Meet 16-year-old Brianna Pinto, called into U.S. national team
Posted by Paul Kennedy, Mike Woitalla on Jan. 18, 4:59 p.m.
In October, Brianna Pinto started all three games for the USA at the U-17 Women's World Cup. In January, she was invited to the U-23 women's national team camp, where she impressed such that Coach Jill Ellis invited the midfielder to join the full national team's camp under way now in in Carson, California. Pinto turns 17 in May.
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Should new refs be identified -- like in driver's ed?
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jan. 13, 1:02 p.m.
There are hundreds of soccer referee certification clinics held across the United States every year. Sadly, most refs passing these courses do not last two years with verbal abuse by the adults in youth soccer being the No. 1 reason for quitting.
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Tab Ramos on new rules, U.S. progress, MLS and youth clubs
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 12, 4:31 p.m.
Tab Ramos, a U.S. Hall of Famer whose playing career included three World Cups, is entering his fourth year as U.S. Soccer's Youth Technical Director. Ramos, who is also aiming to become the first coach to lead the USA to three straight U-20 World Cups, has been at the Technical Director helm during a period in which U.S. Soccer has ...
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Modernized NSCAA coaching courses have a touch of Mike 'Bert' Berticelli
Posted by Vince Ganzberg on Jan. 11, 12:15 p.m.
It was circa 1991 and I was a young high school teacher and coach in South Bend, Indiana. I remember being introduced to Mike Berticelli after a game in which my team scored six goals after a rather louder than usual halftime talk.
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Boys Development Academy expands again -- adds U-15 division
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 10, 6:56 p.m.
The U.S. Soccer Boys Development Academy, which launched in 2007 with two age groups, will be adding a single-age U-15 division in the 2017-18 season. That will give it six divisions, from U-12 to U-18/19.
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Q&A with U.S. Soccer's top coach educator Nico Romeijn: On teaching the coaches
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 9, 3:10 p.m.
The U.S. Soccer Federation hired Nico Romeijn of the Netherlands in June of 2015 as its Director of Coaching Education. Romeijn previously served as the Head of Education for the Dutch federation (KNVB).
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Troy Dayak leads thriving West Coast SC after 16 years of pro ball
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 6, 7:22 p.m.
A hard-nosed defender during his 16-year pro career, mostly with the San Jose Earthquakes with which he won a pair of MLS titles, Troy Dayak was nicknamed "The Beast." But when he coaches youth soccer -- at least four teams on an average weekend -- Dayak sits calmly on the sidelines, quite often the mellowest coach on the field as ...
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Washington Youth Soccer reinstated by U.S. Youth Soccer
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 5, 2:35 p.m.
In November, Washington Youth Soccer announced its aim to register its players solely with the U.S Soccer Federation. In mid-December, U.S. Youth Soccer sent a memo to all its state associations announcing that was for 2017 revoking from WYS any "any and all benefits" associated with U.S. Youth Soccer
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