Julie Johnston: Top U.S. defender played ALL position as a child . . . .

Julie Johnston: Top U.S. defender played all positions as a child By Mike Woitalla Perhaps the most impressive player so far during the USA’s run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup has been 24-year-old Julie Johnston. The central defender is marshaling a backline that has limited the USA’s four opponents… Go To Full Post

The dumbest way to insult a referee . . . . . . .

The dumbest way to insult a referee By Mike Woitalla The ref calls a foul. The halfwit coach of the kid who committed it yells, “It’s OK, Timmy! You didn’t do anything wrong!” — believing he’s cleverly circumventing the dissent rule because he’s not screaming directly at the ref. The… Go To Full Post

Effective Goalkeeper Communication – Coaches Must Teach It …………

Effective Goalkeeper Communication — Coaches Must Teach It By Paul Grafer How goalkeepers communicate with their teammates is a big part of their development. Personally, I struggled with communication as a young goalkeeper, especially as it related to helping organize my teammates. I was frequently frustrated when coaches would tell… Go To Full Post

Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision

Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision By Dev Mishra, M.D. One of the toughest decisions in youth sports is determining when a player who has suffered an injury is ready to return to action. It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment of competition and… Go To Full Post