Club vs. High School conflict heats up (A view from the NSCAA)
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 29, 3:06 a.m.
More than a third of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's 30,000-plus members are high school coaches. So we spoke with NSCAA CEO Joe Cummings about the tug-of-war for players between high schools and elite clubs.
Top U.S boys clubs get Report Cards
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 27, 4:28 a.m.
U.S. Soccer has been evaluating the clubs that comprise its Development Academy league since its launch in 2007, but it has now made those evaluations, in which clubs get rated on a 5-star system, public.
U.S. Academy 'closing the gap'; MLS teen debut; Why no keepers at U-8 level
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 22, 2:32 a.m.
As the U.S. Soccer Development Academy entered its fifth season this month, nearly a third of its 78 clubs moved to a 10-month season, no longer taking a three-month break during which players would commonly play high school ball, or in the case of Southern California, in the Coast Soccer League.
Claudio Reyna: 'It all ties into style of play'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 20, 12:43 p.m.
As U.S. Soccer's Youth Technical Director, Claudio Reyna believes a key to improving American player development is convincing more youth clubs to strive for a style of play conducive to nurturing talent.
Growing pains: Girls face challenge of the 'commotional' years
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 8, 7:45 p.m.
Age-appropriate coaching has been cited as extremely important in player development. The Youth Soccer Insider begins a series on this topic with a look at the challenges faced by female players as they transition into their teen years by checking in with Tad Bobak, one of the most experienced and successful girls coaches in American youth soccer.
For Kids Only ...
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 2, 3:09 a.m.
The fall season is underway and I'm hoping you're having a great time. I'm hoping that you're playing soccer more than you have to stand in line and do drills.