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    Joseph A. Luxbacher, PhD


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    Luxbacher, Joe.

    Soccer : steps to success / Joseph A. Luxbacher, PhD. -- Fourth edition.

    pages cm

    1. Soccer. I. Title.

    GV943.L87 2013

    796.334--dc23 2013015442

    ISBN-10: 1-4504-3542-4 (print)

    ISBN-13: 978-1-4504-3542-0 (print)

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    This book is dedicated to two very special people in my lifemy late father, Francis

    Luxbacher, my first and finest coach, and my late mother, Mary Ann Luxbacher.

    My dad introduced me to the game, taught me its subtleties, and instilled in me a

    lifelong respect and passion for the sport. My mom was my strongest supporter in

    everything that I attempted, from playing sports to writing books, and gave me theconfidence to follow my passions. Their presence will forever be with me.

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    Climbing the Steps to Soccer Success vi

    Acknowledgments viii

    The Sport of Soccer ix

    Key to Diagrams xviii

    Step 1 Dribbling, Shielding,and Tackling 1

    Step 2 Passing and ReceivingRolling Balls 33

    Step 3 Passing and ReceivingFlighted Balls 57

    Step 4 Dominating the Air Game 77

    Step 5 Shooting to Finishthe Attack 95

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    Step 6 Goalkeeping 118

    Step 7 Winning One-on-OneMatchups 164

    Step 8 Attacking as a Group 178

    Step 9 Defending as a Group 196

    Step 10 Attacking as a Team 212

    Step 11 Defending as a Team 229

    Step 12 Understanding PlayerFormations, Roles, andResponsibilities 242

    About the Author 253

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    Climbing the Steps

    to Soccer SuccessT

    he fact that you are reading this book suggests that you have a passion for thegame of soccerand you are definitely not alone. Soccer is far and away themost popular pastime on the planet. It is a game that evokes excitement and

    emotion unparalleled within the realm of competitive sport. More than 150 millionregistered athletes, including more than 10 million women, play the sport on an offi-cial basis. Millions more kick the ball around on an unofficial basis, on sandlots,in playgrounds, and on the back streets of small towns and large cities. Legions ofrabid fans follow their favorite teams and players by attending games or viewingthe action on television and through other media. For example, the 2010 FIFA WorldCup, played in South Africa, was televised in every single country and territory onEarth, including Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, generating record-breaking view-ing figures around the world. The in-home television coverage of the competitionreached more than 3.2 billion people around the world, or nearly half of the house-holds on Earth. These numbers reinforce the fact that soccer is deserving of its unof-ficial title of The World Game.

    The immense popularity of soccer does not mean that it is an easy game to playsuccessfully. In reality, soccer poses several physical and mental challenges for par-ticipants. With the exception of the goalkeeper, there are no specialists on the soccer

    fieldand even the keeper must be adept in foot as well as hand skills. As in thesport of hockey, all soccer players must be able to defend as well as attack. Theymust control the ball using a variety of foot skills, and they do so under the pressuresof restricted space, limited time, physical fatigue, and the determined challenge ofopponents. Decision-making abilities are constantly tested as players respond to rap-idly changing situations during play. Players face many challenges. Individual per-formance and ultimately team success depend on each players ability to meet thesechallenges. Such ability does not occur by chanceit must be developed. Soccer: Stepsto Success is written with that goal in mind.

    Whether youre at the purely recreational or highly competitive level, you willimprove your performance and enjoy the game more as you develop greater com-petency in the skills and strategies required for successful play. The fourth edition

    of Soccer: Steps to Success provides a progressive plan for developing soccer skillsand gaining a more thorough understanding of the individual and group strategiesunderlying team play. Here is a sequence you should follow at each step in this book:

    1. Read the explanation of the skill covered in the step, why the step is impor-tant, and how to execute the step.

    2. Study the full-color photos, which show exactly how to position your bodyto execute the skill successfully.

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    Climbing the Steps to Soccer Succ

    3. Read the instructions for each drill. Practice the drill and record your score.

    4. Have a qualified observera teacher, coach, teammate, or trained partnerevaluate your basic skill technique once youve completed each set of drills.The observer can use the success checks with each drill to evaluate yourexecution of the skill.

    5. At the end of the step, review your performance and total your scores fromthe drills. Once youve achieved the indicated level of success with the step,move on to the next step.

    This updated and expanded version is organized into 12 clearly defined stepsthat enable you to advance at your own pace. Each step provides an easy and logi-cal transition to the next step. You cannot leap to the top of the staircase! You get tothe top by climbing one step at a time. The first few steps provide a foundation ofbasic skills and concepts. As you progress through the book, you will learn how touse those skills to execute tactics and work with teammates. Numerous photos andillustrations further clarify the proper execution of soccer skills and tactics, includingthose used by the goalkeeper. Drills are sprinkled throughout each step so that you

    can practice and master fundamental skills and tactical concepts before engaging inmore pressure-packed simulated game situations. At the completion of all 12 steps,you will be a more experienced and accomplished soccer player.

    Please note: 1 yard equals 0.9144 meter. In this book most measurements areapproximate. If I write to place a player 10 yards from the goal, then 10 meters willalso be about right.

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    The writing and publishing of a book truly require a team effort. In that regard, Iam deeply indebted to a number of people for their help and support with thelatest edition of Soccer: Steps to Success. Although it is not possible to mention

    everyone by name, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the staff atHuman Kinetics, particularly Tom Heine and Amy Stahl, for their assistance in thedevelopment and completion of the book; to my coaching colleagues at the Univer-sity of Pittsburgh and Shoot to Score Soccer Academy for their willingness to sharethoughts and ideas; and last, but certainly not least, to my lovely wife, Gail, and chil-dren, Eliza and Travis, for their constant love and support.

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    The Sport of Soccer