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Curt Onalfo: L.A. Galaxy builds bridge from youth to first team

One of the biggest challenges in U.S. player development is providing a highly competitive, professional environment for players who have graduated from the youth game but aren't ripe for first-team MLS action.
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Coaching your own child: Do's and Don'ts

It's that time of year when men and women across the country embark on the wonderful adventure of youth soccer coaching.
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Matt Pilkington: Encourage Creativity

Matt Pilkington was recently named U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 Coach of the Year for the East region after his Bethesda-Olney team finished runner-up to PDA at the USSDA national finals -- its first season in the national league -- and was honored with the "Style of Play" award for the East.
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Ed Foster-Simeon leads free-to-play quest

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the USA hosting the 1994 World Cup, after which the U.S. Soccer Foundation was created to distribute profits from the tournament to further the growth of the sport in this country. The Foundation has since awarded more than $59 million into soccer organizations and field-building initiatives nationwide.
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Lars Richters: Explain rationale and outline expectations

Crew Soccer Academy Wolves coach Lars Richters was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 Coach of the Year for the Central region.
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Shannon MacMillan: A World Champ's View on Coaching Kids

No college coach asks, "Did you win a State Cup at U-9?" says Shannon MacMillan, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 World Cup champion who is the Director of Club Operations of San Diego's Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks.
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Shaun Tsakiris: 'The team is a family'

Shaun Tsakiris, coach of Northern California club De Anza Force's U-14 boys team, was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy Coach of the Year for the West region. As a player, Tsakiris won the 1997 NCAA Division I title with UCLA and played in the 1999 U-20 World Cup, where his teammates included Tim Howard, Taylor Twellman and Carlos Bocanegra, and ...
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The most important coaching tool ever...

I've said various things to the opposing coach during the postgame handshake:
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How I Became a Referee -- and Why I'm Glad I did

When I was 15 years old, one of my soccer coaches, Gordon Barr (son of U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer George Barr) phoned me to ask if I would like to ref our local soccer club's intramural program. I thought who would want to become a referee? After all, the ref gets yelled at and is booed, so I declined.
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Mario Goetze: From 'rascal' to World Cup hero

The latest edition of our "When They Were Children" series provides a glimpse into the youth years of World Cup final hero Mario Goetze, who scored the goal that gave Germany its fourth world championship.
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Tim Howard's advice for keepers, parents and coaches

In light of Tim Howard's extraordinary performance at the 2014 World Cup, where he set a World Cup record with 16 saves in the round of 16 overtime loss to Belgium and set the record for most U.S. national team appearances for a goalkeeper at 104, the Youth Soccer Insider republishes this 2012 interview.
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Robben and Van Persie: When They Were Children

Here are some glimpses into the childhoods of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, who each scored a pair of goals as the Netherlands opened their 2014 World Cup campaign with a 5-1 win over defending champion Spain.
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Love in the Time of Futbol

I am ready. Every four years when the World Cup comes around my every day world ceases to be and like a sunflower that lives to trace the sun in the sky I focus on one thing only: ftbol.
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Understanding teen 'weirdness'

Any coach who works with teenage athletes knows they will have to deal with a lot of weirdness. Biologically and psychologically, children reach puberty earlier and adulthood later. That leaves a lot of room in the middle for an extended period of awkwardness, which often leaves parents and coaches scratching their heads in disbelief.
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Sleep well, play well (The teenager's challenge)

I'm sure anyone who's raised an adolescent or teenager can attest to the idea that teenagers don't get as much sleep as they need.
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