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'Club World Cup' action in Dallas

Since its launch in 1980, when three foreign teams competed in a field of 26, the Dallas Cup has become a veritable Youth World Club Cup.

Bad Coaches: There oughta be a law?

I've seen a coach allowed back on the sideline shortly after he berated, during a U-10 rec game, a 15-year-old ref so harshly she fought back tears when I asked her about the incident months later. So I get where Florida state senator Jeremy Ring is coming from.

Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision

One of the toughest decisions in youth sports is determining when a player who has suffered an injury is ready to return to action.

Screaming at Children -- A Ref's Eye View

It's amazing that no matter how many games you ref, no matter how much you prepare for the all possible scenarios, you still get blindsided. I had a coach come to me angrily at halftime of a U-10 girls rec game to accuse the opponent of having a boy playing goalkeeper.

Is it OK to play in pain?

"What's the difference between discomfort and pain? And is it OK for me to keep playing if I just have a little bit?" Those are two of the most common questions I'm asked by injured young athletes, and I'm guessing the same is true for our sports medicine colleagues across the country. The answers are different from person to person, ...

The benefits of pool play vs. traditional leagues for U-10s

The Youth Soccer Insider asked Sam Snow, Technical Director of U.S. Youth Soccer, to explain the benefits of a U-10 "academy" format that differs from the traditional league and team setup.

Ref Watch: Why three is so much better than one

When I moved to Florida for business 27 years ago, I lived and worked in Orlando and also worked in the state capital of Tallahassee, 250 miles away. So I officiated in both cities.

Tab Ramos auditions new talent for U-20 World Cup

Coach Tab Ramos has called up three players to the U.S. U-20 national team, which is preparing for the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand May 30-June 20, who have never been part of a U.S. youth national team.

George Altirs boosts New Jersey-area youth ball

As a boy, George Altirs spent his free time playing as much soccer as possible in the village of Mejdlaya in Lebanon.

Are tire crumbs on fields a cancer threat?

Some environmental and health advocacy groups have claimed that the crumb rubber infill, used in artificial fields since the 1990s, has contributed to cancer cases in soccer, football, and field hockey players.

A World Cup for Richie Williams, better late than never

Richie Williams might just be the USA's most successful player who never played in a World Cup.

USA avoids debacle in U-17 World Cup qualifying

Ultimately, the USA's quest to qualify for the 2015 Under-17 World Cup hinged on shots from the penalty spot in its sixth game of the Concacaf U-17 Championship after a scoreless tie with Jamaica.

Americans down to one last chance at U-17 World Cup qualifying

One of the U.S. national team program's consistencies for nearly three decades was that the USA always qualified for the U-17 World Cup.

Video Games vs. Youth Soccer, the mismatch

In an article by John O'Sullivan, founder of Changing the Game Project, he writes that three out of four young athletes leave organized sports by the age of 13. And that many, especially boys, turn to video games.

USA clashes with U.S. products in U-17 World Cup qualifying quest

One of the players aiming to prevent the USA from clinching a spot at the 2015 U-17 World Cup when it faces Jamaica on Wednesday is Texan Nathaniel Adamolekun.