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About the Author
- ASIN : B00KDIC68S
- Publisher : Meyer & Meyer Sport (June 15, 2014)
- Publication date : June 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 516 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,356,374 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have played and coached baseball on both side of the Atlantic. Schools and universities in Europe do not field competitive sports teams, however, a club system exists that is available for all ages and allows more participants to play. It attracts students, amateurs, and aspiring professional athletes. Current major league soccer recruiting and signing regulations limit the pool of prospects.
This book gives good insights and suggestions to improve the current approach, starting at the youth level.
Tommy Tang & Angela
My friend's a big soccer fan,
and I'm a sports fan in general - and I'm one of those "just getting into soccer" fans, that is to say for the last five
or so years. So I jumped into this book, being about American soccer, being about how this place we live in
just doesn't get it, being about the first attempt to criticize soccer in America, and got into it. I was cracking up at many
spots, and engaged with all the rest of it.
Engaging in soccer in America, it turns out, is to be a little crazy,
and funny and self reflective to the point of ironic insanity. What? We keep doing that wrong, again? You'll get it, you'll like it
and laugh along the way.
While I disagree with some of his points, he does make quite a few good ones regarding the youth level. This book, barring all the fluff surrounding the professional level, could prove quite useful to U-17 coaches and younger. Shay exposes the flaws in our youth coaching system which duly needs repair.
Overall, this book is a very simple read. While there are a few nuggets of knowledge to be taken from these pages, it would be better suited for an aspiring coach to pick up another book based on tactics, or another book centered around statistics, rather than have to filter through one man's semi-professional opinion meant to simply ruffle feathers at the professional level.
It seems as if Stay began writing this book in 2006, dabbled in it for a few years, then finished after the 2010 World Cup, only to sit on it for three and a half years in hopes that he could cash in on the hype that a new World Cup can bring. Honestly, I feel cheated/swindled for buying this book, and will not be recommending it to anyone else.