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Why Are Lessons in Humanity Forgotten When It Comes to Referees?

 “I can’t sleep on a Saturday night if I think I’ve got something wrong.”That line is from a story written about what life is like as a referee in one of the most demanding locations in world

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My Son Is Playing Wide But Doesn’t Get the Ball Very Often

There is a monthly column at the SoccerParentResourceCenter.com where I choose a question from a parent and ask our Youth Coach Advisory Committee to answer.  The Youth Coach Advisory

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Lisa Cole & Zac Crawford on Organized Chaos and Play-Practice-Play

Zac Crawford works for U.S. Soccer as a Grassroots Coach Educator and Lisa Cole is currently working with the Washington Spirit as a Pro Scout and in their Development Academy, as well as

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Why BOOT IT is a Four Letter Word

…And not necessarily the safe optionIt’s something you hear at soccer games at all ages and levels in the United States all too often:A player wins possession of a ball deep in their own half and immediately

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Mistakes vs. Limitations for the Youth Goalkeeper

The primary way most goalkeepers seem to be judged – from the highest levels of the professional game, right down to grassroots youth games in the park – is by some arbitrary equation which takes into

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The Importance of Small Sided Soccer Games, Equal Playing Time for All, and Not Forgetting the Late Bloomers!

One of my “must-listen to” Podcasts is from my good friend John O’Sullivan – the Way of Champions.  Each week John interviews experts in sports, coaching , leadership

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Sheriffs FC & DSAL Provide a Cost-Free Soccer Experience

Omar Cervantes reached out to me in response to the article I wrote Let’s Be Reasonable: Stop Saying Eliminate Pay to Play  telling me about his club in Northern California that is provided

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Be Reasonable: Let’s Stop Saying “Eliminate Pay-to-Play”

Can we talk about Pay-to-Play for a moment?Can we be rational and realistic about the financial model youth sports is based upon and stop calling for an end to Pay-to-Play?Can we pause, reflect and recognize

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3 Essential Elements for our Developing Soccer Culture

The dust has settled, the emotional pleas for change have waned, and 3 months post the near apocalyptic event of the U.S. Men’s National Team failing to qualify for the World Cup we are in the middle

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A National Curriculum for Volunteer Recreational Youth Soccer Coaches

I had lunch with a friend yesterday – and in an effort to both make conversation and receive some advice – he told me he was coaching a recreational level U-9 boys team. Knowing I was a professional

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