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Single-Digit Soccer: Is softball different?

It’s official — U10 sports are front-page news. Granted, the Vienna Connection isn’t The Washington Post. It’s a weekly community paper. And there they are — the Vienna Stars, national U10 softball champions! They won...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Requiem for the Ajax academy?

Perhaps this is a leap of logic — a thin correlation between two items that aren’t quite related. Maybe so. But when you look at Dutch soccer today, it’s easy to spot two things that, related or not, have gone … Continue read...

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Single-Digit Soccer: The definitive word on Germany

How do they do things in Europe? As we saw with birth-year age groups, perhaps not what we think. Single-Digit Soccer makes multiple references to a terrific piece from The Guardian (disclaimer: I’m now writing a bit for the excellent UK new...

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Single-Digit Soccer: What is this about?

Single-Digit Soccer is a book that will make youth soccer parents and coaches laugh, then push for change. Youth soccer at this age (9 and below, hence “single-digit”) is fun. And funny. There’s no shortage of fun stories to tell, ...

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Single-Digit Soccer: The video (and official release date)

You can now read Single-Digit Soccer on the electronic device of your choice. The paperback edition hit a snag. I’ll keep working through it, and it should be ready in September, hopefully in early September. If you have not yet read the &hel...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Why elite coaches should care about being inclusive

Should coaches of really good players from U9 to U19 pay attention to Single-Digit Soccer? Until time freezes and no one ages, yes. U10s have a funny way of growing up to be U16s. And while Single-Digit Soccer casts a wide net over … Contin...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Book available for pre-order

If you can’t wait to read Single-Digit Soccer, here’s good news: You … only have to wait a couple more weeks. But you can be ready to read it the second it’s available if you pre-order now. The electronic version will be &he...

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European academies and stunted growth

Is this the model we want? Chelsea’s had 68 players play in an FA Youth Cup final in the last 10 years. They’ve played in a total of 84 senior team matches, an average of 1.2 matches per player. Nobody’s … Continue reading →...

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