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Eden Hazard showed his kid no mercy: Can soccer parents learn from him?

You may have seen the viral video of Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard and his 3-year-old son that’s making the rounds this week. It got us thinking here at SoccerWire: What might the typical North American soccer parent think of an elite professional like Hazard taking a no-coddling approach to his wee lad’s earliest exposure to the beautiful game?

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By | May 20, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , ,

Dure: Simple advice for dealing with youth soccer tryout season

Let’s not kid ourselves and pretend: Tryouts stink, says Beau Dure. Reducing children to numbers and putting them in artificial playing environments is not a fun thing to do. But there are some useful things the adults in this situation can keep in mind.

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NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: May 2016

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

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Dure: Rained out? Use TV and YouTube to teach the game

When spring rains soak our youth soccer playing fields, we give thanks for artificial turf. Where turf isn’t available, we’re running out of ideas. How many toe taps can a kid do in the basement? But there’s one thing youth players can do to keep learning the game. It’s a crazy idea, but it works for some people: Watch a soccer game, writes Beau Dure.

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By | May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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Hall of Fame shame? Briana Scurry snub sparks doubts on voting process

The U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame’s 2016 class of inductees was announced Thursday, and for the third year running, one of the best goalkeepers in U.S. soccer history – men’s, women’s or otherwise – finds herself on the outside looking in. Why has this honor eluded Briana Scurry? Charles Boehm investigates.

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By | May 6, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Letter to the Editor: True ‘Sports-Mom-Ship’

Arlington Soccer Association parent Wendy Green penned a Letter to the Editor after another mother from an opposing team floored her with an unexpected gesture of kindness, passing along a video of her daughter scoring an exceptional goal in a Virginia State Cup quarterfinal match.

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New Orleans, Louisiana - Wednesday, December 16, 2015: The USWNT go down 0-1 to China early in the second half during their Victory Tour at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Abby Wambach joins ESPN as analyst, contributor for multiple platforms

Abby Wambach, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, has agreed to a multiyear contract to serve as an analyst and contributor to ESPN across various shows and platforms.

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By | May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments |

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Dure: Mapping the chaotic youth soccer scene

How far are you willing to go for a competitive youth soccer game? This week Beau Dure goes in-depth to depict the sprawling, chaotic, multi-layered map of select soccer clubs and leagues across the Mid-Atlantic region, where even second- and third-tier teams routinely drive hours for games. It’s can’t-miss reading for all soccer families.

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

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Reid: A referee’s observations from the Virginia State Cup

Longtime soccer coach and team manager turned referee David A. Reid wrote an op-ed on his observations from officiating Virginia State Cup matches this weekend.

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By | April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

NCAA Women’s Soccer Commitment Announcements: April 2016

The following players have reported their NCAA women’s soccer commitments to SoccerWire.com for the recruiting classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 during the month of April 2016.

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By | April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

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MLSsoccer.com highlights top 10 Generation adidas Cup performances

MLSsoccer.com, the official site of Major League Soccer, recently publishes a feature article listing the Top 10 MLS Academy performances from the recently completed Generation adidas Cup, an international U-17 tournament which annually features some of the top clubs from around the world.

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By | April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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O’Sullivan: Can Players First fix American youth soccer?

‘Changing the Game Project’ founder and longtime coach John O’Sullivan conducted a Q&A with US Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne on the organization’s new ‘Players First’ initiative, which they are calling a “branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players.” Read the full transcript along with O’Sullivan’s take on the program.

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By | April 6, 2016 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Abby Wambach busted for DUI, earns public mockery from USMNTers

Abby Wambach was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants in Portland, Oregon late Saturday night. The recently-retired USWNT icon took full responsibility for her actions in a Facebook post on Sunday, but has nonetheless been the subject of widespread scorn and condemnation in the wake of the incident, including from two prominent USMNT players.

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By | April 5, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

OTTAWA, Canada - Friday June 26, 2015: The United States of America (USA) defeats The People's Republic of China (China PR) 1-0 in the Quarter-finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 at Lansdowne Stadium.

It’s not about the revenue: Shawhan on USSF vs. USWNT

In the wake of the USWNT filing a gender-discrimination complaint with the EEOC, one idea, in particular, has dominated the response from U.S. Soccer and its defenders: revenue. If USMNT bring in more revenue than the USWNT, the argument goes, so it’s only fair they get paid more, too. Columnist Mark Shawhan takes a hard look at this idea.

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By | April 4, 2016 | 10 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

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Olympic failure another red flag: US players still too green on global scene

Gamesmanship is dyed into the wool of most established soccer cultures, particularly in Latin America. Yet on the field it remains distasteful, even outrageous, to most US and Canadian players and fans – and those two countries’ national teams continue to suffer dearly for that enduring naivete, most recently the U.S. U-23s as their Olympic qualifying dream was crushed by Colombia, writes Charles Boehm.

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By | April 1, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Dure: “Development vs. winning” can be taken to extremes in youth soccer

“Development over winning” is a great philosophy. We’ve seen too many coaches who go to the other extreme, yelling themselves hoarse and refusing to let players figure out the game from different positions and perspectives. Like most philosophies, though, it can be taken to absurd lengths, writes Beau Dure.

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By | March 31, 2016 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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RIP Johan Cruyff: Soccer pays tribute to an all-time legend

One of soccer’s all-time greats passed away on Thursday, as Dutch legend Johan Cruyff succumbed to lung cancer at age 68. Tributes have flowed in from media outlets around the world, and deservingly so. Here’s a brief sampling of some of our favorites.

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By | March 25, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Dure: USL coaches insist they’re not just farming for the future

Save the “winning vs. development” talk for youth soccer. USL coaches want to win. That’s the message as North America’s third-tier professional league kicks off its 2016 season this weekend, writes Beau Dure.

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Guest commentary: Will U.S. Soccer’s early-specialization decree trigger unintended consequences?

U.S. Soccer’s new Girls Developmental Academy will mandate that players will not be allowed to play other sports or in other competitions, just like the boys version does. Guest columnist Skye Eddy Bruce wonders what athletic qualities will the young athletes affected by the DA soccer-only mandate have five to 10 years from now, when they are entering the college and professional ranks as a result of their non-participation in other sports?

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

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Jeff Cup 2016: Everton FC Westchester Dreamers dominate boys U-18 play

Professional teams generally aren’t supposed to be allowed to play in youth soccer tournaments. While not technically violating amateur status rules that keep them from doing so, here at the Jefferson Cup, Everton FC Westchester Dreamers are totally in a class of their own in decision making, technical ability and creativity. Not bad for a team that doesn’t even practice together.

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

Dure: No full-time travel before age 12? Momentum is growing

Should the whole concept of “travel soccer” be limited to kids at U-12 and older? It’s what some smart development experts have long suggested, and Beau Dure makes a strong case for the idea on his latest SoccerWire column.

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By | March 11, 2016 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , ,

Dure: Ditching high-school soccer is a questionable decision

Eyeing U.S. Soccer’s latest repudiation of high-school soccer, Beau Dure asks: Is “development” so important that we have to take kids away from the camaraderie of high school and make their parents spend 10 months a year driving them somewhere else to play?

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By | March 3, 2016 | 5 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Guest columnist: Kris Ward on abusive youth coaches and how to steer your kid clear of them

Guest columnist Kris Ward shares an ugly tale of abuse and vitriol experienced on the sidelines of a recent youth match, and ponders how players and parents can keep clear of foul-mouthed, manipulative coaches.

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By | February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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