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Anson Dorrance & Tom Stone Soccer Clinic DVD Review

By Anson Dorrance and Tom Stone
83 Minutes, DVD Only, This will play in any DVD player worldwide.

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5+ Stars, Our Highest Recommendation, Best Intermediate and Advanced Soccer Skills Instruction for Attacking and Defending, For Coaches of Age 9 to Adult and Travel Players and Serious Rec Players Age 10 to Adult
Every Serious Coach and Travel Player 10 and Older Should Own This

(Note: The name on the cover of this DVD is The Anson Dorrance Legacy Soccer Clinic. We have re-named it to distinguish it from other versions and because Tom Stone is the other coach on the DVD. Our version contains both the Offensive and Defensive parts, whereas some other versions appear to contain just one part. If you already own The Anson Dorrance Legacy Soccer Clinic you probably wouldn't want to buy this, although you can read the review below to see if you have the same version.)

How We Rate DVDs, Videos and Books: When I started coaching, I wasted a lot of money and time on bad videos. I have now watched over 250 soccer coaching videos (DVD's and tapes) and read over 70 soccer coaching books. Unfortunately, most are not good, many are a complete waste of time and money, and some are actually counterproductive. We only sell DVDs that we truly believe are the best and worth buying and that I would personally buy, and that we can give 4 or 5 star ratings (on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the best). Our ratings consider the quality, length and value of a DVD, how it compares to other similar DVD's, and how well it meets the needs of the targeted audience. I reject about 90% of the videos I watch. If we don't sell a DVD, you can assume there is a reason.

Main Topics on This Video: Over 30 Topics are covered, including: Offensive Skills and Individual and Team Defense, including Receiving (First Touch Control, First Touch Away From Pressure, First Touch for Service), Passing (Accuracy, Weight of the pass, Serving for Distance), Dribbling (Dribbling for Speed, Dribbling for Penetration, Dribbling for Possession), Heading (Heading Basics, Heading on Attack, Defensive Heading), Shooting (Power and It's Use, Surface Choice, Finishing the Breakaway), Offensive Games and Drills, Individual Defending Technique (Closing the Distance, Stance and Balance, Patience, Confrontation and Winning the Ball), 5 Defensive Fundamentals (Denial, Challenge, Deny the Turn, Delay and Wait for Support, and Tackling), Team Defense Overview (Pressure, cover, balance; Pressure, cover defensive triangle; Pushing the attacking player into cover), Defensive Exercises (Drills and Games), and Bonus Exercises.

Review:I've never seen a DVD like this. This DVD uses the best instructional method I've ever seen and Anson Dorrance and Tom Stone are brilliant. They are among the top coaches in the U.S. and they do an excellent job of communicating their knowledge (more about them is below). There are 3 things that make this DVD great: Anson and Tom are brilliant; the DVD is well planned, organized and edited; and Anson uses the yellow on-screen marker that is used in U.S. football analysis. The format is this: Tom Stone introduces each topic (over 30 topics are covered), it is demonstrated by top players at "game speed", and the same demonstration is played again in slow motion while Anson analyzes it, explains it, and uses the yellow on-screen marker to emphasize his points. If you have ever wanted to get inside the mind of one of the most brilliant soccer coaches in the world, here is your chance. I've watched over 250 DVDs and have never seen this technique used. I can assure you that this was a very expensive and time consuming DVD to produce. The version we sell includes BOTH offense and defense.

Who This DVD is Suitable For: All coaches of age 9 and older and serious players 10 to Adult.

Anson Dorrance and Tom Stone: Anson Dorrance is possibly the greatest college soccer coach ever and one of the most successful coaches in any sport. Anson Dorrance started the University of North Carolina Women's Soccer Program in 1979 and as of 2009 his teams had won 20 of the 28 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. His record as of the 2009 season is 673-33-21 (.940 winning percentage). Coach Dorrance coached the gold-medal winning U.S. Women's World Cup Team in 1991 and has had over 60 All-Americans. The players he has coached include Mia Hamm, April Heinrichs, Kristine Lilly, Cindy Parlow and Lorrie Fair. Anson Dorrance is brilliant and a great teacher. The NCAA has recognized Anson Dorrance as the Women's Soccer Coach of the Year seven times and as the Men's Soccer Coach of the Year in 1987. On March 10, 2008 Anson Dorrance was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Coach Dorrance is interested in youth soccer and organized youth soccer leagues in both Connecticut and North Carolina. Part of my motivation for developing the SoccerHelp Practice Games training method was Coach Dorrance's belief that competition is the key to developing good soccer players. Tom Stone has coached 7 youth national championship teams. Coach Stone was a professional player in Europe and the US, and has coached professional teams.

Navigation and User Tips: Excellent organization and easy navigation.

Detailed Index of Contents:

Minute Topic
0:00 Opening credits
0:53 Introduction
  OFFENSIVE SKILLS
1:11 Offensive skills overview by Tom Stone. The 5 basic skills every player must master.
1:35 Receiving Overview (includes First Touch Control, First Touch Away From Pressure and First Touch for Service)
2:08 -- First Touch Control. First Touch Control is critical because a player might receive a ball 20,30 or 40 times in a game. Demonstrations of First Touch Control with chest, thigh, laces in air and inside of foot. Anson analyzes and breaks-down the proper technique for each in slow motion using an on-screen yellow marker like they do in American pro football games. This is outstanding... it is by far the best teaching approach I've ever seen. This is like having Anson Dorrance, one of the best coaches ever, as your personal instructor. He is a fantastic analyst and his explanations are detailed, insightful and clear.
7:01 -- First Touch Away From Pressure. It is crucial to develop an understanding and skill of touching the ball away from pressure. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
9:25 -- First Touch for Service. Many times in a game a receiver will want to quickly pass the ball to a teammate immediately upon receiving the ball. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
11:36 Passing Skills Overview. The 3 skills that must be mastered are: accuracy, weight of the pass, and serving for distance.
12:20 -- Accuracy. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson. This is outstanding! Both ground-level and aerial views and the use of on-screen diagramming by Anson.
14:12 -- Weight of the Pass. "Weight" means how hard or slow the pass is. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson. The amount of "time and space" available to the receiver determines the "weight" required on the pass.
16:11 -- Serving for Distance. Excellent demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.... the best I've ever seen.
18:51 Dribbling Skills Overview. Dribbling at speed, dribbling for penetration and dribbling for possession.
19:15 -- Dribbling for Speed. The ability to change speed. 2 things are critical: you must "touch the ball on-stride" and you must use the outside of your foot to dribble with (actually, the front outside top). Excellent slow motion demonstration of proper technique.
21:36 -- Dribbling for Penetration. Dribbling to penetrate the opponent's defense. The 2 critical aspects are change of pace and change of direction. Anson says this is the key to a great 1v1 attacker.
23:40 -- Dribbling for Possession. If you can't dribble for penetration, you must be able to dribble for possession while waiting for support. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
25:25 Heading Skills Overview. There are 2 types of heading: attacking heading and defensive heading.
25:51 -- Heading Basics.
26:11 -- Heading on Attack. Technique. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
28:11 -- Defensive Heading. The 2 types of defensive heading are demonstrated. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
30:28 Shooting Skills Overview. Shooting with power, surface choice, shooting a moving ball, finishing the breakaway.
31:06 -- Power and It's Use. Consistency is the key. Make your swing compact... knee and upper body over the ball... toe down and ankle locked... follow through. The "Arc of Power" is shown. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson. Excellent!
33:31 Surface Choice. The ability to bend the ball by using the inside or outside of the foot. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson. Excellent! The best I've ever seen. Anso explains this in detail.
38:01 -- Finishing the Breakaway. Dribble for speed, fake, pass into net. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
  OFFENSIVE EXERCISES (Drills and Games)
40:36 -- The Offensive 1v1 Box. This is a good game. Anson's analysis is fascinating and insightful. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
43:48 -- Flying Changes Game. A good game for select or high school teams. Anson's analysis is brilliant.
47:06 -- Three Goal Game. A good game for travel, high school or college, but not for Rec. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
  DEFENSE -- Individual Defending Technique
51:06 -- Closing the Distance. Closing down the attacker far away from the goal. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
53:00 -- Stance and Balance. Proper technique is demonstrated and analyzed in slow motion by Anson. I've never seen this demonstrated before.
54:06 -- Patience. Not diving in. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
55:18 -- Confrontation. Dispossessing your opponent of the ball. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
56:36 -- Winning the Ball. Winning the ball when it's dispossessed. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
57:50 5 Defensive Fundamentals Overview: Denial, Challenge, Deny the Turn, Delay and Wait for Support, Tackling
58:24 -- Denial. Technique for denying the attacker the ball. Playing goalside, ballside, anticipating service and beating the opponent to the pass.
59:35 -- Challenge. Challenging as your opponent is receiving the ball. "Don't let them have a free ball."
60:41 -- Deny the Turn. If your opponent gets the ball, don't let him turn. Proper technique is shown. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson. Excellent!
62:30 -- Delay and Wait for Support. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson. Excellent!
64:10 -- Tackling. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
65:41 Team Defense Overview: Pressure, cover, balance; Pressure, cover defensive triangle; Pushing the attacking player into cover
66:05 -- Pressure, Cover, Balance. "Pressure" means pressure on the attacker with the ball (the defender pressuring the ball is also called the "First Defender"); "Cover" is the player or players supporting the "First Defender" (the supporting defender is also called the "Second Defender" and there can be more than one of them); if the ball is on the Flank (i.e., toward the sidelines as opposed to being in the "Center" of the field) the "Balancing Defender" is the defender who defends the "weak side" (the "weak side" is the side of the field farthest from the ball....the "Balancing Defender" is also called the "Third Defender"). When you watch this, pay more attention to Anson's explanation than Tom's. As Anson points out, team defensive shape should be based on where the ball is; if it's on the flank, it's "Pressure, Cover" Balance", but if it's in the Center (i.e., where the Center players play), the shape should be "Pressure, Cover" and there should be 2 Second Defenders. This is the best explanation and demonstration I've ever seen of this concept. It uses aerial video so you can see the player's positioning.
69:09 -- Pressure, Cover Defensive Triangle. I think this is a better and easier to teach approach for most teams. The responsibilities are more clear-cut and it forces the attack wide and stops a direct attack on goal. It's an easy way to teach "First Defender/Second Defender". A very clear demonstration.
71:16 -- Pushing the Attacking Player into Cover. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
  DEFENSIVE EXERCISES (Drills and Games)
73:21 -- 1v1 Box. An excellent game.
77:56 -- 3v3 to Small Goals Game. Excellent analysis by Anson.
81:05 -- 3v3 to Large Goals Game. Explanation, demonstration and slow motion analysis by Anson.
  BONUS EXERCISES
00:00 -- Transition Game
1:56 -- Throwing Game
3:46 -- Magic Box
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89 Total Minutes On This DVD
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