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Soccer Intelligence: Soccer Training Tips to Improve Your Spatial Awareness and off the Ball Movement

Narrated by: Jim Cassidy
Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Are you ready to take your soccer game to the next level? Or just looking for ways to improve your understanding of the game?

Consider the greatest players the beautiful game has ever seen. Pele and Puskas, Maradona - from the present time, Messi and Ronaldo.The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, and Dennis Bergkamp, the great readers of the game such as Beckebauer and Bobby Moore and that devastating finisher, Gerd Muller. When we try to analyze what it is that made these players so successful and held in such regard, a number of similarities come to mind.

They are, of course, mostly strikers, Beckenbauer and Moore apart. They played in the busiest, most challenging area of the pitch and in a position that could, and frequently did, change games. That is certainly true of the attacking players, but also applies to those with more defensive duties. Interestingly, though, the two defenders listed were known for their ball playing skills as much as their defensive ones.

Each possessed pace, physical strength, fast feet. Each could control a ball in an instant, were balanced in their running and hard in their shooting. But there is something more that turns the merely very good into the exceptional, at whatever level they choose to play. And that is that indefinable quality we call soccer intelligence.

Intelligent people in whatever field they work know that simple works best. Soccer is, at its heart, a simple game. Pass the ball, move into space (where it is easier to control a pass and to deliver a return), move the ball on. When the chance arises, attempt to score a goal. If you are a defender, try to deny the other side space. A simple pass is easier to complete than a complex one. Intercepting the ball is easier than winning it through a tackle. Moving into space, finding a good angle and communicating well makes a pass easier to deliver for a teammate. Intelligence and simplicity might sound as though they should be opposites, but in fact they are close bed fellows.

The purpose of this audiobook is to define soccer intelligence, to break it down into its constituent parts and, importantly, present drills that a good coach can use with his or her team to develop that intelligence to its greatest potential.

It is a fact that those with innate ability to read the game anticipate passes (from both teams), and find space and utilize it to make that ability of theirs better.

Here's a preview of what you'll learn from this audiobook:
 

  • Introduction
  • First touch into space
  • Drills to develop a good first touch into space
  • Movement without the ball
  • Drills to improve movement without the ball
  • Choosing between passes
  • Drills to improve intelligent passing
  • Predicting opponent’s passing
  • Drills to improve passing interception

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Great introductory book to soccer intelligence

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I am an assistant coach and I have been looking for some materials to improve my coaching skills. We coach 8 to 11-year-olds un a public school in Houston, TX. I found this book very helpful and it opened my eyes to the importance of helping our players develop soccer intelligence.
A first touch drill is a great tool and we have used it in our team to improve our players' skills. The drill is repeated 10 times during practice. The first touch into space drill is a great drill to help players get used to making a quick pass when they feel the pressure of another player and it has helped us avoid desperate passes.
I think the book is great. However, I am a very visual person when it comes to soccer drills and our players are young so it would be useful to have a website we could use to look at drill examples. The explanation of all the drills is very detailed and It allows you to visualize as much as possible the benefits and skills developed as well as the equipment needed for each drill. I am looking forward to listening to more of this author's soccer books.

Oscar A. Abarca