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Dure: We don’t need no (Academy) education?

What’s an Academy? And what are the benefits? Beau Dure digs into the layers of meaning behind arguably the hottest word in U.S. youth soccer circles at the moment.

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

Dure: U.S. Soccer takes good first step with heading initiative

With widespread uncertainty about the risks of heading and head trauma in youth soccer, someone needed to step forward and lead the way. At last, U.S. Soccer has done that, recommending the elimination of heading for children 10 and under and limited exposure through age 13, says Beau Dure, who sees a difficult but necessary road ahead for the federation and other licensing bodies.

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By | November 13, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Boehm: Jurgen Klinsmann can’t shake his caution, even as USMNT’s page needs turning

Jurgen Klinsmann has presided over one of the most discouraging years in the past two decades for the U.S. Men’s National Team, but still just he can’t quite bring himself to turn over a new leaf for his troubled program, says Charles Boehm.

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

Dure: Age-group issue puts Development Academy in a time warp

For at least one year, the Development Academy will be playing in different age groups than other organizations have announced despite the fact the Federation-run youth league has been on a calendar year age group setup for years.

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By | November 2, 2015 | 14 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Dure: Abby Wambach leaves her sport in a far better place

Abby Wambach spent much of her career as the most prominent athlete in women’s soccer, the woman who scored the goals and answered the questions. And after a long, tumultuous journey lit up by a litany of iconic team and individual achievements, she leaves the game healthier than she found it, writes Beau Dure.

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By | October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Commentary: U.S. U-17s’ World Cup failure should signal end of Richie Williams era

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team coach Richie Williams aimed for a World Cup title, but instead his team lacked both cohesion and identity in three matches against quality opponents on the biggest possible stage last week. That’s why his time in the post is nearing its end, writes Tim Froh.

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By | October 26, 2015 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

“Das Reboot” reviewed: Raphael Honigstein’s lively, insightful work a must-read for coaches, players, administrators

In “Das Reboot,” the brisk and lively new book about the German soccer revolution, author Raphael Honigstein chronicles the reforms that both transformed German soccer and manifested themselves within Germany’s 2014 World Cup triumph. Could it be a blueprint for similar overhauls in North America? Tim Froh investigates.

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By | October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Froh: U.S. U-17s still alive, but just barely after 2-2 World Cup draw with Croatia

While a 2-2 U-17 World Cup draw against Croatia on Tuesday may lift some spirits around the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, it certainly came in one of the worst ways imaginable as the U-17s failed to hold on to a 2-0 lead going into halftime — and nearly conceded the winner in the final seconds as Croatia twice hit the crossbar. Tim Froh analyzes the fallout from Tuesday’s match.

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By | October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , ,

U.S. U-17s: Hugo Perez, the 98-99 crop and a legacy on the line at U-17 World Cup in Chile

Hugo Perez’s name and memory swirls around the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team as they try to make their mark at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile – despite the fact that he hasn’t coached this team in well over a year. Why was he removed from his previous post? Why isn’t this group playing as well today as they did under his leadership? Charles Boehm delves into the biggest mystery in U.S. youth soccer today.

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Dure: A fully legal way to set up youth soccer leagues not strictly by birth year

U.S. Soccer isn’t being quite as dictatorial as the new age group mandates may appear, says SoccerWire.com columnist Beau Dure in his latest post, as he he breaks down what the new regulations mean for parents, players and coaches on a practical level.

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By | October 15, 2015 | 5 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

COACHING: Why Arsenal crashed Manchester United, increase goal scoring chances with this practice activity

Editor’s Note: This is the latest in our series of youth soccer coaching advice and practice sessions provided by ClubSportal. Read more about them at the bottom of this post or visit www.club-sportal.com for more information. — Looking Arsenal’s recent 3-0 win in the Barclays Premier League over Manchester United the game was defined by Arsenal’s […]

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Dure: Maybe Klinsmann’s $2.5 million salary would be better spent elsewhere

The USMNT are under the microscope after their gutting 3-2 loss to Mexico on Saturday. Like Bart Simpson’s “I didn’t do it,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s defenders have one good line at their disposal: “It’s not his fault!” — and the line gets weaker as time passes, says Beau Dure.

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By | October 13, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , ,

Blank: 17 tips on college soccer scholarships

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.

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By | October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Dure: Things we learned from the NWSL final

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, […]

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When Passion Turns to Punches: Managing the player who’s too hot to handle

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?

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By | September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Dure: Can a curriculum make a youth soccer club better?

“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 […]

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COACHING: Teaching the techniques Robert Lewandowski used to score five goals in 9 minutes

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.

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O’Sullivan: Some thoughts on U.S. Soccer’s mandatory changes in youth soccer

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.

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By | September 18, 2015 | 117 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Ben Lederman leaves FC Barcelona as Euro opportunities fade for young Americans

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.

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By | September 15, 2015 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Dure: Travel soccer needs more soccer, less travel

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.

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By | September 11, 2015 | 6 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Book Review: Out of Bounds, by Fred Bowen

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.

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By | September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Changing times in the youth game: Should we celebrate or cry?

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.

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By | September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

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 | 51 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: , , , , ,