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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.

©2013 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Good introduction for newbies, bad pronunciation

This book covered a lot of topics. I was most interested in the rules and techniques, and when I was reading that part of the book, I was satisfied (I am a complete beginner). That was just a small portion of the book though. There is so much history and descriptions of different teams and competitions around the world. It is tough for the current events to stay current though. The book is looking forward to the 2014 World Cup.

My only complaint is about the narrator. Learn to pronounce people's names. Lionel Messi is an important enough player that you should learn how he pronounces his first name. Ian Harkes is not a household name, but it is an easy one to pronounce. I can see how Thierry Henry might be difficult, but I laughed out loud when I heard how that one was pronounced.