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Dure: Why do kids play? Birth-year mandate heats up argument

Beau Dure explores the notions of “club-centric”, “team-centric” and “player-centric” approaches to youth soccer, and how the new U.S. Soccer mandates will affect those prominent and conflicting philosophies.

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By | February 8, 2016 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Five ways to develop more creative players needed for future U.S. Men’s National Team success

Guest columnist and well respected coach John Dingle thinks the U.S. Men’s National Team has made tremendous progress in recent decades, but says the current popular methods designed to teach the creativity needed to truly compete on a world class level are not working. In this column he details the five biggest problems – and proposes the solutions – to turn the tide.

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By | February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

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St. Louis soccer community still needs help after disastrous floods trash nation’s first soccer park

As large swaths of the United States’ East Coast are swamped by one of the largest snowstorms in recorded history, it’s easy to forget that St. Louis, the ancestral cradle of American soccer, is still reeling from its own severe weather event of just a few weeks ago. And one of the Arch City’s most beloved soccer institutions was hit hard.

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By | January 22, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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NWSL draft review: A full breakdown of last week’s picks, hits and misses

Last week’s NWSL draft offered intrigue, upgraded production quality and an exciting start to the professional soccer careers of dozens of talented young women. Mark Shawhan was among the sizeable contingent of media on hand, and he’s compiled a detailed evalution of the 2016 draft crop.

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Dure: No simple solution makes MLS perfect for Jordan Morris or fans

U.S. Men’s National Team starlet and Hermann Trophy winner Jordan Morris is presently deciding whether to sign with German club Werder Bremen, or accept a Homegrown deal with the Seattle Sounders that represents the biggest such offer in MLS history. In many ways, his choice represents the one that faces the entire American soccer community, writes Beau Dure.

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By | January 18, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , ,

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Bruce: Five calls to action for youth soccer

SoccerParenting.com founder Skye Eddy Bruce outlines her top five calls to action for youth soccer entering 2016.

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Dure: NSCAA Convention shows soccer still needs to work on sales pitch

From all outward appearances, the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore is the temporary hub of a thriving sport. But some of these meeting rooms are full of fretting about the state of the game. And they have stats and trends to back it up, writes Beau Dure.

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By | January 15, 2016 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Dure: NSCAA Convention a great time for much needed national youth soccer discussion

SoccerWire.com’s Beau Dure outlines some of the forums he’ll be attending on youth soccer issues today, saying it’s about time we youth soccer coaches, administrators, journalists and so forth gathered for the NSCAA Convention. We need to talk.

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By | January 12, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Ugly hazing allegations from Philadelphia stint raise questions for U.S. U-17s coach John Hackworth

The recent re-hiring of John Hackworth as head coach of the Under-17 U.S. Boys National Team raised eyebrows across the U.S. youth soccer community, given his two previous stints in charge of that squad. Now a sensational array of allegations in a long-running legal feud between the Philadelphia Union and their former head coach Peter Nowak – who Hackworth served as an assistant from 2010-12 – has cropped up to cast even more shade on the federation’s pick for that pivotal age group.

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By | January 8, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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Guest Commentary: U.S. Soccer will have to get girls Development Academy perfect in order to improve on ECNL

The news of U.S. Soccer creating a girls Development Academy elicits a sentiment of “finally” on one hand, and a sentiment of “oh no” on the other, writes guest columnist Skye Eddy Bruce. A viable and successful league of that sort is already in place via the ECNL, so if they’re bound and determined to disrupt that, U.S. Soccer must be thorough and thoughtful in their planning to ensure an equally competitive environment.

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By | January 7, 2016 | 22 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Graham Ramsay: Four ways to reduce heading related injuries in youth soccer

Graham Ramsay is one of the most experienced coaches and authors on youth soccer topics in the world, and he’s upset about the rush to make heading the ball in youth soccer a crime. He says these three things need more focus, and that one major change in culture could provide more skilled players than we know what to do with!

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By | January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Dure: 2015 was a great year for arguing about soccer

As 2015 winds to a close, Beau Dure looks back and asks the big question: Have we ever seen a better year for U.S. soccer … arguments?

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By | December 28, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Top original articles of 2015 on SoccerWire.com

It’s been a record year for readership in 2015 (and climbing) for SoccerWire.com! We’ve had some of the industries best and most respected writers contributing regularly all year, so it’s no surprise that the most popular pages on our entire website all year are dominated by these great original works!

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

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Dure: Abby Wambach and her ironically memorable “Forget Me” ad

Abby Wambach’s “Forget Me” ad was more memorable than her last game. That’s more ironic than anything in the song “Ironic” — and her command is also impossible, because she’s a legend, and an outspoken one to boot, writes Beau Dure.

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

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COACHING: Lessons learned from U12 trip to play in Europe

Editor’s Note: This is the latest in our series of youth soccer coaching advice and practice sessions provided by ClubSportal. Read more about them at the bottom of this post or visit www.club-sportal.com for more information. — Last year I had the chance to take two of our club’s U12 boys teams to play in tournaments […]

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By | December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Dure: U.S. Soccer coaching curriculum leaves parent coaches in a jam

This weekend, Beau Dure could be going out to Loudoun County, Virginia to take the “evaluation weekend” for the U.S. Soccer D coaching license. The main factors in why he isn’t show how much more progress U.S. youth soccer leaders need to make to get coaching education where we want it in this country — accessible, widespread and informative.

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By | December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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Five rules youth soccer parents get wrong at every game

Parents all know they’re not supposed to yell at referees, but despite the best intentions in the car on the way to the game, once the whistle blows, those plans can quickly go out the window. Knowing these five rules better should save you some embarrassment before your next game.

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By | December 4, 2015 | 3 Comments | Tags: , ,

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Dure: Garber picks media battles wisely before 20th MLS Cup

In Thursday’s State of the League call, MLS Commissioner Don Garber was grilled about financial transparency, minority hiring, why a stalled expansion effort in Miami should take precedence over an enthusiastic bid from Sacramento, and several other pressing league issues. So it’s not that Garber is ducking the tough questions. But he is side-stepping some of the more vocal elements of U.S. soccer fandom.

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What will come from U.S. youth soccer organizations’ detente?

This week, three of the five biggest national youth soccer administrative bodies had a summit, as all five seek to reach consensus on how to adapt their sport to the new mandates handed down by U.S. Soccer

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The universal language of ‘soccer’ may save the world one day

For those who don’t follow soccer/football, I’m sure this might sound a little corny, but I really believe this sport can save the world. It is truly the one universal language with the most earthlings agreeing without argument on the rules of play in human history.

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By | November 19, 2015 | 1 Comment |

Dure: We don’t need no (Academy) education?

What’s an Academy? And what are the benefits? Beau Dure digs into the layers of meaning behind arguably the hottest word in U.S. youth soccer circles at the moment.

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Dure: U.S. Soccer takes good first step with heading initiative

With widespread uncertainty about the risks of heading and head trauma in youth soccer, someone needed to step forward and lead the way. At last, U.S. Soccer has done that, recommending the elimination of heading for children 10 and under and limited exposure through age 13, says Beau Dure, who sees a difficult but necessary road ahead for the federation and other licensing bodies.

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

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Boehm: Jurgen Klinsmann can’t shake his caution, even as USMNT’s page needs turning

Jurgen Klinsmann has presided over one of the most discouraging years in the past two decades for the U.S. Men’s National Team, but still just he can’t quite bring himself to turn over a new leaf for his troubled program, says Charles Boehm.

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By | November 6, 2015 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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Dure: Age-group issue puts Development Academy in a time warp

For at least one year, the Development Academy will be playing in different age groups than other organizations have announced despite the fact the Federation-run youth league has been on a calendar year age group setup for years.

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By | November 2, 2015 | 14 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Dure: Abby Wambach leaves her sport in a far better place

Abby Wambach spent much of her career as the most prominent athlete in women’s soccer, the woman who scored the goals and answered the questions. And after a long, tumultuous journey lit up by a litany of iconic team and individual achievements, she leaves the game healthier than she found it, writes Beau Dure.

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By | October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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