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Coerver Play Great Soccer 2-DVD Set Review

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5+ Stars, Our Highest Recommendation
Best DVD For Teaching Dribbling, Soccer Moves and 1v1 Attacking
A Truly Exceptional Value
For Experienced Players Ages 9 and Older and Coaches
Every Serious Player and Coach Should Own This

"Coerver Play Great Soccer"
2-DVD Set (DVD Only)
By Coerver Coaching
DVD 1 = 50:00 minutes
DVD 2 = 53:00 minutes
1 Hour and 43 Minutes Total

This will play in any DVD player worldwide.

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Summary and who it is suitable for: This is one of our favorite footwork/moves/ball control videos for experienced players age 9 and older and coaches of those players. However, the "Super Soccer Skills" DVD is still better for beginners and players ages 7 and 8. . Every Travel, School Player and Coach should own this, as well as every Recreational player age 9 or older who wants to improve footwork or ball control. Every coach at any level will get good training and warm-up ideas from this DVD. It is a great deal at this price.

Review: The Coerver Coaching program is one of the largest in the world and it emphasizes skills and attacking. This 2-DVD set is excellent and a truly exceptional value. It takes the best material from the New Era Series which sold for $99.95. The DVD's move along quickly and present dozens of excellent foot skills exercises to develop touch and fast feet, "moves" for 1 v 1 attacking, passing and receiving exercises and games, and exercises to improve speed, finishing and group attacking. The Coerver coaches have developed an effective training program that starts with the basics and has a logical progression. They call this the "Pyramid of Player Development". "Ball Mastery" is the foundation of the pyramid, followed by "Receiving /Passing", "Moves and 1 v 1 Attacking and Defending", Speed, Finishing and Group Attacking, which is at the top of the pyramid. This is a very good approach. These DVD's are full of good ideas. If you're a Rec coach, you should keep in mind that some of what is shown is simply beyond the ability of many Rec players, but, that's true of most of the "Moves" videos. A valuable point these DVD's make is that "Moves" consist of changes of direction, stops and starts (or "change of speed") and feints. Some of the most effective moves involve change of speed and change of direction. You would not want to buy this if you already have The New Era series. At this price, this 2 - DVD set is a great deal!


User Tips/Navigation: Navigation is a little tricky. The chapter selection isn't all on one page and the organization is somewhat confusing. We suggest using the fast forward and reverse and our Detailed Index to navigate.

Detailed Contents of DVD 1:

Minute Topic
0:00 Introduction and promo of Coever
1:10 The Pyramid of Player Development (Ball Mastery, Receiving/Passing, Moves (1 v 1 Attacking/Defending), Speed, Finishing, Group attack emphasizing fast break attacks)
2:30 Testimonials and endorsements
4:47 The Philosophy of Moves (1 v 1)
5:00 "Changes of Direction", "Fakes & Feints" and" Stops & Starts" are introduced (watch this). They explain the progression from "No Pressure", to "Limited Pressure", to "Full Pressure". These are the building blocks of the Coerver "Moves/1 v 1" training program.
8:10 The Pyramid of Player Development
8:20 Eleven Ball Mastery exercises (Foot work exercises to improve touch, flexibility and skill at using various parts of the foot. There are a lot of good exercises here).
13:25 8 Receiving and Passing Exercises and Drills. The first exercise can be run as a game by keeping score. Excellent ideas!
17:05 3 Excellent One Touch Passing exercises are shown. One touch passing is a skill players need to play on select or school teams.
19:02 Two 3 v 3 Games
22:00 Two 5 v 5 Games
25:17 Changes of Direction/Turns. Excellent demonstrations and explanation of "Outside Cut", and "Inside Cut" (also known as "Outside Hook" and "Inside Hook")
26:35 3 "Limited Pressure" exercises to practice change of direction turns.
28:00 Sole Turn exercises
29:40 Hook Pivot Turn
30:10 Reverse Step Over
30:20 3 Team Change of Direction Re

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lay Race (This is good)
31:30 Feints
31:40 Step Over Move
31:55 Scissors Move
32:09 Double Step Over Move
32:30 Side Step Move
32:50 Double Shuffle Move
33:10 Exercises to practice moves
36:55 Drag Push Move (aka "Mathews" move). This is a good change of speed and change of direction move.
37:05 Reverse Side Drag Move (advanced)
37:25 Drag Scissors Move
37:50 Exercises to Practice the moves
38:50 "Full Pressure" 1 v 1
39:40 Sole Step On Move
40:05 Sole Step Over Move
40:18 Step Over Pull Through Move

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