Defy U.S. Soccer: Wear a cap, ref!
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 26, 5:15 a.m.
It's 99 degrees Fahrenheit and not a cloud in the sky at one of these wonderful American soccer complexes -- with eight fields hosting scores of youth games all day long. Many, if not most, of the refs are working multiple games throughout the four-day event.
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Can 'pretty good' players play college ball?
Posted by Lisa Lavelle on Jun. 25, 6:21 p.m.
My 15-year-old son really wants to play college soccer. ...
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Should my daughter play ECNL?
Posted by Lisa Lavelle on Jun. 25, 2:51 p.m.
Aspirations to play college soccer and hopes of a scholarship are apt to influence many decisions young players and their parents make. We've relayed some of the common questions we've heard from parents to Lisa Lavelle, president of The Sport Source, which has spent more than 20 years in college counseling for student-athletes.
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Julie Johnston: Top U.S. defender played all positions as a child
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 24, 4:49 p.m.
Perhaps the most impressive player so far during the USA's run at the 2015 Women's World Cup has been 24-year-old Julie Johnston.
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How Refs Work With Club Linesmen
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jun. 23, 11:39 a.m.
Club linesmen are those volunteers who help a solo referee determine if the ball is out-of-bounds. The ref should tell club linesmen before the game, "Raise the flag only when the entire ball goes over the entire line. Do not give me the direction of the throw as I will determine it."
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Beware of first impressions: World Cup stars remind us
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 19, 2:47 p.m.
The U.S. women's national team has given us some wonderful examples of how one can't draw conclusions about a player's potential based on their early time in the sport.
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Advice from U.S. Women's World Cup ref Margaret Domka
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 18, 2:48 p.m.
When at age 13 Margaret Domka refereed her first game, she remembers' being "scared out of my mind."
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Mickey Kydes: Be patient, set high expectations, and trust your players
Posted by Cody Bryant-Zygowski on Jun. 16, 2:06 p.m.
Mickey Kydes is the founder and president of Beachside of Connecticut Soccer Club, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Beachside SC, whose boys teams compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, is also a New York City FC affiliate.
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USA at 2015 U-20 World Cup: Success?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 15, 4:41 p.m.
If you watched the USA at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand -- you saw it score just one goal in its final 300 minutes of play. On the other hand, it didn't concede a goal in its final 210 minutes -- and missed a semifinal spot by losing a penalty-kick shootout to Serbia.
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How Oregon kid Rubio Rubin became a U.S. goal-poacher
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 12, 5:43 p.m.
When Rubio Rubin was very young, growing up in Oregon, and didn't have a game himself, he'd show at his older brother Bryan's Westside Metros games and hang out on the bench.