11 Tips for Coaching the Little Ones (With the fall season upon us, we reprint this article from 2014. Updated are the resource links at the end of the piece, including the online U.S. Soccer National F License course, for coaches and parents of players ages 5 to 8, which… Go To Full Post
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‘You can’t communicate too much with parents’ (Kim Calkins Q&A) Interview by Olivia Ruiz Kim Calkins was appointed Washington Youth Soccer’s State Technical Director in July. Calkins, who played collegiate ball at the University of Portland and professionally for the Boston Breakers, brings 15 years of youth, high school and… Go To Full Post
Is skipping high school soccer worth it? Aspirations to play college soccer and hopes of a scholarship are apt to influence many decisions young players and their parents make. We’ve relayed some of the common questions we’ve heard from parents to Lisa Lavelle, president of The Sport Source, which… Go To Full Post
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 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 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