Soccer America Daily
Friday, April 24, 2020
  • German soccer's plan for 'ghost games' goes to government for approval

    There is opposition to the plan whose architect calls it "the only way to keep the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga alive." Read the whole story

  • By the Numbers: Bundesliga essential game-day staffing plan

    98 On and around the field (players, coaches, trainers and doctors, referees, match officials, ball boys, photographers).
    115 In the stands or stadium (club and league representatives, VAR crew, TV cameramen, media, police, fire services, medical services and security).
    109 Outside the stadium (security personnel, TV technicians, TV crews, stadium staff).
    Total: 332 for Bundesliga games (260 for 2. Bundesliga games).

  • What They're Saying: Kathy DeBoer

    "Dropping programs is not emergency legislation, it's extinction, and you don't recover from it, and that's the part of it that we want taken off the table."

    -- Kathy DeBoer, executive director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, on the proposal to allow NCAA Division I athletic departments to reduce the minimum number of programs it must sponsor, one of several waivers they are seeking with emergency NCAA  legislation to be able to adopt cost-saving measures amid the coronavirus outbreak. Soccer is among the non-revenue sports that are pushing back against the proposal. DeBoer proposes consideration for less drastic measures like reducing the size of traveling squads, support staff and the number of matches a sport plays. (Los Angeles Times)

  • SA boys club directory: Who's headed where in 2020-21

    MLS, the ECNL and USYS are all looking to absorb former Development Academy clubs. Here's a state-by-state look. Read the whole story

  • ECNL Girls migration update: Penn Fusion, Pipeline SC and PDA South commit

    Pipeline SC's girls follow the club's boys teams into the ECNL. Penn Fusion SA had been fielding teams in the Girls DA. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Rubio Rubin

    "They've seen their team go back to the first division, they've seen their team get relegated. They've seen everything, so it takes away a little of the ambition to follow the team. Anywhere in the world, people love to stick around for the winners or the hope of being able to get to the first division. Taking that away makes it hard to become a fan and continue to be, like, 'OK, what am I going to watch or what am I motivated for?' I think Mexican soccer is going to take a hit because of this"

    -- U.S. international Rubio Rubin on fans of Dorados, the club he plays for in Culiacan, Mexico, in the Ascenso MX, Mexico's second division. Liga MX is planning on eliminating promotion and relegation over the next five seasons and turning the Ascenso into an under-23 league. (Get Concacafed)

  • Watch: Paul Pogba home training with his mom

    Yeo Moriba enjoyed some outdoor time during lockdown with her son, French World Cup champ Paul Pogba, even though he nutmegged her. Read the whole story

  • Friday morning: What we're reading (and listening to)

    1. The art of broadcasting By Charles Boehm (MLSSoccer.com)
    2. Kickin' Back with Jill Ellis By Jeff Kassouf (Equalizer Podcast)
    3. Seattle Sounders' Jordan Morris is managing his diabetes in the face of the coronavirus pandemic By Austin Lindberg (ESPN FC)

  • Wellness Influencer Or Snake Oil Peddler? Beware of unproven quick-fixes

    There's so much upheaval in our personal and business lives now so it's only natural that we're on the lookout for the fastest possible ... Read the whole story