2013

ENGLISH FOR SOCCER COACH

AJMI RAMADHANI
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT, TARBIYAH FACULTY, ANTASARI STATE INSTITUTE FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES 1/9/2013

UNIT 1
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FOOTBALL? 1. Listening Listen the text carefully, and fill the blank passages! Football, that‟s soccer to Americans, is the biggest and best sport in the world. There are millions of reasons why it is the world sport. For a start, it is played all over the world. The football World Cup is the biggest event on Earth. It‟s bigger than the Olympics. More people watch the Final on TV than any other event. Football also brings nations together. The greatest of enemies put aside their differences for 90 minutes to play a football match. Then there are the teams, like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool. These names are more well known across the world than the top basketball or baseball teams. A famous coach once said: “Football isn‟t a matter of life and death; it‟s more important.”

Gap filling Football, ____________________ to Americans, is the biggest and best sport in the world. There are millions ____________________ it is the world sport. ____________________ , it is played all over the world. The football World Cup is the biggest event on Earth. It‟s ____________________ Olympics. More people watch the Final on TV than ____________________ . Football also brings nations together. The greatest ____________________ put aside their ____________________ 90 minutes to play a football match. Then there are the teams, like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool. These names are ____________________ across the world ____________________ basketball or baseball teams. A famous coach once said: “Football isn‟t a matter ____________________ ; it‟s more important.”

2. Reading Soccer History Soccer is one of the world‟s most popular sports, with approximately 250 million players in over 200 countries. It is also the most-watched sport on TV, with an audience in the billions. An ancestor of soccer was played in ancient China, beginning around 300 BC. The sport was called cuju („kick-ball‟) and was used as fitness training for the military as well as for

entertainment. Cuju flourished during the Song Dynasty, when clubs and leagues with professional players were formed. In Europe, a violent form of soccer was played during the Middle Ages. It was a chaotic game with an unlimited number of players on each team, resulting in many injuries and even deaths. In 1314, the sport was banned by royal law in London. Modern soccer developed in England in the 19th century, when rules were established to standardize the various types of soccer played in school and university clubs. FIFA was founded in 1904 to oversee international competitions such as the World Cup, the first of which was held in Uruguay in 1930. Nowadays, there are also regional soccer championships on every continent

Question: 1. What do you think of soccer is one of the world‟s most popular sport? 2. Based on the text above, soccer is played by ancestor in ancient china. What is your opinion about it? Do you agree or no? 3. Since FIFA was founded, soccer growth very well until now, even almost in each countries have soccer championship. Do you think that FIFA has succeed to develop it?

UNIT 2
KEEP ATTACK! NO! HOLD YOUR DEFENSE!

1. Speaking Read the text below carefully! Soccer Strategy for Offense The team that has possession of the soccer ball is on the offense. When on offense a soccer team may take a number of different tactics or strategies depending on which players are in the game at the time and on the skill level and type of the players. One general strategy of offensive play that all soccer players should employ is Passing and Moving. This means that you should never just stand still on offense. Whenever a player has the ball, they need to either pass the ball or dribble. Just standing still is a sure way to lose possession. This also applies to any offensive player near the player with the ball. They should always be moving and looking for an opening and providing passing lanes for their teammate. Another good strategy is to pass the ball and then move quickly to another open space closer to the goal. By continuing to move and create passing lanes, the defense can be put at a disadvantage. Another good offensive soccer strategy is to Switch the Attack. This is a long pass to another area of the field that has less defenders. It may be backwards towards ones own goal or all the way across the field. This gives the offense a chance to re-group and form a new attack on goal. Some offensive soccer teams will play Possession Ball. This is when the team tries to keep possession of the ball for a long period of time. They may pass the ball backwards side-to-side with no real apparent attack. This can be a good strategy at periods over a long soccer game. Passing the ball takes much less effort than dribbling or chasing the ball. The defensive soccer team will use much more energy to try and chase the ball down than the offensive team will passing the ball around. This can also be a good soccer strategy when the offensive team has a good lead and wants to take some time off the clock.

When playing on offense, there are certain other key skills and times during the game that any team should be ready for and have a strategy. These include: Throw-ins: Throw-ins seem like a small part of the game. You just pick up the ball and throw it back in. However, there are lots of throw-ins during a game and they should not be taken too lightly. Consistently getting a good throw-in to set up the next play can be key in keeping possession of the ball. Players that can throw the ball far can be valuable in certain areas of the field and can even set up goal scoring plays. Goal kicks: Similar to throw-ins, goal kicks don't seem that important to many soccer players, but since there are many during a game, the coach should have a few different strategies on how and where to place the kick depending on the game situation. Corner kicks: Most teams practice corner kicks and have a couple of defined plays. Corner's are one of the best scoring opportunities in a soccer game. There is usually a player that kicks the corner best from the left side and another from the right side. Depending on the defense, kicking the ball high and long or short can be the best play. Often goals are scored via headers off the kick, so there should be some tall players that can jump and head the ball well charging toward the kick. However, rebounds off defenders or the goalie is another great scoring chance, so a player or two that comes in late looking for the rebound is also a good strategy. Task: After you read the text above, as a coach share your offense strategy of soccer by discussing on front of class!

2. Writing Read the text below carefully! Soccer Strategy for Defense The team that does not have possession of the ball is the defense. Good team defense is essential to winning any soccer game. Defense is not just the goalie's job, but the job off all eleven players. A good defensive soccer team will learn to communicate and form walls of defense against the offense. A player or two should always remain between the ball and the goal. Other players should be covering the other offensive players to make sure that they can't get open for a short goal shot. This is often called "marking". It is a good idea for defenders to force the player with the ball towards the sidelines. By playing the right angle and turning the body, the defensive player can guide or channel the offensive player to the sidelines. This makes it hard for the offense to get off a good shot or get a good angle for a pass. It can also cause them to lose the soccer ball over the sideline and, therefore, get the possession back. Some teams have a player they call the sweeper. This is a defensive player that positions in the center of the soccer field usually a bit deeper than the rest of the defense. The sweeper roams the backfield looking to steal or "sweep" any balls that get through the defense. Defenses can also trap the player with the ball with two players preventing them from getting off a pass and stealing the ball. This can be a risky but rewarding play. Defenses should take advantage of the soccer offside rule. By coordinating the last line of defense and keeping track of the offensive player's locations, a defense can trap a player offsides and cause a turnover of the ball. Task : After you read the text above, make a composition about your soccer strategy for defense !

UNIT 3
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE IN SOCCER?

Reading

Read the text below, then answer the questions!

Defensive
Libero The Sweeper or libero (Italian: free) is a more versatile type of defender that "sweeps up" the ball if the opponent manages to breach the defensive line. Their position is rather more fluid than other defenders who mark their

designated opponents. Sweepers are usually faster than that of the other players on the team, and are built slightly smaller than the others. The sweeper's ability to read the game is even more vital than for a centre-back.[16] The catenaccio system of play, used in Italian football in the 1960s, notably employed a defensive libero. Stopper Stoppers are physically skilled defenders who rely on their strength, stamina and man marking abilities to be able to stop (hence the name) the opposition's attacking play by making strong tackles. Stoppers usually play as centre-backs or as defensive full-back. Wingbacks The wingback is a defender stationed on the flank with heavy emphasis on attack and defense. The name is a portmanteau of "winger" (see below) and "full-back". As the role combines that of the winger and the full-back, wing-backs need to be blessed with good stamina. As they have the support of three centre-backs, they are expected to concentrate more on providing support for strikers while concentrating on their defensive duties. Question: 1. How is the player criteria that suitable as a sweeper? 2. May a stopper be out of defense line to help the offense line? 3. How does a wingback play his role based on your opinion as a coach?

Writing Read the text below carefully! Midfield Ball winners A ball winner is a technically skilled player at making strong tackles, ball winners have to be good at tackling and they can also be good at heading as it can stop the opposing team's attacking play. Ball winners are usually defensive midfielders or central midfielders but can also play as defenders. Defensive midfielders Defensive midfielders are midfielders that focus mainly on defense. They need strength to make strong tackles and they also need stamina and some degree of passing skill as they need to support other midfielders. Box to box Box to box midfielders help with almost every aspect of the game. They need immense stamina as they need to cover most areas of the pitch, as well as some degree of passing skills. They normally play as central midfielders but some play as defensive or attacking, and others can also play on the flanks as wing-backs or wide midfielders.

Pulls wide right/left These are wide midfielders that have pace and/or dribbling ability to be able to beat defenders along the flank. Their most important skill is to be able to cross the ball in to the penalty box to create opportunities for strikers. Playmaker Playmakers are midfielders with good on-the-ball control and good passing ability but also good off-the-ball ability to be able to read the game and to seek goalscoring opportunities. Playmakers usually play as attacking midfielders, but some play as defensive or central midfielders (deep-lying playmakers). Some also play on the flank usually on their weaker side as that gives them the opportunity to cut infield. Task: Based on your experience as a coach, write down on a sheet of paper about what criteria player should have to be a midfielder!

VOCABULARY BICYCLE KICK: A volley in which the player kicks the ball over his own head. BOX: The box means the penalty area. DEAD BALL: When play is stopped and the ball is not moving, it is a dead ball. GOALKEEPER: This is the soccer term, sometimes shortened to goalie, or keeper. Beware of imitations, especially one labeled "goaltender." HAND BALL: An offense in soccer, obviously. LINESMAN: Former term for assistant referee. OFFSIDE: The word is singular. Offside. How or why the plural version "offsides" arose I have no idea, but it is incorrect. OWN GOAL: It is, obviously, possible for a player to kick, or head, or deflect, the ball into his own goal. PENALTY: Beware! The word "penalty"• has a very specific (and very dramatic) meaning in soccer. SCISSOR KICK: The side volley. The ball is kicked in the direction that the player is facing. TACKLE: To use the feet in attempting to take the ball from an opponent's feet. TIMEOUT: The referee alone can stop the clock in soccer.

REFERENCES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_football http://www.espressoenglish.net/soccer-history-and-vocabulary/ listenaminute.com/f/football.html http://www.ducksters.com/sports/soccerstrategy.php