'Driven and humble' teenager Christian Pulisic thrives in Germany
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 22, 6:42 p.m.
Mark Twain once joked that: "A gifted person ought to learn English in 30 hours, French in 30 days and German in 30 years."
Collegians and high-schoolers vie for spots on U.S. U-20 Women World Cup roster
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 19, 4:29 p.m.
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.
Tips for reffing on artificial turf
Posted by Randy Vogt on Feb. 18, 3:54 p.m.
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.
USSF to launch a girls Development Academy in 2017; ECNL plans to forge ahead
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 16, 7:49 p.m.
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.
The heading ban -- how refs should respond
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 15, 3:19 p.m.
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:
License-mania -- aggrandizing the coach in a player's game
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 11, 2:11 a.m.
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.
Dutchman completes U.S. Soccer's slate of coaches on boys side
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 9, 6:40 a.m.
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.
Youth soccer factions united in frustration with U.S. Soccer Federation
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 8, 5:45 p.m.
The USA has so many organizations involved in youth soccer the term "turf war" often comes up.
Girls vs. Boys: U.S. Soccer's Development Academy dilemma
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 5, 3:46 p.m.
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.
France routs USA at U-19 tourney
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 4, 9:29 p.m.
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.
U.S. Soccer Development Academy adds 56 clubs for U-12 division
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 3, 5:18 p.m.
Fifty-six clubs will join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy at the U-12 level, which the DA will launch for the 2016-17 season. They join 78 existing Academy members that field teams for U-12 competition for a total of 134 clubs.
Birth-year registration: The transition is upon us
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Feb. 1, 10:07 p.m.
Will my child be changing teams? Will she be playing "up" if she stays with her current team? Will he move to what had been the "younger" team? Will my 12th grader even have a club team during her senior year of high school?
Three 14-year-olds picked for U.S. quest to reach U-17 Women's World Cup
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 28, 7:01 p.m.
Seven Californians were named by Coach B.J. Snow to the USA's 20-player roster for the 2016 Concacaf U-17 Women's Championship in Grenada, March 3-13, that will determine the region's three qualifiers for the 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan Sept. 30-Oct. 21.
Reffing in foreign languages: Even a few words can make a difference
Posted by Randy Vogt on Jan. 27, 10:31 a.m.
Unfortunately, English is the only language that I speak fluently. Immigration from Spanish-speaking countries has grown rapidly and many of these families play soccer. So I was confronted with the prospect of refereeing players, sometimes two whole teams, who communicated with one another in Spanish and sometimes dissented in Spanish, realizing that I did not know most of what they ...
U.S. Soccer's slate of coaches on boys side almost complete
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 25, 7:29 p.m.
Shaun Tsakiris, previously U.S. Soccer Development Academy coach at Northern California club De Anza Force, has been named head coach of the U.S. U-16 boys national team.