Mandy Moore still winces as she recalls how it often was for her late husband, Kevin, after so many of
You are probably aware of ongoing discussions regarding head injuries in soccer (it’s much much worse for (American) football, of course,
Probably one of the two most contentious issues during soccer games are offside decisions (the other is ‘handball’). This comes
These last eighteen months have seen considerable changes in our Bay Area youth soccer landscape. Clubs have merged, affiliated, and franchised. This
International professional clubs have been very active recently here in the U.S. An increasing number of them are setting up official affiliations with youth soccer clubs across the country to identify talent as early as possible and then develop them in the right way, including at their home academies in Europe. Here’s a very interesting ‘must-read’ article on this topic just published by the LA Times: Other Countries Are Scouting Young U.S. Soccer Talent. Quoting from this article to set the scene: When Brad Friedel was growing up in suburban Cleveland a generation ago, youth soccer was more an afterthought than an organized activity. “There was nothing there,” he remembers. So he was a bit surprised when he moved back to the U.S. after spending most of the last 20 years playing in the English Premier League. “The entire landscape and scope of what soccer is today doesn’t compare, doesn’t even look remotely similar, to the landscape that I left,” he
The following quotes about Manchester United’s current style of play are very relevant to youth player development and coaching: “There’s
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