• Study of high school soccer to examine whether headgear can reduce concussions
    The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is launching a study of up to 3,000 high school soccer players to examine whether headgear can reduce concussions in soccer.
  • A $3 million project promises to build 50 fields in New York City
    MLS club New York City FC, along with the city of New York, adidas and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, will build 50 junior-sized soccer fields in New York City's five boroughs over the next five years in a $3 million partnership. The four partners will contribute $750,000 apiece and the $3 million will also cover maintenance of the fields and after-school activities based on the U.S. Soccer Foundation's "Soccer for Success" program. The 50 fields will be built on an array of underused or rundown city property, including existing parks and school playgrounds.
  • Charleston Battery leaves Development Academy, cites high school ban
    South Carolina's only U.S. Soccer Development Academy club is leaving the program after nine years, because of its inability to "consistently provide practice and game fields and the recent defection of players back to the high school or local academy ranks," reports Andrew Miller of The Post and Courier.
  • Families denied apartment leases after kids play soccer on grounds
    Families in a Northeast Atlanta apartment building have had their lease renewals denied, reportedly because their children played soccer on the grounds. Management told the Francisco Ignacio's family that his son's soccer playing on common areas was the reason they couldn't renew, Channel 2 Action News reported.
  • Report: ECNL planning to launch boys league
    Charles Boehm reports that the ECNL, a national girls league since 2009 sanctioned by U.S. Club Soccer, is planning to launch a boys league. "Our membership has been asking about a boys ECNL for a long time, and we've also heard from a lot of great boys clubs from outside of the girls ECNL," ECNL president Christian Lavers said. "The leadership and governance model, club-focused philosophies, and programming quality that built and represents the girls ECNL aren't gender-specific."
  • Turf war in San Francisco youth soccer
    The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has sent a letter sent to San Francisco Youth Soccer league supporters threatening to bring in an outside expert to mediate the conflict between soccer clubs if the league cannot "resolve its internal dispute quickly and fairly on its own."
  • Synthetic turf safety study launched by federal government
    The Obama administration has announced a multi-agency federal study to look into the safety of recycled tire material used on synthetic turf fields.
  • Embezzlement arrest: Former Fullerton Rangers treasurer accused of stealing $174,000
    Laura Zellerbach, 41, a treasurer for the Fullerton Rangers Soccer League from 2012 to 2014, was arrested on suspicion of stealing more than $174,000 from the nonprofit. The Long Beach resident is accused of money laundering, forgery of records, grand theft, misappropriation of property, and embezzlement, Sgt. Kathryn Hamel said.
  • San Jose Earthquakes offer fields to Santa Clara youth league
    The San Jose Earthquakes have pledged to open two fields at Avaya Stadium to young Santa Clara players displaced by Super Bowl 50, a gesture that could end nearly two weeks of bitter litigation and finger-pointing between the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League, the NFL and the city of Santa Clara.
  • Santa Clara youth league sues NFL as work begins on soccer fields
    As workers for the NFL dug holes Monday in the meticulously groomed turf of a youth soccer complex next to Levi's Stadium, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League added the mighty NFL to a lawsuit fighting the league's plan to use the fields for media broadcasts of Super Bowl 50.
  • Report: U.S. Soccer set to launch girls Development Academy in 2017
    The U.S. Soccer Federation will launch a girls equivalent of the Development Academy, reports Charles Boehm, who writes that multiple sources have confirmed it's planning a fall 2017 launch and that an official announcement could come next month. The USSF launched the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2007. The U.S. Club Soccer-sanctioned Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) has served a similar role for elite players on the girls' side.
  • The common sense behind heading ban for youngsters
    San Francisco Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU's Claudine Wong interviewed Soccer America executive editor Mike Woitalla and Benicia Arsenal director of coaching Alex Loban about U.S. Soccer's ban on heading for children 10 and younger, and relayed Women's World Cup winner Brandi Chastain's view on the issue. "It's common sense to delay heading in youth soccer," said Woitalla.
  • Is the USA producing a new generation of stars?
    In an in-depth piece on U.S. Soccer player development by Jeff Carlisle, we hear from former MLS star and current ESPN television analyst Taylor Twellman; U.S. U-20 men's coach and U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Advisor Tab Ramos; former U.S. U-20 coach Thomas Rongen; former U.S. U-15 coach and U.S. Soccer scout Hugo Perez; and Oscar Pareja, coach of FC Dallas, which leads MLS in signing homegrown players.
  • U.S. Development Academy players who return to high school ball
    U.S. Soccer Development Academy players aren't allowed to play high school soccer, but Jon Kerr reports on three Chicago area players, including two already committed to colleges, who are leaving their Academy teams to play senior year high school ball. The article brings up the arguments from both sides of the high school vs. club battle over young talent.
  • Germany U-17s seek glory to make up for disappointing year
    The U-17 World Cup is Germany's fifth major youth tournament this year, reports Uli Hesse, but as of yet, none of the teams managed to claim a title. Should Germany lift the trophy, it would be a historic triumph. No German team has ever won the World Cup at this level. In 2007 (when the team featured Toni Kroos) and in 2011 (when Emre Can was in the team), Germany finished third.