Soccer For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 8, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 408 pages
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Learn to:

  • Get a handle on soccer rules and regulations
  • Grasp the basic moves and plays
  • Improve dribbling, passing, and other skills
  • Appreciate this popular pastime

Learn the basics, improve your game knowledge, and reach your soccer playing goals

Do you get a kick out of soccer? Whether you're a youth league player, a soccer parent, or a World Cup fan, here at last is the book you've been waiting for. Now updated with the latest history, stats, and rules of this popular sport, Soccer For Dummies is the ultimate guide to the greatest and most popular sport on the planet.

  • Kick off — get a beginner's history of soccer, from its early days in China to the modern game that's showcased in stadiums and played on soccer fields all across the globe
  • Get to the nitty-gritty — discover the rules of the game, what each player on the field is expected to do, the tactics they employ, and the skills they need to play
  • The biggest sport in the world — explore everything about the professional game of soccer, from the biggest show on earth — the FIFA World Cup — to other international tournaments such as the European Championships, Copa America, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • For fans — find out what you can expect at a professional soccer game, as well as the lowdown on where you can find soccer on television, online, in newspapers, magazines, books, movies, and on DVDs

Open the book and find:

  • How soccer is played (and scored)
  • Tips on coaching, how to keep fit, and how to play "the beautiful game"
  • An in-depth look at women's soccer
  • How club soccer is organized across the world
  • Important international and club teams
  • Fun soccer facts and interesting tidbits
  • A look at the game's most fascinating players

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Kicking Off 7
Kicking Off 7
Getting the Ball Rolling A Brief History of Soccer
Getting the Ball Rolling A Brief History of Soccer 19 Chapter 3 Getting Your Game On The Gear You Need
Playing the Game
Playing the Game
Laying Down the Laws 49 Chapter 5 Players Positions and Tactics
Focusing on Famous Clubs
Surveying the International Scene 175 Chapter 12 Playing Together Clubs and Leagues Around The World 193 Chapter 13 Focusing on Famous Clu...
The Fans Enclosure Following the Game
Compelling Viewing Soccer on Screen
Reading All About It
Compelling Viewing Soccer on Screen 269 Chapter 17 Reading All About It 281 Chapter 18 Finding Other SoccerBased Pastimes
The Part of Tens
The Ten Greatest Teams of All Time

Honing Your Skills
Keeping in Shape for Soccer
Coaching For Success
Keeping in Shape for Soccer 119 Chapter 8 Coaching For Success 133 Chapter 9 Getting the Game On
Exploring the World of Soccer
Playing Together Clubs
Ten Great Games
The Ten Greatest Teams of All Time 319 Chapter 21 Ten Great Games 329 Appendix A Roll of Honor

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About the author (2013)

Tom Dunmore is the author of Historical Dictionary of Soccer, and the editor of several soccer websites and blogs including XI Quarterly. He is an avid Chicago Fire fan. Scott Murray is a soccer writer for The Guardian and FourFourTwo.

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