• A ref's view on managing dissent
    Not allowing running commentary removes an important item that builds negative pressure during the match.
  • Beware aspiring refs: Assessment starts young
    A failure to concentrate on responsibilities and master the rules can derail one's path for advancement.
  • 15 coaching insights from Soccer America 2021 interviews
    From coaches we spoke to in 2021, here's what they said that may serve you well when you take the field in 2022.
  • The art of reffing solo
    I like to think that the referee's positioning isn't a diagonal as much as it is a modified version of a half-open scissor.
  • How the pandemic impacted youth sports (for the better)
    As life went virtual, it also returned to simplicity, pushing us to consider what's most important.
  • Ref Watch: 'I got the ball' doesn't mean you didn't foul
    Nowhere in the rulebook does "getting the ball" exonerate a foul.
  • Hey, Mom! Hey, Coach!
    Kids fill our fields, running, playing, laughing and learning life lessons. None of it would be possible without parent coaches.
  • Mind your body language
    A coach's body language is a deciding factor in whether players aptly receive his or her message.
  • Overuse Injuries: How parents can watch for the signs in their children
    By far and away the area where we can have the greatest impact is in monitoring for overuse injuries.
  • Mental health and athletes: U.S. Soccer provides comprehensive resource
    In April of 2020, U.S. Soccer added a Mental Health section to its Recognize to Recover Player Health and Safety Program.
  • Youth refs should emulate Willy Wonka, not Pierluigi Collina
    If the ref is having a good time, you'd be surprised how many other people are being affected with that positive attitude.
  • Four ideas to foster discipline
    Here are four tips you can apply to discipline players without employing senseless punishments. Feel free to modify as you see fit with a little bit of creativity.
  • The 5 Worst Punishments
    Punishments are an extremely common way of conditioning behavior. Be aware that unwanted long-term effects can ensue.
  • The Emergency Action Plan: a necessity for every sports organization
    Exceptionally fast and superbly skilled action taken by the medical staff looks to have saved Christian Eriksen's life. Sports teams at every level should take some lessons from that type of serious incident.
  • Heel pain known as 'Sever's disease' frequently affects young athletes
    Sever's disease is actually a rather common condition of active youth athletes and can be controlled while allowing the young athlete to continue sports activity.
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