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Teaching soccer fundamentals
McAvoy, Nelson, 1930-
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Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1998]

Physical Description:
vii, 173 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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GV943.8 .M35 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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.

Author Notes

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.

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