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April Heinrichs: Coaching Boys vs. Girls -- More Similar than Different

Here's what I know after coaching girls and women for 25 years, and coaching our nation's best female players for the last 15 years:

Tales from the Tryouts

The kids wear bibs with numbers and the coaches walk around with clipboards jotting notes.

'Don't get mad at kids for struggling' (Q&A with Doug Lemov, Part 3)

Coaching clinics, practice vs. game coaching, communicating with a struggling player, and overcoaching are the topics in Part 3 of our interview with Doug Lemov, the author of highly acclaimed school teaching books "Teach Like a Champion" and "Practice Perfect." Lemov has been working with the U.S. Soccer Federation to improve coaching through better teaching.

'Say it carefully, quickly, clearly' (Q&A with Doug Lemov, Part 2)

Doug Lemov, the author of "Teach Like a Champion," one of the best-selling teaching books in the USA, has been working with the U.S. Soccer Federation to improve coaching through better teaching. In Part 2 of our interview with Lemov we asked him for advice how to get a group of chatty, fidgety youngsters to pay attention for a few ...

What Teachers can Teach Coaches (Q&A with Doug Lemov, Part 1)

Doug Lemov, the author of "Teach Like a Champion," one of the best-selling teaching books in the USA, as well as "Practice Perfect," also happens to be a soccer aficionado who has been researching soccer coaching techniques.

Ref Watch: How Electronic Communication Helps

Refereeing has not changed nearly as much as other pursuits since I first took up the whistle in 1978. After all, the rules are very similar to what they were 36 years ago, I still have to run up and down a soccer field and I still have to manage players and coaches. Chances are, what you and I do ...

Top SuperDraft picks look back (When They Were Children)

The Youth Soccer Insider asked the top picks in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft for memories of their early years -- such as players they admired -- for our latest edition of "When They Were Children."

'Development Academy boosts U.S. talent' (Q&A: Tony Lepore)

Soccer America checks in with Director of Scouting Tony Lepore on the state of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which launched in 2007 and now includes nearly 100 clubs, having added a U-14 division in 2013 to complement its U-16 and U-18 national leagues -- and for insight into how U.S. Soccer has expanded its scouting system to identify talent ...

Alex Morgan: 'I stuck to my dream'

Since debuting for the USA in 2010, Alex Morgan has 44 goals and 29 assists in 70 games, and she helped the USA to its 2012 Olympic gold medal. We spoke to the 24-year-old Southern California product, who plays for the NWSL's Portland Thorns FC, about life as a pro athlete and celebrity, her youth soccer experience, advice for aspiring ...

'Gay, Lesbian and Ally' page launched by NSCAA

The NSCAA has added a remarkable piece to its array of resources by launching a "Gay, Lesbian and Ally" page on its web site.

Tab Ramos: Connecting the National Teams (Part 2)

U.S. Hall of Famer Tab Ramos' run with the U.S. national team program dates back to playing at the 1983 U-20 World Cup as a 16-year-old. Last year he coached at the U-20 World Cup, assisted with the full national team, and in November became U.S. Soccer's new Youth Technical Director. In Part 2 of our interview we continue our ...

Tab Ramos: 'We're in a great place with room to grow' (Part 1)

Last month, the U.S. Soccer Federation named Tab Ramos its Youth Technical Director, replacing Claudio Reyna, who left for MLS expansion club New York City FC in May. Ramos, also an assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann with the full national team, will continue as U-20 men's national team head coach. We spoke to Ramos, who in December was selected to the ...

Klinsmann's message to youth coaches

Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the USA since July of 2011, earlier this month was re-signed for another four years and Technical Director was added to his responsibilities. That, in USSF President Sunil Gulati's words, formalized Klinsmann's previously informal role in influencing the direction of American player development.

Why So Many Non-Competitive Games?

I hate to be a Grinch during this Christmas season but there's a problem with a good minority of college and high school games, at least the ones that I have been officiating.

Richie Williams Q&A: On beating England, Brazil -- and Bradenton's Future

In an extraordinary week for the U.S. U-17 boys national team, Coach Richie Williams' team beat England, 5-1, and Brazil, 4-1, to lift the Nike Friendlies title. We spoke with Williams, who has headed the U-17s and the Bradenton Residency Program since January 2012, of the triumph, which comes in the wake of the U-17s' failure to qualify for the ...