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Why more coaches should use ‘The Coerver Method’ for soccer player development

Columnist Joe Dougherty advocates for the ‘The Coerver Method’, a player development philosophy focused on individual skill progression and tactical awareness. It was created by deceased Dutch coach and player Wiel Coerver, inspired by Pele and mastered by current Dutch superstar Arjen Robben.

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By | February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Four-time MLS Referee of the Year Paul Tamberino shares on ref development

Following one of the most decorated careers as an American soccer referee, Paul Tamberino has continued giving back to the game in his new job mentoring and developing current referees at various levels. Tamberino, who has worked in major CONCACAF tournaments, World Cup Qualifiers, Olympic Qualifiers and NCAA Final Fours, spoke with SoccerWire.com on his recent endeavors in raising the quality of officiating in American youth soccer.

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By | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

What college coaches want in a player

Columnist Joe Dougherty interviewed several area college coaches to find out the most sought-after attributes they look for when scouting at showcases. The three most common patterns he found were character, technique and being physical.

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By | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Creating an early engagement model in North American youth soccer

This week John O’Sullivan continues the discussion how the North American youth soccer community can end the early specialization path, and create an early engagement path where kids don’t have to play, but rather want to play. This shift can not only produce more elite players, but grow the game and its fan base for the future.

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By | February 19, 2015 | 5 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Poaching vs. Coaching: Can you tell the difference?

Longtime youth soccer coach Joe Dougherty explains the tell-tale signs between whether someone has a coaching or a poaching mentality toward youth soccer, and the harm that comes from being a poacher.

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By | February 13, 2015 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Think first: Five simple ways to raise your team’s soccer IQ

For all the improved technical training going on in North America – and some steps in the team tactical training as well – soccer is still so far removed from our everyday culture that most players and youth coaches still lack some of the basic “soccer IQ” that is standard fare in most of the world, laments SoccerWire Executive Editor Chris Hummer. Here he breaks down five easy ways to get your team playing smarter — and scoring more.

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By | February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Dougherty: For the young player, details matter

Longtime youth coach and soccer writer Joe Dougherty explains why helping young players focus on the basics – and the accompanying details – is far more productive than rushing to move on to more advanced technique.

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By | February 6, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , ,

O’Sullivan: The early specialization dilemma in North American soccer

When it comes to growing world-class soccer players, early introduction is mandatory and early engagement is crucial, but early specialization can be disastrous. Confused? Let SoccerWire’s John O’Sullivan explain.

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Landon Donovan goes rec league in sly new bank commercial

Landon Donovan has ridden off into the sunset after his storied career concluded with the LA Galaxy’s 2014 MLS Cup championship victory over the New England Revolution in December, but he’s still hanging around to make soccer fans smile. The iconic U.S. midfielder poked fun at himself — and a few classic Sunday-league soccer stereotypes — in a new TV commercial hawking Wells Fargo’s banking services.

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By | February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

How to be intentional with your college commitment

Leading up to signing day, longtime soccer coach Joe Dougherty outlines the keys to a smooth, well-researched college commitment process for players and parents to feel good about.

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By | January 29, 2015 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

O’Sullivan: Why single-sport specialization needs to end now

Coaching expert John O’Sullivan debunks the theory of sports specialization for young children. In this blog post he explains that the medically, scientifically and psychologically recommended way to develop athleticism is ample free play and multiple sport participation as a child.

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By | January 26, 2015 | 17 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Charles Boehm featured on ‘CBS This Morning’ talking Hope Solo

SoccerWire.com Senior Editor Charles Boehm appeared on the nationally televised morning news and talk show “CBS This Morning” on Thursday morning to speak on Hope Solo’s recent 30 day suspension from U.S Soccer.

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By | January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Five ways to develop soccer players during a blowout without disrespecting opponents

Have you seen the story about the Southern California high school girls basketball team that won 161-2? No kidding. As reported by the San Bernardino County Sun, Arroyo Valley High School Head Coach Michael Anderson was suspended for two games as a result, but defends himself to the Sun’s Pete Marshall with the following explanation: “I didn’t […]

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How the business of youth soccer changed the player-coach relationship

Longtime youth coach Joe Dougherty discusses how the business side of youth soccer has made the parent-coach and player-coach relationships less personal and more political.

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Adult obsession with winning is killing youth sports in America

Sadly, millions of kids are playing sports in an environment not designed to make them better in the long term. They are caught up in an adult obsession to solely measure youth sports results in wins and losses, and it is killing youth sports in our country

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By | January 18, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , ,

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Manchester United’s Tony Strudwick shares youth development philosophy

Manchester United head of athletic development Tony Strudwick holds the challenge of keeping one of the English Premier League’s top clubs in peak physical condition, from the first team on down to the youngest youth age groups.

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By | January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Michelle Akers Q&A: Full transcript of the USWNT legend’s chat with SoccerWire.com

Last week SoccerWire’s Sarah Gehrke struck up an email conversation with U.S. Women’s National Team legend Michelle Akers about her attempts to contribute to the current USWNT program, and her general outlook on the team. In order to provide a deeper perspective for readers, we have posted the full conversation here.

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By | January 14, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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Track record shows NJ Stallions Dynamite among nation’s best non-ECNL U-17 squads

Coming off a year in which NJ Stallions Dynamite captured an NPL Finals and Region I Premier League championship, and won the top divisions of some of the nation’s most prestigious showcase tournaments including Jefferson Cup, National Elite Women’s Soccer Showcase (NEWSS), PDA Invitational, Dallas International Girls Cup and Disney Soccer Showcase, it would be hard to argue that the team based out of Clifton, New Jersey is not the best non-ECNL U-17 travel team in the country heading into 2015.

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By | January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Five mistakes soccer parents make with their players

Parents play a critical role in their child’s soccer development, but have you ever really examined whether you’re supporting your player’s development or hindering it? How can you support and encourage your child without getting in the way?

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By | December 10, 2014 | 35 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Stephanie Roche could be first woman to win FIFA Goal of the Year

FIFA has narrowed the field for goal of the year to three spectacular goals, and you get to vote for this year’s winner. Two of the contenders won’t surprise you. You’ve never heard of the third. She is Irish footballer Stephanie Roche, and her goal was scored in front of a crowd of 85 fans […]

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By | December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags:

The Tipping Point in Youth Sports: Patience vs. Expectations

Bestselling author and Soccerwire.com featured columnist John O’Sullivan examines the balance, or all too often, the imbalance of patience vs. expectations for parents and children in youth sports.

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By | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

LeBolt: The high cost of loyalty in today’s youth soccer culture

Academy programs with multi-tiered systems and elite leagues with vast reaches are supplying top notch competition, offering professional coaching and more flexible opportunities, but at a much greater expense to families. Change is here, but opportunity doesn’t come free. The question is, is it worth it?

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By | November 18, 2014 | 16 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

O’Sullivan: Youth sports coaching is not a job, but a calling!

Featured columnist John O’Sullivan explains what it really takes to be a youth sports coach.

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By | October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Hummer: Quick thoughts on USWNT’s win over Haiti in CONCACAF Championships at RFK

Watching the United States Women’s National Team play lately is frequently one of the most frustrating things I do… So frustrating is their constant reliance on overly direct play out of the back, turnovers out of the midfield, and poorly aimed floating crosses, that getting through 90 minutes is basically impossible for me unless there is something on the line. I would have missed tonight’s second half if World Cup qualifying wasn’t on the line, and I’m glad I didn’t because the soccer was better in the second 45.

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By | October 20, 2014 | 11 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Want to encourage free play? Try ‘Make Your Own Ball Night!’

Featured SoccerWire.com columnist John O’Sullivan shares a great story about how one youth club in Indiana is teaching it’s youngest academy players a lot more than how to kick, dribble, pass, and shoot.

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By | September 27, 2014 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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