Why Mexico has been so successful
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 26, 1:40 a.m.
It's five days after Mexico won the 2012 Olympic gold medal. Scouts from 11 Mexican pro clubs and three representatives of the Mexican federation (FMF) are eying players from ages 13 to 18.
Keys to the Ref-Assignor Relationship
Posted by Randy Vogt on Sep. 24, 2:40 p.m.
Assignors are the people who give referees and assistant referees their schedules every week so it's imperative that an official maintains a positive relationship with them.
Bad Boys, Perfectionists, Musicians, etc. -- The Archetypes (Part 2)
Posted by Dan Woog on Sep. 18, 1:40 a.m.
I have coached probably 1,000 different players since my first youth team in 1975. There were junior high squads, high school freshmen, junior varsity and, now, varsity teams. But I feel like I’ve worked with only a few. That's because the same boys show up again and again. Well, not the same ones -- but the same types.
The Archetypes: Loners, Little Guys, Mathematicians, etc. (Part 1)
Posted by Dan Woog on Sep. 16, 8:23 p.m.
The same boys show up again and again. Well, not the same ones -- they'd be too old, and even worse they would know all my tricks -- but the same types.
For Kids Only ...
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 7, 1:39 p.m.
Dear Soccer-Playing Children of America,
Laughter, Tears, Frustration, Celebration (Book Review)
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 6, 12:33 p.m.
If there's a book about a youth soccer coach's experience as entertaining and insightful as what Dan Woog has produced, I'm unaware of it.
Refereeing in Different Systems
Posted by Randy Vogt on Sep. 5, 5:37 p.m.
The youngest youth soccer players start out by kicking a smaller ball into a smaller goal on a small-sided field. By the time they have graduated to U-13 and often sooner, they are playing 11 vs. 11 with a No. 5 ball on a regulation field with goals that are 8 feet high and 8 yards wide.
Hope Solo: 'Free and unburdened on the soccer field'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Sep. 1, 3:43 a.m.
Hope Solo's memoir, released days after she helped the USA win gold at the 2012 London Games, debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list. The goalkeeper's propensity for controversy and the promise of revealing details from her battles with coaches, teammates (and even a dance partner) undoubtedly boosted sales. The book also provides a glimpse into ...