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Kick-It Trainer is the perfect soccer gift to improve ball-kicking skills

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Most adolescent brother and sister relationships consist of teasing, hair pulling and kicking. But in the case of teenage siblings Erik and Kirsten Nergaard, "kicking" was the impetus behind their innovative new invention, Kick-it Trainer.

Kick-it Trainer is a patent-pending piece of sporting equipment which enables athletes of all levels to hone and improve their ball-kicking skills in rapid fire succession without having to chase after the ball each time, or worry about it landing in the neighbor's yard.

Kick-It Trainer is the perfect soccer gift to improve ball-kicking skills

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Most adolescent brother and sister relationships consist of teasing, hair pulling and kicking. But in the case of teenage siblings Erik and Kirsten Nergaard, "kicking" was the impetus behind their innovative new invention, Kick-it Trainer.

Kick-it Trainer is a patent-pending piece of sporting equipment which enables athletes of all levels to hone and improve their ball-kicking skills in rapid fire succession without having to chase after the ball each time, or worry about it landing in the neighbor's yard.

adidas Scores With New Cutting-Edge Soccer Ball Technology

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This post brought to you by adidas miCoach. The content and opinions expressed below are that of World Soccer Talk.

adidas recently launched a brand-new soccer ball technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way that soccer players train.

Named adidas MiCoach SMART BALL, the ball is a Bluetooth smart and app-enabled soccer ball that syncs up with your smartphone or tablet.

adidas Scores With New Cutting-Edge Soccer Ball Technology

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This post brought to you by adidas miCoach. The content and opinions expressed below are that of World Soccer Talk.

adidas recently launched a brand-new soccer ball technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way that soccer players train.

Named adidas MiCoach SMART BALL, the ball is a Bluetooth smart and app-enabled soccer ball that syncs up with your smartphone or tablet.

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Official MLS game balls from 1996-2015 [PHOTOS]

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Heading into the 2015 season (their 20th campaign), Major League Soccer made two significant changes to their brand: first, they overhauled the MLS logo from the usual ball and boot square logo to a fresh minimalistic crest logo (which had mixed reviews). Secondly, the American soccer league updated the official game ball.

Official MLS game balls from 1996-2015 [PHOTOS]

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Heading into the 2015 season (their 20th campaign), Major League Soccer made two significant changes to their brand: first, they overhauled the MLS logo from the usual ball and boot square logo to a fresh minimalistic crest logo (which had mixed reviews). Secondly, the American soccer league updated the official game ball.

SBI Thursday Rewind: MLS’ new logo; Chivas USA’s year off; USMNT’s upgraded rank; and more

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Love it or hate it, the new Major League Soccer logo is here. The famous boot-and-ball logo is out, and a minimalist crest with only the letters "MLS" and three stars is in. MLS Commissioner Don Garber defended the logo on Thursday, saying the crest itself identified it as a soccer logo without the presence of a soccer ball.

How Important is Possession to Winning MLS Games?

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A look at the statistical importance of ball possession in MLS and how the Union fared last year. And also a bonus analysis called The Curious Case of DC United.

If soccer is about putting a ball in a net and stopping the opponent from doing the same, it would stand to reason that being in possession of the soccer ball would advance both objectives.

New Ball for MLS

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Major League Soccer gets a new adidas ball for the 2013 season. Read More

FIFA Street Review

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FIFA Street was once a series of caricatures exaggeration reality in order to completely defy physics while performs moves with a soccer ball. However, it has been some time since FIFA Street 3 and EA elected to complete reboot the franchise with a more realistic approach to in-game physics.

Gone are the cartoonish players of previous iterations and in there place are more realized, up to date models of players that fans of FIFA proper will identify with.

The Open Bar - el Jimador Soccer-Specific Tequila

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Editor's Note: Another semi-regular feature starting up here. "The Open Bar" will focus on all the wonderful drinking options FBMers should avail themselves of.


Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer's official tequila sponsor is launching a set of soccer-specific tequila bottles.

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Medical study suggests possible link between soccer heading and brain disease

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By DAN KARELL

Soccer might not be the most physical sport, but a recently-released study is suggesting that heading a soccer ball over a long period of time could lead to serious brain damage.

Researchers at Boston University discovered the first documented case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, in a former soccer player, according to a piece in the New York Times.

Tragedy claims life of Seattle man attempting to dribble soccer ball to Brazil for charity

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By DAN KARELL

A man dribbling a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil was hit by a truck on Tuesday morning in Lincoln City, Oregon, and pronounced dead at a local hospital that evening.

Richard Swanson, a Seattle native, had decided to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil for charity.

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Soccer program bans heading the ball

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This was too interesting to not share even though it is not happening in Virginia, it could be soon.

A Connecticut news station is reporting that a local Soccer Shots program has banned heading the soccer ball.

Video Report: WFSB Channel 3

Do you think this is the beginning of a new trend towards player safety in youth soccer?

Free Girls Soccer Clinic This Saturday

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Missouri State Lady Bears, 2nd Place MVC

Missouri State University Women's Soccer program will conduct a clinic this Saturday, April 28, from 4:00pm 5:00pm for girls ages 8 12 years old on field 5C at Lake Country Soccer.

This is a FREE activity. No registration is required. All participants need to bring their own soccer ball.

Bob Marley

Spliff an’ Kick an’ Ting

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Whether Bob Marley was on tour, in the recording studio, or chilling with family and friends, the soccer ball was never far away, says wrtier Luke James.

Win a copy of Marley

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Premiership Talk is pleased to announce that it is giving away an amazing prize to one lucky reader! Kevin Macdonald's new film Marley makes it's way to DVD and BLU-Ray on August 7th, and Premiership Talk is giving away a copy of the movie to one lucky reader.

Marley has been described as the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international stardom.

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Musket Rounds: Senda Athletics, Blatter Gets Booed, Imbongo, And More

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In something of a change of pace from our normal Musket Rounds, I would like to place a clipping right up here at the top of the page in an effort to put the spotlight on it that it deserves. After that, on to New England Revolution news and other links as usual.

The Beautiful Game: Fair Trade And Soccer " The Shin Guardian
This is an excellent article in TSG's Beautiful Game series that spotlights Senda Athletics, a fair-trade soccer ball company.

Sounds of the Game

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Liverpool Foundation instructor Eddie Sullivan chats with a student after a dribbling drill at The Perkins School for the Blind last week. (Photo: Kerri Santos)

WATERTOWN, Mass. – They hear the chirping of the birds above them. They hear the whirr of the cars on passing nearby on Beechwood Avenue.

The Soccer Coaching Bible by the NSCAA

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SoccerNationNews introduces its newest column: Soccer Lover's Best Ever Soccer Book Guide.
This series will review and rate books that teach, describe and document the beautiful game. Look for a wide variety of books and helpful insight from players who have been there and done it on the pitch.

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Philadelphia Union at Los Angeles Galaxy - Match #15 - Game Thread

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Philadelphia Union starting XI:

Philadelphia Union bench:

Los Agneles Galaxy starting XI:

Los Angeles Galaxy bench:

Use this space to discuss the game. Please do not use it to post illegal streams, troll, or attack others. Houston Dynamo fans are more than welcome to join the discussion, but don't be a douche bag.

"Off The Bench" Episode 6: Guest Mike Magee

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The Official Podcast of MLSReserves.com. In this episode Luke and Pedro discuss the USMNT, debate Landon Donovan, reflect on MLS action over the weekend and recount their experiences at USMNT and LA Galaxy practices. Mike Magee joins Luke for a bit of humor as well. Did you know Mike Magee can see Russia, Canada and the continental United States while standing in Alaska?

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A View from France: Will the WPS help to grow the game in France and beyond?”

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Guest Post: "A View from France: Will the WPS help to grow the game in France and beyond?"

Photo courtesy: WPS / www.womensprosoccer.com

Background on the women's game in France
Women's soccer is starting to get more recognition and exposure in France.

A View from France: Will the WPS help to grow the game in France and beyond?”

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Guest Post: "A View from France: Will the WPS help to grow the game in France and beyond?"

Photo courtesy: WPS / www.womensprosoccer.com

Background on the women's game in France
Women's soccer is starting to get more recognition and exposure in France.

The Rest

History of the Ball

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According to official FIFA regulations, a soccer ball must be spherical, made of leather or another suitable material, the circumference must be between 68 and 70cm, the weight must be between 410 and 450g, and the internal pressure must be between .6 and 1.1 atmospheres.Within these regulations, however, there can be a lot of variation.

U.S. Best Hope In Solving Pro Soccer's Concussion Crisis

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Heading a soccer ball has probably been resulting in multiple minor concussions on youth players to professional players for decades. A bunch of minor concussions put together with the occasional major concussion can add up to long-term slowing of the mind. Like tackle football, the issue had been neglected within the media and also in the soccer industry, until recent years.

The Soccer Ball

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The soccer ball was not always perfectly round. Over time, the soccer ball has changed significantly. In the early stages of soccer, in the middle ages, bladders of pigs were commonly used as soccer balls, and soon after, wrapped in leather to allow for rougher play and longer lifespan on the ball.

Young Lionel Messi Juggling the Soccer Ball

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Messi juggles the ball at ten years old and doesn't care about anything else but keeping it up in the air.

The Soccket Ball

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As an engineer, I am guilty of "nerding out" and gushing about neat technologies. When I stumbled across an article about the "soccket ball," I was overjoyed and felt compelled to share with the Soccer Politics community.

Back in July, President Obama visited Tanzania and kicked around a soccer ball in the capital city of Dar es Saalam.

How Jogabo plans to change how you play soccer

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At its heart, soccer is a social game. Millions gather on pitted fields, rutted blacktops and pristine lawns daily to partake in the sacred rite of kicking a soccer ball. Jeremy Melul, an entrepreneur and rabid soccer fan, got a glimpse of all this at an early age. And he wondered. What if there was a way, digitally, to use technology to enhance the experience?

One World Futbol, One Word: Profit

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MBA Baracus has been on a hot streak. Shortly after encouraging you to buy shares of Spanish-club Real Oviedo, the world's richest man, Carlos "Gordito" Slim, invested heavily in the team. Thus, all earlier shareholders went from fearing bankruptcy to sitting pretty. Inevitably, folks want to know what is the next scrapyard investment recommended by the ruckus-causing Baracus?

Introducing, From Japan, The Super Great Toilet Keeper! (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We're sure this probably makes sense to somebody out there, but unfortunately it ain't us...

We'd make a Chindogu reference, but we're pretty sure no-one would get it.

Here's the blurb, the last line of which is probably the most salient:

"A custom-built Japanese toilet is capable of blocking shots as fast as 100mph.

Seattle Sounder Alex Morgan receives a soccer ball made of Skittles

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Earlier this month United States Women's National Team member, Alex Morgan received a soccer ball made entirely out of skittles. The star tweeted a picture of herself holding the ball, saying that she was "Loving the soccer ball @Skittles gave me! #tastetherainbow."

Her tweet and picture created quite the trend on the social networking site.

Clint Dempsey now has a Signature Timepiece

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JORG GRAY RELEASES LIMITED EDITION GAME TIMER WATCH AS SOCCER SUPERSTAR CLINT DEMPSEY SIGNS WITH TOTTENHAM Timepiece Combines Signature Jorg Gray Quality with Bold Dempsey Design

TUSTIN, Calif. – September 10, 2012 – Jorg Gray, an American watch brand designed to define your time, today announced it will release a limited edition, signature timepiece in conjunction with brand ambassador and soccer phenomenon Clint Dempsey.

Help #GrowTheGame By Finding Soccer Jobs For Our Best & Brightest

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Today we retweeted a job posted by the San Diego Flash Soccer Club (@SDFlashSoccer) calling for people to become members of a new street team they are obviously assembling to help increase their community outreach.

However it was the feedback that we received from users asking about the job and where they can get more information that really got us thinking – why is no-one aggregating all the soccer jobs that get posted across the country?

One Very Famous Soccer Ball

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At Friday's public training session in Jacksonville James Cumiskey and Rob Larkin from St. Augustine, Fla. were two of hundreds of fans seen holding a soccer ball. It's a pretty typical sighting at a public training, with most fans bringing their ball in hopes of getting it signed by members of the Men's National Team.

Rain or Shine: An All-Access Look at the St. Louis Lions (Part Two)

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(Editor's Note: This article is a follow-up to two articles written in December 2011 and this past January about St. Louis' struggles to land an MLS franchise. If you haven't read those yet, it is highly recommended. This is Part 3 of the ongoing Soccer in St. Louis series. Part One of this article appeared on the website yesterday.

This is what happens when you combine golf and football

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This week saw the inaugural Golfoot Masters in Lausanne, Switzerland. As you can tell from the catchy portmanteau and the picture above, it's a brand-new amalgamation of golf and football, played on a golf course with holes big enough to accommodate a standard sized soccer ball.

Former international stars  Teddy Sheringham and Christian Karembeu helped launch the new sport, which simultaneously fails to capture the fast pace of football and the tranquility of golf.