RSD33: Soccer played in Germany, with Ian Plenderleith

Today's guest is an English/American/German soccer writer/referee/parent/coach/player. He's Ian Plenderleith, and we had a good conversation about the differences in the USA and Germany -- at least, as many of them as we could fit in a one-hour chat. Read more of Ian's work at ... - The Quiet Fan, a blog related to his … Continue reading RSD33: Soccer played in Germany, with Ian Plenderleith

RSD32: Christian Lavers on ECNL/DA, U.S. Club/U.S. Youth competition

Maybe they're not turf wars. Maybe it's just healthy competition. Christian Lavers is fully immersed in the complicated landscape of U.S. youth soccer. He's a technical director with FC Wisconsin and an executive with the ECNL and U.S. Club Soccer. And miraculously, he still sounds optimistic. Even "nice." If you're looking for mud-slinging, you're not going … Continue reading RSD32: Christian Lavers on ECNL/DA, U.S. Club/U.S. Youth competition

RSD28: SAY Soccer’s Doug Wood

After today’s explanation of the upcoming Guide to Youth Soccer (3:00) and a rant about promotion/relegation (4:15), my guest (12:30) is Doug Wood, executive director of SAY (Soccer Association for Youth). He starts by explaining what SAY does -- mostly recreational soccer through several different entry points, including schools. SAY isn’t the most top-down organization … Continue reading RSD28: SAY Soccer’s Doug Wood

RSD23: The convoluted U.S. Soccer presidential race and the educational Soccer Parenting Summit

Beau flies solo for the likely 2017 RSD finale and talks about the magnificent seven or the elite eight to reach this stage of the USSF presidential race. At the 15-minute mark, he tries to sum up 20-some hours of the Soccer Parenting Summit. Happy holidays, and get more details on this pod later this … Continue reading RSD23: The convoluted U.S. Soccer presidential race and the educational Soccer Parenting Summit

Youth soccer survey: Happy with your area's leagues?

Parents, coaches, technical directors, administrators, whoever ... please let me know what you think. I'll likely do a story on the results. (function(t,e,s,c){var n,o,i;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||[],e.getElementById(c)||(n=e.getElementsByTagName(s),o=n[n.length-1],i=e.createElement(s),i.type="text/javascript",i.async=!0,i.id=c,i.src=["https:"===location.protocol?"https://":"http://","widget.surveymonkey.com/collect/website/js/uFF4fQzUbK4fZsqFBqGAy_2BxG70Oc_2F0sddFbNF4hLS8y8cpZ14T8tJgHmpqqLijEw.js"].join(""),o.parentNode.insertBefore(i,o))})(window,document,"script","smcx-sdk"); Create your own user feedback survey