This is a guide for smart players
and smart coaches – not dummies or idiots. It is written for players who
already love soccer and want to get better.
Unlike school, soccer is all taught
on the field. So, no classroom – that’s great (three cheers for no
classroom). But also, no text, no reference to look stuff up. Not so good.
That’s what the Guide is: a written record of your soccer education. It’s a
tool for you to use throughout the season, as you need it.
It has tons of detailed technical information. It
explains how to head the ball well, what the 3rd defender is
supposed to do, how full backs can attack, and much much more. It covers a
lot on teamwork too – how a defense must work together, for example.
It also has sections where you can
track what you are doing, set up your personal goals, learn to prepare
effectively for games and practices, and stay organized. There are many
pages that you may want to Xerox – for example, on page 18 there is a
pre-game packing list for all the things you need to bring to games and
The online version is a work in
progress. You can download the entire guide in PDF format, or work with
individual sections. As we build out the site, we plant o add more pix, more
videos, more links, and rating capabilities so you can let us know what
works and what doesn't.
Playing soccer is fun. Better
soccer is better fun! Have a great season!
Robin Gaster, Coach, Takoma Tigers