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Attacking soccer
Luxbacher, Joe.
Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1999]

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ix, 197 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Put your opponents on their heels and the ball in goal! Use the strategies, plays, skills, and drills of Attacking Soccer to develop a high-powered offensive team that will take your club, high school, or college league by storm. The expert contributing coaches cover the following:

- Playing out of the thirds
- Possession soccer
- Changing points of attack
- Quick counterattacks and transitions
- Flank attacks
- Offensive patterns of play
- Restart plays
- Individual skill development

Editor Joe Luxbacher, head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, has assembled many of the game's top offensive-minded coaches including Dave Sarachan of D.C. United, Jay Hoffman of the U.S. Women's National Team, former Tampa Bay Mutiny coach John Kowalski, and college coaches Dean Foti of Syracuse, Sam Koch of Massachusetts, and Dave Masur of St. John's. Each coach explains and illustrates a specific aspect of developing an attacking offense, helping you develop and implement the tactics, skills, and drills that are needed to maximize scoring opportunities.

Author Notes

Joe Luxbacher, PhD, has more than 30 years of experience playing and coaching soccer at all levels. A former professional soccer player for the North American Soccer League, American Soccer League, and Major Indoor Soccer League, he is the head men's soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh, a position he has held since 1984.

Twice selected Big East Conference Soccer Coach of the Year, Luxbacher has authored more than a dozen books and numerous articles on the sport of soccer. His soccer articles have appeared in national publications such as Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director and Soccer Journal .

Coach Luxbacher was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and was designated a "Letterman of Distinction" by the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.

Luxbacher resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Gail and children Eliza and Travis.

Table of Contents

Drill Finderp. V
Key to Diagramsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Part I The Fundamentals of Attacking Soccerp. 1
Chapter 1 Playing Out of the Defending Thirdp. 3
Chapter 2 Playing Through the Middle Thirdp. 8
Chapter 3 Creating Opportunities in the Attacking Thirdp. 21
Part II Attacking Strategies and Tacticsp. 31
Chapter 4 Possession Soccerp. 33
Chapter 5 Changing the Point of Attackp. 49
Chapter 6 Quick Counterattack and Transition Playp. 63
Chapter 7 Attacking on the Flanksp. 77
Chapter 8 Patterns of Playp. 93
Part III Attacking From Restart Playsp. 105
Chapter 9 Corner Kicks and Throw-Insp. 107
Chapter 10 Direct and Indirect Free Kicksp. 124
Part IV Developing Individual Attacking Skillsp. 140
Chapter 11 Passing and Receiving Skillsp. 142
Chapter 12 Dribbling Skillsp. 156
Chapter 13 Heading Skillsp. 170
Chapter 14 Shooting Skillsp. 182
About the Contributorsp. 196