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Coaching Youth Soccer, Fourth Edition

September 7, 2006 10:00 PM

by American Sport Education Program with Sam Snow

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As participation in youth soccer continues to grow, so does the need for youth soccer coaches. Whether you're a parent new to coaching or an experienced youth soccer coach, Coaching Youth Soccer is your handbook for a successful season. Through the expertise of coach Sam Snow and US Youth Soccer, you'll gain field-tested tips on how to run your team, communicate with players, provide basic first aid, plan and conduct practices, and keep it all fun.

Now in its fourth edition, Coaching Youth Soccer uses game-like activities to teach offensive and defensive skills, which sets it apart from other soccer coaching books. Ideal for coaches of players ages 14 and under, this book contains 13 new activities and more than 30 age-specific coaching tips that are sure to jump-start your practices.

With Coaching Youth Soccer, you will create an environment that promotes learning, enjoyment, and motivation for players to come out for the team year after year. Read more about this and other great titles by visiting the US Youth Soccer page on the American Sport Education Program website.

American Sport Education Program (ASEP) is the leading provider of youth, high school and elite-level sport education programs in the United States. Through its high-quality and easy-to-use programs, ASEP has education more than one million coaches, officials, sports administrators, parents and athletes. For more than 25 years, local, state and national sport organizations have partnered with ASEP to lead the way in making sport a save, successful and enjoyable experience for all involved.

Table of Contents

  1. Stepping Into Coaching
  2. Communicating as a Coach
  3. Understanding Rules and Equipment
  4. Providing for Players’ Safety
  5. Making Practices Fun and Practical
  6. Teaching and Shaping Skills
  7. Coaching Offense
  8. Coaching Defense
  9. Coaching on Game Day
  10. Developing Season and Practice Plans

Words of Praise
"Coaching Youth Soccer is an excellent contribution to the education bibliography for coaches of young players. This book should be in the library of every coach interested in youth player development."

Jeffrey Tipping
Director of coaching development
National Soccer Coaches Association of America

About the Author
Coaching Youth Soccer was written by the American Sport Education Program in conjunction with Sam Snow, director of coaching education for US Youth Soccer.

As a coach at the club, high school, collegiate, and Olympic development levels since 1974, Snow has worked as a US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program coach since 1979, as the director of coaching for the Louisiana Soccer Association (1993-2003), and as state staff coach with the Florida Youth Soccer Association (1979-1993). He was the men’s head soccer coach at Florida Southern College from 1980 to 1993 and has been a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America since 1979.

Snow earned a master’s degree in physical education from the University of South Florida, and he holds A and Y licenses as well as a goalkeeper level 2 certificate from the United States Soccer Federation.

Snow resides in Frisco, Texas.




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