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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.
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
Part II: Developing Technical and Tactical Speed
Chapter 5 Passing
Chapter 6 Receiving
Chapter 7 Dribbling
Chapter 8 Goal Scoring
Chapter 9 Counterattacking
Chapter 10 Defending
Chapter 11 Strategy and Tactics
Chapter 12 Developing Soccer Intelligence
“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