• Your crucial preseason checklist -- first-aid kit and emergency action plan
    With the spring season kicking off, this is the perfect time to make sure you've got the first-aid kit in order -- and ...
  • Director of Coaching: What's the job?
    The role of the Director of Coaching of a youth soccer club is often misunderstood -- by players, parents, and sometimes even coaches themselves.
  • What turf toe is -- and how to treat it
    Soccer players, especially those who frequently play on artificial turf or indoor soccer, are susceptible to "turf toe."
  • Coaching Girls: How to deliver feedback effectively
    A female player can't be in the unknown, she needs to be sure that her coach thinks she is good enough.
  • Are young refs advancing too soon?
    Approximately two decades ago, I noticed a real change in attitude of both U.S. Soccer and college soccer toward young refs
  • Teenagers, get good sleep! It has a major effect on athletic performance
    Most teenagers don't get enough sleep. Your sleep schedule plays a big role in your athletic performance.
  • College-bound seniors: A checklist for an exciting and busy time
    Between finals, proms and graduation ceremonies, you really want to make a smooth transition from high school to college.
  • Coaches are in a powerful position to help kids stay healthy
    On-field injury recognition, coping with multiple-game weekend play, overuse injuries, and the benefits of introducing injury-prevention exercises at earlier ages were among issues discussed during U.S. Club Soccer's February "Health and Safety Webinar."
  • Responding to a knee injury: When to immediately see a doctor or go to ER
    If you've just had a knee injury, now what? Do you need to go see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately?
  • The clique factor -- how coaches can mix it up to make a stronger team
    When girls are put into a group where they don't have a social connection, they find ways to connect with each other.
  • The Accidental Ref asks: How and why did you start?
    I was 15 years old when one of my soccer coaches, Gordon Barr (son of U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer George Barr), called me up and wanted to know if I would like to become an intramural ref in the soccer club I was playing for, the Syosset Soccer Club on Long Island. I declined as I thought who would want to become a ref as that person is yelled at and booed.
  • Do you need an MRI to diagnose an ACL tear?
    Let me start this off with the short answer: a skilled sports knee surgeon has about a 90% chance of diagnosing an ACL tear based off the type of injury and the examination of the knee. So in the vast majority of injuries to the ACL, we use MRIs to confirm what we already suspect.
  • A soccer parent for 20 years: What I'll miss most
    In the pre-dawn damp and cold of a Saturday morning in the fall of 2016, as I drove on a county road south of Atlanta, with my 17-year-old son half asleep in the passenger seat, I understood how much I would miss it.
  • Here's the best part of U.S. Soccer revamping its grassroots coaching courses
    Three years after introducing a new $25 online F license course, U.S. Soccer has again revamped its coaching license pathway.
  • A wonderful side of soccer -- helping kids feel like they belong
    Gerardo Mercado is a 19-year-old Salvadoran who arrived to the United States in 2013, just before the height of the United States' unaccompanied minor crisis -- when tens of thousands of children and youth began crossing our southern border without papers or parents, looking, like Gerardo was, for safety and a chance to start anew.
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