Former University of Georgia coach Dan Blank, now a leading author on college soccer and college recruiting, provides 17 tips on how to navigate the complex arena of athletic scholarships.Continue Reading Blank: 17 tips on college soccer scholarships
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Once again, Seattle won the NWSL Shield by a wide margin. And once again, FC Kansas City lifted the Cup. Last year, the Reign outshot FCKC 14-5 and lost 2-1. This time around, Seattle had the better of the play in stretches but was not nearly as dominant, and the 1-0 final score was fair, […]Continue Reading Dure: Things we learned from the NWSL final
Washington Nationals baseball star Bryce Harper and teammate Jonathan Papelbon got into an ugly scrap in their team’s dugout this week, embarrassing their club and earning both players suspensions. The incident raises some interesting issues with “hard to handle” players, writes Dr. Wendy LeBolt. How can we draw the best out of ‘em without breaking their spirit?Continue Reading When Passion Turns to Punches: Managing the player who’s too hot to handle
“Why did your son change clubs?” I asked. I often don’t ask because I know I’m going to get some answer that depresses or infuriates me. Parents are sometimes deluded. More often, they’re misinformed, and I hate to be the one to tell them that some coach or club made a sales pitch that doesn’t […]Continue Reading Dure: Can a curriculum make a youth soccer club better?
Robert Lewandowski used the full arsenal of striker techniques to score five goals in nine minutes last week. How to teach the techniques he used is the first of our new series of coaching advice provided by Yuri Bogdanov, founder of ClubSportal.Continue Reading COACHING: Teaching the techniques Robert Lewandowski used to score five goals in 9 minutes
Recently the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced sweeping changes in the way that youth soccer will be organized and run in this country, and it has caused quite the debate. In his latest blog post, ‘Changing The Game Project’ founder John O’Sullivan gives his take on the new mandates.Continue Reading O’Sullivan: Some thoughts on U.S. Soccer’s mandatory changes in youth soccer
Ben Lederman, the only U.S. player to be invited to FC Barcelona’s prestigious “La Masia” youth academy, returned home to the United States for the foreseeable future last week, enrolling at U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Bradenton Residency Program in Florida. Charles Boehm takes a look at this crushing setback for the European dreams of Lederman and talented young Americans hoping to follow in his footsteps.Continue Reading Ben Lederman leaves FC Barcelona as Euro opportunities fade for young Americans
The push for “elite” play has convinced many parents that driving hours from home nearly every weekend to play opponents in distant communities – or even across state lines – is a necessary part of youth soccer. But it’s hard to understand why, writes Beau Dure.Continue Reading Dure: Travel soccer needs more soccer, less travel
Fred Bowen, Washington Post Kids Post Columnist, has written a delightful [Fiction] book on youth soccer, highlighting the exploits of 8th grader Nate Osborne and his teammates on the Strikers, a U14 travel team. Read what National Soccer Hall of Fame member Len Oliver has to say about it.Continue Reading Book Review: Out of Bounds, by Fred Bowen
Tim Bradbury, the Director of Coaching Instruction for the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association provides his insight on the new U.S. Soccer mandates being implemented by US Youth Soccer.Continue Reading Changing times in the youth game: Should we celebrate or cry?
Russell Wilson, quarterback of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, recently gave a very public endorsement of a “nanobubbles” drink product that he claims helped cure a concussion. It’s a sign of a very misleading, even outright dangerous trend, says Dr. Wendy LeBolt.Continue Reading Russell Wilson, nanobubbles and celebrity tweets: Read with caution
The U.S. Soccer Federation’s intervention in the messy world of youth soccer is surely overdue, writes Beau Dure. The decision to rearrange age groups, though, was neither the most important issue to address, nor an elegant solution to a minor problem.Continue Reading Dure: U.S. Soccer’s birth-year plan is shortsighted, helping coaches, not kids
SoccerWire.com is pleased to present the first of several excerpts from Beau Dure’s new book, “Single-Digit Soccer: Keeping Sanity in the Earliest Ages of the Beautiful Game.” The electronic edition is available for pre-order at several online outlets; the print edition will be available at Amazon shortly.Continue Reading “Single-Digit Soccer” – Conflicts start where the fun should happen
FIFA named its 2015 Women’s World Cup All-Star team on Monday, and one of the list’s oversights is so laughable that it calls into further question the entire organization’s credibility when it comes to women’s soccer, writes Charles Boehm.Continue Reading Women’s World Cup All-Stars: Sauerbrunn snub sinks what’s left of FIFA’s credibility
Every year, I travel throughout the US, Canada, Asia and Europe, and give well over 100 presentations to parents and coaches. I speak to tens of thousands of people about youth sports, coaching, and athlete development. Every time I do a live event, I get asked the following question: “If you are presenting all this […]Continue Reading O’Sullivan: 3 myths that are destroying the youth sports experience
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis led the USA to a Women’s World Cup win, and earned a long-term contract extension as a result. The win has not, however, reduced skepticism that the women’s program is on the right track, writes Beau Dure.Continue Reading Dure: USWNT boss Jill Ellis gets a contract into the unforeseeable future
“The Onion” turned its withering eye to soccer this week, with a “Strongside/Weakside” infographic on U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann that manages to subtly poke fun at Klinsmann and just about everyone else associated with the sport in the United States.Continue Reading The Onion savagely eviscerates all of U.S. soccer with one image of Jurgen Klinsmann
It was a quiet headline, one easily overshadowed by the hoopla surrounding the league’s All-Star Game in Colorado. But MLS’s unveiling of an official educational partnership with Southern New Hampshire University this week was an important step in the professional game’s long-running attempt to reduce its dependence on college soccer, and provide aspiring young players with a streamlined developmental path more similar to that seen in world soccer’s greatest powers.Continue Reading Will MLS’s new university partnership cut NCAA out of the developmental picture?
Oakton, Va. product and U.S. U-20 national teamer Carlyn Baldwin is on the comeback trail from injury and eager to make the University of Tennessee one of the best NCAA women’s programs in the country this fall, as she showed with a series of skilful summer freestyle videos.Continue Reading U.S. U-20 Carlyn Baldwin lighting up YouTube, Vine as NCAA season arrives
Where does NWSL go in the wake of the tremendously successful 2015 Women’s World Cup? Beau Dure checks in from the Washington Spirit’s 1-1 home draw with the Chicago Red Stars, where returning World Cup stars made their presence felt.Continue Reading Dure: NWSL producing big games – will sponsors, broadcasters notice?
The U.S. Women’s National Team clinched World Cup glory with that unforgettable 5-2 demolition of Japan in Vancouver on Sunday, July 5, triggering two weeks of whirlwind celebrations, commemorations, awards and appearances. One location they haven’t spent a great deal of time in during that stretch, however: on the field for their professional clubs in the NWSL. Charles Boehm takes a look at the USWNTers’ slow return to club action.Continue Reading What’s taken the U.S. Women’s National Team so long to return to NWSL action?
Do you live in Virginia? Have you been out to the West Creek complex in Richmond to catch any of this week’s ECNL Finals event? If not, you’re missing out on the nation’s best girls soccer, says SoccerWire’s Charles Boehm.Continue Reading ECNL: Nation’s top girls soccer players are in Richmond this week – are you watching?
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association’s new coaching program has a noble goal, and a bold new approach for beginning coaches, mostly parents, who’ll be working with kids in the crucial Under-6 to U-10 years. SoccerWire’s Beau Dure takes a look.Continue Reading Dure: Presenting the FREE education plan for parent coaches
Say what you will about the U.S. Women’s National Team: Its head coaching position is surely the most pressure-packed job in women’s soccer. Jill Ellis gracefully rode that hot seat to a long-awaited World Cup trophy, writes SoccerWire’s Charles Boehm, but more tough work awaits.Continue Reading USWNT: Jill Ellis’ journey reaches storybook World Cup title run – but more work awaits
For all the criticism that many have directed toward head coach Jill Ellis, the USWNT finally won that third star and exorcised the ghosts of 2011 with a thumping 5-2 Women’s World Cup final win over Japan. So have we (have I) been too hard on Ellis? The answer is yes, and then again no, writes Mark Shawhan.Continue Reading Women’s World Cup: A reassessment of USWNT coach Jill Ellis, part 2