Soccer can be found in more countries than any other sport in the world, and no other game is played by more people. It's the fastest growing sport in the United States, and it's the second most popular game for kids in this country (behind basketball). Yes, soccer is on top of the world, and you are on top of this exciting trend.
This book will help you become a super soccer player. If you've never played before, you'll get step-by-step instructions on every skill. And if you've already spent some time on the ball, the games and drills will help you improve your skills.
The first chapter covers some of the history of soccer and all of the rules, field markings, and equipment. If you're a little confused about the offside rule, look in Chapter 1.
The skills begin in Chapter 2. This is where you'll learn how to control the ball, the first step for any soccer player. Passing skills and strategy are discussed in Chapter 3, and dribbling is in Chapter 4. By the time you've read this far, you should be able to move the ball down the field like a pro.
There are a few among you who are daredevils, I'm sure. You folks don't mind being the center of attention, diving on the ground, and jumping hard into a group of attackers. You are goalkeepers. From cutting the angle to stopping the toughest of shots — all of the essential goal-tending info is in Chapter 5.
Once you've learned to move the ball, it's time to develop your soccer brain. You need to know how to think like a soccer player. Chapters 6 and 7 help you understand field positions and strategies, from attack through the midfield and on to defense.
Of course, playing soccer is all about having fun, being healthy, and enjoying yourself. Chapter 8 will help you stay fit and avoid injuries, and Chapter 9 covers all levels of soccer, from pick-up games to the World Cup.
And, of course, every chapter is filled with puzzles, jokes, games, and other fun things for you to do while you learn about the world's favorite sport. Kick back and enjoy!