Last 9 Seconds: The Secret to Scoring Goals on the Last Touch


DeBenedictis stresses how to coach soccer players on an in-depth individual basis about how they prepare to score. He focuses on the psychological issues that players encounter in the 9 seconds (or less) prior to a goal scoring opportunity.

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Have you ever wondered why so many great goal scoring opportunities in the game of soccer are not converted into goals? In The Last 9 Seconds: The Secrets to Scoring Goals on the Last Touch, A Psychological Perspective, John DeBenedictis provides soccer coaches with solutions to this problem tackling it from a psychological perspective. This comprehensive volume is packed with hundreds of full color soccer photos and illustrations. How can a player who can kick, pass, shoot, or head a ball correctly, often miss a golden opportunity?

In The Last 9 Seconds, DeBenedictis stresses how to coach soccer players on an in-depth individual basis about how to prepare to score. He focuses on the psychological issues that players encounter in the 9 seconds (or less) prior to a goal scoring opportunity. The Last 9 Seconds is written for soccer coaches of players 13 years of age right up to Professionals. Since soccer is a low scoring game, one extra goal at the right moment can change a player’s or coach’s career.

This book provides soccer coaches with unique mental training methods of coaching their strikers to score more goals on the chances that they get. It is based on DeBenedictis’ 20-hour Golden Goal Scoring course which has been proven to instantly make players better goal scorers. DeBenedictis writes with passion on the topic of scoring goals. Having played as a goalkeeper he knew exactly what it took to score on him. The Last 9 Seconds is a reference and instructional book for soccer coaches to use when their team or players are having problems scoring goals. He has studied this aspect of the game in great detail and has also included new ideas on player development and how young players learn. He truly deciphers the art and science of scoring goals.

Praise for Last 9 Seconds

"John DeBenedictis has created a powerful tool, which no doubt will benefit and inspire many coaches and players." ~ Alfons Rubbens, (publisher, Inside Soccer Magazine)

“This book is the Best.  Thank you Coach John” ~  Amir Bazgir

“I have a copy, and use it to teach my players” ~ Mark Steinlein

“Boy have I been scoring goals! In the regular season for my high school, I ended with 4 goals (I missed 3 games so I probably could've scored more). We've played 2 play-off games so far, and I've scored in both of them -- I got the game winner in the last one yesterday 1-0!

"I'm gonna be honest here, most days at soccer practice (especially when we do shooting drills) I think about your course and how much it benefitted me. It's funny how right after the course, I was thinking the same stuff -- I just didn't think that over a year later I would be having the same thoughts over and over again about how grateful I am that I had the opportunity to learn amazing goal scoring secrets. Thank you for helping me improve my game.” ~ Nico Lindsay

“I am a high school coach just outside of Chicago, Illinois at Benet Academy in Lisle.   I just wanted to drop a note and say I really enjoyed your seminar this past weekend.

"It was the most thought provoking session I attended and can't wait to read the book. ( I bought one )

"I appreciated your passion, commitment to the game and player development.   Good luck to you.” ~ Sean Wesley, Benet Academy, Men's Varsity Soccer Head Coach

“I got the book on Friday and I'm already at page 110! I thought you'd like to hear that I believe it is great. I did not read the entire book, but I have had a look at its organization and the content of the part I read and it is fantastic!  I used the relaxation you had in the book to keep her calm before today's session. Today she was much better, and when she came back from the practice she was calm, collected. She looked like a different person!!! So, thank you and I'm looking forward to finishing the book.” ~ Giovanni Carboni (Hamilton, Ont.)

“Within a few pages of reading this book you will come to the conclusion that John DeBenedictis is an incredible student of the game of soccer. His writings give a new perspective on the game – particularly in relation to the art and science of scoring goals.

"Years ago I learned much of my goalkeeping from an old friend, Verdi Godwin, who in his playing days was an old-fashioned English centre forward.  He looked at goalkeepers from the other side of the bargaining table. He knew what goalkeepers didn’t like and hence, he would attempt to take advantage of that. He also knew what he didn’t like to see in an opposing goalkeeper. For instance, one that came out, narrowed the angle, stayed big and didn’t anticipate.

"In the book John talks about the Jekyll and Hyde personality duels between attackers and their opponents – and in particular, the striker and opposing goalkeeper.

"So this book is for every coach and every player. It may concentrate on the last 9 seconds before a goal is scored, but that is the focus of each player no matter what their position – as it is with every team and every coach.” ~ Tony Waiters, Former goalkeeper with the England National team, Former Coach of England’s National youth team, Former coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps in the NASL, Former coach of Canada’s National Men’s team, Author, Respected clinician and coaching instructor around the world

John DeBenedictis has been coaching for over 35 years and has coached at many levels. Most of his coaching has been at the youth level from the youngest of children right up to U21 league select teams playing in international competitions. He has been published in the NSCAA's Soccer Journal. He ran his own soccer camps with Tony Waiters, former English International goalkeeper and Canadian National Team coach. He played goalkeeper for York University helping them win the National Title in 1977 and he also played in the National Soccer League (a professional league based in southern Ontario, Upper New York State, Quebec, and Michigan), with Toronto Ukrania. He also runs his Secrets to Goal Scoring course as part of his Golden Goal Scoring Academy.DeBenedictis has been a guest speaker on his topic at various National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) coaching conferences. He spoke in Charlotte, N.C., in Baltimore, and most recently at the Jan 2013 Convention in Indianapolis to a standing-room only crowd. DeBenedictis has an Honors Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physical and Health Education as well as earning an advanced certificate of coaching from York University. He also holds a senior coaching license. As part of his research into goal scoring for his course and this book, he interviewed and studied the careers of some of the world's best goal scorers. The last nine seconds.

John DeBenedictis books are distributed by Cardinal Publishers Group. 9780986839900

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Weight 2.7 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 in





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