'Relate to the kids' (Q&A with NSCAA's Ian Barker, Part 1)
Interview by Mike Woitalla
Ian Barker became Director of Coaching of the 30,000-member National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in February. A longtime ODP coach, he served as Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Director of Coaching (1997-2007) and… Go To Full Post
Sportsmanship makes fleeting appearance
By Paul Gardner
LONDON — German striker Miroslav Klose has been much praised — and rightly so — for his recent act of sportsmanship. He put the ball in the net for Lazio against Napoli only three minutes into the game. The referee signaled… Go To Full Post
The Archetypes: Loners, Little Guys, Mathematicians, etc.
By Dan Woog
I coached my first youth soccer team in 1975. For the first decade or so, I handled a couple of teams each spring. Then I came to my senses — I mean, I tapered off — to one.… Go To Full Post
The Vardar 01', Boys U-12 finished with a perfect record, winning 5 games
on their way to claiming the Mead Cusa Cup 5-Star U-12 11v11 Championship.
The team scored 24 goals, while giving up only 1.
P.S. Keep the good News coming for my Newsletter. … Go To Full Post
The Role Model Coach: Pia Sundhage
By Mike Woitalla
The sideline shots of coaches during TV broadcasts tend not show them in the best light.
The ranting and raving at the refs. The futile screaming when unsatisfied with their teams. The sad, stressed-out grimaces that surely can’t instill confidence in… Go To Full Post