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The case for compensating youth clubs -- a lawyer's view (Cory Roth Q&A)

Non-MLS American youth clubs are pushing hard to have access to training compensation and solidarity payments, which are paid according to FIFA regulations in other nations to amateur youth clubs and academies associated with professional clubs when their players make it to the pros, and deliver even larger sums if those players switch clubs on transfer fees. U.S. Soccer has ...

'Little tips lead to more confidence' (Q&A with McGuire Cup-winning coach Tobias Bischof)

In July, Massapequa Arsenal became the first New York team since 1959 to win the McGuire Cup, the U-19 boys national championship that launched in 1935. Massapequa Arsenal coach Tobias Bischof, who is also a Massapequa SC director and the associate head coach of the Hofstra University women's team, spoke with us about his coaching philosophy, the differences between coaching ...

Zidane the Younger gets a shutout as U.S. U-17s tie France

The World Cup-bound U.S. U-17 boys national team played fellow qualifier France, which featured Zinedine Zidane's son Luca Zidane in goal, to a scoreless tie en route to finishing runner-up at the Limoges Tournament in France.

FC Dallas sets a Homegrown record

FC Dallas set a record when it started five Homegrown players in its 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew last Sunday.

When you disagree with volunteers and refs -- do so politely

Parent coaches. Soccer club board members. These people are volunteers. Be nice. If you disagree with their vision, do so politely. Referees make a tiny bit of money. Be nice to them, too.

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.

Ref Watch: Time to Follow the Rest of the World

Soccer has never been more popular in the United States. Tens of millions Americans watched the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Women's World Cup, MLS is experiencing record attendance and my own father Bill Vogt, more of a football and baseball fan, could even tell you the secret signals between referees and AR's. Take a wild guess who he learned ...

Looking to Spain makes sense

If I had a dollar for every time a foreign club offered to teach us how to coach, I'd be able to buy one the replica jerseys they're selling.

A new cycle begins for U.S. U-20 men's national team

Coach Tab Ramos, who in June guided the USA to a quarterfinal appearance at the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, has named the first roster of the new U-20 cycle.

11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones

"I got recruited to coach my kid's soccer team. Any advice?"

Youth leaders react to change to soccer's registration cutoff date

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced to two initiatives that will be mandated by August 2017. One was the standardization of small-sided games through age U-12. Fewer players on age appropriate-size fields - that has been the trend in American youth soccer for quite a while now.

U.S. Soccer mandates major changes, altering birth-year registration and standardizing small-sided format

U.S. Soccer has mandated a significant alteration in how American soccer will be organized -- changing the birth-year registration from an August-July format to January-December.

'Former pros can bring wealth of knowledge to the youth game' (Chris Martinez Q&A)

Colorado native Chris Martinez, who starred for the A-League's Colorado Foxes and MLS's Colorado Rapids, now serves a Real Colorado director and was named U.S. Development Academy U-15/16 Central Conference Coach of the Year 2015.

The Trophy Debate -- Give kids some credit

I'm not a big fan of trophies. They tend to be gaudy and overpriced. At the same time, I find it amusing when people get all riled up about kids nowadays getting trophies they don't deserve. As if that's really a major problem.

'Coaches cannot be set in their ways' (Luchi Gonzalez Q&A)

After a seven-year professional playing career, Luchi Gonzalez launched a career in education -- he served as Dean of Students and algebra teacher at Miami's Gulliver Academy -- and youth coaching. A full-time coach at FC Dallas' academy since 2012, the 2001 Hermann Trophy winner at SMU guided FC Dallas to the 2015 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 title.