by Tyler Isaacson on Apr 29, 6:57 PM
Coaches, parents, administrators and players dread this time of the year. Rumors are flying of who is leaving the team, where they are going and why they are leaving.
by Mike Woitalla on Apr 29, 1:04 AM
In Part 2 of our interview with the Bob Montgomery we asked the New York Red Bulls' Director of Youth Programs about the clubs' coaching philosophy, its structure and the challenges of producing pros for the first team.
by Mike Woitalla on Apr 26, 1:29 AM
The New York Red Bulls, which last year had more than 20 players called up to a U.S. youth national team, were rated Soccer America's top 2012 boys youth club -- the first time an MLS club claimed No. 1 since the rankings' inception 10 years ago. In Part 1 of our interview with the Red Bulls' Director of Youth Programs Bob Montgomery we spoke about the club's quest to produce pro players, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and the impact of pro teams on the youth soccer landscape.
by Mike Woitalla on Apr 23, 2:18 AM
One of the more enjoyable parts of interviewing pros is hearing anecdotes from their youth soccer days. Here are some from this season's MLS stars in the Youth Soccer Insider's latest edition of "When They Were Children."
by Mike Woitalla on Apr 19, 2:34 PM
Play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's new U-13/14 age group -- with about a 100 teams -- begins this fall and futsal will be part the schedule. U.S. Soccer has also started hosting U-14 futsal events, including a 32-team tournament at the Home Depot Center in late April. We speak with Keith Tozer, U.S. national futsal team coach since 1996, on futsal's value to the development of young players.
by Dr. Dev Mishra on Apr 16, 2:31 PM
By now we've all heard about the tragic leg fracture sustained by University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware in during NCAA basketball tournament. It was a gut-wrenching injury to witness, even for orthopedic surgeons who are trained in dealing with these types of injuries. But what should you do if you are an untrained youth sports coach facing a possible leg fracture in one of your young players?
by Mike Woitalla on Apr 12, 1:30 AM
In Part 2 of our interview with Tim Holt, the USL president addresses some of the key issues facing American youth soccer. Although best known for its expansive network of pro, semipro and amateur adults leagues, USL has had a major impact on the youth game, having launched the Super Y-League in 1999. USL also operates an Olympic Development Program, a U-20 Super Y-League, and its Premier Development League (PDL) provides a bridge to pro soccer for young players.
by Mike Woitalla on Apr 11, 1:45 AM
United Soccer Leagues (USL), best known for its expansive network of pro, semipro and amateur adult leagues, has also had a significant impact on the youth game, having launched the Super Y-League in 1999. USL also operates an Olympic Development Program, a U-20 league, and its Premier Development League (PDL) provides a bridge to pro soccer for young players. We spoke to USL President Tim Holt about USL's youth soccer ventures past, present and future.
by Mike Woitalla on Apr 9, 2:02 PM
Under Coach Tab Ramos, the U.S. U-20s delivered one of the greatest tournament performances in U.S. national team history at the Concacaf U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico, earlier this year. The USA won four straight games, qualified for this summer's U-20 World Cup, and in the final against Mexico -- winner of the U-17 World Cup and third-place finisher at the U-20 World Cup two years ago -- took the host to overtime before falling, 3-1.
by Stan Baker on Apr 4, 2:26 PM
The 10 questions found below are especially directed toward parents who have children 10 years old and above.