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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 | 7 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: , , , ,

Is social media ruining your youth sports experience?

Sports parenting guru John O’Sullivan explains the detriment of the “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality with a video on young athletes in a social media world.

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By | September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

HopeSoloGate update: U.S. Soccer, USOC exec speak out as situation simmers

On Monday, the U.S. Soccer Federation explained its decision to allow Hope Solo to continue to play for the U.S. Women’s National Team while her legal case is pending.

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By | September 24, 2014 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , ,

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Growing concussion concerns lead to stricter regulations in ENYYSA

Randy Vogt discusses the concerns surrounding concussions in international soccer and announces some new changes in Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association policy.

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By | September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

LeBolt: University of New Mexico Hazing – a Sad Sign of the Times?

Dr. Wendy LeBolt explains how the University of New Mexico women’s soccer hazing incident is just one type of unhealthy pressure that young athletes are having to face in America.

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By | September 2, 2014 | 8 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

O’Sullivan: The missing ingredient in North American soccer talent development

In 2005, the coaches at one of the English Premier League’s top youth academies held one of their semiannual meetings to decide upon which players they would keep for the upcoming cycle, and whom they would let go. As they were evaluating their players –many of whom would go on to star not only in the […]

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O’Sullivan: How to raise a lion chaser

Why is it that some players see obstacles and problems as opportunities, while others focus on the negative consequences of failure? John O’Sullivan returns with a riveting look at the power of the “lion chaser” personality — and how North American soccer can grow more of them.

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By | August 19, 2014 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , ,

PWSI product Annah Lindberg goes her own route in rise to success

PWSI product Annah Lindberg did not play up at a young age. Instead, along with the help of her family, she let her rise to soccer success happen naturally and patiently.

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By | August 5, 2014 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A higher purpose than winning: How to measure player development without the final score

Changing the Game Project founder John O’Sullivan explains how best to turn the focus away from the scoreboard in youth sports by turning to a “higher purpose” and emphasizing having fun and getting better.

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By | July 31, 2014 | 6 Comments | Tags: , ,

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Q&A with Horst Eckel, 1954 World Cup champion with West Germany

SoccerWire.com recently had the opportunity for a short interview with Horst Eckel, one of two surviving members of the 1954 West Germany World Cup squad.

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13 years later, Frank Lampard adresses 9/11 ‘incident’, plans to visit Memorial

In a hotel in London’s Heathrow Airport on September 11, 2001, New York City FC’s new signing Frank Lampard also was involved in an incident that was the elephant in the press conference during his introduction at Brooklyn Bridge Park, until the more mature Englishman addressed it head on.

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By | July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

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RIP: Dan Borislow, the strange angel of Women’s Professional Soccer (1961-2014)

Anyone who’s navigated enough twists and turns in either the world of professional sports or American soccer eventually discovers that the personalities involved tend to be complex, and true heroes are few and far between. Dan Borislow was no hero, and he was certainly complex…

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By | July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Dougherty: Ann Coulter, you have it wrong

There are many things that may indicate national moral decay – evening cable television programs, Internet pornography, Washington politics, to name a few. But soccer certainly isn’t one of them.

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By | July 1, 2014 | 5 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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Youth Coaches: How to keep from raising the next Luis Suarez

Youth coaches, it is not our responsibility how a player enters our team or program, but it is most definitely our responsibility what kind of person a player is when he or she leaves.

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By | June 26, 2014 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , ,

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Is USA-Ghana game evidence of a soccer tipping point?

As the seconds ticked down toward kickoff before the Ghana vs. USA Group G match Monday evening, excitement was palpable across a nation where for too long, the perception has been that soccer isn’t that interesting, instead representing “that thing you drop your daughter off at and leave,” as comedian John Oliver memorably put it a few weeks ago.

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By | June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Five life lessons the World Cup can teach your kids

One of the things I love about the World Cup is it can bring families, and entire communities, together watching a month long soccer tournament. I cannot wait to watch these games with my children, my friends, and their children. I can’t wait because this is not only a glorious sporting moment; this next month will be one teachable moment after another. Right up through the final on July 13, I will be looking for opportunities to teach my children the following five things…

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By | June 12, 2014 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , ,

O’Sullivan: The mindset of high performers

John O’Sullivan is an expert in sport specific development, fitness and nutrition, college recruiting, and most importantly, nurturing positive, healthy, and supportive relationships between parents and their young athletes. His newest blog post explains how some children simply need a change in mindset in order to unlock their true potential.

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

NWSL couple Lianne Sanderson, Joanna Lohman featured in People magazine

Boston Breakers duo Joanna Lohman and Lianne Sanderson are prominently featured in People magazine’s new feature story about sexuality in professional sports this week, contributing to the conversation sparked by Michael Sam recently making history as the first-ever openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft.

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By | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,