• The high-school dilemma; Fair play or not?
    One of the most unfortunate aspects of American youth soccer is forcing kids to choose between club soccer and high school ball.
  • You've become a good ref when ...
    You will know that you have become a good referee when:
  • Sleep well, play well (The teenager's challenge)
    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.
  • Anson Dorrance: 'Coaching is stealing best practices'
    Twenty years ago, Anson Dorrance coached the USA to victory at the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991. We spoke to Dorrance upon the USSF's unveiling of its "U.S. Soccer Curriculum" for youth coaching.
  • U.S. Club Soccer has changed radically in 10 years
    This year marks the 10th anniversary of U.S. Club Soccer, which since gaining U.S. Soccer Federation membership in 2001 has served as an alternative to U.S. Youth Soccer. We spoke with U.S. Club Soccer chairman Phil Wright about the past, present and future of the organization that now has member clubs and leagues in 50 states, runs national and state cup competitions, a player identification program (id2) and the girls Elite Clubs National League.
  • Fueling the young athlete: How much water and when to drink it
    Water seems to have gotten a bad rap lately. It used to be perfectly acceptable to drink water during sports events, but nowadays it seems that there is a big push towards flavored waters and so-called "sports drinks."
  • Director of Coaching - What's the job?
    The role of the Director of Coaching (a "DOC") of a youth soccer club is often misunderstood -- by players, parents, and sometimes even staff.
  • The best food for the young athlete
    Here's a revelation: eat the least processed food you can find. Right, that's not a revelation. You've heard it before but it's not an easy thing to do when feeding the typical American teenage athlete. But it can be done, especially if you try to stick to the 80/20 rule that I'll outline below.