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Goldblatt, David
The Ball is Round: a global history of soccer
GV942.5.G65 2008
In this extraordinary tour de force. David Goldblatt tells the full story of soccer's rise from ritual to populist sport to international economic phenomenon-even now poised to fully establish itself in the U.S.A.
Hunt, Chris (ed.)
The Complete Book of Soccer
q GV943.C583 2006
A well-illustrated world-wide reference for soccer fans including biographies of 200 of the best players ever, detailed histories of the World Cup and European Championships.
Korr, Chuck and Marvin Close
More Than Just a Game: Soccer vs. Apartheid: the Most Important Soccer Story Ever Told
GV944.S59 K67 2010
Coincided to come out with the World Cup in South Africa, this book tells the story of black political prisoners who fought for and won the right to play soccer, and its effect on their self-esteem.
Kuper, Simon
Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power
GV943.9.S64 K87 2006x
Updated from the original publication from 1994, Kuper, a reporter for the Financial Times, traveled to twenty-two countries to discover the sometimes bizarre effect soccer can have on politics and culture.
Kuper, Simon
GV943.9.S64 K88 2009
Why England loses, why Germany and Brazil win, and why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey-- and even Iraq-- are destined to become the kings of the world's most popular sport.
Science and Soccer
Edited by Thomas Reilly and A. Mark Williams
GV943.S36 2003
This fully revised and updated edition of the classic text "Science and Soccer" looks at the application of sports science to the world's most popular sport.

Learn to Play Soccer: Instruction Books

Beckham, David, 1975-
David Beckham's Soccer Skills
j GV943.9.T7 B434 2006x
David Beckham shares his knowledge of playing the game of soccer.
Carr, Tony
How to Coach a Soccer Team: professional advice on training plans, skill drills, and tactical analysis
GV943.8.C355 2006x
A well illustrated guide for teaching ball skills, team play, and goalkeeping.
Luxbacher, Joe
Soccer: Steps to Success
q GV943.L87 2005
Improve your skills in dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, defending, tackling, heading, and goalkeeping with the help of clear, detailed descriptions and accompanying illustrations of all fundamental techniques and variations.
Matkovich, Michael J.
Elite Soccer Drills
GV943.9.T7 M315 2009
The 82 drills emphasize execution in high-level play while addressing the finer points of passing and receiving, attacking and defending, and heading.
Meier, Ralf
Soccer Injuries: prevention and treatment
RC1220.S57 M45 2008x
This book describes modern methods of treatment for soccer-specific injuries and shows how training can be better structured to try to avoid risk factors in the future.
The Official Rules of (US) Soccer
GV943.4.O34 2008x
United States Soccer Federation official rules


Advanced Soccer Drills
(DVD) GV943.9.T7 A383 2007x
Presents a series of advanced soccer drills for players and coaches, covering: footwork, crosses, heading, shooting, juggling, volleys, conditioning.
The Anson Dorrance Legacy Soccer Clinic
(DVD) GV943.9.T7 A57 2004x
Combines two of America's top coaches sharing offensive and defensive basics of the game. The topics include offensive basics, defensive basics and challenging drills.
Bend it like Beckham
In this 2002 feature film, eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham.
Play like Champions: The Official Manchester United Skills Series
(DVD) GV943.9.T7 P596 2003x
Detailed, in-depth soccer instruction provided by the stars of the Manchester United football club. Along with the club's Academy players, you can learn skills like the Flick Behind, the Step Over and the Roller Coaster
Really Bend it like Beckham: David Beckham's soccer skills
England's soccer superstar David Beckham shares his knowledge, skills, and experience.
Soccer Fast Footwork Drills
(DVD) GV943.9.T7 S6327 2007x
Presents instruction on basic soccer footwork skills for players and coaches. Techniques covered in program: basic footwork skills, change of direction, lateral movements, hesitation dribbles, 1V1 drills, dribbling techniques, offensive strategies.
Soccer Shooting Drills
(DVD) GV943.9.T7 S6327 2006x
Presents soccer shooting drills for players and coaches. Included in program: individual and team shooting drills; real game situations; comprehensive breakdown of how to strike a ball; offensive plays; heading techniques.

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Pittsburgh & Pennsylvania

  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds (TM)
    Pittsburgh's professional outdoor soccer team was created in 1998 and will move to the new Highmark Stadium in South Side's Station Square in 2013. Read a Novermber 29, 2012 article about it in The New York Times: A New Stadium in Pittsburgh
    • Summer Camps
      Over the summer, Riverhounds professional players and coaching staff travel to different communities throughout the region to offer week-long training camps to boys and girls ages 4-13 yrs.
  • Keystone Indoor Kicks
    Keystone Indoor Kicks Soccer organizedsindoor soccer and Futsal leagues for many youth organizations and adult leagues in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Penn West Futsal (Indoor Soccer) Online
    Western Pennsylvania Futsal Online is the official web site of the governing body of Futsal indoor soccer in Pittsburgh, Erie, and the rest of Western Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania West Soccer Association
    Look here for links to many Pittsburgh area soccer clubs.
  • Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association
    The PSCA is an organization of high school and college soccer coaches and other interested parties, whose purposes are to educate, provide service, promote and stimulate interest in the game of soccer in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer
    Youth Soccer in the East End of Pittsburgh

United States

  • American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
    more than 560,000 boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 18 are actively involved in AYSO programs in over 900 local regions across the country
  • ESPN Soccernet
    Covering the US, England and Europe.
  • Major League Soccer
    News, team rosters, MLS Cup, store.
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America
    the largest single-sport coaching organization in the United States with more than 14,600 members.
  • Soccer America Online
    presented by the Soccer Industry Council of America
  • United Soccer Leagues (USL)
    Formerly the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues, founded in 1986, USL provides the starting point for players working toward Major League Soccer, the top professional, or Division I, level in the United States.
  • United States Futsal Federation (USFF)
    The United States Futsal Federation (USFF), under the banner of United States Soccer is the National Governing Body for Futsal in the United States. Futsal is the only international form of indoor soccer approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
  • United States Adult Soccer Association
    Division of the United States Soccer Federation dedicated to participation in, enjoyment and growth of adult soccer across America.
  • United States Soccer Federation
    Official site of the United States Soccer Federation; news from the US Soccer Wire; rosters of national teams
  • United States Youth Soccer
    "US Youth Soccer is the Youth Division of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer is a nationwide body of over 500,000 volunteers and administrators, and over 250,000 dedicated coaches, most of whom also are volunteers. US Youth Soccer registers over 2,500,000 youth players between the ages of five and nineteen."
  • USA Today: Soccer
    Check here for the latest news.
  • Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL)
    WPSL is a national adult amateur league formed in 1998 as a regional amateur league serving the Western United States, sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). The WPSL is currently a national league comprised of the western and eastern United States.