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High School vs. Club: Can this storm be sent out to sea?

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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'

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'

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

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

"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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