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Refs on top of the action: How to position

The referee's diagonal that he or she runs goes from corner flag to corner flag. Actually, a referee who strictly adheres to this diagonal will miss seeing a number of fouls.
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Don't ignore player discontent

Events of the World Cup teach us coaches a lot about the ever-changing game of soccer and the players.
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Capturing the World Cup spectacle in a book

The magic of the bookshelf is what has kept me from acquiring a Kindle, one of those convenient e-books that let you load up bestsellers at a discount and take a library on vacation.
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When a ref ... be ready!

You have been assigned to referee three games this Saturday and two on Sunday. The referee who physically trains for these games and watches officials during other soccer matches will most likely be a good deal more successful than the person who does not think about these assignments all week until putting on a referee uniform that weekend.
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High school soccer still gets short shrift

Long gone are the days when soccer in the USA existed on the fringes. Its massive popularity among the nation's youth, among other factors, moved it deep into the American mainstream. So it's easy to forget there are still battles to be won.
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10 Ways to Manage High School vs. Club Conflicts

Whether you're a coach or a parent, below are 10 things to think about (because everyone loves lists) when it comes to handling the high school vs. club conflict. These are areas where I see the most mistakes in helping over-worked players get through the season healthy.
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High School vs. Club: Putting Players at Peril (Part I)

The annual tug-of-war between club and high school soccer in many states has been around since the first days "travel" club soccer was invented and became a year-round option for players. Since then, it only seems to be getting worse, especially as more "showcase" travel events and elite leagues crop up and place additional demands on the upper-echelon players.
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Improving skills on your own

A player can always improve his fitness by working out hard. He can comprehend certain tactics by studying the game. But how far he goes will be determined mainly by how well he has mastered ball skills. Those are acquired by playing, day after day, year after year.
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How Reyna can really make a difference

When U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced the hiring of Claudio Reyna as Youth Technical Director, they spoke much of learning about player development from foreign clubs. That's the least crucial element of Reyna's quest to improve the youth soccer environment in the USA.
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Don't be a 'Joystick' Coach

I first heard the term "Joystick Coaching" a few years back. What a wonderfully descriptive term. As with video games, joystick coaches want to dictate and control the movement of all players on the field. Hence the term "joystick."
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Get up and start a pickup game

Are our kids playing enough pick up ball? There have been countless articles written about this. While we all agree that this is not happening enough, many of us just sit back and hope it starts to happen somehow on its own.
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You know you're watching beginners soccer when ...

You know you're watching beginners soccer when ...
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Stealing from children -- and how to prevent it

A youth soccer league's fees are raised, piquing the curiosity of a parent, who decides to investigate. She researches refereeing and field rental fees, and finds significant gaps between what was charged and what was paid for those services.
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The Boys From Little Mexico: Chasing The American Dream

Back in Mexico, Octavio's father had recognized his skill at school from an early age, and had pushed him to do well. When they debated whether he should join F.C. Atlas, his father told him that if he didn't play soccer, he should stay in Irapuato and go to high school, maybe even college.
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Tryouts: The Worst Part of Coaching

For many young players, there is nothing more nerve-wracking than trying out for a team. The reasons are plentiful. A player is:
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