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Treating the common 'growing pain' known as Osgood-Schlatter syndrome

Over the summer a lot of kids came through the office to get "tuned up" for summer activities. Typically we're dealing with a number of nagging overuse injuries, and one extremely common type is pain in the front of the knee.

Now What Do We Do? Transitioning to small-sided games and birth-year registration

Being a former club and state director of coaching, I dreamed of this day! As did many who are in leadership positions in American youth soccer.

Two U.S. U-17s score in Europe as squad prepares for World Cup

For the U.S. U-17 national team's last gathering before the U-17 World Cup in Chile in October, U.S. coach Richie Williams has named a 24-player roster for a Mexico City training camp that includes games against fellow qualifier Mexico on Sept. 23 and Sept. 25.

The fall season's underway. Is your first-aid kit in order?

With the fall season underway, you've made sure your team's first-aid kit is in order, right?

Kevin Hartman: 'Player growth has to be timed properly'

Kevin Hartman, an MLS goalkeeper from 1997 to 2013, holds the MLS record for most games played at 416. The 41-year-old, whose playing career included two MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cup titles, is the Technical Director of the IMG Academy.

Colorado emerges as girls soccer hotbed

Seeing several players from the same state on a U.S. national team roster isn't surprising when they hail from California, which has the nation's largest population, nearly 40 million, and year-round soccer-playing weather. But Colorado?

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.