Police side with kids in pickup game dispute
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 23, 5:13 p.m.
My favorite youth soccer story of the spring comes from Birmingham, Alabama, where police officers responded to complaints about kids playing pickup soccer -- by joining the game.
U.S. girls to prep for U-17 World Cup against Swiss U-19s
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 22, 1:27 p.m.
The U.S. U-17 girls national team, which is preparing for the U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan (Sept. 30-Oct. 21), will play two games against the Switzerland team that is prepping for July's U-19 European Championship.
The Female Athlete Triad -- Be on the Lookout
Posted by Dev Mishra on May. 19, 7:55 a.m.
I was recently with a friend watching his daughter in a NorCal Premier State Cup soccer game on a beautiful spring afternoon. The girls were skilled players and the game was played at a high level. The players were fit and athletic, and yet I was reminded that female athletes in many sports have unique pressures that can predispose them ...
Ref Watch: Players Taking Dives
Posted by Randy Vogt on May. 18, 9:13 a.m.
I started refereeing in 1978 and for every game that I officiated in the United States for my first decade or so of refereeing -- nearly 2,000 games -- I did not see one player take a dive. Certainly, my ability to detect simulation was not as good as it is today as I now have much more experience.
Christian Pulisic near another milestone
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 17, 1:26 a.m.
Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old Pennsylvania kid who has already played nine Bundesliga games, is one game away from winning his second German youth national championship.
U.S. Soccer goes all out to prep youth teams
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 13, 1:49 a.m.
This month's U.S. youth national trips include the U-17 boys going to India while the U-20 women are headed to Papua New Guinea.
Parental influence done right -- supportive but not overbearing
Posted by Dev Mishra on May. 12, 2:21 a.m.
For better or worse (almost always for the better) there will be parental influence in coaching and medical recommendations. It's their right, and an involved parent is a very good thing.
Portuguese connection inspires national boys player of the year Mendes
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 11, 2:51 p.m.
Lucas Mendes stands 5-foot-5 -- and is one of the top 18-year-old players in the USA. Playing with adults as a young child probably has something to do with his ability to outwit his bigger foes.
Galaxy provides school in quest to produce an American Messi
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 10, 1:57 p.m.
"This could change how we develop players in this country. And the hope is a Lionel Messi or a Cristiano Ronaldo will come from the United States." -- Los Angeles Galaxy president Chris Klein on the Galaxy providing high school studies with its youth program.
The young athlete is not a small professional
Posted by Dev Mishra on May. 6, 8:24 p.m.
It's totally understandable to want your injured son or daughter to be healed and back playing sports as soon as possible after injury.
Jitka Klimkova: 'Let players find solutions by themselves'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 5, 3:38 p.m.
Jitka Klimkova grew up in a Czech village where girls weren't allowed to play organized soccer. That didn't stop her from realizing her dream of playing for the Czech national team. Now 41, Klimkova is a U.S. Soccer Development Coach, overseeing the West Coast Training Centers for girls 11 to 14 and head coaching the U.S. U-19 women's national team.
Friedel's revamped U.S. U-19 men lift Slovakia Cup
Posted by Mike Woitalla on May. 2, 5:22 p.m.
The U.S. U-19 men's national team, coached by Brad Friedel, beat Russia, 2-1, to win the Slovakia Cup after reaching the final thanks to group-stage wins over Georgia (5-1) and Ukraine (2-1).
How refs work with assignors
Posted by Randy Vogt on Apr. 28, 1:07 a.m.
Assignors are the people who give referees their schedules. Depending on the league, some assign the entire season at once while others assign on a week-to-week basis. One of the most important relationships that refs have is with assignors. I have worked for dozens of assignors during the past four decades and have found that this works:
U.S. U-16 boys beat Brazil
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 27, 8:35 p.m.
The U.S. U-16 boys national team, after opening the 13th Tournament Delle Nazioni with a 2-1 loss to Croatia and a 2-2 tie with Slovenia, beat Brazil, 2-1, on goals by Luis Arriaga and Marcelo Palomino on Wednesday.
Omid Namazi has done it all in coaching: indoors, women, Iran, now U.S. U-18s
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Apr. 26, 2:09 p.m.
Omid Namazi, who took charge of the U.S. U-18 men's national team in January, started his coaching career in indoor ball, has coached in U.S. women's pro leagues, and was Iran's assistant coach during its successful qualifying campaign for the 2014 men's World Cup. He continues to assist Tab Ramos with the U.S. men's U-20s, whose staff he joined before ...