Soccer on TV 4/21 – 4/25



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Today’s Guide

The   UEFA Champions League first-leg, semifinal games are on Tuesday and   Wednesday. … The second leg of the Concacaf Champions League final is on   Wednesday.

(All times Eastern unless noted. TV programming is always   subject to change. Besides the exclusive streaming programming listed here,   many networks and leagues* make TV programming available on streaming devices   (online, tablets and mobile). Check your local listings and network   programming listings. Soccer   on TV is updated daily throughout the   week.)

MONDAY,   April 21

England   MANCHESTER CITY-WEST BROM (live) 3 pm.

BeIN SPORT en Espanol
Spain   MALAGA-VILLARREAL (live) 4 pm.

Uruguay   FENIX-PENAROL (live) 5 pm.

TUESDAY,   April 22

UEFA Champions League   ATLETICO MADRID-CHELSEA (live) 2:30 pm.

UEFA Champions League   ATLETICO MADRID-CHELSEA (delay) 5 pm.

UEFA Champions League   ATLETICO MADRID-CHELSEA (live) 2:30 pm.
Copa Libertadores   BOLIVAR-LEON (live) 8 pm.
UEFA Champions League   ATLETICO MADRID-CHELSEA (live) 2:30 pm.

WEDNESDAY,   April 23

France   PSG-EVIAN (live) 12:15 pm.

UEFA Champions League   REAL MADRID-BAYERN MUNICH (live) 2:30 pm.
Concacaf Champions   League TOLUCA-CRUZ AZUL (live) 8 pm.

UEFA Champions League   REAL MADRID-BAYERN MUNICH (delay) 5 pm.
Concacaf Champions   League TOLUCA-CRUZ AZUL (delay) 11 pm.

UEFA Champions League   REAL MADRID-BAYERN MUNICH (live) 2:30 pm.
Copa Libertadores   ATLETICO NACIONAL-ATLETICO MINEIRO (live) 9 pm.
Copa Libertadores   SANTOS LAGUNA-LANUS (live) 11 pm.

Concacaf Champions   League TOLUCA-CRUZ AZUL (live) 8 pm.

MLS   NEW YORK-HOUSTON (live) 7:30 pm.

France   TOULOUSE-LYON (livE) 12:15 pm.
UEFA Champions League   REAL MADRID-BAYERN MUNICH (live) 2:30 pm.
Concacaf Champions   League TOLUCA-CRUZ AZUL (live) 8 pm.

THURSDAY, April   24

UEFA Europa League   BENFICA-JUVENTUS (live) 3 pm.

UEFA Europa League   SEVILLA-VALENCIA (live) 3 pm.

UEFA Europa League   SEVILLA-VALENCIA (live) 3 pm.
UEFA Europa League   BENFICA-JUVENTUS (delay) 5 pm.

Copa Libertadores   ARSENAL-UNION ESPANOLA (live) 8 pm.

FRIDAY,   April 25

Italy   ROMA-AC MILAN (live) 2:30 pm.

Scotland   PARTICK THISTLE-ST. MIRREN (live) 2:40 pm.

BeIN SPORTS en Espanol
Italy ROMA-AC   MILAN (live) 2:30 pm.

France   NANTES-MARSEILLE (live) 2:15 pm.
England   BRIGHTON-YEOVIL TOWN (live) 2:30 pm.
Spain   ELCHE-LEVANTE (live) 2:45 pm.
Scotland   PARTICK THISTLE-ST. MIRREN (live) 2:40 pm.


MLS —   MLS Live
NASL   —
NWSL   — NWSL   YouTube & NSCAATV (free)
USL Pro   — USL Pro   YouTube & NSCAATV   (free)


Coordinated tryout process would help relieve Spring Stress


Coordinated tryout process would help relieve spring stress

By Tyler Isaacson

Soccer teams are finally able to get outside to begin their practices in preparation for the spring season. It’s a far cry from the indoor space many of us have been confined to for the past few months here in the New York-New Jersey area.

The mood turns from a highly anticipated spring season to a fragmented mess within a few days. Barely a game or two into the season and the emails start coming in bunches . … “Tryouts for the fall 2014 season next week.” Did I just read that correctly? Maybe they meant to say next month?

It seems like each year tryouts get earlier and earlier in a race to be the first. Do clubs actually think that holding their tryouts first will yield early commitments from players who are currently in the beginning of their spring season with another team? We are talking about youth soccer, right?

The only thing an early tryout does is cause chaos for the club holding the tryouts and the players who feel they need to attend them. Rumors fly on who is leaving the team, who is getting cut and the ripple-effect travels to other teams wondering if they will have enough players to keep their squad together.

This tryout process is a mess and continues to drive coaches, players and parents out of the game. I have a solution that is currently used by another team sport that may help improve this process.

Here is how it would work:

Academy clubs hold tryouts first, at the end of the spring season. This would give players the opportunity to tryout for a higher level team if they wanted. Town club teams hold tryouts the week after Academy tryouts. If players did not make the Academy team(s) or want other options, town clubs hold their tryouts the following week. Every town club holds its tryouts during that week and players are free to jump from tryout to tryout during the week.

• This keeps the majority of the spring season intact without the tryout interference.

• Players, coaches and parents can plan their schedules around tryout week instead of going to a new tryout week after week through the spring season.

• New team rosters are announced once the tryout week is complete.

• Players are aware of when tryouts are going to be held.

This is a simple process that would be easy to implement with support from your state organization. There is nothing more disappointing for a coach to hear three weeks into the spring season that a handful of players are leaving after the season.

There is nothing worse than for a player to hear from a teammate that new players are coming to the team and they are going to be cut after the season.

The tryout process will always be a stressful time for everyone involved, but there is definitely room for improvement!

Top Item on to-do list as spring season kicks off


Top item on to-do list as spring season kicks off

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D.

With the spring season kicking off, this is the perfect time to make sure you’ve got the first-aid kit in order.

Every youth coach should have a very basic sideline first-aid kit. You should have this at each training session and game. Remember that this is not meant to be used for comprehensive treatment, but only for immediate sideline first aid. The supplies below should get you through almost any minor to moderate situation and are easily obtained from your local drug store.

One of the most essential items is your cellular phone. If you have any doubts about the severity of the medical situation, use your phone to call the local emergency medical personnel for help. If you are with a travel team or often play outside of your local region, it is advisable to enter the emergency phone number of the away location into your cell phone in advance. Local emergency numbers are best since calling 911 may result in a delay.

The absolute bare minimum supplies:
• Instant cold packs (have several of these!).
• Adhesive bandages of assorted shapes and sizes.
• Blister care.
• ACE bandages (3-inch and 4-inch sizes).
• Disposable non-latex gloves (use when you are looking at a cut or abrasion).
• Alcohol-based gel hand sanitizer (for your own hands).
• Antibiotic ointment (individual packets or a tube of Bacitracin works well).
• Sterile gauze bandages.
• Sterile gauze roll.
• Sterile saline bottle (to gently wash dirt or grass from a cut).
• Saline rinse bottle and Hibiclens bottle (very effective and not painful to clean an abrasion or cut).
• Athletic tape (1-inch and 2-inch sizes).
• Paramedic scissors.
• Hydrogen peroxide — to get blood off a uniform.
• Plastic bags to dispose of used gauze, etc.

Here are a few extras that are nice to have:
• Foam underwrap.
• Finger splints (popsicle sticks work well).
• CPR instructions and plastic ventilation mask.
• Watertight bags to keep items dry.

Packing it up:
• Keep your supplies in a brightly colored bag (red is a popular color for this) so that you can find it quickly.

11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones


11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones

By Mike Woitalla

“I got recruited to coach my kid’s soccer team. Any advice?” The most recent time I heard this question, it came from a parent of a 6-year-old. It prompted me to put an answer in writing, based on some of the best insight I’ve gotten from coaches and players I’ve interviewed and observed over the years.

11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones
1. If all you do is set up goals and have them play as much soccer as possible during that hour of practice — you’re doing a good job.

2. Familiarize yourself with the various age-appropriate games/exercises to facilitate individual skills — but don’t use ones that bore the kids. And if it takes more than a minute for 6-year-olds to comprehend the activity — it’s the wrong one. (In other words, plan your practice but be ready to improvise.)

3. No lines, no laps, no lectures.

4. Enjoy yourself! If for some reason you’re grumpy, act like you’re enjoying yourself. Kids pick up on body language and you’ll get the best out of them if they sense you like being their coach.

5. Greet each player when they arrive in a way that lets them know you’re happy to see them.

6. Always end practice on an upbeat, happy note. (Even if they drove you absolutely crazy).

7. See the game through the children’s eyes. This will remind you that your main objective is helping them discover the joys of soccer. And not to expect a 6-year-old to play like a 16-year-old!

8. Do not yell instructions at them! Do not coach from the sidelines during games! This interferes severely in their learning process. It also makes you look rather silly — an adult screaming at 6-year-olds while they’re playing.

9. Sit down during games, instead of prowling the sidelines, which only creates tension that unnerves your players.

10. Always have a first-aid kit (including ice-packs) with you.

11. Keep plastic bags in your coaching bag in case you need to pick up dog poo