I’m actually going to be starting rec-league soccer (God help me), and came across this gem–a soccer training manual by Pele from 1976. It has this metaphysical, playful tone to it; if you’re a fan of the game at all, you’ll enjoy reading this. Here are a few of my favorite passages:
Look straight at the ball as if you were hypnotizing it.
If you haven’t got a ball, it’s possible to learn even with an orange, or a ball made of rolled up stockings or newspaper. I’ve even seen people practicing their control of the ball with a box of matches!
In soccer the pass is a form of communication, transmission, participation, a link or contact. By passing, the players communicate with each other, bringing the ball from their defense area up into attack.
Whenever I am given the chance, I like to play goalkeeper and I enjoy taking my turn in goal when training. [!]