Wednesday, June 04, 2008

NCAA Parker shares advanced soccer techniques

Champaign, IL-- One of soccer's most successful coaches releases a new book next month, sharing insights for mastering the game. In Premier Soccer (Human Kinetics, May 2008), Michael Parker, the wins leader among active NCAA Division I men's soccer coaches, teaches every key technique and tactic, with accompanying drills and special tips for executing them when the match is on the line.

Premier Soccer
tackles the skills and traits necessary for each position on the field, both offensively and defensively, as well as systems, set plays, restarts, and practice drills. With an emphasis on player development, on-field awareness, conditioning, and team play, Parker reveals his proven approach to team and player success.
This book guides players and coaches to consistent and winning play at every level of competition.
For more information on Premier Soccer, visit or call 1-800-747-4457.
Premier Soccer
Premier Soccer
Michael Parker
Available May 2008 · Paperback · 208 pp
ISBN 978-0-7360-6824-6 · $18.95

Michael Parker, the wins leader among active Division I men's soccer coaches, has won six national titles in 30 years of collegiate head coaching experience spanning all three NCAA levels. He has been at University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1984, taking a club program and leading it to success in Division III (two national titles) and Division I (fourth among Division I active coaches with a winning percentage of .736).

His teams have made 19 NCAA tournament appearances, and in 1993 he became the first men's soccer coach in NCAA history to lead a team to the tournament in all three divisions. During his tenure, UNCG has won 10 conference titles, including six during its Division I era. Parker's 2004 team was ranked No. 1 in polls for much of the season. Parker also won three national titles while head coach at Lock Haven in 1977 and 1978 (Division III) and 1980 (Division II) and three national titles at the semipro level with the USISL's Greensboro Dynamo in 1993, 1994, and 1995.


Chapter 1. Winning Attitude

Chapter 2. Roles of Players and Coaches

Chapter 3. Attacking Skills and Tactics

Chapter 4. Defending Skills and Tactics

Chapter 5. Systems of Play

Chapter 6. Set Plays and Restarts

Chapter 7. Physical Conditioning and Nutrition

Chapter 8. Practice Sessions

Chapter 9. Matches

For more information, an excerpt, review copy, or author interview, contact:
Patty Lehn
Publicity Manager
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