Jitka Klimkova: 'Let players find solutions by themselves'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 5, 3:38 p.m.
Jitka Klimkova grew up in a Czech village where girls weren't allowed to play organized soccer. That didn't stop her from realizing her dream of playing for the Czech national team. Now 41, Klimkova is a U.S. Soccer Development Coach, overseeing the West Coast Training Centers for girls 11 to 14 and head coaching the U.S. U-19 women's national team.
Friedel's revamped U.S. U-19 men lift Slovakia Cup
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 2, 5:22 p.m.
The U.S. U-19 men's national team, coached by Brad Friedel, beat Russia, 2-1, to win the Slovakia Cup after reaching the final thanks to group-stage wins over Georgia (5-1) and Ukraine (2-1).
How refs work with assignors
Posted by Randy Vogt on Apr. 28, 1:07 a.m.
Assignors are the people who give referees their schedules. Depending on the league, some assign the entire season at once while others assign on a week-to-week basis. One of the most important relationships that refs have is with assignors. I have worked for dozens of assignors during the past four decades and have found that this works:
U.S. U-16 boys beat Brazil
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 27, 8:35 p.m.
The U.S. U-16 boys national team, after opening the 13th Tournament Delle Nazioni with a 2-1 loss to Croatia and a 2-2 tie with Slovenia, beat Brazil, 2-1, on goals by Luis Arriaga and Marcelo Palomino on Wednesday.
Omid Namazi has done it all in coaching: indoors, women, Iran, now U.S. U-18s
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 26, 2:09 p.m.
Omid Namazi, who took charge of the U.S. U-18 men's national team in January, started his coaching career in indoor ball, has coached in U.S. women's pro leagues, and was Iran's assistant coach during its successful qualifying campaign for the 2014 men's World Cup. He continues to assist Tab Ramos with the U.S. men's U-20s, whose staff he joined before ...
Toronto kid helps U.S. U-17s beat Canada
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 22, 5:24 p.m.
The U.S. U-17 boys national team hosted Canada for two friendlies in Fort Lauderdale and won each game, 3-1. Ayo Akinola, who was born in Michigan and grew up in Ontario, Canada, scored twice in the second U.S. victory.
What makes a player push through adversity?
Posted by Chris Apple on Apr. 21, 5:19 p.m.
He was this player of mine who wasn't particularly talented. In fact, he barely made the team his freshman year. He played a total of 21 minutes that season. When most of the squad got varsity letters, he got a certificate of participation.
Road-trip games for a fun journey
Posted by Susan Boyd on Apr. 20, 2:21 p.m.
Whether your child plays select or recreation soccer, chances are good that in the next six months you'll travel at least 300 miles to a tournament. It's not only becoming more and more acceptable for any team to travel, but it has also become expected.
Benefits of heading ban are clear to see
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 19, 9:36 p.m.
I have now refereed and watched several games since the elimination of heading for children 10 and under - and have compared them to my notes and memories of games at the same level when heading was still allowed.
Historic game against Iran awaits U.S. U-16 girls
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 15, 4:57 p.m.
The U.S. U-16 girls national team, at the 1st International Women's Tournament of Gradisca in Italy April 19-29, will play Iran, marking the first U.S. women's national team game at any age level against a Middle East nation.
Is FIFA protecting or impeding Mexican-American players?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 14, 2:26 a.m.
Mexican clubs heavily scouting the USA for Mexican-American talent has been one of the greatest developments in U.S. soccer history.
Galaxy kid scores four and assists twice for U.S. U-15s on Argentina trip
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 12, 3:21 p.m.
Efrain Alvarez, who turns 14 in June, was the star as the U.S. U-15 national team went unbeaten on its trip to Argentina.
Mallory Pugh: The teen star's amazing rise and how it all started
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 8, 1:42 a.m.
There were some early signs that Mallory Pugh really, really loved soccer.
Choosing a club: Key factors to consider
Posted by Lisa Lavelle on Apr. 6, 5:52 p.m.
Over the years parents continue to ask, "How do you choose the right soccer club?" While the answer may seem as simple as picking a club or organization that is close to home and that's financially feasible based on your family's situation, the fact is that the decision-making can be much more complicated.
Rocco Amoroso: An Appreciation
Posted by Randy Vogt on Apr. 4, 1:16 a.m.
I might have officiated thousands of soccer games but wonder if I would have quit abruptly when I was starting out, like too many other refs, if not for Rocco Amoroso and the Sportsmanship Program he created.