• Tab Ramos: Connecting the National Teams (Part 2)
    U.S. Hall of Famer Tab Ramos' run with the U.S. national team program dates back to playing at the 1983 U-20 World Cup as a 16-year-old. Last year he coached at the U-20 World Cup, assisted with the full national team, and in November became U.S. Soccer's new Youth Technical Director. In Part 2 of our interview we continue our discussion about the U.S. youth soccer landscape and his work with Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Tab Ramos: 'We're in a great place with room to grow' (Part 1)
    Last month, the U.S. Soccer Federation named Tab Ramos its Youth Technical Director, replacing Claudio Reyna, who left for MLS expansion club New York City FC in May. Ramos, also an assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann with the full national team, will continue as U-20 men's national team head coach. We spoke to Ramos, who in December was selected to the USA's All-Time National Team Best XI, about his expanded role with the Federation.
  • Klinsmann's message to youth coaches
    Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the USA since July of 2011, earlier this month was re-signed for another four years and Technical Director was added to his responsibilities. That, in USSF President Sunil Gulati's words, formalized Klinsmann's previously informal role in influencing the direction of American player development.
  • Why So Many Non-Competitive Games?
    I hate to be a Grinch during this Christmas season but there's a problem with a good minority of college and high school games, at least the ones that I have been officiating.
  • Richie Williams Q&A: On beating England, Brazil -- and Bradenton's Future
    In an extraordinary week for the U.S. U-17 boys national team, Coach Richie Williams' team beat England, 5-1, and Brazil, 4-1, to lift the Nike Friendlies title. We spoke with Williams, who has headed the U-17s and the Bradenton Residency Program since January 2012, of the triumph, which comes in the wake of the U-17s' failure to qualify for the 2013 U-17 World Cup.
  • Why no laps -- and other fitness & health insight (Q&A: John Cone)
    John Cone, who most recently served as the Portland Timbers Director of Sports Science and fitness coach, is a health and fitness consultant to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and the youth national team program, and a USSF coach educator. We asked Cone to address fitness training issues for youth players.
  • How Refs Make Their Next Game Easier
    For most youth soccer games, the ref would do well by being fit and in position, by smiling, having a good attitude, by enforcing the rules and knowing their application plus giving brief explanations when necessary. It's extremely important that the ref call the first foul, in part since an unwhistled foul could lead to retaliation. Refs who follow this formula can have a long career and most teams would gladly want them to referee their team again.
  • Keeper Questions: How to prevent a goalie shortage
    The latest edition of "Keeper Questions" looks at how clubs can ensure they have a sufficient corps of goalkeepers.