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Anybody remember street soccer? Jorge Villafana does

In the age of academies, pre-academies, soccer classes for 18-month-olds and curricula demanding coaches precisely plan practices for 6-year-olds, you don't hear much talk about free play and street soccer anymore.
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How refs spot off-the-ball fouls

You can never relax while driving and the same is true when officiating a soccer game. Years ago, I heard many officials say, "I'm just a linesman," and a new crop of officials say "I'm just an assistant referee" when given an assignment not in the middle. Although the term for that official might have changed, unfortunately the attitude of ...
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John Ellinger on U-17 residency: 'I don't think it was ever intended to be there forever'

In January 1999, the U.S. Soccer Federation created the U-17 national team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. The first class of 20 players included Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Oguchi Onyewu and Bobby Convey. Their coach was John Ellinger, who reflects on the impending end of the program.
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Be a Great Team Parent: Tips for Parent Conduct, Team Trips, and Communication

Youth sports programs often can only run with the help of parent volunteers. Whether your role on the team is crucial (team manager) or mostly on the sidelines, it's vital to keep sportsmanship and a helpful attitude front and center. Here's how you can help!
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Seeded USA gets favorable draw for U-20 World Cup

The USA, which earned a seed for the 2017 World Cup, was drawn into Group F, with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia. Of the three first-round foes, only Senegal, a 2015 semifinalist, has ever advanced past the round of 16 in previous U-20 World Cups.
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Real Colorado's Sophia Smith gets her goal fix with U.S. U-18s and U-20s

Sophia Smith, the 16-year-old who's been on a scoring tear for U.S. youth teams, hails from the same youth club as Mallory Pugh. So comparisons are tempting.
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Tab Ramos: We want these U-20s to play first-team pro ball

After guiding the USA to the Concacaf U-20 Championship title, Tab Ramos will coach at his third U-20 World Cup, marking his 10th world championship as a U.S. player or coach.
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A promising generation -- the U.S. 2017 U-20s

America's biggest teenage star couldn't get time off work to be part of the USA's Concacaf U-20 Championship win last weekend. The 18-year-old Christian Pulisic, in Borussia Dortmund's 6-2 win on Saturday over Bayer Leverkusen in front 79,100, scored his fifth Bundesliga goal and made his fifth assist.
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USA stamps U-20 World Cup ticket; now aims for Concacaf crown

The U.S. U-20 national team faces Honduras in the Concacaf U-20 Championship final on Sunday, but the main goal has already been achieved. Coach Tab Ramos' team qualified for the 2017 U-20 World Cup by beating El Salvador, 2-1, on Friday.
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Injury prevention warmup programs work: Use One!

I'm a big believer in using warmup-based training programs as part of the overall effort to reduce the numbers of injuries in athletes. I've previously written about the FIFA 11+ and we include videos with support from Dr. Bert Mandelbaum in our Sideline Sports Doc injury recognition course for coaches. The early evidence about the FIFA 11+ showed dramatic reductions ...
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Tab Ramos on U-20 win: 'We gave them very little if anything at all'

Mexico entered the qualifying tournament for the 2017 U-20 World Cup having won the last three Concacaf U-20 Championship titles, in 2011, 2013 and 2015, and hadn't lost a game in the competition since 2009. The last time the USA had beaten Mexico in a competitive U-20 game was in 1986, when the Americans qualified for the 1987 U-20 World ...
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Tab Ramos' team on roll heading into Mexico U-20 clash; Women's youth head coaches out

Tab Ramos' quest to become the first coach to qualify the USA for three straight U-20 World Cups comes down to games against Mexico on Monday and El Salvador on Friday at the Concacaf U-20 Championship in Costa Rica.
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Five 'brothers' from RSL-AZ boost U.S. U-20 World Cup qualifying campaign

Asked to explain his club's remarkable achievement, delivering five players to the U.S. U-20 national team, the first thing mentioned by Real Salt Lake-Arizona director Martin Vasquez was what the players did without coaches.
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Tab Ramos: 'The boys are starting to figure it out'

"We know the important part of the tournament is how you end and not how you start," Coach Tab Ramos said after his team's second game of U-20 World Cup qualifying, a 4-1 win over Haiti on Tuesday.
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USA already behind the eight-ball in U-20 World Cup qualifying

The USA's quest to qualify for the 2017 U-20 World Cup is in danger just one game into the Concacaf Championship.
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