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American game enjoying a coaching renaissance

Over the past 5 years, the landscape of the youth soccer world has changed dramatically, and the pace and magnitude of change shows no signs of slowing down.
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Tab Ramos: 'I know what Jurgen's looking for'

No other coach of a U.S. national team on the men's side had as illustrious career in the U.S. jersey as new U-20 boss Tab Ramos, who played in three World Cups, two Copa Americas, the Olympics and the U-20 World Cup.
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Cruyff: 'Everyone grows'; Coaches' sons; U.S. Foundation grant cycle opens

Johan Cruyff, speaking with Rob Draper of the UK's Daily Mail, recounted seeing Pep Guardiola for the first time - shortly after Cruyff had been named Barcelona coach and Guardiola was a "scrawny teenager" in Barcelona's youth team
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Patience key when coaching boys in transition (Q&A with Manny Schellscheidt)

For insight into coaching boys* when they hit puberty and how to challenge early-bloomers, we spoke to U.S. Hall of Fame coach Manfred "Manny" Schellscheidt, who had been the technical director of U.S. Soccer's U-14 boys National Identification Program since 1998 and is one of the nation's most experienced youth coaches.
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How goalkeeper coaches can help keepers read the game

The goalkeeper coach, or the person filling that role, oversees every aspect of the goalkeepers training. This means running the keeper drills and suggesting strategies as well as overseeing the keepers' interaction with the rest of the team. The more involved the goalkeeper coach is, the better he can guide the goalkeepers' development and nurture their ability to read the ...
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Minors take on Major League Soccer challenge

Not very long ago, Zach Pfeffer was still fine-tuning his skills in the basement of his Pennsylvania home with his twin brother, Jared.
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The Joint was Jumpin'

I was literally left speechless upon entering Portland's Jeld-Wen Field nearly two weeks ago for the U.S. women's national team friendly against Canada, the second game in the so-called "Celebration Series." It was still an hour before kickoff and, as Fats Waller famously sang, "The joint was jumpin'!"
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Club vs. High School conflict heats up (A view from the NSCAA)

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.
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Top U.S boys clubs get Report Cards

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.
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U.S. Academy 'closing the gap'; MLS teen debut; Why no keepers at U-8 level

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.
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Claudio Reyna: 'It all ties into style of play'

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.
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Growing pains: Girls face challenge of the 'commotional' years

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.
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For Kids Only ...

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.
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Why so few women referees?

In her Youth Soccer Insider column on Aug. 15, Sarah Weld laments the lack of women coaches and refs in youth soccer. It's an oddity that I've noticed and am concerned about as well.
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Brad Rothenberg: 'Latino talent critically important to U.S. future'

Since Brad Rothenberg co-founded Alianza de Futbol in 2004, the program's tournaments and tryouts in U.S. Hispanic communities have become a magnet for Mexicans clubs scouting U.S.-bred talent. We spoke to Rothenberg about the integration of Hispanics into mainstream American soccer and the challenges faced by young Latino players in the USA.
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