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An Arkansas success story: Patrick McCrory makes it about the kids

In the Arkansas town of 4,000, Vilonia SC has faced more than the usual challenges -- including a couple of severe tornadoes. One reason Vilonia SC keeps going strong is Coaching Director Patrick McCrory, the 2015 US Youth Soccer Recreation Coach of the Year.
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College-bound seniors: A checklist for an exciting and busy time

Between finals, proms and graduation ceremonies, you really want to make a smooth transition from high school to college.
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U.S. Soccer's high school ban -- why the clubs and the girls should decide

The club vs. high school battle plagued American youth soccer long before the U.S. Soccer Federation banned high school ball for its Boys Development Academy players in 2012.
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The teenager's challenge: Sleep well, play well

I'm sure anyone who's raised an adolescent or teenager can attest to the idea that teenagers don't get as much sleep as they need.
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Girls Development Academy promises to be less expensive for players than ECNL

The U.S. Soccer Federation made it official on Tuesday: It will launch the Girls Development Academy (GDA) in fall of 2017 -- a nationwide league with 60 to 80 clubs fielding teams at the U-14/15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 age groups.
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'Driven and humble' teenager Christian Pulisic thrives in Germany

Mark Twain once joked that: "A gifted person ought to learn English in 30 hours, French in 30 days and German in 30 years."
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Collegians and high-schoolers vie for spots on U.S. U-20 Women World Cup roster

U.S. U-20 women's national team coach Michelle French has named a 22-player roster for the La Manga Tournament in Spain March 2-6. The squad includes 14 players who weren't part of the squad that finished first at the December qualifying tournament for the 2016 U-20 Women's World Cup.
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Tips for reffing on artificial turf

A few years ago, I wrote about the increasing number of soccer games being played on artificial turf. In the past, teams used to say that they needed to get used to playing on turf. Now I am hearing just as many teams say that they need to get used to playing on grass.
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USSF to launch a girls Development Academy in 2017; ECNL plans to forge ahead

The U.S. Soccer Federation is set to launch a Development Academy (DA) for girls in August 2017, replicating the DA for boys that it launched in 2007.
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The heading ban -- how refs should respond

Last year, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced a ban on heading for players age 10 and younger. Last week, the U.S. Soccer Referee program sent out a memo on how the rule should be implemented:
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License-mania -- aggrandizing the coach in a player's game

It's not easy to become a USSF-licensed elite soccer coach. Indeed, it's tougher to become a licensed elite soccer coach than a certified teacher.
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Dutchman completes U.S. Soccer's slate of coaches on boys side

U.S. Soccer has appointed Dave van den Bergh, who came to the USA from his native Netherlands in 2006 to play in MLS, head coach of the U.S. U-15 boys national team.
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Youth soccer factions united in frustration with U.S. Soccer Federation

The USA has so many organizations involved in youth soccer the term "turf war" often comes up.
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Girls vs. Boys: U.S. Soccer's Development Academy dilemma

Generalizing about genders is a precarious venture, especially when one side is making assumptions about the other. But I'll go out on a limb: Girls care more about playing high school soccer than boys do.
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France routs USA at U-19 tourney

After opening the Copa del Atlantico tournament in the Canary Islands with a 1-0 loss to Spain, the U.S. U-19 men's national team (1998s) fell, 5-0, to France.
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