Soccer Speed

Richard Bate, Ian Jeffreys

Research output: Book/ReportBook


The world’s most popular sport is also one of the most demanding. Stronger, smarter, and more agile players have increased the intensity and tempo of the game. Success hinges on the ability to read, react, and execute. For individual players and teams alike, speed is a necessity.

Soccer Speed is a groundbreaking work—more than a training guide, but an all-encompassing execution plan for success in today’s aggressive, attacking, and fast-paced game.

Inside, you’ll learn how to develop these skills:
- Quickness, agility, and balance for defending, attacking, reacting, and executing
- Most effective techniques, such as heel passes and stride changes, to challenge opponents and keep them off balance
- Soccer intelligence, or the ability to instantly recognize and exploit the opposition’s weakness
- In-game decision making with and without the ball

Every aspect of the game is covered, including step-by-step instruction and 36 drills for developing technical and tactical speed in passing, receiving, dribbling, scoring, counterattacking, and defending. Soccer Speed is the one and only guide for outpacing, outsmarting, and outplaying the opposition.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChampaign IL
PublisherHuman Kinetics
Number of pages216
ISBN (Print)9781450424578
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • speed development
  • Speed training
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • sport-specific speed training


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