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The Bible of Coaching, "Soccer: How to Play the Game"

As part of our continuing effort to service and educate our membership, each Thursday U.S. Soccer will provide an informative article from one of its departments. Each Thursday will bring a new article, from the Referee Department (first Thursday of each month), Sports Medicine Department (second Thursday of each month), Coaching Department (third Thursday of each month) or Membership Services (fourth Thursday).

This week, you can learn more about one of U.S. Soccer's most informative coaching resources, "Soccer:  How to Play the Game".

The Bible of Coaching, "Soccer: How to Play the Game"

With participation in the sport of soccer at an all-time high in the United States, the U.S. Soccer Federation has written and assembled the definitive playing and coaching manual for soccer fans of all ages and abilities.

Compiled by current and former members of the coaching education and technical staff of U.S. Soccer, "Soccer: How to Play the Game" is being called the bible of soccer for every player and coach of the beautiful game. Edited by U.S. Soccer's technical staff, "Soccer: How to Play the Game" offers extensive information on all aspects of the sport, including technique, tactics, goalkeeping, laws, coaching preparation, organizational structure, and model training sessions.

The “Technique” section will show you when a particular technique is used, provide technical tips for proper execution, and identify common mistakes in execution. After reading on “Injury Prevention and Care” you will have a better understanding of what a coach can do to help prevent injuries at practice, and what steps to take in case injury does occur. Also included are more than 100 ideas for training games, combining all components of soccer, which are suitable for developing every player's game.

For more information on these, please take a look at U.S. Soccer's coaching bible, "Soccer:  How to Play the Game".  The 320-page, full-size, full-color "Soccer: How to Play the Game" book is available now at all fine bookstores, or, can be ordered directly from the U.S. Soccer Federation website by clicking here.

More information on "Soccer: How to Play the Game" and other U.S. Soccer Coaching Dept. resources can be found here.