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How Refs Work With Club Linesmen

Club linesmen are those volunteers who help a solo referee determine if the ball is out-of-bounds. The ref should tell club linesmen before the game, "Raise the flag only when the entire ball goes over the entire line. Do not give me the direction of the throw as I will determine it."

Beware of first impressions: World Cup stars remind us

The U.S. women's national team has given us some wonderful examples of how one can't draw conclusions about a player's potential based on their early time in the sport.

Advice from U.S. Women's World Cup ref Margaret Domka

When at age 13 Margaret Domka refereed her first game, she remembers' being "scared out of my mind."

Mickey Kydes: Be patient, set high expectations, and trust your players

Mickey Kydes is the founder and president of Beachside of Connecticut Soccer Club, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Beachside SC, whose boys teams compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, is also a New York City FC affiliate.

USA at 2015 U-20 World Cup: Success?

If you watched the USA at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand -- you saw it score just one goal in its final 300 minutes of play. On the other hand, it didn't concede a goal in its final 210 minutes -- and missed a semifinal spot by losing a penalty-kick shootout to Serbia.

How Oregon kid Rubio Rubin became a U.S. goal-poacher

When Rubio Rubin was very young, growing up in Oregon, and didn't have a game himself, he'd show at his older brother Bryan's Westside Metros games and hang out on the bench.

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How far can the USA go at U-20 World Cup?

For only the fourth time in 14 appearances at the biennial U-20 World Cup, the USA has survived to play a fifth game, having won its round of 16 clash with Colombia, 1-0. Next up is Serbia, on June 14, and a win would take the USA to the semifinals, a feat accomplished only once, when in 1989 the Bob ...

Small-sided games present their own challenges for refs -- from the adults

When I started refereeing in 1978, all games under-8 on up were 11 vs. 11 on full-sided fields with goals that were 8 yards by 8 feet. Two decades ago, the younger age groups switched to small-sided games to help the players' development.

Hot and cold U.S. U-20s to face Colombia

The USA, which finished second in Group A after falling 3-0 to Ukraine, will face Colombia in the round of 16 of the U-20 World Cup on June 10 (3:30 am ET) in Wellington, New Zealand. Coach Tab Ramos' team will aim to become the first U.S. team to win a knockout stage game at the U-20 World Cup since ...

'Swimming in cash' makes youth clubs vulnerable

The last time we reported about embezzlement at a youth soccer club or league, the figures were $40,000 and $15,000. Now comes news from Boston Globe Magazine of an alleged $195,000 rip-off at the Framingham United Soccer Club, which serves 1,200 children between the ages of 5 and 18.

College impact on national team program fading fast

The USA made history on Tuesday when for the first time it won its first two games at a U-20 World Cup. Coach Tab Ramos' team, in its 4-0 win over New Zealand, also marked the first time the USA started a lineup of field players at a U-20 World Cup who never played college soccer .

Big win for U.S. U-20s is only a start

It was, no doubt, a big victory for the USA. The Americans outshot host New Zealand, 30-11, in a 4-0 victory that clinched a spot in the knockout stage of the U-20 World Cup.

The dumbest way to insult a referee

The ref calls a foul. The halfwit coach of the kid who committed it yells, "It's OK, Timmy! You didn't do anything wrong!" -- believing he's cleverly circumventing the dissent rule because he's not screaming directly at the ref.

Scouting for the next Messi at the U-20 World Cup

There's a long list of players who gave notice at the U-20 World Cup before becoming household names.

USA forced to make late U-20 World Cup roster change

Five days before the USA faces Myanmar in its U-20 World Cup opener in New Zealand, Coach Tab Ramos has been forced to replace midfielder Russell Canouse, who captained the USA during qualifying play.