Charleston Battery leaves Development Academy, cites high school ban
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 23, 2:19 a.m.
South Carolina's only U.S. Soccer Development Academy club is leaving the program after nine years, because of its inability to "consistently provide practice and game fields and the recent defection of players back to the high school or local academy ranks," reports Andrew Miller of The Post and Courier.
Families denied apartment leases after kids play soccer on grounds
Posted by Soccer America on May. 2, 12:13 a.m.
Families in a Northeast Atlanta apartment building have had their lease renewals denied, reportedly because their children played soccer on the grounds. Management told the Francisco Ignacio's family that his son's soccer playing on common areas was the reason they couldn't renew, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Report: ECNL planning to launch boys league
Posted by Soccer America on Apr. 5, 12:25 a.m.
Charles Boehm reports that the ECNL, a national girls league since 2009 sanctioned by U.S. Club Soccer, is planning to launch a boys league. "Our membership has been asking about a boys ECNL for a long time, and we've also heard from a lot of great boys clubs from outside of the girls ECNL," ECNL president Christian Lavers said. "The ...
Turf war in San Francisco youth soccer
Posted by Soccer America on Mar. 30, 3:24 p.m.
The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has sent a letter sent to San Francisco Youth Soccer league supporters threatening to bring in an outside expert to mediate the conflict between soccer clubs if the league cannot "resolve its internal dispute quickly and fairly on its own."
Synthetic turf safety study launched by federal government
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 14, 9:53 p.m.
The Obama administration has announced a multi-agency federal study to look into the safety of recycled tire material used on synthetic turf fields.
Embezzlement arrest: Former Fullerton Rangers treasurer accused of stealing $174,000
Posted by Soccer America on Feb. 4, 12:39 a.m.
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
Posted by Soccer America on Jan. 12, 4:06 p.m.
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
Posted by Soccer America on Jan. 5, 9:50 a.m.
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
Posted by Soccer America on Dec. 29, 9:25 p.m.
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
Posted by Soccer America on Dec. 3, 5:45 p.m.
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?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 12, 5:56 p.m.
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
Posted by Soccer America on Oct. 27, 11:46 p.m.
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
Posted by Soccer America on Oct. 27, 11:05 p.m.
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?
Posted by Soccer America on Oct. 22, 12:31 p.m.
SI.com'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
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Oct. 9, 3:25 p.m.
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 ...