The Everything Kids' Soccer Book: Rules, Techniques, and More about Your Favorite Sport! School & Library Binding – 1 Aug 2002
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About the Author
Deborah W. Crisfield (Summit, NJ) is a soccer coach and author of twenty-eight books, including four other soccer books and many other sports and reference books. She played soccer in high school, college, and in women's leagues in both NY and NJ. She will be coaching her twenty-seventh season of youth soccer this fall. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Children older than that as stated on the back cover will not profit from the information found in this book.
My nine year old son, who has played soccer for a few years laughed at the simplicity and found the book not at all useful. This was of course disappointing to me. I relied on the rating, made an assumption that I should not have made and had the book sent to him without having read it.
In summary, a good book for BEGINNERS aged 9-12. Live and learn!
Deborah W. Crisfield, author of "Winning Soccer for Girls" and "The Mom's Guide to Sports," has produced this challenging, educational book great for young soccer-players-to-be. This softback included professional instruction on the: RULES of the GAME, TECHNIQUES for DRIBBLING, TRAPPING, and HEADING the BALL, defense, GOALTENDING, DRILLS, TIP on maintaining POSSESSION of the BALL. The book also includes loads of PUZZLES and GAMES to play that relate nicely to DRILLS provided.
The book is easy to read for juvenile readers (8-10 yrs) full of fun graphics, tips, terms and soccer fun facts, and World Cup and American soccer star bios. The Everything Kids' Soccer Book even includes soccer jokes, like:
"Why won't CINDERELLA ever be a great goalkeeper?
BECAUSE she runs away from the BALL
While that element was only so-so, I found that the book is a great resource for kids in many areas of the game. Truth is, I personally learned some things (like the "Argentina" free kick play) from this book as well.
Some things I liked:
- Most of the book is written in simple terms (there are a couple areas that might confuse kids)
- Puzzles and games and such to keep kids' attention
- Many areas of the game covered from rules to technique
Some things I didn't like:
- While it is for kids, it is not clearly geared to any particular age group, so there are parts that are too complicated for younger kids and still other parts that would seem too "childish" to older kids (overall, I felt it would be most useful to the 8 and 9 year olds on my team).
- The puzzles and games don't do anything to reinforce the information learned in the book. They are just for entertainment.
Overall a very good book, and for 8 bucks, it's definitely worth a buy if soccer is your kid's thing.
I liked the book so much, on 3/23/09, I accidentally reviewed it a 2nd time. My opinion hasn't changed much. Here is what I more recently said:
I coach girls under 10, and this is the best book I have found for them; but parents and coaches can also benefit from some of the information in it.
Some of the things that I really like are...
- It is written in an easy to understand, simple manner.
- There are several games in the book, including mazes and crosswords.
- Lots of graphics and diagrams
- Big type
- The easy to understand language is great for clarifying things like the often misunderstood "offside" rule.
- Information like field dimensions and "parts" of the field
- Book encourages good nutrition in your kids
- Small section with practice games
I even learned a set free-kick play that I use with my tournament team from it.
If you check my other reviews, you will see that I read many books on soccer, sports, and coaching in general, and I highly recommend this book for kids 9 and under as well as adults who need a kid's introduction to soccer.