NPSL turnover and why we need youth clubs to build up, not vice versa

Stop what you're doing and read the excellent SocTakes analysis of turnover in the NPSL. ... Are you back? OK. If you've followed lower division soccer over the years, you know this isn't a recent phenomenon. Go back and look up the names in the old A-League on Wikipedia, where some kind soul listed each … Continue reading NPSL turnover and why we need youth clubs to build up, not vice versa

A Recreational/Most Travel Soccer Manifesto (updated)

A couple of years ago, I wrote a Recreational Soccer Manifesto for SoccerWire. At the time, I was focused more on the younger age groups, having just written Single-Digit Soccer, and I was pushing the idea of having no full-time travel soccer (just All-Star tournaments and other interclub matchups) for kids under age 12. But I did … Continue reading A Recreational/Most Travel Soccer Manifesto (updated)

RSD short: Funny stories from youth soccer, then less funny news on USSF and NASL

A few texts for today's podcast: About the "Play/Practice/Play" model of coaching About buildout lines Mike Woitalla interview with UnSocCo's Ian Barker Compass Football (Jason Davis, Nipun Chopra) summing up NASL response to previous episode Brian Quarstad on 2010 Pro League Standards Quarstad again on 2011 struggling to get D2 sanction Quarstad yet again on … Continue reading RSD short: Funny stories from youth soccer, then less funny news on USSF and NASL