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Soccer Offence for Winning Book

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Book Summary: Winning is a state of mind which is void of fear: an environment created by those who have knowledge and can apply it. Stress is the product of a lack of understanding and indicates that one does not have the resources to control and overcome the problem. We can only handle those situations for which we have resources.

A good coach develops winners through the application of soccer knowledge, patience, integrity, kindness and a love for his soccer players.

This book is full of soccer drills for creating and finishing goal scoring opportunities. Each soccer drill has a clear diagram, a list of the main aspects being trained and a series of diagrams showing each phase of the soccer exercise. Soccer aspects detailed are:

Attacking soccer from the backfield.
Attacking soccer from the midfield.
Attacking soccer from the front.
Tactical training attacking games.
Coaching technique and tactics.

Author: Derek Smethurst (c. 1948 in Durban) is a former professional soccer player from South Africa who played with Chelsea F.C., in the early 1970s, and then with the Tampa Bay Rowdies from 1975 to 1977.

Now an accomplished author and sports consultant, Derek lives in Valrico, FL, and runs a soccer camp. Derek led the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL in goals scored for the three years he played with them.

In the early 70's he scored a key goal for Chelsea helping them win a semi-final match in the 1970/71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He later played with Millwall as well before joining the NASL.

Derel Smethurst also played in the NFL pre-season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a placekicker and wore the jersey #3 in 1977. Smethurst played soccer in his native South Africa with Addington and Durban City. From a sporting family, his father Norman was a soccer Springbok in the 1930s and brother Peter played for Johannesburg Ramblers and Blackpool.

Printed: 2000

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