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The case for a full-service club: rec to comp

How important is it for a club to offer all levels of play -- rec to comp?

Crucial Concussion Evaluation Info for Coaches

How should a coach evaluate a young athlete for a possible concussion?

A great start to practice: Free play!

I have often wondered what goes on in the minds of 6-year-old American children who are told they've been signed up for soccer. I imagine they think that means they're going to be playing soccer.

The College Quest in 2014: 'Technology can help bridge the access gap'

It's been a decade since Avi Stopper penned a guide for high-schoolers on how to navigate their quest to play college soccer. We checked in with Stopper, the CEO of CaptainU and a Youth Soccer Insider contributor, to talk about how the process may have changed over the years, the tournament industry, and scholarship mythology.

'Give Players Freedom' -- Justi Baumgardt-Yamada (Q&A)

Justi Baumgardt-Yamada was an All-American at the University of Portland, played 16 times for the USA in the 1990s after debuting at age 17, and played in the WUSA, the first U.S. pro women's league, in 2001-2003. Baumgardt-Yamada now coaches the Seattle area Crossfire Premier's U-18 ECNL team and a U-12 girls team.

Top 3 Keys to a Successful Club: Keeping 'Customembers' Satisfied

As in any business, and a soccer club is a business, it is important to know that you can't make all of your customers/parents/members -- I like to call them customembers -- satisfied with the club. Hopefully, clubs can keep the number of dissatisfied customembers to a minimum (under 5%).

For Kids Only ...

Dear Soccer-Playing Children of America,

Wilson Egidio's New York City Success Story

When Manhattan SC PSG won the U-17 national title in July it became the first New York City team to win a US Youth Soccer National Championship since 1985 and only the fifth since 1936.

Curt Onalfo: L.A. Galaxy builds bridge from youth to first team

One of the biggest challenges in U.S. player development is providing a highly competitive, professional environment for players who have graduated from the youth game but aren't ripe for first-team MLS action.

Coaching your own child: Do's and Don'ts

It's that time of year when men and women across the country embark on the wonderful adventure of youth soccer coaching.

Matt Pilkington: Encourage Creativity

Matt Pilkington was recently named U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 Coach of the Year for the East region after his Bethesda-Olney team finished runner-up to PDA at the USSDA national finals -- its first season in the national league -- and was honored with the "Style of Play" award for the East.

Ed Foster-Simeon leads free-to-play quest

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the USA hosting the 1994 World Cup, after which the U.S. Soccer Foundation was created to distribute profits from the tournament to further the growth of the sport in this country. The Foundation has since awarded more than $59 million into soccer organizations and field-building initiatives nationwide.

Lars Richters: Explain rationale and outline expectations

Crew Soccer Academy Wolves coach Lars Richters was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 Coach of the Year for the Central region.

Shannon MacMillan: A World Champ's View on Coaching Kids

No college coach asks, "Did you win a State Cup at U-9?" says Shannon MacMillan, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 World Cup champion who is the Director of Club Operations of San Diego's Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks.

Shaun Tsakiris: 'The team is a family'

Shaun Tsakiris, coach of Northern California club De Anza Force's U-14 boys team, was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy Coach of the Year for the West region. As a player, Tsakiris won the 1997 NCAA Division I title with UCLA and played in the 1999 U-20 World Cup, where his teammates included Tim Howard, Taylor Twellman and Carlos Bocanegra, and ...