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
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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
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).Continue Reading U.S. Women’s player ratings show world-class performances, long-term questions
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 PremierContinue Reading Dure: Will U.S. Soccer find opportunity in Yedlin training compensation crisis?
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.Continue Reading USWNT: Young technician Morgan Brian carries hopes for a better Women’s World Cup future – and present
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.Continue Reading Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers defend Women’s World Cup, call out sportswriter Andy Benoit [Video]
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.Continue Reading Dure: Can U.S. Women ditch “Whack it to Wambach” style?
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.Continue Reading MLS and the Two Solitudes: “Rivalry Week” with a side of Canadian history
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.Continue Reading Dougherty: USWNT no longer the world’s best
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.Continue Reading Is your child a late bloomer? 5 tips for overcoming the “Relative Age Effect” in youth sports
Columnist Joe Dougherty previews and makes predictions the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.Continue Reading Dougherty: Women’s World Cup preview and predictions
Columnist Joe Dougherty guides coaches, parents and players on effective ways to help stop bullying within a youth soccer team.Continue Reading A bully’s worst nightmare is you: How to shut down bullying in youth sports
Potomac area ECNL teams enjoyed a successful weekend amid challenging competition at the U-13 and U-14 ECNL Showcase at the MESA Complex in Greer, South Carolina over the weekend. Bethesda SC, Richmond United, Maryland United and McLean U-14 sides went a combined 6-2-4.Continue Reading Richmond United, Bethesda SC, Maryland United U-14 ECNL sides thrive at South Carolina showcase
Joe Dougherty recently attended a D.C. United match at RFK Stadium, a venue finally in its twilight years as the franchise awaits the construction of a new stadium at Buzzard Point. In his newest blog post, Dougherty chronicles a night at the fading RFK Stadium from his walk through the parking lot to watching the action on the field and in the stands.Continue Reading Dougherty: Random thoughts during a D.C. United game at RFK Stadium