• How To Save Your ACL
    "You've torn your ACL." That's a phrase no player wants to hear. In the United States it is estimated that 250,000 people tear an ACL each year, and a substantial number of them will undergo reconstructive knee surgery. But recent studies suggest that specific training methods can reduce the number of ACL tears sustained by soccer players.
  • A Positive Approach to Player Development
    Player development is critical to U.S. soccer success. Without a pipeline of prospects, the USA cannot compete with the traditional world powers. The best way to build, fill and maintain that pipeline is to help kids fall in love and stay in love with soccer.
  • The question we must ask
    By Ian Barker I work for a youth soccer association and I am convinced that the majority of our youth players have a very good experience in the sport. Beyond that I believe many come to develop a passion for the sport that extends beyond college and into full adulthood and this will create the next generation of soccer parents, referees, coaches and administrators. Much of that positive experience is the due to the dedication of both paid and volunteer adults. At the same time, our association is constantly dealing with hearings and appeals, requests for priority placement ...