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Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision

One of the toughest decisions in youth sports is determining when a player who has suffered an injury is ready to return to action. It's very easy to get caught up in the moment of competition and perhaps put an injured player back in the game before he or she is really ready. The emphasis on the sideline should always ...
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'Great feeling' for U.S. U-17s after win over Mexico

Last August, the U.S. U-17 boys lost in Mexico City, 6-3, to Mexico in the 2016 Torneo de Naciones after a being tied, 2-2, until the 55th minute mark.
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Great start for U.S. U-17s -- Mexico awaits

Two years ago, in qualifying play for the 2015 U-17 World Cup, the USA, then coached by Richie Williams, faced Jamaica twice. In group play, the Americans lost to the Reggae Boyz, 1-0.
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U.S. Soccer names new women's youth national team coaches -- Kacey White and Keri Sarver

Kacey White, former Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Director of Coaching, is the new U.S. U-16 girls national team coach. Keri Sarver, Director of Coaching of the Internationals SC in Ohio for the last seven years, has been hired as the new U.S. U-19 women's national team coach. Both played pro ball after their college careers and White made 18 ...
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Will we see the next Pulisic? Meet the U.S. boys aiming for the U-17 World Cup

Will the Concacaf U-17 Championship reveal the next Christian Pulisic?
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Dallas becomes second U.S. team to win Dallas Cup Super Group

FC Dallas beat Mexico's Monterrey, 2-1, in the final to become only the second team to win the Dallas Cup U-19 Super Group since its inception in 1990.
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Hey Coach, set a good example: Use and share sunscreen

In several published studies it's been shown that only about 20% of outdoor sport athletes routinely use proper sunscreen for daytime practices and games.
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New coaching slate for U.S. women's age-group program taking shape

Jitka Klimkova is the new head coach of the U.S. U-20 women's national team, replacing Michelle French, and Mark Carr has been named head coach of the U.S. U-17 girls national team, replacing B.J. Snow. U.S. Soccer says it will also announce its 2017 coaches for the U-14, U-15 and U-16 girls national teams and U-18 and U-19 women's national ...
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How FIFA rules hurt immigrant children in the USA

There are children in the USA who aren't allowed to play in their local soccer league because FIFA, based in Switzerland, isn't satisfied with their documentation.
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Reffing corner kicks: Don't ignore the grabbing and holding

Soccer's last rule, Law 17, is on corner kicks. The corner kick must be placed inside the corner area (formerly called "corner arc") nearest to the point the ball crossed the goal line. Which is interesting as the goal kick can be kicked from either side of the goal area, no matter which side of the goal that the ball ...
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Tab Ramos holds London audition for U-20 World Cup spots

Nineteen players who weren't part of the USA's Concacaf U-20 Championship win last month are part of Coach Tab Ramos' April 3-10 training camp in London, England, in preparation for the 2017 U-20 World Cup that kicks off in late May.
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Lawsuit by youth clubs against MLS Players Union dismissed

A lawsuit against the MLS Players Union (MLSPU) that was part of American youth clubs' quest to receive compensation for their former players who go pro was dismissed by the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.
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The teenager's challenge: Sleep well, play well

I'm sure anyone who's raised an adolescent or teenager can attest to the idea that teenagers don't get as much sleep as they need.
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American teens see first-team action in Germany

The international break created opportunities for three U.S. teenagers to see friendly game action with their Bundesliga clubs. Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague made their first-team debuts at Schalke 04 in a 3-1 loss to second division Hannover while McKinze Gaines saw first-team action for VfL Wolfsburg in a 1-1 tie with second division Arminia Bielefeld.
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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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