions, enormous crowds watch the U.S. vie for the World Cup, and what parent doesn't know about early morning soccer practice? Soccer Skills has everything the young soccer player needs to move his or her game forward. This fully illustrated step-by-step guide covers all aspects of the game, from historical background and soccer jargon to basic ball control and defensive and offensive strategies. Everything a player needs to know to play his or her best game is included: Pre-season and pre-match preparation Ball control Passing skills Running with the ball Free kicks, corners, bending the ball Hitting the back of the net Controlling the ball on the head Shadowing and tackling Goalkeeping Warming up and cooling down Training drills used by the game's top professionals are presented with sequential photographs and detailed explanations. At-a-glance tips help players solve problems with their own game. From the skills necessary to play at any level to the strategic tips for winning, Soccer Skills is essential for anyone playing - or hoping to play - the international sport of soccer.