Diversify U-Little soccer programs with futsal

While Shoeless Soccer (see previous post) touts hard surfaces as a great teaching tool for younger players, especially as an alternative to thick grass, it's unlikely that all of the families in your local club are going to sign up their kids to play on pavement instead of the local elementary school field. But would it … Continue reading Diversify U-Little soccer programs with futsal

“Shoeless Soccer” and why the U.S. men will never win the World Cup

Today at The Guardian, I have a provocative piece suggesting the U.S. men simply aren't going to win the World Cup. At all. Ever. Coincidentally, I recently read a book (and will be talking with one of the authors) that unintentionally demonstrates why. The basic idea of Shoeless Soccer: Fixing the System and Winning the World … Continue reading “Shoeless Soccer” and why the U.S. men will never win the World Cup

Rec soccer and “development”: At what point can we just stop?

Preseason coaches' meeting. It's always more of a lecture than a "meeting." There's absolutely no reason an email wouldn't suffice. The in-person "meeting" would be much better reserved for a training session with a lot of small breakout groups. But anyway ... The Important Person In Charge (IPIC, as in "I pick what we're doing") … Continue reading Rec soccer and “development”: At what point can we just stop?