Understanding US Soccer’s Mandate for Birth Year Registration and Small-Sided Games

US Soccer and US Club Soccer's Mandate for Youth Soccer Development - Black Oaks Youth Soccer Club - Santa Rosa, California

Many of you may have heard about changes afoot for US Club Soccer in partnership with US Soccer, which manages national team soccer in this country. The changes involve switching age registration from school year to birth year, which aligns the US with the rest of the world.  Also, for ages 12 and under there will be smaller sided games to allow players more space and more touches on the ball. Read more of this post

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Who says it’s too early to dream about World Cup 2022

Qatar's World Cup 2022 Bid

The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression as Qatar 2022 World Cup bid unveiled its stadiums on September 16, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. The architecture of the stadium references its location by creating a shape reminiscent of a marine animal. Visit Sports Illustrated for a Slide Show

Parents, Set DVRs for a Champions League Clinic

Champions League

Ok, parents and coaches, set your DVRs to record the 2nd leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:45am on ESPN.  Make your children sit down and watch some of the best soccer on the planet.  Tell them Coach Luis says so.

You’ll see some of the best soccer players in the world in Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and many more.  Some of these guys are living legends performing at the highest level. This is also some of the best team soccer.  On Tuesday Real Madrid look to go through to the semi finals, up 3-1 on aggregate against Galatasaray.  The other game might be the one to watch with Malaga level going into the second leg at Borussia Dortmund.  On Wednesday Barcelona hosts PSG after a 2-2 draw and Bayern Munich look to be in command against Juventus.

And, yes, the image above is old. Rooney and ManU are out.  More Champions League Click Here

Ever hear of Burkina Faso?

Ever hear of Burkina Faso?  Neither have I.  But they upset Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.  The tiny West African nation is a veritable Cinderella story in one of the world’s premier soccer tournaments.  Tomorrow they meet perennial powerhouse Nigeria to see if this story has a happy ending. Television


Burkina Faso is located in Western Africa

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