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Go for the goal : a champion's guide to winning in soccer and life
Hamm, Mia, 1972-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [1999]

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xiv, 222 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
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GV943.9.T7 H35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"When I was playing, they said soccer was a man's world and that women should remain on the sidelines. All I can say is I'm glad I never had to go up against Mia Hamm."

-- Pel#65533;

For the more than seven million girls--from knobby-kneed tykes to high school and college stars--who are tearing across the country chasing a soccer ball and dreams of glory, there is one name that eclipses all others, male or female: Mia Hamm. With her cheetah-like acceleration and lightning bolt shot, Hamm has broken nearly every record in her sport, while galvanizing a whole new generation of fans and players.

Go for the Goal is not only the inspiring story of how a tiny suburban sprite became a global terror with a ball (and the world) at her feet--it's also a step-by-step or dribble-by-dribble guide for any kid with the all-American dream of making the team and becoming a champion.

Filled with personal anecdotes and fully illustrated with both action and instructional photos, Go for the Goal shows readers exactly how to master the silky skills and techniques that have made Hamm and her teammates the finest women's soccer team in the world.

Author Notes

Mia Hamm has been honored as U.S. Soccer's Female Player of the Year an unprecedented five consecutive times. She is married to Marine Corps pilot Christiaan Corey and serves as a volunteer assistant coach of the University of North Carolina women's soccer team.
Aaron Heifetz is the press officer for the U.S. Women's National Team and the director of communications for the 1999 Women's World Cup. His articles on women's soccer have appeared in Soccer America magazine and USA Today. He resides in West Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Part 1 The Game Within the Game
1 No "Me" in Miap. 3
2 Love the Gamep. 15
3 Love the Ballp. 25
4 The Mental Gamep. 31
5 The Physical Gamep. 47
Part 2 On the Field
6 Trapping: The Ball Is Your Servantp. 61
7 Passing: Making Your Teammates Look Goodp. 81
8 Dribbling: Take on Your Opponentp. 107
9 Shooting: Be a Finisherp. 136
10 Heading: Soccer's Own Skillp. 160
11 Goalkeeping: The Last Line of Defensep. 178
Part 3 The Complete Player
12 Consistencyp. 189
13 Being a Winnerp. 195
14 Champion of the Worldp. 202
Talk the Talk: A Soccer Glossaryp. 213