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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 SoccerWire.com column.

Player Development Mar 13, 2019
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Don Garber advocates for solidarity payments for MLS Academies

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber advocated strongly for the implementation of solidarity and training compensation for MLS clubs when their top U.S. Soccer Development Academy prospects end up signing to play in foreign professional leagues.

Player Development Dec 10, 2018

VIDEO: FC Virginia alum Emily Fox makes U.S. WNT debut

FC Virginia alum and current University of North Carolina standout Emily Fox made her international debut on Thursday with the senior U.S. Women's National Team.

Player Development Nov 09, 2018

VIDEO: Inside training with NYCFC Academy

Go inside training with the New York City FC Academy in a new video, featuring tactical work, nutmegs, spikeball and more.

Player Development Sep 25, 2018
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VIDEO: Inside training camp with the NYCFC Academy

Preseason training camp is officially underway for the New York City FC Academy program, ahead of the 2018-2019 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season.

Player Development Aug 17, 2018
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Dougherty: How youth coaches, players and parents can help fix U.S. player development

Longtime soccer coach and SoccerWire.com columnist Joe Dougherty outlines six specific areas of focus that U.S. youth soccer coaches, players and parents need to emphasize in order to help the U.S. Men's National Team return to relevance in future World Cup cycles.

Player Development Nov 16, 2017

Hummer: Addiction to GotSoccer stifling youth soccer progress

If you are involved in youth soccer and value team rankings in any way, you are an accomplice in killing the future of our game. For the sake of our children, I’m begging you to quit. Rankings are like an addiction, and in this case, GotSoccer is the drug.

Player Development Nov 07, 2017
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U.S. Soccer Girls’ DA officials discuss goals for the new league

In a teleconference with members of the media last week, Girls' DA Director Miriam Hickey, U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, and U.S. Soccer Academy Jared Micklos spoke about this new venture and why the timing was right for creating the Girls' DA, tens year after the creation of the Boys Development Academy.

Player Development Sep 08, 2017