Watching my grandson's soccer game last week, I was reminded that even when we think kids aren't listening, they really are, it's just that they don't understand us. But they try, because they want to please us. The following results come from some of the most confusing and therefore entertaining vignettes of my journey through youth soccer.
Get Flip-Flops to Improve Practice and Game Play
Posted by Alex Kos on Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m.
Shortly after a practice or game ends, all players should participate in the collective ritual that I simply call the "aaaaahhhh." Typically, "aaaaahhhh" is the sound that players make when they take off their cleats, socks and shinguards and slip on a cool pair of flip-flops. In Northern California, we can usually get away with flip-flops. But in other parts ...
More Backyard Games
Posted by Mike Singleton on Nov. 17, 12:00 p.m.
Here are more ways players can work on their skills on their own. ...
Recommended Backyard Games
Posted by Mike Singleton on Nov. 6, 11:07 a.m.
The offseason is near, so here are ways players can work on their skills on their own. ...
'Most important is scoring'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Oct. 30, 2:16 p.m.
The youth coach faces many formidable tasks. Carrying a net full of soccer balls, a big duffle bag, the fold-out bench and pop-up goals from the parking lot to the field - that's no mean feat.
Long before they became stars ...
Posted by Bryan Alvarez on Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m.
When Soccer America profiles the nation's top young players, we ask them to reflect on their early youth soccer years and share their outstanding memories. Here are some of our favorites:
Why is scrimmage dessert?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Oct. 2, 3:15 p.m.
It seems to be conventional wisdom that scrimmaging - letting children actually play soccer - is something that should happen only at the end of practice.
Check out future stars at U-20 World Cup
Posted by Paul Kennedy, Mike Woitalla on Sep. 24, 7:30 p.m.
The U-20 World Cup is underway in Egypt and the USA starts play on Saturday against European Champion Germany.
For Kids Only ...
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 18, 5:00 p.m.
This column is for the kids. Adults can stop reading now.
Dear Soccer-Playing Children of America,
Feedback: WPS, Pele, Risk-Taking, High Costs
Posted by SA Editorial on Sep. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Below are reader comments on recent editions of the Youth Soccer Insider. Soccer America Members can post their feedback on SoccerAmerica.com's Blog and Commentary section using the link provided at the bottom of our e-letters. Selected posts are included periodically in the e-letters.
The Real Problem with Women's Pro Soccer
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 3, 3:30 p.m.
The first season of the Women's Professional Soccer league produced lower crowds and bigger financial losses than anticipated.
Keys To Creating Savvy Players
Posted by Sam Snow on Aug. 27, 5:15 p.m.
Transition is the most important moment in soccer; the moment in the match when individual players switch their player role in the game from defense to attack or attack to defense. Transition is acquired first by an individual player, then a group of players, and then the team.