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COLUMN: Pay-to-Play in Youth Soccer, College Corruption and More

Longtime youth soccer coach Joe Dougherty weighs in on the modern pay-to-play youth sports system, the recent college admissions bribery scandal, and more in his latest column.

Commentary Mar 13, 2019
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Joe Dougherty on Icebreaker Tournaments, Playing Like a Girl and more

Longtime youth soccer coach and columnist Joe Dougherty shares his best advice for coaches and parents on how to get the most out of the spring preseason tournaments known as "icebreakers", and covers several other current hot topics in his latest column.

Commentary Mar 08, 2019
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PREDICTIONS: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw and Seeding

With the seeding (Friday) and draw (Saturday) for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup quickly approaching, predicts the six pots for the event.

Commentary Dec 06, 2018

Boehm: Questions and answers on DC United’s new P2P program

On Tuesday D.C. United announced their new “DMV Pathway 2 Pro” partnership with five local youth clubs; with questions pouring in from coaches, parents and others around the DMV soccer scene, Charles Boehm sheds a bit of light on some of the finer points of this news.

Commentary Sep 14, 2018
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Stack: With NCAA rule change, the Official Visit is relevant again

Last week, the NCAA approved new recruiting rules regarding official and unofficial visits for prospective student-athletes. Under those new rules, the “Official Visit” will become more important than ever as prospective student-athletes make their college decisions.

Commentary Apr 24, 2018

VDA to follow Loudoun to ECNL as youth soccer chess game rumbles on

As U.S. Soccer’s Girls Development Academy moves towards the conclusion of its first season of play, its incumbent competitor the Elite Clubs National League has adopted a tenaciously combative posture, determined to keep hold of its current members, win the chase for new ones and even peel off Girls DA member clubs where possible.

Commentary Mar 02, 2018