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  • By Mark Verna
    Jan 6, 2013
    As a player in the US since the 80s and as a coach of the game for more than 20 years ranging from the youngest youth players to small college I can tell you that this work delivers valuable, new material to our current US Soccer planning and coaching directions. The format is less a narrative than a primary source collection of crucial tools, new ways of viewing the core of teaching and growing the game and most importantly a very strong call to US coaches to sincerely pursue the path of developing their players rather than constantly chase the silverware of the current season. This is a strong appeal for long term planning and a pursuit of quality from a coach that has the combination of experience, philosophy and passion to sell the big idea. The fantastic value in the book though is that all of this is accomplished with chapters and sections that are practical and useful to the task at hand. When a chapter discusses the need for attending to "possession" or "warming... More > up the spirit" there is supporting material to make those concepts happen on the soccer field. I have been talking with my young players for years about La Masia, FC Barcelona, the Brasilians, the Dutch Academy and the pursuit of the beautiful game. Now I have actual sessions, games and core concepts from these important centers of the world game to enhance my work with these players. Stan has brought together an amazing array of resources and views from around the world that coaches and players can use every day. He has also demonstrated quite convincingly that the game in its higher form, a level that we all agree would be desirable for US Soccer, is only reachable through changing our modes of thought and belief. We need to let go a little, believe that the game in an unstructured, unscheduled climate can actually teach our players something valuable. This book shows us so many soccer cultures that thrive because of that belief and sometimes we just need a respected example to follow. The USA is a place that all of the peoples of the world come to visit and often call home. We have soccer cultures from around the globe right here, going to practice and games every week. We have such a wealth of players to bring to the game. We have only to figure out how to get them there, how to keep them there and how to let them create without forcing too much of an outdated view of US Soccer upon them when they might very well pleasantly surprise us with their own new ideas and artistry.< Less
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First Edition
September 13, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.39 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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