Alexi Lalas strikes a chord on foreign clubs coming to USA
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Dec. 17, 3:40 p.m.
"Make no mistake. This is a gold rush. This is a land grab." That's Alexi Lalas after being asked by The Guardian about foreign clubs -- such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Everton -- making ambitious moves into American youth soccer.
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Small-sided push from USSF promises long-term benefits
Posted by Charlie Slagle on Dec. 12, 12:53 p.m.
The U.S. Soccer Federation looks like it is getting ready to mandate small-sided games. My comment: what took you so long?
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Ref, Can we talk?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Dec. 10, 1:43 p.m.
Among the feedback we got from last week's column on referee abuse ("Blaming the ref doesn't work") were those who pointed out that sometimes coaches do feel a legitimate need to communicate with the referee -- especially when the coaches believe their players' safety is at risk.
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Blaming the ref doesn't work
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Dec. 5, 3:35 a.m.
I've long believed that coaches lashing out at referees is a counter-productive practice. After reffing and ARing nearly 40 youth games in the last year -- and surveying other referees -- I'm even more sure of it.
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Refs, a smile goes a long way
Posted by Randy Vogt on Dec. 1, 2:41 p.m.
Leo Durocher was a baseball lifer who was a better manager than player. So much so that his teammate, Babe Ruth, called him the "All-American out."
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Robbie Rogers' Story of Soccer, Pain and Love
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 26, 7:26 p.m.
Robbie Rogers, like all players who make it to the higher levels of the game, spent a lot of time playing soccer on his own, away from the organized practices and games. And like most such players, he has a tale of indoor destruction.
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Bayern Makes its Move
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 21, 3:29 p.m.
One thing we hear a lot from the foreign clubs coming to the USA is how they're aiming to help Americans produce better soccer players.
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Give parents their money's worth
Posted by Charlie Slagle on Nov. 20, 1:48 a.m.
What are the keys to a club providing an optimal experience for the different levels of teams under its umbrella: from comp to rec?
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Briana Scurry: Good coaches understand kids
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 14, 2:55 a.m.
"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.
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Lee Nguyen's journey began in Texas backyard
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Nov. 10, 5:33 p.m.
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.
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The DOC's 3 most important duties
Posted by Charlie Slagle on Nov. 5, 12:09 a.m.
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.
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Getting Players to Pay Attention
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Oct. 31, 12:25 p.m.
(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.)
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Variety is the Spice of Refereeing
Posted by Randy Vogt on Oct. 30, 1:17 a.m.
People ask me how I can referee just about every weekend of the year.
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Landon Donovan's Path to Greatness
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Oct. 24, 2:53 a.m.
The latest edition of our "When They Were Children" series looks at Landon Donovan's childhood soccer experience.
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Are the Best Refs the Ones You Don't Notice?
Posted by Randy Vogt on Oct. 21, 10:34 p.m.
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."
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