Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds

Give parents their money's worth

What are the keys to a club providing an optimal experience for the different levels of teams under its umbrella: from comp to rec?
» 2 Comments

Briana Scurry: Good coaches understand kids

"We play sports because we want to be a part of something," says Briana Scurry, who was a big part of two U.S. Olympic gold medal wins and famously saved the penalty kick in the 1999 Women's World Cup final victory.
» 0 Comments

Lee Nguyen's journey began in Texas backyard

The latest edition of our "When They Were Children" series looks at Lee Nguyen's youth soccer experience. The 28-year-old's 18 goals were fourth best in MLS this season, the most by an American, and led to a call-up for national team duty by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
» 2 Comments

The DOC's 3 most important duties

A Director of Coaching at a club needs to possess many talents. The DOC must be a good listener and also hard of hearing at some times. He or she must be determined to stay the course and, also, make changes for the betterment of the organization.
» 0 Comments

Getting Players to Pay Attention

(My recent outings to training sessions with 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds reminded me how difficult it can be to corral a group of wonderfully rambunctious children -- and prompted me to remind myself of the advice we got in this article that first appeared in March of 2013.)
» 4 Comments

Variety is the Spice of Refereeing

People ask me how I can referee just about every weekend of the year.
» 0 Comments

Landon Donovan's Path to Greatness

The latest edition of our "When They Were Children" series looks at Landon Donovan's childhood soccer experience.
» 10 Comments

Are the Best Refs the Ones You Don't Notice?

After a few of the games I have refereed, a spectator approached me and said, "You must have done a good job as I did not notice you."
» 5 Comments

Jill Ellis: Players like to problem-solve (Q&A Part 2)

Coach Jill Ellis, currently leading the USA in qualifying play for the 2015 World Cup, has coached at every level of the youth game. She served as U.S. Soccer Women's Development Director, overseeing U-14, U-15 and U-17 girls national teams, from January 2011 until taking the full national team's helm in May. The former UCLA head coach's youth national team ...
» 4 Comments

Jill Ellis: Coaches must find their own voice (Q&A Part 1)

Coach Jill Ellis, currently leading the USA in qualifying play for the 2015 Women's World Cup, has coached at every level of the youth game. She served as U.S. Soccer Women's Development Director, overseeing U-14, U-15 and U-17 girls national teams, from January 2011 until taking the full national team's helm in May. The former UCLA head coach's youth national ...
» 1 Comments

Is there a place for 'small' clubs in the USA?

There is not only a place for small soccer clubs in this country but small youth soccer clubs are essential to the continued development of the sport. However, these smaller clubs must be quality clubs.
» 9 Comments

The 'Sisterhood' factor in coaching girls (Joan Steidinger Q&A)

Sport psychologist Joan Steidinger's female clients often reported that their coaches told them they need to be more like men -- that they needed to get rid of their emotions. Inspired by studies that the female brain and hormones operate differently than those of men, Steidinger has written the book, "Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete."
» 2 Comments

Kids love going for goal

The article A Great Start to Practice: Free play!, which questions the traditional training formula of saving scrimmage for the end, received some feedback worth sharing.
» 2 Comments

The Two-Ref System Revisited

Two years ago, I wrote about The Two-Ref System: Its Flaws and How to Cope. The two-ref system is still only used widely in American high school soccer and I will be very happy when the two refs finally become one ref and two ARs in all outdoor soccer games. With much of the United States playing high school soccer ...
» 25 Comments

The case for a full-service club: rec to comp

How important is it for a club to offer all levels of play -- rec to comp?
» 8 Comments




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA