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Ankle Sprain: When can I play again?

There's never a good time to be injured. As we come up to the end of many winter sports, players often have their eyes on championships or important tournaments. When an injury happens one of the most important questions the young athlete wants to know is "when can I play again?"

Boys Development Academy adds 165 new teams

The Boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) will enter the 2017-18 season with 17 new clubs and 165 additional teams, bringing the total to 165 clubs and 620 teams. Teams have been added to each of the five age groups while a single-age U-15 division has been added for the 2017-18 season. The Boys DA launched in 2007 with 64 ...

U-17 stars leave residency for MLS; Four newcomers head to Bradenton

By the time Christian Pulisic played for the USA at the 2015 U-17 World Cup, he had already left the Bradenton Residency to join Borussia Dortmund's youth program. A few other players had also left for Mexican and European clubs. And Luca de la Torre had joined Fulham instead of going to residency.

Jozy Altidore still having lots of 'serious fun'

Jozy Altidore made his 100th appearance for the USA last Sunday, becoming, at age 27, the second youngest player to reach that milestone after Landon Donovan, who was 26 when he got his 100th cap. We spoke with Altidore about his youth soccer days, important qualities he believes coaches need at all levels, and his off-field ventures.

USA in home stretch toward U-20 World Cup qualifying tourney

At the U-20 Concacaf Championship in Costa Rica Feb. 17-March 5, Tab Ramos aims to become the first coach to lead the USA to three straight U-20 World Cups. He'll name his 20-player roster for the qualifying tournament following a Jan. 31-Feb. 10 training camp in Orlando, Florida, to which he has invited 24 players.

Ref friendlies as if they count in the standings

Friendly games can take many forms. It could be a preseason game, a match played for charity or the alumni game of a college or high school. College soccer has many friendly games on its schedule, such as the spring games as well as preseason games played before the regular season in the fall. It's no surprise that these college ...

Not using referees is part of Schalke 04's acclaimed youth program

Schalke 04's youth program, currently home to three U.S. youth national team players -- Haji Wright, Weston McKennie and Nick Taitague -- is among the world's most successful at graduating players to the highest levels.

Meet 16-year-old Brianna Pinto, called into U.S. national team

In October, Brianna Pinto started all three games for the USA at the U-17 Women's World Cup. In January, she was invited to the U-23 women's national team camp, where she impressed such that Coach Jill Ellis invited the midfielder to join the full national team's camp under way now in in Carson, California. Pinto turns 17 in May.

Should new refs be identified -- like in driver's ed?

There are hundreds of soccer referee certification clinics held across the United States every year. Sadly, most refs passing these courses do not last two years with verbal abuse by the adults in youth soccer being the No. 1 reason for quitting.

Tab Ramos on new rules, U.S. progress, MLS and youth clubs

Tab Ramos, a U.S. Hall of Famer whose playing career included three World Cups, is entering his fourth year as U.S. Soccer's Youth Technical Director. Ramos, who is also aiming to become the first coach to lead the USA to three straight U-20 World Cups, has been at the Technical Director helm during a period in which U.S. Soccer has ...

Modernized NSCAA coaching courses have a touch of Mike 'Bert' Berticelli

It was circa 1991 and I was a young high school teacher and coach in South Bend, Indiana. I remember being introduced to Mike Berticelli after a game in which my team scored six goals after a rather louder than usual halftime talk.

Boys Development Academy expands again -- adds U-15 division

The U.S. Soccer Boys Development Academy, which launched in 2007 with two age groups, will be adding a single-age U-15 division in the 2017-18 season. That will give it six divisions, from U-12 to U-18/19.

Q&A with U.S. Soccer's top coach educator Nico Romeijn: On teaching the coaches

The U.S. Soccer Federation hired Nico Romeijn of the Netherlands in June of 2015 as its Director of Coaching Education. Romeijn previously served as the Head of Education for the Dutch federation (KNVB).

Troy Dayak leads thriving West Coast SC after 16 years of pro ball

A hard-nosed defender during his 16-year pro career, mostly with the San Jose Earthquakes with which he won a pair of MLS titles, Troy Dayak was nicknamed "The Beast." But when he coaches youth soccer -- at least four teams on an average weekend -- Dayak sits calmly on the sidelines, quite often the mellowest coach on the field as ...

Washington Youth Soccer reinstated by U.S. Youth Soccer

In November, Washington Youth Soccer announced its aim to register its players solely with the U.S Soccer Federation. In mid-December, U.S. Youth Soccer sent a memo to all its state associations announcing that was for 2017 revoking from WYS any "any and all benefits" associated with U.S. Youth Soccer