The Best of Soccer Journal: The NSCAA Guide to Soccer Coaching Excellence – Official Publication of the National Soccer Coaches Association – offers some of the best articles from the NSCAA’s official magazine, The Soccer Journal over the past twenty years. Each of the contributions have been reedited and re-diagramed to make a completely modern volume.
This book offers articles that cover the Four Pillars of soccer as outlined by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Those pillars are: Technique, Tactics, the Mental and the Physical. Plus there is a fifth section on how to coach. The information in this book is applicable to all levels of play from U6 to the professional level.
Contributions from many of the most respected names in soccer coaching, including: Anson Dorrance, Bob Bradley, Tony DiCicco, Shellas Hyndman, Mike Noonan, John Bluem, Nancy Feldman and others. The hundreds of colorful photos and diagrams make the concepts in the book easy to read and put into practice.
In the chapter on technique coaches describe specific techniques and how to teach them to a team. Specific topics include: principles of teaching technique, dribbling, shielding, tackling, receiving, passing, goaltending and more.
The chapter on tactics covers the evolution of tactics in the game going back to the late 1800s and finishing with a discussion of several popular systems of play and the latest tactics at the international level. Chapter three covers all aspects of the mental side of playing soccer for men and women and for players and teams and chapter four deals with fitness and nutrition for soccer from warm-ups to post game nutrition. The last chapter deals with how to coach and manage a team.
The NSCAA is the largest soccer coaches organization in the world. Since its founding in 1941 it has grown to include more than 30,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport from recreational soccer to major league soccer and international play. It fulfills its mission of coaching education through a nationwide program of clinics and courses, books and a magazine.
Edited by Jay Martin the editor of The Soccer Journal and is the winningest coach in college men’s soccer history finishing the 2011 season with a total of 608 career wins and the NCAA Division III Championship. He has received numerous regional and national coaching awards, served as a color analyst of the Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew for 9 seasons.
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