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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 ...

Young American Lederman in limbo at Barcelona

Sam Borden checks in with the family of 15-year-old California product Ben Lederman, who joined Barcelona in 2011 but for the last year has been banned from playing in games for Barcelona's youth teams because of FIFA's enforcement of its ban on the transfer of minors across international borders. "It is killing him," said Ben's father, Danny Lederman. "And as ...

A case against the birth-year registration switch

Skye Eddy Bruce lists possible adverse effects of U.S. Soccer's mandate to change the birth-year registration from an August-July format to January-December. "What are Madison or Michael's parents going to think when they are told their child can't play with 52% their First Grade classmates, but instead, their 6-year-old First Grader, because of their late birthday, has to play on ...

Jimmy Obleda: 'Big academy clubs fish by net'

Tim Froh speaks with Fullerton Rangers coach and club director Jimmy Obleda about American youth clubs' not being compensated for players who end up going pro. "I can tell you, our club, for the number of players that have gone on to play at the professional level, with the money we would make from those players getting compensated back, we ...

U.S. Soccer to meet with youth clubs on compensation issue

Liviu Bird, who in June broke the story on youth club Crossfire Premier's quest to receive from Tottenham Hotspur a portion of the transfer fee for DeAndre Yedlin that instead went to MLS, reports that U.S. Soccer has called a meeting in Chicago on Oct. 16 with American youth clubs that are frustrated about being denied the training compensation and ...

Real Madrid Opens Up Three-Point La Liga Lead

Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga on Sunday with a comfortable 3-0 win against Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a towering header from a corner in the 11th minute. Four minutes after the break, Ronaldo set up the second for Brazil international Marcelo, who curled in an unstoppable right-footed shot into ...

Georgia's streak ends with loss to Kentucky

No. 19 Georgia had its record nine-game winning streak when it fell to No. 14 Kentucky, 1-0, in SEC women's action on a second-half goal from from the Wildcats' leading scorer Stuart Pope. "We kind of figured coming into this one it was going to come down to one player making a special play, and credit Kentucky for ...