Coaching Women's Soccer

Coaching Women's Soccer

A Revolutionary Approach to Putting the Play Back Into Practice

Book - 2002
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The author presents the notion that women's soccer coaches spend too much time practicing drills rather than just playing the game, a philosophy carried over from long-established sports in the U.S, where drills consume most practice time. But soccer is a much different game. The coach does not call in plays from the sideline - the team must lead themselves as a cohesive group and play spontaneously on a very large field. The author contends too much drilling restricts on-the-field decision-making and results in play that is less spontaneous and all too predictable. In the first half of the book, coaches will learn the theory behind a freegame coaching philosophy, in which the game is the teacher and players learn from other players, not the coach. They gain insight into why the freegame is an important part of practice - it allows players to display their fundamentals in an unrestricted, fluid environment where all the elements of a real game come into play - pressure, vision, and decision-making. The author contends his approach is more in tune with the women's game because in his view, women embrace the spirit of teamwork more so than their male counterparts. The second half o
Publisher: Chicago : Contemporary Books, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780071382090
Branch Call Number: 796.33407 St671C 2002
Characteristics: x, 182 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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