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Russell Wilson, nanobubbles and celebrity tweets: Read with caution

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.

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By | September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Dure: U.S. Soccer’s birth-year plan is shortsighted, helping coaches, not kids

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.

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By | August 25, 2015 | 33 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

“Single-Digit Soccer” – Conflicts start where the fun should happen

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.

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By | August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Women’s World Cup All-Stars: Sauerbrunn snub sinks what’s left of FIFA’s credibility

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.

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O’Sullivan: 3 myths that are destroying the youth sports experience

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 […]

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By | August 10, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , ,

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Dure: USWNT boss Jill Ellis gets a contract into the unforeseeable future

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.

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

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The Onion savagely eviscerates all of U.S. soccer with one image of Jurgen Klinsmann

“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.

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By | July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

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Will MLS’s new university partnership cut NCAA out of the developmental picture?

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.

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U.S. U-20 Carlyn Baldwin lighting up YouTube, Vine as NCAA season arrives

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.

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Dure: NWSL producing big games – will sponsors, broadcasters notice?

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.

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By | July 27, 2015 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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What’s taken the U.S. Women’s National Team so long to return to NWSL action?

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.

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By | July 24, 2015 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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ECNL: Nation’s top girls soccer players are in Richmond this week – are you watching?

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.

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By | July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Dure: Presenting the FREE education plan for parent coaches

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.

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USWNT: Jill Ellis’ journey reaches storybook World Cup title run – but more work awaits

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.

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By | July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

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Women’s World Cup: A reassessment of USWNT coach Jill Ellis, part 2

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.

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U.S. Women’s player ratings show world-class performances, long-term questions

Player by player and point by point, Beau Dure takes a look at how the world champion U.S. Women’s National Team fared in the Women’s World Cup tournament as a whole (ratings on a scale of 1-10).

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By | July 6, 2015 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dure: Will U.S. Soccer find opportunity in Yedlin training compensation crisis?

The issue of training compensation for U.S. youth clubs that produce professional players has rocketed back into the soccer community’s consciousness with this week’s news of Crossfire Premier

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By | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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USWNT: Young technician Morgan Brian carries hopes for a better Women’s World Cup future – and present

With the U.S. Women’s National Team clinging to old ways and the rest of the women’s soccer world advancing rapidly, it’s easy to get gloomy about the future as the 2015 Women’s World Cup unfolds. But it appears that one important beacon of hope will step back into the starting 11 in Friday night’s quarterfinal showdown with China.

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By | June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers defend Women’s World Cup, call out sportswriter Andy Benoit [Video]

On Wednesday night, Saturday Night Live (SNL) alums Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers reunited for their popular “Weekend Update” segment “Really!?!” on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The comedic duo takes on Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit after his remarks that the Women’s World Cup, along with all women’s sports, is not worth watching.

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Dure: Can U.S. Women ditch “Whack it to Wambach” style?

The biggest question of the USWNT’s Women’s World Cup run may not be their lack of fluidity thus far, but their ability to adapt to new tactics and situations both now and in the future, says Beau Dure.

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By | June 25, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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MLS and the Two Solitudes: “Rivalry Week” with a side of Canadian history

Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact meet Wednesday in one of Major League Soccer’s featured “Rivalry Week” matches. But this is more than just a meeting of rival soccer teams, it’s a clash of two Canadian cities, and entire cultures, who have been antagonists for centuries, as guest columnist Elizabeth Cotignola writes.

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By | June 24, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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Dougherty: USWNT no longer the world’s best

Count me among the growing number of people who are concerned about the apparent regression in the tactics displayed by the U.S. Women’s National Team during the World Cup now underway. And the list is long.

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Is your child a late bloomer? 5 tips for overcoming the “Relative Age Effect” in youth sports

Youth sports coaching and parenting expert John O Sullivan tackles the issue of “late bloomers” in youth sports, and why overcoming the “Relative Age Effect” often produces the best athletes later in life.

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By | June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

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Dougherty: Women’s World Cup preview and predictions

Columnist Joe Dougherty previews and makes predictions the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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By | June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

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A bully’s worst nightmare is you: How to shut down bullying in youth sports

Columnist Joe Dougherty guides coaches, parents and players on effective ways to help stop bullying within a youth soccer team.

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By | May 19, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , ,

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