• The Two-Ref System Revisited
    Two years ago, I wrote about The Two-Ref System: Its Flaws and How to Cope. The two-ref system is still only used widely in American high school soccer and I will be very happy when the two refs finally become one ref and two ARs in all outdoor soccer games. With much of the United States playing high school soccer during the fall, now's a good time to revisit this antiquated system.
  • The case for a full-service club: rec to comp
    How important is it for a club to offer all levels of play -- rec to comp?
  • Crucial Concussion Evaluation Info for Coaches
    How should a coach evaluate a young athlete for a possible concussion?
  • A great start to practice: Free play!
    I have often wondered what goes on in the minds of 6-year-old American children who are told they've been signed up for soccer. I imagine they think that means they're going to be playing soccer.
  • The College Quest in 2014: 'Technology can help bridge the access gap'
    It's been a decade since Avi Stopper penned a guide for high-schoolers on how to navigate their quest to play college soccer. We checked in with Stopper, the CEO of CaptainU and a Youth Soccer Insider contributor, to talk about how the process may have changed over the years, the tournament industry, and scholarship mythology.
  • 'Give Players Freedom' -- Justi Baumgardt-Yamada (Q&A)
    Justi Baumgardt-Yamada was an All-American at the University of Portland, played 16 times for the USA in the 1990s after debuting at age 17, and played in the WUSA, the first U.S. pro women's league, in 2001-2003. Baumgardt-Yamada now coaches the Seattle area Crossfire Premier's U-18 ECNL team and a U-12 girls team.
  • Top 3 Keys to a Successful Club: Keeping 'Customembers' Satisfied
    As in any business, and a soccer club is a business, it is important to know that you can't make all of your customers/parents/members -- I like to call them customembers -- satisfied with the club. Hopefully, clubs can keep the number of dissatisfied customembers to a minimum (under 5%).
  • For Kids Only ...
    Dear Soccer-Playing Children of America,
  • Wilson Egidio's New York City Success Story
    When Manhattan SC PSG won the U-17 national title in July it became the first New York City team to win a US Youth Soccer National Championship since 1985 and only the fifth since 1936.