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Rock Hill, Charlotte to split hotel duty for U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships

Though the U.S. Youth Soccer national championships will take place at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C., the teams playing in it will stay north of the border in Charlotte, about 25 miles up I-77. That’s because Rock Hill does not have enough full service hotels, according to The Herald newspaper, to accommodate the more-than-1,500 […]

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By | March 23, 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Choosing high school over Development Academy

Two Seattle-area youth soccer standouts have chosen their high school team over playing in the Development Academy in the wake of U.S. Soccer’s decision to move to a 10-month season. Clubs in Texas had already made the shift, and some elite youth soccer clubs decided not to wait until the fall to make the switch, […]

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Kick in the face by Hong Kong youth soccer player brings criminal charges

A kick in the face by a 10-year old soccer player in Hong Kong has not only gone viral on You Tube, it has brought criminal charges against the boy. The London Telegraph article notes in the opening part of the story that a 10-year old boy who plays for the ESF Lions team kicked […]

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By | March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Major League Soccer kicks off 17th season, making more history

By Chris Hummer Are you ready for some futbol? Major League Soccer kicks off it’s 17th season today, and at least in my opinion, it’s one of the most buzz-worthy opening days in a long time.. The league is fresh off a 16th season with impressive numbers in the stands in the Pacific Northwest and […]

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By | March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags:

New Youtube soccer channel ‘KickTV’ launched

Soccer United Marketing, Major League Soccer’s commercial arm, Bedrocket Media Ventures and Google have announced the launch of KickTV, a brand new online network featuring a collection of new and original shows centered around the world’s most popular sport. Promoters claim KickTV provides soccer fans with unique analysis, insight, news, commentary and exclusive access to […]

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By | March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Youth Spotlight: Georgia U-15 girls’ team playing for departed coach’s memory

In the second piece of our new “Youth Spotlight” series, The Soccer Wire’s Roger Gonzalez looks at one Georgia team’s plans to pay tribute to their departed coach at next month’s Jefferson Cup and for the spring season as a whole.

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By | February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

A message to elite, uncommitted youth soccer players

It’s almost time for spring high school season again, and Chris Hummer, The Soccer Wire’s Executive Editor, has a bit of advice for elite, uncommitted soccer players considering high school vs. club choices.

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ECNL all-stars’ England trip breaks new ground for elite girls’ soccer

With three convincing wins by a combined 18-3 margin over three top non-professional teams on their trip to England earlier this month, the 2011 ECNL/id2 International Tour made a big impression both at home and abroad. NSW Executive Editor Chris Hummer also made the trans-Atlantic trip, and here he explains why the experience was such a revelation for the young league.

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By | August 24, 2011 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Club pass’ only one step in larger reform of U.S. youth system

This week U.S. Youth Soccer introduced the ‘club pass’ for member clubs who compete in the annual National Championship Series. PSW Executive Editor Chris Hummer explores this move in the context of larger developments within the nation’s elite youth soccer scene.

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By | August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Mario Balotelli’s idiocy proves Roberto Mancini’s brilliance [updated: Whistle?]

Have you ever coached or played with a gifted player who was so damn cocky they destroyed team chemistry, cost the team games and angered others, all while failing to take any of the blame themselves? Mario Balotelli is just such an idiot, says PSW’s Chris Hummer.

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By | July 25, 2011 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

How long until someone dies of heatstroke on a synthetic turf field?

By Chris Hummer Did you know there are studies out there recording synthetic turf field surface temperatures of 200 degrees on a day when the air temperature was 98 degrees? Did you know that synthetic turf field surfaces are hotter than black asphalt? My feet know it. I am writing this article just two hours […]

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By | August 31, 2010 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

High school versus club soccer; ten mistakes coaches make

The annual tug-of-war between club and high school soccer in many states has been around since the first days “travel” club soccer was invented and became a year-round option for players. Since then, it only seems to be getting worse, especially as more “showcase” travel events and elite leagues crop up and place additional demands […]

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By | April 30, 2010 | 2 Comments | Tags: , ,

How the new MLS Designated Player rules should help youth development

By Chris Hummer As someone who spends nearly every day floating between the “mainstream” worlds of youth player development and professional soccer news coverage, I sometimes spot connections between the two that rarely come up in the reporting “angles” taken either by professional soccer writers in the US, or the sideline chatter on the youth […]

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By | April 2, 2010 | 0 Comments |

The Departed Player: Doing the right thing when leaving a team

This time of year in competitive youth soccer really stinks. Organizing and holding tryouts, and all that goes along with it, is my least favorite thing to have to go through as a coach, and I know I’m not alone. June should be named National Youth Soccer Drama Month, and we should all get a one-week government holiday just to hold tryouts and visit our therapist.

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By | June 10, 2009 | 1 Comment | Tags:

Gordon Miller: Look before you leap to a D1 youth team

By Gordon Miller – Virginia Youth Soccer Association Technical Director Reprinted with permission by VYSA Touchline (Editor\’s note: We originally ran this back in January of 2008, and it was one of the most popular stories to date at that time – when our web site had only a fraction of today\’s readership. With tryout season […]

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By | June 11, 2008 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,