The Complete Idiot's Guide to Soccer

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Alpha Books, 1999 - Sports & Recreation - 328 pages
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The "Soccer Mom" phenomenon has swept America: There are over 18 million boys and girls currently playing soccer in America today, of which 2.7 million are currently registered with the American Youth Soccer Association. Soccer, now acknowledged as the fourth largest youth team sport in America, requires a physical, mental, and emotional attitude distinct from baseball, basketball, and football; athletes don't need to be immensely tall or packed with muscles, but do need to develop speed, agility, endurance, and coordination to be competitive. This action-packed Idiot's Guide teaches how to gear up for the game in simple, easy to follow terms, with step-by-step instructions on: buying gear (sneakers); the rules; the positions; getting in shape and training; stretching and limbering up; the basics of receiving, passing, shooting, heading, goalkeeping, and defense; the art of corner kicks, penalties, and throw-ins; and techniques for building an aggressive and winning team. Includes ample photos and diagrams.

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Crisfield is a former collegiate soccer player and is currently a soccer coach and a soccer mom.

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