Soccer For Dummies®

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“Entertaining, very informative, and essential for parents, fans, and players.”
—Tony DiCicco, Head Coach, 1999 Women’s Cup Champions

“Two thumbs up.... This book will broaden your knowledge of the game.”
—Ron Newman, all-time winningest American Soccer Coach

“This book will help people to understand why soccer is the world’s sport and why we love it so much.”
—Tiffeny Milbrett, Forward, U.S. Women’s National Team

“Fans will love it, and those who want to become fans will devour it.”
—Bob Ley, ESPN/ABC Broadcaster

Simplicity alone doesn’t explain soccer’s enormous popularity worldwide. Soccer is a game that can be as frustrating as golf, as physical as football and hockey, as sporadic as baseball, and as graceful as basketball. It can also be addictive. Whether you are a youth league player, a soccer parent, or a World Cup fan, here, at last, is the book you’ve been waiting for. Written by New York Daily News soccer columnist Michael Lewis with the full support and participation of the United States Soccer Federation, Soccer For Dummies shows you how to:

  • Get a handle on soccer rules and regulations
  • Learn the basic moves and plays
  • Improve dribbling, passing, and other basic skills
  • Find a league to play in
  • Coach kids effectively
  • Get more out of the game as a spectator

Featuring expert tips from U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Team stars and packed with hundreds of action photos and illustrations, Soccer For Dummies is the ultimate beginner’s guide to the sport. You’ll discover:

  • The where and wear of soccer
  • Laws of the game
  • Footwork, passing, shooting, receiving, goal tending, and other game fundamentals
  • Staying in soccer shape
  • Teamwork and strategy
  • Coaching youth soccer
  • Everything the informed spectator should know
  • The current state of soccer at all levels from youth leagues to geriatric leagues

Get Soccer For Dummies and get the lowdown on the world’s most popular sport from some of its most celebrated players.


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The Bare Minimum You Need to Know about Soccer
The Wear of Soccer
The Where of Soccer
Laws of the Game
The Field
The Ball
The Finer Points of Passing Shooting and Receiving
The Three Basic Passes
Making Forward Passes and Taking Shots
When You Have to Use Your Head
Heading and Head Injuries
Perfect Plays and Strategies
Calling All Soccer Moms and Dads
Staying in Soccer Shape Conditioning Practice and Diet

Player Equipment
The Referee
Assistant Referees
Duration of the Match
The Start and Restart of Play Law 9 The Ball in and out of Play Law 10 Method of Scoring
Fouls andMisconduct
FreeKicks Law 14Penalty Kicks
Goal Kicks
Corner Kicks Law 18 Common Sense
Fundamentals of the Game
Some Amazing Feats with Your Feet Discovering the Lost ArtofDribbling
Jazzing Up Your Dribbling
Playing ItSafe
The Mental Game Teamwork and Winning
A Spectators Guide
Soccer from TV to Online
Soccer or Futbol a Worldwide Phenomenon
From Saturday Soccer to the World Stage
Amateur Soccer They Dont All Play for
Pro Soccer in the United States
U S in International Soccer and the World
Whos the Boss? Soccers Governing Organizations
The Cups Runneth Over
The Part of Tens
Ten American Players Who Made a Unique Impact

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About the author (2011)

United States Soccer Federation, Inc., is the national governing body for soccer in the U.S. Michael Lewis is an award-winning journalist who has covered soccer for more than 20 years.

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