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The soccer goalkeeper
Luxbacher, Joe.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [2002]

Physical Description:
xii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Equipping the body for action -- Developing mental skills -- Receiving low and medium height balls -- Controlling high balls and crosses -- Diving to save -- Saving the breakaway -- Distributing the ball -- Maximizing footwork and range -- Positioning for maximum coverage -- Defending restart situations -- Initiating team attack -- Organizing the defense.
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GV943.9.G62 L88 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Stop every shot with better technique, tactics, and training! The Soccer Goalkeeper is the single most comprehensive guide to the most important and demanding position in soccer. From drills and tactics to equipment and fitness, expert coaches Joe Luxbacher and Gene Klein detail all of the unique mental and physical skills to maximize performance on the field.

This greatly revised and expanded edition adds many new and improved drills and a bounty of tactical information on restarts, organization of the defense, optimal positioning, and more. Also new to the book are training tips and examples from top goalies in the game to give special insight to both players and coaches.

You'll learn
· how to train as the top goalkeepers in the world do;
· footwork and positioning suggestions to improve your coverage of the goal;
· drills to improve your technique; and
· tactics to give you the edge in every situation, including restarts.

The 80 illustrations and photos will show you exactly what to do. You'll also find information on choosing the right equipment, using the proper mental approaches, and maintaining your conditioning year-round. With The Soccer Goalkeeper , you'll have everything you need to shut out the opposition.

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

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Key to Diagramsp. xii
1 Equipping the Body for Actionp. 1
2 Developing Mental Skillsp. 11
3 Receiving Low and Medium-Height Ballsp. 19
4 Controlling High Balls and Crossesp. 41
5 Diving to Savep. 73
6 Saving the Breakawayp. 93
7 Distributing the Ballp. 107
8 Maximizing Footwork and Rangep. 129
9 Positioning for Maximum Coveragep. 153
10 Defending Restart Situationsp. 175
11 Initiating Team Attackp. 187
12 Organizing the Defensep. 201
Indexp. 217
About the Authorsp. 220