Stubborn arrogance, bureaucracy and youth soccer in the USA and England

Two vital reads today ... At SoccerWire, RSD podcast guest Charles Boehm chats with U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Programs Frank Tschan and Manager of Coaching Education Dan Russell about coaching education and rondos. One comment from Russell about the former, specifically whether the Federation can reach everyone: It’s not just U.S. Soccer, it’s … Continue reading Stubborn arrogance, bureaucracy and youth soccer in the USA and England

Youth soccer case study: England (yes, they pay, but less)

This is the first in a series of "case studies" examining how a particular club, country or other organization runs youth soccer. It'll be limited a bit because I, like too many people who've come through the American education system, don't have a lot of foreign language skills. So, of course, we'll start with England. … Continue reading Youth soccer case study: England (yes, they pay, but less)

Promotion/relegation propaganda/reality, Part 5: Cons

You've read about the pro/rel pros, the history of the U.S./Canada debate, and the major players in the U.S. (including U.S. Soccer). Now it's time to read about why promotion/relegation can be a bad idea. Yes, promotion/relegation has pros and cons. That's heresy in some quarters. But what doesn't have pros and cons? The U.S. sports system has … Continue reading Promotion/relegation propaganda/reality, Part 5: Cons