• Referees should get a vote! And a rulebook would be nice
    The best way to figure out who's going to be voting for U.S. Soccer Federation President on Feb. 10 is to read Paul Kennedy's article, "Nuts and bolts: How U.S. Soccer's presidential election will work."
  • Why we over-coach, why we shouldn't, and how not to
    While returning the player cards to a coach of the 9-year-olds I'd been reffing, I told him I noticed he had coached throughout the entire game.
  • Cruyff disciple Todd Beane on street soccer, coaching education and the current Dutch crisis
    The Dutch star Johan Cruyff had a profound impact on the soccer world as a player in the "Total Soccer" years of the 1970s and as a coach, especially while in charge of Barcelona's "Dream Team" of the late 1980s and early 1990s, when he had great influence on Pep Guardiola.
  • USA beats India in front of huge crowd in New Delhi
    The USA opened the 2017 U-17 World Cup against one of the least formidable teams in the tournament: India.
  • U.S. boys aim to springboard their careers at U-17 World Cup, like Pulisic and Co., before them
    The USA kicks off its 2017 U-17 World Cup campaign against host India on Friday (10:30 a.m. ET, FS2, Universo).
  • A coach's life: Benjamin Ziemer combines backyard brotherhood experience with worldwide lessons
    Benjamin Ziemer, one of four brothers of the renowned Northern California Ziemer soccer family, serves as the Sacramento Republic's boys Development Academy U-19 head coach and U-17 assistant, and is a founder and the president of NorCal Premier Soccer.
  • John Hackworth: 'Josh Sargent faces incredible challenge'
    Not since Freddy Adu in 2003 has an American player entered the biennial U-17 World Cup under the kind of spotlight that will shine on Josh Sargent.
  • Meet the USA's U-17 World Cup players
    The USA did poorly at the last U-17 World Cup, failing to reach the second round in 2015, but that team included: Christian Pulisic, now already Bundesliga star, Tyler Adams, a New York Red Bulls starter, and Haji Wright, who's playing in the German second division. Based on that track record, some of the boys headed to India to represent the USA at the 2017 U-17 World Cup are likely to be players we hear about in the future at the higher levels.
  • Long-serving Tab Ramos renews with U.S. Soccer
    Hall of Famer Tab Ramos, who was one of the USA's longest-serving players, is becoming one of the national team's longest-serving coaches. Ramos has agreed to continue as U-20 men's national coach, a position he's held since November 2013, and as U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, which he became in October 2011.
  • U.S. U-19 women sweep in China; U-16 girls split with Germany; U-17 boys get final pre-World Cup look
    A tournament win in China for the U.S. U-19 national included the second meeting in history between female national teams of Iran and the USA. The first came when the U.S. U-16 girls beat Iran, 6-0, at the Torneo Delle Nazioni in Italy in April of 2016. ... The U.S. U-16 girls beat their German counterparts, 4-0, in Lower Saxony in front of a crowd of more than 3,000 that included Richard Yoneoka, the U.S. Consul General to Northern Germany. ... Coach John Hackworth is taking one more look at his player pool before announcing his roster for the 2017 ...
  • Combining Dutch, Spanish and American style, Dave van den Bergh leads U.S. U-15 boys
    U.S. U-15 boys national team coach Dave van den Bergh grew up playing in Ajax Amsterdam's youth program, a teammate of future Dutch national team stars Patrick Kluivert and Clarence Seedorf.
  • England youth on the rise: The FA's Matt Crocker on how it happened and hopes for the future
    England may be home to the world's richest league, but that hasn't translated into national team success. It has not won a major title since its only World Cup win, on home soil in 1966, and has gotten past the quarterfinals only once, in 1990. But this year, the England's youth national teams have had a remarkable run.
  • A new era for girls soccer: Development Academy kicks off in competition with ECNL.
    The U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy -- with 69 clubs, 276 teams and more than 6,000 players -- kicks off this weekend, a decade after U.S. Soccer launched the Boys Development Academy.
  • U.S. U-17 boys suffer rare loss, beaten 4-0 by Japan
    A 4-0 loss to Japan at 2017 Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic marked the U.S. U-17 boys national team's worst loss since falling, 4-0, to Mexico in a friendly in Panama in February of 2013.
  • Don't waste time at practice, let them play!
    When former U.S. World Cup captain and Hall of Famer Claudio Reyna was U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, he made what I thought was a crucial point about youth coaching: Don't waste time.
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