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Teaching Soccer Fundamentals

Teaching Soccer Fundamentals



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    As a soccer coach, you need to know how to teach basic skills and run solid practices. Teaching Soccer Fundamentals explains how to maximize young athletes` learning of essential techniques and tactics through fun and efficient practice sessions.

    Including helpful photographs and illustrations as well as instructions that are easy to understand and apply, this book shares more than 30 years of soccer coaching experience. Author Nelson McAvoy offers tips for maintaining kids` short attention span and methods for boosting participation, including short-sided games.

    Teaching Soccer Fundamentals will make next season a more rewarding experience for you and your players.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Learning Concepts
    Chapter 2: Lesson Plans
    Chapter 3: Kicking
    Chapter 4: Receiving
    Chapter 5: Dribbling
    Chapter 6: Heading
    Chapter 7: Goalkeeping
    Chapter 8: Tactics
    Chapter 9: Sportsmanship and Laws of the Game

    About the Author

    Nelson McAvoy retired as a head scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and is now involved in what truly brings him joy-helping kids enjoy the game of soccer.

    The director of the Potomac Highlands Soccer Club, McAvoy has coached youth soccer in widely different locations, including Eastern Europe, Puerto Rico, and in Washington D.C. He is certified as an AYSO coaching instructor and a Scottish Football Association youth and club coach. He has also held a USSF B license for 25 years and holds an advanced national diploma from the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America.

    McAvoy lives in Keyser, West Virginia. When not coaching soccer or administering soccer events, he enjoys equestrian jumping and driving sports cars.


    This book will help coaches develop a good foundation and basic coaching methodology. I recommend it for coaches of adolescent players.
    Jeff Tipping
    Director of Coaching
    National Soccer Coaches' Association of America

    McAvoy expresses ideas which are of value to both the novice coach and experienced coach at the highest level.
    Richard Broad
    President, American Soccer Program
    Director, Middle States Soccer Camps
    Head Soccer Coach, Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA