Women’s soccer at the NSCAA Convention (parts of it)

My current focus on youth soccer forced me to miss a lot of the women’s soccer events at the NSCAA Convention. During the NWSL Draft, I was in a pair of interesting presentations. I was in a TOPSoccer presentation during … Continue readi...

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Beijing’s bid for the Winter Games

Curling at the Water Cube? Please make this happen! The rest of this USA TODAY story is more skeptical, perhaps with good reason. China isn’t known for skiing, to put it mildly. But one of their local ski resorts is getting … Continue r...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Capitalism and Klinsmann

“YES! WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS!” We’re a multicultural nation. English, Irish, German, Scottish, Mexican, Chinese, Korean … we can hardly list all of our influences. We’re also a rabidly capitalist nation. Sure, most of Eu...

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Best biting comment after losing by 159 points …

From the coach of a girls basketball team that scored 2 in a 161-2 game: “People shouldn’t feel sorry for my team. They should feel sorry for his team, which isn’t learning the game the right way,” Bloomington coach Dale … Continue rea...

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Single-Digit Soccer: What hath we wrought?

One common theme in the NSCAA Convention sessions I attended today: Regret. Regret over yelling at kids. Regret over being too cautious and nervous to fully appreciate the opportunities of youth soccer. Regret over creating a monstrous machine that p...

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Michelle Akers: What experience is necessary?

One of the greatest women’s soccer players ever, Michelle Akers, is upset that the U.S. Soccer powers that be haven’t taken her up on her offer to help out with the national team: Per a phone conversation with Sunil (Gulati, … Cont...

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Bare-knuckle fighting, 21st century edition

Think “bare-knuckle fighting,” and you’re likely to think one of two things: 1. Sheer brutality. 2. Men with handsome mustaches standing upright or leaning backwards for 864 rounds as they occasionally try to hit each other. (Yes, t...

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Are UK taxpayers subsidizing poor spending habits in the Football League?

Yes. Well, I think so. That’s the conclusion I reached after reading Chapter 7 of Ted Philipakos’ excellent forthcoming book, On Level Terms. That might not be Philipakos’ conclusion. He’s an agent and an academic who clearly...

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