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Home >Youth Soccer Reporter > Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
[U.S. YOUTH SOCCER] U.S. Youth Soccer will hold its annual ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional Nov. 24-29 at Spanish River Athletic Park in Boca Raton, Fla. Participating teams will be comprised of elite players in the 1996-1999 age groups. For all the regional teams. Read the whole story
[DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY: U-17/18s] PDA tops all clubs in the Development Academy under-17/18 age group with a 6-0-0 record. The New Jersey team, one of five unbeaten and untied U-17/18 teams, beat the Virginia Rush 3-1, with Brian White scoring the equalizer and game-winner. Zach Knudson had the game's first goal ... Read the whole story
[DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY: U-15/16s] Kendall SC and PDA improved to 6-0-0 in the Development Academy U-15/16 age group with wins. Miami-based Kendall handed Orlando City its first loss of the season with a 4-1 win, while PDA earned a 4-0 victory over Virginia Rush. Read the whole story

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The youth sports landscape has been altered by the proliferation of clubs that charge parents thousands of dollars each year, turning it into playgrounds for the privileged. "Without a doubt, soccer has become a rich kid's sport," said longtime coach Shane Kennedy of Mill Valley, Calif. And soccer isn ... Read the whole story

Honduras beats hosts, Mosquito leads Brazil

[UNDER-17 WORLD CUP] Honduras, which beat the USA in the quarterfinals of the Under-17 World Cup to keep it out of the Under-17 World Cup for the first time, defeated the host United Arab Emirates, 2-1, on Bryan Velasquez's goal with four minutes to play. Brazil and Uruguay lived up to their billing as two of the pre-tournament favorites with 6-1 and 7-0 wins on opening day. Brazil's tally included a hat trick from Mosquito. ...More

GotSoccer Insanity: Ranking 9-year-olds! Really?

America is obsessed with rankings. From NCAA football and basketball to top high school recruits across the sporting spectrum, the American sports fan has no shortage of statistics and ratings in every professional and college sport. Unfortunately, team rankings have leached into youth sports as well, where any benefit they bring is far outweighed by the negative consequences of rating young athletes and teams during their developmental years. ...More



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