• Lawsuit by youth clubs against MLS Players Union dismissed
    A lawsuit against the MLS Players Union (MLSPU) that was part of American youth clubs' quest to receive compensation for their former players who go pro was dismissed by the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.
  • The teenager's challenge: Sleep well, play well
    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.
  • American teens see first-team action in Germany
    The international break created opportunities for three U.S. teenagers to see friendly game action with their Bundesliga clubs. Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague made their first-team debuts at Schalke 04 in a 3-1 loss to second division Hannover while McKinze Gaines saw first-team action for VfL Wolfsburg in a 1-1 tie with second division Arminia Bielefeld.
  • Anybody remember street soccer? Jorge Villafana does
    In the age of academies, pre-academies, soccer classes for 18-month-olds and curricula demanding coaches precisely plan practices for 6-year-olds, you don't hear much talk about free play and street soccer anymore.
  • How refs spot off-the-ball fouls
    You can never relax while driving and the same is true when officiating a soccer game. Years ago, I heard many officials say, "I'm just a linesman," and a new crop of officials say "I'm just an assistant referee" when given an assignment not in the middle. Although the term for that official might have changed, unfortunately the attitude of some officials has not as it's a privilege to be given an assignment, no matter where you are on the field.
  • John Ellinger on U-17 residency: 'I don't think it was ever intended to be there forever'
    In January 1999, the U.S. Soccer Federation created the U-17 national team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. The first class of 20 players included Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Oguchi Onyewu and Bobby Convey. Their coach was John Ellinger, who reflects on the impending end of the program.
  • Be a Great Team Parent: Tips for Parent Conduct, Team Trips, and Communication
    Youth sports programs often can only run with the help of parent volunteers. Whether your role on the team is crucial (team manager) or mostly on the sidelines, it's vital to keep sportsmanship and a helpful attitude front and center. Here's how you can help!
  • Seeded USA gets favorable draw for U-20 World Cup
    The USA, which earned a seed for the 2017 World Cup, was drawn into Group F, with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia. Of the three first-round foes, only Senegal, a 2015 semifinalist, has ever advanced past the round of 16 in previous U-20 World Cups.
  • Real Colorado's Sophia Smith gets her goal fix with U.S. U-18s and U-20s
    Sophia Smith, the 16-year-old who's been on a scoring tear for U.S. youth teams, hails from the same youth club as Mallory Pugh. So comparisons are tempting.
  • Tab Ramos: We want these U-20s to play first-team pro ball
    After guiding the USA to the Concacaf U-20 Championship title, Tab Ramos will coach at his third U-20 World Cup, marking his 10th world championship as a U.S. player or coach.
  • A promising generation -- the U.S. 2017 U-20s
    America's biggest teenage star couldn't get time off work to be part of the USA's Concacaf U-20 Championship win last weekend. The 18-year-old Christian Pulisic, in Borussia Dortmund's 6-2 win on Saturday over Bayer Leverkusen in front 79,100, scored his fifth Bundesliga goal and made his fifth assist.
  • USA stamps U-20 World Cup ticket; now aims for Concacaf crown
    The U.S. U-20 national team faces Honduras in the Concacaf U-20 Championship final on Sunday, but the main goal has already been achieved. Coach Tab Ramos' team qualified for the 2017 U-20 World Cup by beating El Salvador, 2-1, on Friday.
  • Injury prevention warmup programs work: Use One!
    I'm a big believer in using warmup-based training programs as part of the overall effort to reduce the numbers of injuries in athletes. I've previously written about the FIFA 11+ and we include videos with support from Dr. Bert Mandelbaum in our Sideline Sports Doc injury recognition course for coaches. The early evidence about the FIFA 11+ showed dramatic reductions in many types of lower extremity injuries in soccer with no downside.