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Dougherty: Everything You Need to Be Prepared for Soccer Camp

It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s soccer camp season. With the spring season over, youth players get a few weeks of rest before heading off for five or six days of resident soccer camp. These camps are a great opportunity to learn new skills, tactics, and to meet players from different areas and perhaps gain a long-lasting friendship or two. If a player prepares for soccer camp properly, it can be a remarkably rewarding experience. But poor preparation can lead to a miserable week.

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By | June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Blank: NCAA recruiting dead period gives coaches much-needed break

Longtime University of Georgia women’s soccer coach and best-selling author Dan Blank gives his take on the new women’s soccer recruiting ‘dead period’ implemented by the NCAA, disallowing recruiting during the window of December 15 – January 5 on an annual basis going forward.

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By | June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Dougherty: Bringing the Playground to Game Day

Arrive early at just about any U17 boys team practice, and you’ll see a handful of kids goofing off in front of the net, trying crazy bicycle kicks, bending shots from impossible angles, and juggling the ball with each other before attempting shots one would never see in a game. On Saturday, Mario Mandzukic of Italian Series A side Juventus netted one of those straight-from-the-training-ground goals — and during the Champions League final, arguably the most important club game in the world. Mandzukic’s bicycle kick goal will certainly be considered one of the greatest in Champions League Final history, and deservedly so. It provides the combination of team chemistry and individual brilliance that are necessary for a goal to be given such an honor. The goal provides a number of lessons for young players and coaches.

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Mastroeni, Arena & American soccer’s cult of coaching insecurity

As most readers will know, the United States has never won a World Cup in men’s international soccer, at any age level. Nor has the program ever occupied first place in the FIFA World Rankings, having topped out at its all-time best position of No. 4 back in 2006 – and FIFA has changed the […]

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By | June 2, 2017 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Dougherty: Unlucky? No, you simply messed up.

SoccerWire.com columnist and longtime youth coach Joe Dougherty discusses the importance of honest and instructive feedback from coaches to players, and why “bad luck” on the field is most often attributable to poor technique.

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By | May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: March-May 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 from March-May 2017.

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By | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Dougherty: High school coaches, don’t forget to write a Thank You card

Columnist Joe Dougherty draws on his three decades of coaching youth soccer to provide a straightforward perspective on the share of the elite player development workload between club coaches and high school coaches.

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By | May 22, 2017 | 3 Comments | Tags: , ,

Mayhem at RFK! The USA-Honduras game that lives in infamy

When the U.S. men’s national team hosts Honduras in Friday night’s CONCACAF Hexagonal match in San Jose, California, the crowd at Avaya Stadium is expected to be a partisan one in favor of the hosts, anchored by the loud and proud American Outlaws and other US supporters sections. +READ: Final round of World Cup Qualifying […]

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By | March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Washington Spirit’s Lohman profiled in LGBT documentary ‘They Bruise’

By virtue of both personality and play, Joanna Lohman has become one of the NWSL’s most beloved cult heroes – and underrated midfielders, too. As the countdown to the 2017 season begins, a new documentary is shining a light on the Washington Spirit veteran’s advocacy as an openly gay athlete.

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By | March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Shawhan: Time for USWNT to consider benching Carli Lloyd

One could point to many factors in trying to explain the USWNT’s recent last-place finish at their own SheBelieves Cup mini-tournament. One cause that deserves more attention, though, is the poor play of team co-captain Carli Lloyd, writes Mark Shawhan.

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By | March 16, 2017 | 16 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: February 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA Division I women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 during the month of February 2017.

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By | February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Boehm: US U-20s back on track, but more proof required

Charles Boehm breaks down the positives and shortcomings of the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team’s vital win over Haiti in 2017 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

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By | February 22, 2017 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Boehm: US U-20 men lay an egg of historic proportions vs. Panama

But when a supposedly high-level team (and its coach), wearing their country’s colors, flops as badly as the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team did in their opening match of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament on Saturday, there’s no avoiding some very ugly postmortems, says Charles Boehm.

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By | February 18, 2017 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Case for bio-banding? Man United academy research finds late bloomers overlooked

It’s long been seen as a fact of life in U.S. youth soccer: The bigger kids are at an advantage, and thus disproportionately identified as promising players. But new research suggests that even world-renowned professional academies may be overlooking talented but undersized players.

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By | February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: January 2017

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 during the month of January 2017.

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Study: Youth athletic success poor indicator of adult athletic success

Success as a youth athlete does not necessarily mean that athlete is headed for success as an adult, a study delivered at the 2016 Youth Athlete Development Conference revealed.

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By | January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Lifelong friends Jecewiz, Reardon continue careers at Providence

On the soccer fields of both Long Island and Rhode Island, Mark Jecewiz and Brendan Reardon will be forever linked. Following their illustrious travel soccer careers as teammates dating back to the Under-4 level with Village of the Branch Soccer Club, the duo has linked up again at NCAA Division I program Providence College.

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By | January 17, 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Who’s accountable as US youth nat’l teams slide into mediocrity?

The U.S. U-20 WNT finished fourth at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, losing 1-0 to Japan in the third-place game after a 2-1 extra-time loss to eventual tournament champions North Korea in the semifinals last week. Not bad, right? Surely it means that U.S. Soccer has righted the ship and put the program on course for future success? Not so much, writes Charles Boehm.

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By | December 6, 2016 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

High-profile guests set to present at first Soccer Parenting Summit

Soccer parents throughout the United States will have the chance to learn from a lineup of prominent speakers this week during the first-ever Soccer Parenting Summit, an online event set for December 2-4.

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By | November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Shawhan: US U-20 Women don’t deserve to be in World Cup semis

With a 2-1 victory over Mexico, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team are through to the World Cup semifinals, where they will face North Korea (DPR) Tuesday morning at 1 AM ET (broadcast live on FS1, NBC Universo). That’s one round further than the U.S. made it in the 2014 U-20 World Cup, when they […]

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By | November 27, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: November 2016

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments for the recruiting classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 during the month of November 2016.

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Shawhan: The depressing cynicism of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team

Mark Shawhan watched the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team open their 2016 World Cup campaign with a drab, cynical 0-0 draw against France, and he was less than impressed with the regressive tactics rolled out by coach Michelle French. Is it another sign of a program in stagnation?

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By | November 17, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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