• Mirella Ceja-Orozco on what coaches with immigrant players should know
    It's important for coaches to know what the rights of their players in the event that they are in an unexpected encounter with immigration officers.
  • Crucial to coaching: Developing skill, not simply teaching technique
    Ask the coach, "Did you have a good practice today?" and he will likely say, "Yes, those kids got five hundred touches ..."
  • Highly Recommended New Year's Resolutions for Referees
    I proclaim 2020 to be the Year of the Referee as we know that all refs need to have 20/20 vision.
  • Why free play is a crucial ingredient for player development
    Play instills love of sport. It builds all-around athleticism. Perhaps most important, play stimulates brain development.
  • U.S. Soccer set to tackle ref abuse -- and our suggestions
    The Referee Working Group of U.S. Soccer's Youth Task Force has determined the need for U.S. Soccer to launch a campaign to combat referee abuse.
  • Logic demands the NCAA and high school change their timekeeping rules
    Most of the games I ref are under the U.S. Soccer umbrella, so official time is kept by the match referee.
  • Be on the lookout for anxiety in young athletes
    As coaches, parents and teammates, we can go a long way to helping those in need by recognizing possible signs of anxiety or depression.
  • A Ref's View: Your clues for youth games
    What type of a soccer game is it going to be? Here are questions and some simple clues to find out:
  • Rondo: A simple practice game with multiple benefits
    In rondos the player is constantly perceiving and making decisions with respect to his teammates, opponents, position of the ball, etc.
  • Determining playing time for your team
    We all feel lousy whenever we're excluded from something, so imagine being kids languishing on the bench of their youth soccer teams.
  • Gifted players need challenges, not coddling
    When the perceived best player is held accountable for behavior, lack of effort, or lackluster effort, the entire squad is aware of the consequences.
  • Don't ignore upper extremity injuries in soccer
    With fall soccer seasons well underway in the USA it's important to note that upper extremity injuries happen more often than you probably think.
  • What athletes should know about mono
    Mononucleosis is fairly common in teenagers and young adults. For athletes, the key issue with mononucleosis is the risk of a ruptured spleen
  • Coaches should learn the rules -- and here's how
    The attacking team's coach calmly asked me what I called. I said the goalkeeper had possession.
  • Bridging the gap between: 'I taught it' and 'They learned it'
    Understanding the cause of these two very different situations is critical to being a successful coach
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