• How to navigate coaching education pathways in the USA
    Whatever the level of the athlete, team and coach, learning and enjoyment should always be crucial considerations of the training and game environment.
  • Grant Wahl's 'Masters of Modern Soccer': A unique contribution to coaching and player education
    For a book that's chock-full of insight into playing successful soccer, "Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game" stands out.
  • Coping with Injury: Key steps to turning the setback into an asset
    For many athletes, whether an elite professional or a recreational athlete, dealing with the possibility of missing a really important event can create significant psychological challenges.
  • A ref's incorrect striving for perfection
    Why is it that I might be a relatively average looking guy but I look very good in my photos, including the images in this space? It's because that I'm good at Photoshop.
  • U.S. Soccer blundered badly on high school soccer
    American soccer, so plagued by the pay-to-play problem. If only there was youth soccer that didn't charge kids so much money.
  • Caffeine for Athletic Performance: Good or Avoid?
    Let's have a look at a some issues around caffeine consumption for sport performance by age groups.
  • How to Retain Referees (Part 2): Start by getting coaches and refs in same room
    There is a referee shortage as most youth soccer refs quit in their first two years with verbal abuse being the No. 1 reason for quitting.
  • How to Retain Referees (Part 1)
    We lose most refs in their first two years of refereeing with verbal abuse being the No. 1 reason for refs quitting.
  • Low-back pain in the teenage athlete: Early intervention is the key
    I'm seeing more young athletes with low-back pain, it seems that the incidence is increasing.
  • A Parent's Guide to Game Day and Practice -- from Kaz Tambi
    "We want the parent's role only to be supportive and encouraging," says Kaz Tambi.
  • Not enforcing rules becomes a slippery slope
    The assistant referees were having a lively debate at halftime. I was the ref of a Division 3 women's college game.
  • 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.
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