Youth Soccer

Scott Pugh

Youth Soccer: We’re Doing it Wrong, Part 5

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Scott Pugh continues his look at youth soccer development. Topics include the pitfalls of identifying players with a particular position at too early an age and how adults' desire for wins can negatively impact playing time.

Youth Soccer: We’re Doing it Wrong, Part 4

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If we want our kids to play smarter, we must be smarter as teachers. Scott Pugh continues his look at what we're doing wrong when it comes to youth soccer development.

Youth Soccer: We’re Doing it Wrong, Part 3

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Scott Pugh continues his look at youth soccer and says the overemphasis on winning can be detrimental to development.

Youth soccer: We’re doing it wrong, Part 2

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Scott Pugh describes how practice trumps talent -- and the importance of fun when practicing -- in the second part of his series on development in youth soccer.

Youth soccer: We’re doing it wrong, Part 1

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Scott Pugh introduces a new series examining some of the issues surrounding youth soccer.

World Cup

Why Hasn’t Peru Made it to the World Cup in 32 Years? Part 1

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I am turning 30 years old next week –yes, I'm old, I know. Although I have watched 7 World Cups in this 30ish years –one of my first soccer memories is a penalty kick blocked by Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea in Italy's 1990 World Cup; also, I know a great number of you were not even born when USA played against Brazil on July 4th 1994 but I remember that game clearly–, my national team participated in none of these cups.

Soccer as an Escape in Brazilian Favelas

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Favela and 'Canary Soccer Shirts'
Photography: Brazil Contemporary Rotterdam/Wikimedia Commons

With all of the recent conversation about favela destruction, drug gang violence, and a supposed World Cup of Terror in the running up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, one very unexpected Dutch immigrant is providing a ray of hope to many of the impoverished children in the favelas, through the game of football.

guest column

Less travel soccer, more intramural soccer

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Steve Hann argues that too many young players are being pushed into travel soccer too soon.

Licensed to Thrill: How I earned my National “E” Level Coaching Certification

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Many of us would like to coach and to do that you need certification. Kevin Kinkead on how he got his "E" level certification through a recent Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer course.

Fans' View

Fans’ view: My favorite soccer weekend

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Staci Klemmer's favorite youth soccer tournament of the year is as much about what goes on off the field as what happens on the field.

Fans’ View: How much is this going to cost?

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Providing youth players with quality playing and training experience can get expensive. Staci Klemmer considers the costs.

Fans’ View: Screams from the sideline — Get up! Get up!

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Staci Klemmer on the perils of yelling from the sidelines.

United States

The Future of Youth Sports in America

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While this post is not about Soccer exactly, I think in light of today's class discussions comparing youth (American) football to youth soccer in the US it is of interest:

Today a Think Progress article came out entitled "Enrollment in Youth Football down 10%". The numbers given in the article show how youth football in America has been drastically declining since reaching a highest ever point in 2010, when over a quarter of a million young boys participating in the country's largest youth organization, and over 3 million participating in total.

Meet Sam Gordon

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Something a bit different, from one of my favorite writers covering the women's game, Jennifer Doyle at From a Left Wing

Meet a 9-year-old girl quarterback who loves beating the boys
Sam Gordon's athleticism has earned her national attention — even her own Wheaties box. But can she ever go pro?

SWOL Exclusive: USMNT Legend Tony Meola talks All-State Good Hands FC, Dive for Charity and the MLS Cup Final

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US Soccer Legend Tony Meola (Image via @TMeola1)

Often before a big and important game in Major League Soccer or with the US Men's National Team, Allstate Insurance Company and legendary MLS and USMNT goalkeeper and National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Tony Meola team up to help underprivileged children stay active and keep playing the beautiful game.

Soccer In America

United Soccer Leagues Evolves its Extensive Development Model

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In case you haven't seen the press release yet, United Soccer Leagues announced on Wednesday that they will align the Premier Development League and the Super-20 League for the upcoming summer season. Each league is a part of USL's overall ... Continue reading →

Upstate New York’s Elite Youth League: Thruway Soccer League

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What is the best option for aspiring and talented young players in Western New York? Take a look at Upstate New York's Thruway Soccer League. The Thruway Soccer League has at least one division for both boys and girls from ... Continue reading →

Surveying the Soccer Scene: The National Impact of US Club Soccer’s Pre-Academy Leagues

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An important contributing factor to Mexico's recent domination at seemingly every age level has been the implementation of a comprehensive youth development system. The centerpieces of that system are the national u-15 and u-18 leagues. Several organizations in the United ... Continue reading →

Club Soccer

Earn $2500 For Your Club

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The Community Grant is a competition-based fundraising program that awards $2,500 to youth sport teams, clubs, associations and schools to rally their supporters to commit to a Responsible Sports environment. We award thirty (30) Grants a year. Since the Fall of 2007 we've awarded over half a million dollars to deserving youth sports organizations.

Springfield SC Open National Premier League Season

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The Club soccer environment has been a rapidly changing place the last few years. The biggest change was the introduction of the US Soccer Development Academy program which operated outside of the traditional US Youth Soccer Association model. Previously youth soccer meant State Cup and pursuit of the USYSA National Championship.

Hendricks, Marcotte and Pittser Recognized by MYSA

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The winners for the 2013 MYSA AGM Awards have been announced. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals:

Administrator of the Year Sandi Hendricks, Lake Country Soccer
Coach of the Year, Girls Competitive Hank Pernicka, Rolla Knights SC
Young Female Referee of the Year Sara Marcotte
Sara's a junior at Republic HS, she's pictured at right as a freshman during the Tiger's inaugural season
Save of the Year Josh Pittser, Missouri Youth Soccer At-Large
The Nixa Eagle's GK won for a save against Carthage, here's his 2012 Highlight reel

Coach of the Year, Boys Competitive Abdullah Parker, Billy Goat FC
Coach of the Year, Boys Recreational No Nominations Submitted
Coach of the Year, Girls Recreational Jackie Saul, Gower SC
Goal of the Year No Nominations Submitted
Volunteer of the Year Shirley McBroom, SPENSA
Young Male Referee of the Year Brad Meister

Total Demize Compete at Futsal Regional Tourney

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Evan Loyd (Greenwood) defends at Midwest Regionals Futsal tourney


The US Youth Futsal Midwest Regional Tournament opened in St Louis on Saturday. Featuring teams competing in leagues within four hours of St Louis, Champions and Finalist in each division will receive a bid to the USYF National Tournament, February 15-18, in Overland Park, KS The Total Demize sent three boys teams this year, one in the U14 age group and two in the U17/18 age group.

Lou Fusz Wipke U16 Girls On ESPN3 Thursday

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The Disney Soccer Showcase wrapped up today except for six teams who will play in a Championship game that will be streamed live on ESPN3 Thursday morning. That includes the U16 Lou Fusz Wipke squad!

7:00 AM CST Disney Soccer Showcase U18/19 Girls Showcase Red (Championship)
JAVANON SC 95 BLACK (KY) vs TEAM CHICAGO ACADEMY BOTAFOGO (Chicago)
A pair of Region II squads will feature in this game.

Disney Soccer Showcase Finals on ESPN3 Sunday

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Some quality Club soccer available on ESPN3 Sunday. The Disney Showcase is wrapping up for the boys today with only the Championship games remaining on Sunday.

7:00 AM CST Disney Soccer Showcase U18/19 Boys Showcase Black Championship
2SV Sports International (Brazil) vs Concorde Fire Elite (GA)
The international visitor faces off against a USYSA National League squad that advanced on goal differential

9:15 AM CST Disney Soccer Showcase U18/19 Boys USSF Developmental Academy Championship
Dallas Texans vs Concorde Fire (GA)

11:30 AM CST Disney Soccer Showcase U17 Boys Showcase Red Championship
FC DALLAS YOUTH 96 PREMIER vs OBGC SOCCER RANGERS (MD)
A return to the final for OBGC who won the U16 title in 2011 over Concorde Fire.

Nixa SC Becoming A Sporting KC Affiliate

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With a simple note on their Facebook page, Nixa SC has announced a significant step

NSC is proud to announce that the club has been invited to become an affiliate club with MLS Club Sporting KC. More news to follow.

Coming after Wednesday's successful Clinic in conjunction with Sporting KC, led by MLS Defender of the Year Matt Besler and his teammate Seth Sinovic (both KC natives), the article by the News-Leader offers some insight into the development

The event first took shape in August, when the Nixa Soccer Club traveled to Kansas City to take part in a clinic and watch a Sporting KC match.

MYSA Announces Cup Hosting Changes

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At the November 3rd MYSA Board of Directors Meeting, the board voted to adopt a four (4) year State Cup and Presidents Cup Rotational Policy. The Policy does away with the former bidding process and puts the location of the events in specific districts each year (granted a facility in that district is capable of hosting the event).

FC Legacy

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FC Legacy will host a Community Night on Thursday, November 1st from 6:00pm 8:00pm at Lake Country Soccer (Dr Pepper Field)! Learn the philosophy behind the club, meet the coaches, see the uniforms, preview fan wear! Join us and see why it's more than just a club...it's a legacy!

Springfield SC 95-96 Girls Advance to Missouri State Cup Semifinals

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The Springfield SC U17 girls advanced to the Semifinals in their age bracket for the second year in the row. They achieved that by winning their first two matches by a combined total of 8 goals to 1. That led to the decisive third group match against Sporting Blue Valley Supersport. A scoreless tie gave them the point for the Group win while SBV Supersport also advanced as the Wildcard.

Springfield SC Opens State Cup with Win

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The Springfield SC 95-96 Girls opened their account at the Missouri State Cup with a decisive 4-1 win today over the St Louis Scott Gallagher Premier Red squad. Both teams were a bit ragged to open the game, nerves related to the start of Cup play is the usual culprit. SSC settled theirs around the 25th minute when Lydia Holtmann scored a goal following a run into the box on the left side and a nice finish to the right side.

The Rest

Helping out Camden Youth Soccer Club.

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Camden Youth Soccer Club needs your help to raise money to stay continue providing a fun soccer experience for the youth of Camden. Find out some of the ways you can help out before the MLS season starts.

Here at the Brotherly Game, we are all about Youth Soccer. Some of us (i.e. Me) are board members at local clubs, and others (Eugene) are trying to start a brand new youth setup.

Youth soccer: Keys to a successful season

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Using the concept of "The 3 E's: Education, Effort and Enthusiasm," coaches, players and parents can have a shared understanding of the three key focus areas that will contribute to an enjoyable season for all participants.

Youth soccer report: Positioned to win?

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New youth soccer writer Adam Kaye looks at youth soccer formations and runs down the big local youth tournaments coming up over the next month.

A stacked youth academy, other Union thoughts

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The Union's academy coaching staff is stacked with talent and experience. Here's a look at what that means for the club long-term. Also, a few scattered thoughts about the Union post-Columbus, including the Garfan-Daniel connection, MacMath post-concussion, and Casey's impact on Le Toux.

Youth soccer: Choose words wisely when coaching kids

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Rowan University assistant men's soccer coach Don Norton says out in this guest column that with all young players the most important objectives for coaches are to instill a passion and love for the game.

Len Oliver Q&A: Looking ahead

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Our series of Q&As with the Kensington-born National Soccer hall of Famer concludes.

Should youth soccer clubs in Virginia ban high-fives because of the flu?

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In an attempt to stop the spread of this years flu epidemic, a youth soccer club in New York has banned post game high-fives and handshakes.

We wanted to know what parents, coaches, and players in Virginia thought about this action so we are polling our readers to see if you would support such a ban at local youth soccer clubs.

Matt Besler and Seth Sinovic Soccer Clinic at Nixa – REGISTER NOW

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Matt Besler, Sporting KC, with slide tackle on Eddie Johnson, Seattle Sounders in US Open Cup Final


Nixa Soccer Club is hosting a Sporting KC event at Nixa High School. This event is for youth soccer players in our area, ages U8 up to and including High School. The maximum number of kids that can attend is 100.

USMNT stars discuss youth soccer and the sport's impact on their lives

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Show Me State Games 3v3 Registration Opens

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The Show-Me State Games is now accepting entries for its fall 3 v 3 Soccerfest. The tournament is scheduled for November 10-11 in Columbia, Mo. The tournament provides the opportunity for teams to improve their skills by playing teams from throughout the state.

The SocerFest features Boys and Girls from U6 up to U18 along with Adult Open and Over 30 Men and Women's categories.