High School vs. Club: Can this storm be sent out to sea?
Posted by Greg Winkler on Feb. 23, 9:52 p.m.
This soccer storm, with some collaboration and communication, can be blown out to sea or it could devastate and rock the soccer world.
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Six Reasons Parents Should Not Watch Practice
Posted by Skye Eddy Bruce on Feb. 17, 4:44 p.m.
The idea for this article struck me as I sat in my car after dropping off a carpool of girls to practice last week. I was scheduled to drive the carpool both ways and it made sense to stay at the fields for practice as the fields were 30 minutes from my house.
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Building club affinity: One surefire method to bond members
Posted by Charlie Slagle on Feb. 11, 8:10 p.m.
By Charlie Slagle
Club leaders should always attempt to build club affinity. This can be a difficult chore if the club has multiple teams in a single age bracket. Tension between the families and toward the club of these teams can develop due to the inevitable placing of players.
In addition to running a club with great business practices, club ...
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Tony DiCicco: 'We should be excellent in every position'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 6, 1:37 a.m.
Tony DiCicco coached the USA to crowns at the 1996 Olympics, 1999 Women's World Cup and 2008 U-20 World Cup. We spoke to DiCicco about the state of youth soccer in the USA.
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Ref Watch: Player Pass Check Provides Chance to Make a Good First Impression
Posted by Randy Vogt on Feb. 3, 3:50 p.m.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. For referees of youth soccer games, that first impression generally comes when checking player passes.
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Tab Ramos Q&A: Qualifying brings invaluable experience
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 28, 12:48 p.m.
The USA qualified for the U-20 World Cup for the second straight time during the tenure of Coach Tab Ramos, who took over after the USA missed the 2011 U-20 World Cup. We spoke to Ramos, who also serves as U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, about the team's performance at the U-20 Concacaf Championship in Jamaica, the progress of players ...
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Tackling Key Challenges in Modern Day Youth Ball
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 27, 12:27 a.m.
I was part of a panel at the US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention: "Youth Soccer in the Real World: Issues faced by a Modern Day Club Director of Coaching."
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Refereeing Restarts Near the Goal
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jan. 22, 1:03 p.m.
When I watch a soccer game on TV, I "referee" it. Sometimes instant replay confirms that I was correct and sometimes it does not.
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Paul Breitner: USA needs a club culture
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 15, 12:36 p.m.
Paul Breitner, famous for scoring in two World Cup finals, including in West Germany's 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in 1974, is at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia as brand ambassador for Bayern Munich, the club with which he won five Bundesliga titles and a European Cup. Last year, Bayern Munich opened a New York office and launched a partnership ...
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'Improved coaching is the priority' (Tony Lepore Q&A, Part 2)
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 14, 9:01 p.m.
In Part 2 of our interview on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, Director of Scouting Tony Lepore addresses the quest to improve the coaching of elite players in the USA
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'Development Academy Making Progress and Staying Ambitious' (Tony Lepore Q&A, Part 1)
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 14, 6:51 a.m.
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which launched in 2007, now comprises 100 clubs. We checked in with Director of Scouting Tony Lepore on the state of the Academy and U.S. Soccer's new youth initiatives, which include increased financial aid and adding a U-12 program in 2016.
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Joe Cummings: 'I've seen what I dreamed about'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 7, 3:22 a.m.
Soccer came into Joe Cummings' life in 1959 when he was a 10-year-old at a Massachusetts elementary school and a teacher, Arthur Mulrain, started an after-school soccer program.
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The Rise of Gedion Zelalem: 'A creative, attacking midfielder'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 3, 9:38 p.m.
Gedion Zelalem, the 17-year-old Arsenal prospect who recently committed to the U.S. national team program, moved to Maryland from his native Germany at age 9. Prior to joining Arsenal's youth program shortly before his 16th birthday, he starred for the Olney Rangers under coach Matt Pilkington.
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Red card? How to call DOGSO
Posted by Randy Vogt on Dec. 19, 3:24 a.m.
Denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity (DOGSO) is a red-card offense.
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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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