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                            Cover
About the Author
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Title Page
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Table of Contents
	Chapter I: Technique pg 7
		Principles of Teaching Techniques pg 8
		Dribbling: A Crucial Component pg 10
		Fast Footwork pg 16
		Shielding pg 18
		Tackling pg 22
		Receiving pg 27
			to Make Quick Decisions pg 34
		First Touch - Fine Tuning Technique pg 37
		Heading pg 39
		Elevating Passing Skill pg 41
		Finishing: Technique and Repetition pg 46
		Goalkeeper Training Part I pg 49
		Goalkeeper Training Part II: Advanced Catching and Diving pg 54
		Extending the Keeper's Range pg 57
		Training to Save the Breakaway pg 59
		Dealing with Crosses pg 61
		Integrating the Goalkeeper in a Training Session pg 64
	Chapter II: Tactics pg 67
		The Evolution of Systems pg 68
		4-4-2: A Balanced Attack pg 78
		4-4-2: The Defensive Strategy pg 82
		4-4-2: The Attacking Strategy pg 86
		4-3-3: A System that Works pg 90
		Examining the 3-5-2 System pg 94
		Three in the Back pg 103
		The Four Main Moments of Soccer pg 108
		Possession and Penetration pg 110
		Defending Not Hard but Smart pg 114
		Zonal Defending: Making it Work pg 116
	Chapter III: The Mental pg 119
		Weighing the Confidence Factor pg 120
		Developing Consistency pg 125
		It's a Mental Game pg 131
		Relaxing Under Pressure pg 135
		Youth Soccer Coach Wanted pg
139
		The Perils of Criticism pg 144
		Winners are Different pg 148
		Women: It's OK to Compete pg 151
		Mental Toughness: Developing Self-Awareness pg 154
		The Right Ways to Motivate pg 157
		Building Morale: Egos Must Go! pg 161
		Where Are We Going and How Do We Get There? pg 165
	Chapter IV: Fitness and Nutrition pg 169
		Get Serious About Warm-Ups pg 170
		Warm-Up - When, Why and How? pg 173
		Fitness Training: How Much and How Hard? pg 176
		Strategies to Get Your Team Soccer Fit pg 178
		Soccer Circuit Training pg 180
		Designing Strength Training to Be Soccer Fit pg 183
		Strength and Conditioning for Youth Soccer Players pg 186
		Improving Speed for Training pg 190
		Off-Season Conditioning in Soccer pg 193
		The Problem of Over-Competition pg 196
		ACL Injury Prevention pg 198
		Proper Feeding pg 202
		Here's Proof Sports Drinks Work pg 207
		The Road to Recovery pg 210
	Chapter V: Coaching and Team Management pg 213
		The Craft of Coaching pg 214
		Defining the Word "Coaching" pg 219
		Fitting Practices to Ages pg 222
		From Looking Good to Winning pg 224
		Teaching the Game pg 228
		Good Coach or Good Leader? pg 232
		Soccer's Building Blocks pg 236
		Realistic Practices Pay off pg 244
		Making Training Game-Like pg 248
		Keep Them Short and Sharp pg 251
		Curing Common Coaching Problems pg 256
		Training Session for U-6 Players pg 262
		Athletes First, Winning Second pg 265
                        
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Page 1

Jay
M

artin
(Ed

.)

the Authors

Anson Dorrance UNC Women’s Coach

Bob Bradley US Men’s National Team Coach

Tony DiCicco Women’s National Team and Boston Breakers

Dr. Donald Kirkendall FIFA Physicians Committee

Shellas Hyndman FC Dallas Head Coach

Mike Noonan Head Coach Clemson University

Andy Roxburgh UEFA Coach

John Bluem Head Coach Ohio State University

Jeff Tipping Former Director of Coaching NSCAA

Jim Lennox Hartwick College; former DoC NSCAA

George Perry Monmouth College; DoC NSCAA

Bill Beswick Leading Sport Psychologist

Jeremy Boone Athletes by Design

Nancy Feldman Head Women’s Coach Boston University

Vern Gambetta Soccer Fitness Expert

Jeff Vennell NSCAA Academy Staff

Jack Detchon English FA

Doug Williamson NSCAA National Staff

About the Book

This book offers some of the best articles from the NSCAA's Soccer Journal from
the last twenty years. Soccer Journal is the official publication of the National
Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The book offers articles that cover the Four Pillars of soccer. Those pillars are:
Technique, Tactics, the Mental and the Physical. The fifth section describes to the
reader how to coach.

In the chapter on technique nationally known coaches describe soccer-specific
techniques and how to present them to the team. The topics include: Principles of
Teaching Technique, Dribbling, Shielding, Tackling, Receiving and Passing as basic
techniques for the player. In addition to these skills, section one deals with
goalkeeper technique.

Chapter two details the evolution of tactics in the game of soccer going back to the
late 1800s and finishing with a discussion of the latest in tactics at the international
level. In addition the most poplar systems of play from the soccer world are
described in detail. Both attacking and defending in each system is examined.

Chapter three deals with the mental side of playing soccer. This is the last frontier
for our players and teams. It is an important aspect of coaching and mental
training is a responsibility of coaches today. The articles examine mental
preparation for both men and women soccer players and teams.

Chapter four deals with fitness and nutrition. The articles discuss everything from
warm-ups to post game nutrition. There are articles for youth soccer players as
well as college and professional soccer players.

Once the reader examines the Four Pillars of
Soccer, chapter five deals with how to coach
and manage a team. Coaching is examined
at all levels from U6 to professional. This
chapter offers answers to many questions
that coaches will have every season.

This book is the first in a new series of books
from the NSCAA. Future editions will examine
each of the pillars again in more detail.

About the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America

Based in Kansas City, Kan., 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. In addition to a national rankings program for
colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition

program that presents nearly 10,000
individual awards every year.

It fulfills its mission of coaching education
through a nationwide program of clinics and
week-long courses, teaching more than
6,000 soccer coaches each year.

About the editor

Jay Martin, professor at the Ohio Wesleyan
University, is the most successful college
men's soccer coach in the USA.

Since 2003 Martin is the editor of the
NSCAA's Soccer Journal.

www.m-m-sports.com
$ 18.95 US/£ 14.95

ISBN 978-1-84126-329-8

THE
BEST

OF
SOCCER

JOURNAL

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Page 2

Jay
M

artin
(Ed

.)

the Authors

Anson Dorrance UNC Women’s Coach

Bob Bradley US Men’s National Team Coach

Tony DiCicco Women’s National Team and Boston Breakers

Dr. Donald Kirkendall FIFA Physicians Committee

Shellas Hyndman FC Dallas Head Coach

Mike Noonan Head Coach Clemson University

Andy Roxburgh UEFA Coach

John Bluem Head Coach Ohio State University

Jeff Tipping Former Director of Coaching NSCAA

Jim Lennox Hartwick College; former DoC NSCAA

George Perry Monmouth College; DoC NSCAA

Bill Beswick Leading Sport Psychologist

Jeremy Boone Athletes by Design

Nancy Feldman Head Women’s Coach Boston University

Vern Gambetta Soccer Fitness Expert

Jeff Vennell NSCAA Academy Staff

Jack Detchon English FA

Doug Williamson NSCAA National Staff

About the Book

This book offers some of the best articles from the NSCAA's Soccer Journal from
the last twenty years. Soccer Journal is the official publication of the National
Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The book offers articles that cover the Four Pillars of soccer. Those pillars are:
Technique, Tactics, the Mental and the Physical. The fifth section describes to the
reader how to coach.

In the chapter on technique nationally known coaches describe soccer-specific
techniques and how to present them to the team. The topics include: Principles of
Teaching Technique, Dribbling, Shielding, Tackling, Receiving and Passing as basic
techniques for the player. In addition to these skills, section one deals with
goalkeeper technique.

Chapter two details the evolution of tactics in the game of soccer going back to the
late 1800s and finishing with a discussion of the latest in tactics at the international
level. In addition the most poplar systems of play from the soccer world are
described in detail. Both attacking and defending in each system is examined.

Chapter three deals with the mental side of playing soccer. This is the last frontier
for our players and teams. It is an important aspect of coaching and mental
training is a responsibility of coaches today. The articles examine mental
preparation for both men and women soccer players and teams.

Chapter four deals with fitness and nutrition. The articles discuss everything from
warm-ups to post game nutrition. There are articles for youth soccer players as
well as college and professional soccer players.

Once the reader examines the Four Pillars of
Soccer, chapter five deals with how to coach
and manage a team. Coaching is examined
at all levels from U6 to professional. This
chapter offers answers to many questions
that coaches will have every season.

This book is the first in a new series of books
from the NSCAA. Future editions will examine
each of the pillars again in more detail.

About the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America

Based in Kansas City, Kan., 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. In addition to a national rankings program for
colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition

program that presents nearly 10,000
individual awards every year.

It fulfills its mission of coaching education
through a nationwide program of clinics and
week-long courses, teaching more than
6,000 soccer coaches each year.

About the editor

Jay Martin, professor at the Ohio Wesleyan
University, is the most successful college
men's soccer coach in the USA.

Since 2003 Martin is the editor of the
NSCAA's Soccer Journal.

www.m-m-sports.com
$ 18.95 US/£ 14.95

ISBN 978-1-84126-329-8

THE
BEST

OF
SOCCER

JOURNAL

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important skills soccer players need to learn
and master. Often a soccer coach will yell to the
players to relax but this is as ineffective as yelling
to the player, “Jump higher.”

Dynamic Relaxation

If the coach has not provided the tools to learn
to jump higher, then comments like these are
useless. If the soccer coach does not teach the
athlete relaxation tools to use under pressure,
then yelling “relax” is useless as well. In fact it
may create more performance anxiety because
the athlete does not know how to interpret the
coach’s statement.

Performance hypnosis is one of the most effective
ways of teaching soccer players how to relax
under pressure. Hypnosis is often defined as an
altered state of consciousness, a trance. In a
trance state a person is focused and is able to
block out distractions and stay relaxed. Most often
hypnosis takes place in a clinician’s office where
the goal is to provide relaxation as a counter skill to
debilitating anxiety. Medically, hypnosis can help a

person become absorbed (focused); it can also help
to dissociate away from pain. This is very helpful in
dealing with the pain of a chronic illness such as
cancer or even the intense pain of childbirth.

Usually hypnosis is learned in a clinical setting.
The typical scenario is that of a patient lying on
a couch with the lights dimmed, learning to block
out distractions. This form of clinical hypnosis
is difficult to transfer to something as active as
sport performance. One can’t take the couch and
light dimmer switch out to the soccer pitch.

To denote a more active style of hypnosis,
this author has coined the phrase performance
hypnosis. Performance hypnosis uses the
category of hypnosis known as alert trance.
Performance hypnosis utilizes the properties of
clinical hypnosis but makes the power of focus
available while one is in an active state. Learning
performance hypnosis can help provide one
of the keys to entering the zone of optimal
performance. Performance hypnosis can help the
soccer player maintain dynamic relaxation during
an entire soccer match.

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In order to create the power of performance
hypnosis, the soccer player must first learn how
to obtain the state of dynamic relaxation. This
is best done in the traditional way of learning to
use and reinforce the following steps:

1. Using relaxation induction.
2. Using fractionation as a deepening procedure.
3. Moving down the path to the performance

relaxation zone.
4. Using visualization to experience a place of

total relaxation (beaches or mountain scenes
are the most popular).

5. Using autogenics to build belief that one
can change how the body feels (creating the
feeling of heaviness and lightness).

6. Using post hypnotic suggestion to teach
rapid induction procedures so one can return
to the performance relaxation zone (eye roll
and rhythmic breathing).

This procedure is first taught in an office or
classroom setting so the athlete can develop
confidence in the establishment of the state of
dynamic relaxation. It can be taught to individuals
or as a team exercise. The procedure is put on
audiotape so the athlete can practice it during the
week to continue to build confidence in her ability
to reach the state of dynamic relaxation.

Distractions Minimized

When one uses performance hypnosis to
enhance the possibility of entering the zone of
optimal performance, mental distractions can be
minimized. The athlete is able to do a quick
hypnotic induction and return to a higher level of
focus. Two important principles of performance
hypnosis are useful in this instance.

First, the performance hypnosis intervention must
be something that is quick and powerful to
refocus the athlete. For the soccer player who
is selected to take a PK either in the flow
of the game or in a shootout, performance

hypnosis can help the player be prepared to be
relaxed and ready to take a confident penalty
kick. She can do a quick “eye roll induction,” a
technique for entering into a hypnotic state and
take herself into the Performance Relaxation
Zone. She can spend 15-30 seconds there and
experience herself returning to the state of
dynamic relaxation. When she is ready to take the
PK she can physically feel the difference in her
body. It is relaxed and the mind is sharp and she
is ready to perform at the level she has practiced
for this important PK.

This technique can be used throughout the game
during the natural stoppages of the game. The
more players work at staying focused and playing
at optimal intensity level, the less likely they are
to be negatively affected by distractions of the
game. These could be external distractions like
trash talking of players, parents’ comments or
a questionable call by the referee. The ongoing
refocusing will also help the player not to get
distracted internally where she may be thinking
too hard about the play ahead.

Performance hypnosis works on the field in
a quick way to contain internal and external
distractions because the player has established
a foundation of dynamic relaxation by her
practice and mastery of the skill off the field.
Performance hypnosis is first learned in the office
or classroom and then practiced with an audio
tape every day to become very comfortable in
the performance relaxation zone.

Second, the player works on several quick
inductions so that they are natural tools to
select from when the situation calls for mental
refocusing. The soccer player is confident she
can use a quick induction to get to a relaxed
state because she has done it thousands of
times and knows it works. She has built a
powerful belief that he can relax under intense
pressure. She has been able to feel the physical
difference of being in the state of dynamic
relaxation thousands of times in practice and

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Jay
M

artin
(Ed

.)

the Authors

Anson Dorrance UNC Women’s Coach

Bob Bradley US Men’s National Team Coach

Tony DiCicco Women’s National Team and Boston Breakers

Dr. Donald Kirkendall FIFA Physicians Committee

Shellas Hyndman FC Dallas Head Coach

Mike Noonan Head Coach Clemson University

Andy Roxburgh UEFA Coach

John Bluem Head Coach Ohio State University

Jeff Tipping Former Director of Coaching NSCAA

Jim Lennox Hartwick College; former DoC NSCAA

George Perry Monmouth College; DoC NSCAA

Bill Beswick Leading Sport Psychologist

Jeremy Boone Athletes by Design

Nancy Feldman Head Women’s Coach Boston University

Vern Gambetta Soccer Fitness Expert

Jeff Vennell NSCAA Academy Staff

Jack Detchon English FA

Doug Williamson NSCAA National Staff

About the Book

This book offers some of the best articles from the NSCAA's Soccer Journal from
the last twenty years. Soccer Journal is the official publication of the National
Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The book offers articles that cover the Four Pillars of soccer. Those pillars are:
Technique, Tactics, the Mental and the Physical. The fifth section describes to the
reader how to coach.

In the chapter on technique nationally known coaches describe soccer-specific
techniques and how to present them to the team. The topics include: Principles of
Teaching Technique, Dribbling, Shielding, Tackling, Receiving and Passing as basic
techniques for the player. In addition to these skills, section one deals with
goalkeeper technique.

Chapter two details the evolution of tactics in the game of soccer going back to the
late 1800s and finishing with a discussion of the latest in tactics at the international
level. In addition the most poplar systems of play from the soccer world are
described in detail. Both attacking and defending in each system is examined.

Chapter three deals with the mental side of playing soccer. This is the last frontier
for our players and teams. It is an important aspect of coaching and mental
training is a responsibility of coaches today. The articles examine mental
preparation for both men and women soccer players and teams.

Chapter four deals with fitness and nutrition. The articles discuss everything from
warm-ups to post game nutrition. There are articles for youth soccer players as
well as college and professional soccer players.

Once the reader examines the Four Pillars of
Soccer, chapter five deals with how to coach
and manage a team. Coaching is examined
at all levels from U6 to professional. This
chapter offers answers to many questions
that coaches will have every season.

This book is the first in a new series of books
from the NSCAA. Future editions will examine
each of the pillars again in more detail.

About the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America

Based in Kansas City, Kan., 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. In addition to a national rankings program for
colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition

program that presents nearly 10,000
individual awards every year.

It fulfills its mission of coaching education
through a nationwide program of clinics and
week-long courses, teaching more than
6,000 soccer coaches each year.

About the editor

Jay Martin, professor at the Ohio Wesleyan
University, is the most successful college
men's soccer coach in the USA.

Since 2003 Martin is the editor of the
NSCAA's Soccer Journal.

www.m-m-sports.com
$ 18.95 US/£ 14.95

ISBN 978-1-84126-329-8

THE
BEST

OF
SOCCER

JOURNAL

UmschSoccerJournal 27.09.2011 13:40 Uhr Seite 1

Page 276

Jay
M

artin
(Ed

.)

the Authors

Anson Dorrance UNC Women’s Coach

Bob Bradley US Men’s National Team Coach

Tony DiCicco Women’s National Team and Boston Breakers

Dr. Donald Kirkendall FIFA Physicians Committee

Shellas Hyndman FC Dallas Head Coach

Mike Noonan Head Coach Clemson University

Andy Roxburgh UEFA Coach

John Bluem Head Coach Ohio State University

Jeff Tipping Former Director of Coaching NSCAA

Jim Lennox Hartwick College; former DoC NSCAA

George Perry Monmouth College; DoC NSCAA

Bill Beswick Leading Sport Psychologist

Jeremy Boone Athletes by Design

Nancy Feldman Head Women’s Coach Boston University

Vern Gambetta Soccer Fitness Expert

Jeff Vennell NSCAA Academy Staff

Jack Detchon English FA

Doug Williamson NSCAA National Staff

About the Book

This book offers some of the best articles from the NSCAA's Soccer Journal from
the last twenty years. Soccer Journal is the official publication of the National
Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The book offers articles that cover the Four Pillars of soccer. Those pillars are:
Technique, Tactics, the Mental and the Physical. The fifth section describes to the
reader how to coach.

In the chapter on technique nationally known coaches describe soccer-specific
techniques and how to present them to the team. The topics include: Principles of
Teaching Technique, Dribbling, Shielding, Tackling, Receiving and Passing as basic
techniques for the player. In addition to these skills, section one deals with
goalkeeper technique.

Chapter two details the evolution of tactics in the game of soccer going back to the
late 1800s and finishing with a discussion of the latest in tactics at the international
level. In addition the most poplar systems of play from the soccer world are
described in detail. Both attacking and defending in each system is examined.

Chapter three deals with the mental side of playing soccer. This is the last frontier
for our players and teams. It is an important aspect of coaching and mental
training is a responsibility of coaches today. The articles examine mental
preparation for both men and women soccer players and teams.

Chapter four deals with fitness and nutrition. The articles discuss everything from
warm-ups to post game nutrition. There are articles for youth soccer players as
well as college and professional soccer players.

Once the reader examines the Four Pillars of
Soccer, chapter five deals with how to coach
and manage a team. Coaching is examined
at all levels from U6 to professional. This
chapter offers answers to many questions
that coaches will have every season.

This book is the first in a new series of books
from the NSCAA. Future editions will examine
each of the pillars again in more detail.

About the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America

Based in Kansas City, Kan., 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. In addition to a national rankings program for
colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition

program that presents nearly 10,000
individual awards every year.

It fulfills its mission of coaching education
through a nationwide program of clinics and
week-long courses, teaching more than
6,000 soccer coaches each year.

About the editor

Jay Martin, professor at the Ohio Wesleyan
University, is the most successful college
men's soccer coach in the USA.

Since 2003 Martin is the editor of the
NSCAA's Soccer Journal.

www.m-m-sports.com
$ 18.95 US/£ 14.95

ISBN 978-1-84126-329-8

THE
BEST

OF
SOCCER

JOURNAL
UmschSoccerJournal 27.09.2011 13:40 Uhr Seite 1

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