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The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Is That a Keeper? Assessing and Selecting Goalkeepers Chapter 2. Hero to Zero to Hero: Goalkeeping's Mental Challenges Chapter 3. Coach and Keeper: Building a Unique Partnership Chapter 4. The Save Starts Before the Shot Chapter 5. Diving Saves: To Fly and Land Safely Chapter 6. Distribution: The Keeper as Orchestrator Chapter 7. Expect the Unexpected: Reading the Game Chapter 8. Catch Them if You Can: Handling Crosses Chapter 9. Ready? Set Play! Chapter 10. In the Spotlight: Penalty Kicks Chapter 11. Practice, Practice, Practice Chapter 12. Hitting the Peak: Physical Conditioning

About the Author

Tim Mulqueen has been coaching goalkeepers at all levels since 1990 and is currently the goalkeeper coach with the United States national teams. He is also the goalkeeper instructor for the U.S. Soccer Federation A, B, and C licenses and has helped in the establishment and curriculum for the newly formed U.S. Soccer Federation goalkeeping license. Mulqueen was an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach for the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He has coached athletes who have gone on to achieve worldwide recognition, including England Premier League players Tim Howard, Kasey Keller, Marcus Hahnemann, and Brad Guzan. Before joining U.S. Soccer, Mulqueen coached in the MLS where he won the 2000 MLS Cup and Supporters Shield. While in the MLS, Tim coached Zach Thornton, who went on to win the 1998 Goalkeeper of the Year award. Tim also coached U.S. international goalkeeper Tony Meola when, in 2000, he became the only goalkeeper to win the MLS MVP Award, in addition to being named Goalkeeper of the Year. Mulqueen has coached in four Youth World Cups, two at the U-20 level and two at the U-17 level. He resides in Bradenton, Florida, with his wife, Kathleen, his son, Trevor, and daughter, Cate. Mike Woitalla is the executive editor of Soccer America, where he has worked since 1985. He has covered four World Cups for the magazine and has reported on soccer from 17 nations. His freelance articles have appeared in more than 30 media outlets in eight countries. Woitalla is a regular contributor to the British soccer monthly When Saturday Comes and has won six NSCAA Writing Contest awards as well as two Professional Soccer Reporters of America awards. He is the coauthor of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna's book More Than Goals. Woitalla is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of the Golden Bears varsity soccer team. He currently coaches youth soccer and is married to Holly Kernan, a public radio producer, host, and reporter. They live in Oakland, California, with their daughter.


"If you ask me when I really knew I wanted to be a goalkeeper, I trace it to when Tim Mulqueen started training me at a New Jersey soccer camp when I was 12 years old... [The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper] is more than a series of exercises: It delves into all the aspects of the position and the coach-player relationship... And that's what makes this book so valuable to the future of goalkeepers-it speaks to both the player and the coach." Tim Howard-- U.S. Soccer Men's National Team, Everton Football Club "The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper is a must-have for goalkeepers and their coaches. From tactics to strategies, Mulqueen and Woitalla cover it all."Peter Nowak -- Head Coach, Philadelphia Union

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