• Oakwood Soccer's Rick Derella: 'We're all in this together so we have to figure it out'
    Oakwood was an original member of both the Boys and Girls DA, now pursuing new opportunities created by a perfect storm.
  • Pivoting during the pandemic: Portland Community FC strives to support its players and families
    With a goal of providing high-quality, affordable club soccer to low-income, immigrant and refugee youth ages 3 to 18, PCFC has gone out of its way to walk the talk.
  • Sasho Cirovski on the looming uncertainties for Division I men's soccer, the options going forward and the football factor
    The pandemic has shifted the focus of men's D1 coaches to securing a future for their programs amid the financial uncertainties inflicted by closed campuses.
  • Rocky Delgadillo on Central Los Angeles club LAUFA's future without the Development Academy
    Rocky Delgadillo, the former City Attorney of Los Angeles (2001-2009), is the founder and president of Los Angeles United Futbal Academy, a youth club serving over 500 players based in Central Los Angeles.
  • USYS CEO Skip Gilbert's advice for all youth clubs: 'Stay connected with your parents, be transparent, be honest and be sincere'
    U.S. Youth Soccer is the USA's largest youth soccer organization, with 3 million players and 55 state associations.
  • Soccer in Propaganda, War and Revolution: Author Ronny Blaschke on the wretched relation between sport and politics -- and a hopeful path forward
    German author Ronny Blaschke recently traveled around the world to explore how politics interferes in soccer in authoritarian countries such as China, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt.
  • U.S. Soccer's ride back to Earth seems anything but smooth
    Many factors are at work in the federation's finances. Only time will tell the full impact of COVID-19 in FY2021 and beyond.
  • Bernie James on the DA's collapse: 'To just abandon everyone creates panic and problems for everyone involved'
    Crossfire Premier joined the Boys DA upon its inception in 2007, Girls ECNL upon its launch in 2009, and Girls DA when it started in 2017.
  • Christian Lavers on the prospects of ECNL-MLS synergy and working with new U.S. Soccer leadership
    Can clubs that committed to the Boys ECNL also field teams in the league that MLS is planning?
  • MLS's Todd Durbin on launching new development league in wake of DA's demise
    Within minutes of U.S. Soccer's announcement that its Development Academy was ceasing operations on both the boys and girls side, Major League Soccer came out with its own announcement that it will be creating a new development league for its own academy teams, non-MLS teams that were in the Development Academy and even teams not previously in the Development Academy. A lot of the details of the new MLS league -- the age groups, the teams and most important and unknown a timetable for its launch -- still have to be hashed out. ...
  • U.S. Soccer's role in youth soccer will change dramatically. For better or worse?
    As of Tuesday, the cancellation of the 2019-20 Development Academy season was not yet official. On Wednesday, the DA's demise might be confirmed.
  • Movie Rewind: 'The Workers Cup' - giving a voice to Qatar's exploited construction laborers
    Last month, the "supreme committee" organizing the 2022 World Cup reported that nine migrant laborers died working on stadium construction in 2019.
  • The high school view: Some COVID-19 consequences are clear, many others are not
    In the best of times a high school soccer coach is a trainer, tactician, teacher, psychologist, nutritionist, guidance counselor, mentor, parent, friend and guide.
  • Peter Wilt: Fans must be included in the process of steering soccer through a huge unknown
    Throughout his career, soccer exec Peter Wilt has been well known for communicating and connecting with fans. The pandemic has interrupted his latest quest.
  • New Yorker Joe Barone on life in Italy and running a Serie A club amid COVID-19
    Last summer, New Yorker Rocco B. Commisso acquired ownership of Italian Serie A club ACF Fiorentina and named Joe Barone CEO.
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