• Eight great women's games -- from Mia Hamm at UNC in 1990 to world championships and NWSL
    I've been privileged to see many great games live, particularly in women's soccer. I've come up with a list of the very best.
  • Rising U.S. star Naomi Girma on prepping for postponed U-20 World Cup, virtual team-building, and falling in love with soccer with a free-play start
    As a young girl, being inside the house didn't stop Naomi Girma from playing soccer. She and her older brother, Nathaniel, kicked around frequently in the living room.
  • Pandemic won't halt NWSL's momentum
    A few years earlier, a pandemic might have been the NWSL's death knell. But it is set to become the first U.S. pro team sport to return to play.
  • How will high school soccer proceed? The NFHS provides three-phase guidelines (Part 1)
    No one yet knows if there will be high school soccer this coming year. But if there is, one thing is certain: It won't look anything like the high school soccer of years past.
  • Dispatch from Germany: 'The world is watching and waiting to see if we pull through' says the Bundesliga chief
    DFL chairman Christian Seifert outlined a staunch defense of the Bundesliga's attempt to complete its 2019-20 season before the end of June.
  • The pandemic impact on college soccer: the small-college perspective from Rochester's Chris Apple
    Chris Apple is heading into his 20th season this fall at the helm of perennial men's Division III playoff contender University of Rochester.
  • Tab Ramos on visions for the new MLS youth league, the DA's pros and cons, and coaching licenses
    Few MLS coaches' experience in the youth game comes close to that of Tab Ramos, the Houston Dynamo's first-year head coach
  • East Coast's CCL is well-poised for new era of American youth soccer thanks to club-centric, high school-friendly approach
    The Club Champions League, founded in 1997, calls itself "the first club-to-club, and largest, club-based youth soccer league in the United States."
  • Better Call Paul: Fifty years of learning the Beautiful Game at the Feet of the Master
    Last year, on the occasion of Paul Gardner's 89th birthday, I innocently told him that he was the reason I wanted to become a soccer writer. He reacted faster than Leo Messi pouncing on a loose ball in the box.
  • More subs, less drama, less dissent: Assessing the Bundesliga restart
    FIFA introduced some tweaks and recommendations specially tailored to the game in the pandemic era.
  • Pateadores' Teddy Chronopoulos on choosing ECNL Boys, continuing a relationship with MLS clubs, and the benefits of high school soccer
    Pateadores, a founding member of the recently defunct U.S. Soccer's Boys DA, and six other Southern California former DA clubs have committed to ECNL Boys and will play in the 19-team Southwest Conference.
  • Girls soccer landscape, shaken up by COVID-19 and DA's demise in 2020, may look different again in 2021
    In girls soccer, we once again have two leagues chasing the top clubs in the country following the Development Academy's demise.
  • Claudio Reyna on his son Gio in the Bundesliga, America's youth soccer future, and the Austin FC project
    Claudio Reyna started his pro career in Germany in 1994 at age 21. His 17-year-old son Gio joined Borussia Dortmund in 2019 and has made eight Bundesliga appearances.
  • Soccer in empty stadiums -- a Thatcher dream come true
    When the Bundesliga restarts this weekend behind closed doors, the wishes of Conservative UK politicians from the 1980s will at last be fulfilled.
  • The new MLS youth league -- finding common ground helps when you're launching a league in a pandemic
    MLS and non-MLS clubs have quickly realized they were aligned on more issues than they weren't.
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