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The Discipline of Being in Position for ARs

In many game situations, I could make a case that the ref's best position varies but there is only one position that works for assistants. During normal play for nearly the entire game, the assistant referee's position is parallel with the second-to-last defender as that is the perfect position for determining offside. The first defender is almost always the goalkeeper.
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Brilliant books for kids: Messi, Ronaldo, USA ... South Africa

Lionel Messi preferred to play with marbles and collect picture cards, seemingly uninterested in the soccer played by his two older brothers and his father on the street in front of their house. Then one day, at age 4, he went outside and asked to join them. They were delighted.
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Top item on to-do list as spring season kicks off

With the spring season kicking off, this is the perfect time to make sure you've got the first-aid kit in order.
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Ref Watch: Are All Games Equally Important?

During the 1990s, I worked as a Senior Art Director at Manhattan ad agency Lowe McAdams. One of my first assignments there was for a pro bono client, the Pharmaceutical Advertising Council. Pro bono (meaning "for the public good") work was done on a voluntary basis by Lowe McAdams and other agencies as we received no compensation.
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11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones

"I got recruited to coach my kid's soccer team. Any advice?"
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Kekuta Manneh: 'Soccer has just one language' (When They Were Children)

With MLS having just kicked off its 19th season, the Youth Soccer Insider's "When They Were Children" series is looking back at the formative years of some of the league's brightest stars, such as the boy from Gambia who moved to Texas to pursue his dream of becoming a pro soccer player.
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DeAndre Yedlin: From ballboy to star (When They Were Children)

With MLS's 19th season kicking off this weekend, the Youth Soccer Insider's "When They Were Children" series is looking back at the formative years of some of the league's brightest stars, such as the Seattle kid who now starts on the team for which he used to fetch balls.
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Fagundez's Perfect Playmate; Magee's Early Test with Pros (When They Were Children)

With MLS's 19th season kicking off this weekend, the Youth Soccer Insider's "When They Were Children" series is looking back at the formative years of some of the league's brightest stars, starting with a teen sensation and last year's league MVP.
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Making Critical Feedback Positive and Motivating (with Chris Hayden)

As his practice wound down and the FC Dallas U-13 boys sat in a circle stretching under the afternoon Texas sun, Chris Hayden took a minute to help his players put what they'd worked on that day in context.
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Make Sure the Goals are Anchored

I keep a short record of every game that I ever officiated so I know that Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, Long Island, is the field complex where I have refereed the most. It was the home to the Long Island Rough Riders and now hosts the New York Cosmos' training field.
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The Power of Planning a Practice (Tony Lepore)

On the day I observed Tony Lepore, the Director of Scouting for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, he had a lot to accomplish at the U.S. Soccer Training Center session. He had 36 players in from across the Northeast for a two-hour training. In that time his goal was to run a practice that developed the skills at the core ...
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Put refs and coaches in the same room

Last month I co-hosted a workshop at U.S. Youth Soccer's annual gathering in Philadelphia with longtime referee and National Instructor Barry Towbin titled: "Coaches and Referees Improving Relations for the Good of the Game."
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Joe Cannon: 'With talent and the belief, you can go far'

Listening to my twin brother tell me about the local soccer club scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, I realized this was a problem not restricted to his family. With AYSO, Cal North, NorCal, ECNL and the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy, parents are overwhelmed with where to place or what to do with their aspiring little Messis, Ronaldos or ...
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Crack down on Persistent Infringement

There are seven reasons for cautioning a player. I don't believe that I cautioned anybody for one of the reasons -- persistent infringement -- during my first three years of refereeing.
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April Heinrichs: Coaching Boys vs. Girls -- More Similar than Different

Here's what I know after coaching girls and women for 25 years, and coaching our nation's best female players for the last 15 years:
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