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Not using referees is part of Schalke 04's acclaimed youth program

Schalke 04's youth program, currently home to three U.S. youth national team players -- Haji Wright, Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague -- is among the world's most successful at graduating players to the highest levels.
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Meet 16-year-old Brianna Pinto, called into U.S. national team

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Best of 2016 in American Youth Soccer

It wasn't all smooth sailing for American youth soccer in 2016. The turf wars between governing bodies showed no signs of subsiding, the high school vs. club debate intensified, plenty of complaints about the transition to birth-year registration, and lawsuits filed by youth clubs in their quest to receive compensation from professional clubs. But there was plenty to celebrate ...
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Newcomers to USA get a boost from Soccer Without Borders: Meet founder Ben Gucciardi

Ben Gucciardi is the founder of Soccer Without Borders, which is entering its second decade of providing soccer programs for under-served youth in the USA and abroad. Also known as Futbol Sin Fronteras, SWB started in Oakland, California, and its year-round programs in the USA serve more than 1,000 children in Oakland, Baltimore, Boston and Greeley, Colorado.
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A major schism: U.S. Youth Soccer strikes back at Washington state for seeking sole USSF registration

In response to Washington Youth Soccer announcing its quest to register its players solely with the U.S. Soccer Federation, U.S. Youth Soccer announced that it has "formally accepted WYSA's resignation from U.S. Youth Soccer effective as of January 1, 2017" -- a move WYSA states it has not taken.
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Unseeded USA faces tough path to U-17 World Cup

Failing to earn a seed at the Concacaf U-17 Championship that will determine the region's four qualifiers for the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India, the USA faces stiff competition in its first-round group at the Panama-hosted tournament April 21-May 7.
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Boston seeks unity to grapple with big-city youth soccer challenges

Kids who want to play youth soccer within the city of Boston face a calamitous and disjointed mess. With 3 million registered youth soccer players in the USA in 2014 representing an 89 percent increase since 1990, the sport is progressing rapidly, and yet the city of Boston is being left behind.
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Tab Ramos: Current U-20s are a more consistent group

In just over two months, Tab Ramos will aim to steer the U.S. U-20 men to the U-20 World Cup for the third time of his tenure.
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