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Embezzlement arrest: Former Fullerton Rangers treasurer accused of stealing $174,000

Laura Zellerbach, 41, a treasurer for the Fullerton Rangers Soccer League from 2012 to 2014, was arrested on suspicion of stealing more than $174,000 from the nonprofit. The Long Beach resident is accused of money laundering, forgery of records, grand theft, misappropriation of property, and embezzlement, Sgt. Kathryn Hamel said.

San Jose Earthquakes offer fields to Santa Clara youth league

The San Jose Earthquakes have pledged to open two fields at Avaya Stadium to young Santa Clara players displaced by Super Bowl 50, a gesture that could end nearly two weeks of bitter litigation and finger-pointing between the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League, the NFL and the city of Santa Clara.

Santa Clara youth league sues NFL as work begins on soccer fields

As workers for the NFL dug holes Monday in the meticulously groomed turf of a youth soccer complex next to Levi's Stadium, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League added the mighty NFL to a lawsuit fighting the league's plan to use the fields for media broadcasts of Super Bowl 50.

Report: U.S. Soccer set to launch girls Development Academy in 2017

The U.S. Soccer Federation will launch a girls equivalent of the Development Academy, reports Charles Boehm, who writes that multiple sources have confirmed it's planning a fall 2017 launch and that an official announcement could come next month. The USSF launched the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2007. The U.S. Club Soccer-sanctioned Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) has served a ...

The common sense behind heading ban for youngsters

San Francisco Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU's Claudine Wong interviewed Soccer America executive editor Mike Woitalla and Benicia Arsenal director of coaching Alex Loban about U.S. Soccer's ban on heading for children 10 and younger, and relayed Women's World Cup winner Brandi Chastain's view on the issue. "It's common sense to delay heading in youth soccer," said Woitalla.

Is the USA producing a new generation of stars?

In an in-depth piece on U.S. Soccer player development by Jeff Carlisle, we hear from former MLS star and current ESPN television analyst Taylor Twellman; U.S. U-20 men's coach and U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Advisor Tab Ramos; former U.S. U-20 coach Thomas Rongen; former U.S. U-15 coach and U.S. Soccer scout Hugo Perez; and Oscar Pareja, coach of FC Dallas, ...

U.S. Development Academy players who return to high school ball

U.S. Soccer Development Academy players aren't allowed to play high school soccer, but Jon Kerr reports on three Chicago area players, including two already committed to colleges, who are leaving their Academy teams to play senior year high school ball. The article brings up the arguments from both sides of the high school vs. club battle over young talent.

Germany U-17s seek glory to make up for disappointing year

The U-17 World Cup is Germany's fifth major youth tournament this year, reports Uli Hesse, but as of yet, none of the teams managed to claim a title. Should Germany lift the trophy, it would be a historic triumph. No German team has ever won the World Cup at this level. In 2007 (when the team featured Toni Kroos) and ...

Klinsmann's Technical Director duties have become more ceremonial?'s Grant Wahl writes that multiple sources say that Jurgen Klinsmann's duties as U.S. Soccer Technical Director "have become more ceremonial than before." That over the past, U.S. Soccer's chief commercial director Jay Berhalter has started taking over a lot of the day-to-day technical director duties. A U.S. Soccer spokesperson said: "Any perception that there's a power struggle is simply ...

Soccer Without Borders aims for global change

Columnist Ann Killion reports on how Soccer Without Borders, founded in Oakland, Calif., in 2006, uses the sport to aid young immigrants, including Aseel Mohammad, a refugee from war-torn Afghanistan, and Dennis Escalante, who came as an unaccompanied minor from El Salvador to escape gang violence. "I don't know how to tell to pass me the ball," Aseel said. "So ...

Soccer 'Homecoming' as a Missouri School Board Cuts Football

Students and families at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School are looking forward to homecoming, the highlight of the autumn school calendar for decades. But for the first time, the centerpiece event will be soccer, not football.

Breaking down the high costs of youth soccer

How much does it cost children to play competitive youth ball in the USA? MONEY's Paul Keegan and Kate Santichen used a California family with four soccer-playing boys as a case study. The parents dug out their receipts. They were fully aware of only about half of their out-of-pocket costs -- the club's $8,100-per-year team-membership fees that show up on ...

U.S. Soccer on youth club compensation dispute

Liviu Bird, who's been covering the quest of American youth clubs to receive compensation via FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) for their players who go on to pro careers, got hold of U.S. Soccer's written responses to questions submitted by Senator Maria Cantwell (D., Washington) on the federation's lack of adherence to RSTP. The questions ...

Das Reboot: How German soccer rose from the ashes

An excerpt from "Das Reboot," Raphael Honigstein's book on the revival of German soccer that led to its 2014 World Cup win, reveals the influence of Dietrich Weise "an early prototype of the modern trainer. Not a dictatorial patriarch, more like a sensitive teacher, willing to listen to key players before coming to a decision."

Report: Ben Lederman leaving Barcelona for U.S. U-17 residency reports that 15-year-old Californian Ben Lederman, who joined Barcelona's youth program in 2011 but has been banned from competitive play for the last year because of Barcelona violating FIFA's ban on the international transfer of minors, is joining the U.S. U-17 national team residency in Bradenton, Fla. Lederman was one of 10 Barcelona youth players cited as irregular signings ...