Where does NWSL go in the wake of the tremendously successful 2015 Women’s World Cup? Beau Dure checks in from the Washington Spirit’s 1-1 home draw with the Chicago Red Stars, where returning World Cup stars made their presence felt.Continue Reading Dure: NWSL producing big games – will sponsors, broadcasters notice?
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The U.S. Women’s National Team clinched World Cup glory with that unforgettable 5-2 demolition of Japan in Vancouver on Sunday, July 5, triggering two weeks of whirlwind celebrations, commemorations, awards and appearances. One location they haven’t spent a great deal of time in during that stretch, however: on the field for their professional clubs in the NWSL. Charles Boehm takes a look at the USWNTers’ slow return to club action.Continue Reading What’s taken the U.S. Women’s National Team so long to return to NWSL action?
Do you live in Virginia? Have you been out to the West Creek complex in Richmond to catch any of this week’s ECNL Finals event? If not, you’re missing out on the nation’s best girls soccer, says SoccerWire’s Charles Boehm.Continue Reading ECNL: Nation’s top girls soccer players are in Richmond this week – are you watching?
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association’s new coaching program has a noble goal, and a bold new approach for beginning coaches, mostly parents, who’ll be working with kids in the crucial Under-6 to U-10 years. SoccerWire’s Beau Dure takes a look.Continue Reading Dure: Presenting the FREE education plan for parent coaches
Say what you will about the U.S. Women’s National Team: Its head coaching position is surely the most pressure-packed job in women’s soccer. Jill Ellis gracefully rode that hot seat to a long-awaited World Cup trophy, writes SoccerWire’s Charles Boehm, but more tough work awaits.Continue Reading USWNT: Jill Ellis’ journey reaches storybook World Cup title run – but more work awaits
For all the criticism that many have directed toward head coach Jill Ellis, the USWNT finally won that third star and exorcised the ghosts of 2011 with a thumping 5-2 Women’s World Cup final win over Japan. So have we (have I) been too hard on Ellis? The answer is yes, and then again no, writes Mark Shawhan.Continue Reading Women’s World Cup: A reassessment of USWNT coach Jill Ellis, part 2
Player by player and point by point, Beau Dure takes a look at how the world champion U.S. Women’s National Team fared in the Women’s World Cup tournament as a whole (ratings on a scale of 1-10).Continue Reading U.S. Women’s player ratings show world-class performances, long-term questions
The issue of training compensation for U.S. youth clubs that produce professional players has rocketed back into the soccer community’s consciousness with this week’s news of Crossfire PremierContinue Reading Dure: Will U.S. Soccer find opportunity in Yedlin training compensation crisis?
USWNT: Young technician Morgan Brian carries hopes for a better Women’s World Cup future – and present
With the U.S. Women’s National Team clinging to old ways and the rest of the women’s soccer world advancing rapidly, it’s easy to get gloomy about the future as the 2015 Women’s World Cup unfolds. But it appears that one important beacon of hope will step back into the starting 11 in Friday night’s quarterfinal showdown with China.Continue Reading USWNT: Young technician Morgan Brian carries hopes for a better Women’s World Cup future – and present
On Wednesday night, Saturday Night Live (SNL) alums Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers reunited for their popular “Weekend Update” segment “Really!?!” on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The comedic duo takes on Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit after his remarks that the Women’s World Cup, along with all women’s sports, is not worth watching.Continue Reading Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers defend Women’s World Cup, call out sportswriter Andy Benoit [Video]
The biggest question of the USWNT’s Women’s World Cup run may not be their lack of fluidity thus far, but their ability to adapt to new tactics and situations both now and in the future, says Beau Dure.Continue Reading Dure: Can U.S. Women ditch “Whack it to Wambach” style?
Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact meet Wednesday in one of Major League Soccer’s featured “Rivalry Week” matches. But this is more than just a meeting of rival soccer teams, it’s a clash of two Canadian cities, and entire cultures, who have been antagonists for centuries, as guest columnist Elizabeth Cotignola writes.Continue Reading MLS and the Two Solitudes: “Rivalry Week” with a side of Canadian history
Count me among the growing number of people who are concerned about the apparent regression in the tactics displayed by the U.S. Women’s National Team during the World Cup now underway. And the list is long.Continue Reading Dougherty: USWNT no longer the world’s best
Youth sports coaching and parenting expert John O Sullivan tackles the issue of “late bloomers” in youth sports, and why overcoming the “Relative Age Effect” often produces the best athletes later in life.Continue Reading Is your child a late bloomer? 5 tips for overcoming the “Relative Age Effect” in youth sports
Columnist Joe Dougherty previews and makes predictions the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.Continue Reading Dougherty: Women’s World Cup preview and predictions
Columnist Joe Dougherty guides coaches, parents and players on effective ways to help stop bullying within a youth soccer team.Continue Reading A bully’s worst nightmare is you: How to shut down bullying in youth sports
Potomac area ECNL teams enjoyed a successful weekend amid challenging competition at the U-13 and U-14 ECNL Showcase at the MESA Complex in Greer, South Carolina over the weekend. Bethesda SC, Richmond United, Maryland United and McLean U-14 sides went a combined 6-2-4.Continue Reading Richmond United, Bethesda SC, Maryland United U-14 ECNL sides thrive at South Carolina showcase
Joe Dougherty recently attended a D.C. United match at RFK Stadium, a venue finally in its twilight years as the franchise awaits the construction of a new stadium at Buzzard Point. In his newest blog post, Dougherty chronicles a night at the fading RFK Stadium from his walk through the parking lot to watching the action on the field and in the stands.Continue Reading Dougherty: Random thoughts during a D.C. United game at RFK Stadium
“Changing the Game Project” founder John O’Sullivan explains four specific ways “Adultification” manifests itself in youth sports: The push to become “elite” at younger ages, over and under-emphasis on winning, the discouragement of enjoyment and treating youth sports as a means to an end.Continue Reading Four reasons why ‘Adultification’ of youth sports is hurting kids
What if young players could learn and develop without parents and coaches arguing a referee’s calls? U9-U10 players experienced that at this past weekend’s CCL ScrimmageFest, and SoccerWire.com Executive Editor Chris Hummer explains why this referee-less environment is the most conducive to player development.Continue Reading Hummer: Best way to keep soccer parents quiet while maximizing player development
Entitlement seems to have become a permanent feature of modern college athletics, writes SoccerWire guest columnist Dan Blank. But an unassuming U of Georgia women’s soccer player named Jenna Buckley changed his entire outlook on the matter.Continue Reading The Good Fight: My favorite victory in the battle against entitlement
To celebrate the collective and ignore the individual beauty and creativity of soccer is wrong. But so is focusing only on the individual accomplishment and forgetting the teamwork that was necessary to getting the goal, writes Joe Dougherty in his latest column.Continue Reading COLUMN: Scored a goal? Great, now go thank your teammate…
Amid the game’s decades of explosive growth here, plenty of youth leagues (and tournaments) have had it pretty easy, especially on the girls’ side. But a multi-year groundswell of frustration is cresting in the form of the “club-centric” movement, a development-oriented approach which continues to challenge incumbent organizations in an increasingly competitive youth soccer environment, writes SoccerWire.com Executive Editor Chris Hummer.Continue Reading Hummer: ‘Club-centric’ is more than a buzzword – and the proof is on the field
For two decades Sports Illustrated has run a segment dubbed “This week’s sign of the Apocalypse,” and for the dwindling ranks of “old-fashioned Americans” bred to be fearful and dismissive of soccer, that concept got a little more serious over the weekend. Their disbelieving eyes were exposed to not one, but two foreign professional soccer matches simultaneously broadcast on competing major U.S. TV networks.Continue Reading Invasion 2015: Two English soccer matches feature on US network TV Saturday
On the eve of the Washington Spirit’s 2015 NWSL home opener against league champion FC Kansas City, columnist Joe Dougherty examines why the Maryland SoccerPlex’s Maureen Hendricks Field provides the Spirit with an ideal home field advantage.Continue Reading Maureen Hendricks Field the perfect home for Washington Spirit