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Old 11-11-2012, 10:51 PM
 
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A Treatise: The State of American Youth Soccer The Shin Guardian

Great article on what US youth soccer needs.

I especially like the part about how parents interfere with the coaches. I have seen this in many sports too including football. It is a good thing football has such a bad tude, tough guy culture, that if you stink you will be ratted out, so only kids who are really good because parent did not interfere will move on.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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what a great article, and it makes total sense.
Having two kids who play soccer, I realize there are so many challenges to development.
And it is so painfully apparent when you watch the U.S team play. We are lacking. I'm not sure we could ever change it with all the obstacles the article mentions.
(Add this to the million reasons to want to live in Europe)
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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A Treatise: The State of American Youth Soccer The Shin Guardian

Great article on what US youth soccer needs.

I especially like the part about how parents interfere with the coaches. I have seen this in many sports too including football. It is a good thing football has such a bad tude, tough guy culture, that if you stink you will be ratted out, so only kids who are really good because parent did not interfere will move on.
I glanced (20 seconds) at the article.

Maybe parents used to interfere but I sure don't see it anymore (with any of my four kids who play AYSO).

In fact, parents irritate me in that they are too preoccupied during the game.

Here's a shot I snapped at one of my kid's soccer GAME (not practice). This woman's kid is playing in the game and here she is on Facebook:
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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I glanced (20 seconds) at the article.

Maybe parents used to interfere but I sure don't see it anymore (with any of my four kids who play AYSO).

In fact, parents irritate me in that they are too preoccupied during the game.

Here's a shot I snapped at one of my kid's soccer GAME (not practice). This woman's kid is playing in the game and here she is on Facebook:
Ugh.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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I glanced (20 seconds) at the article.

Maybe parents used to interfere but I sure don't see it anymore (with any of my four kids who play AYSO).

In fact, parents irritate me in that they are too preoccupied during the game.

Here's a shot I snapped at one of my kid's soccer GAME (not practice). This woman's kid is playing in the game and here she is on Facebook:
Yeah, it's usually the Dads doing the screaming at their kids.
That's especially rich when Dad is big and fat, and never played soccer a day in his life.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Iv seen rival teams dads fighting and attacking the referee at under 12 Sunday league games, parents take it to serious here in the UK, they should just let them have fun and express themselves on the pitch, thats what makes skillful players.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:07 PM
 
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Over here in Ireland when I was younger, when you played, there would always be fights and someone would get sent off and then the coaches would start fighting and then the coaches would fight with the referee's. Its not great over here.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Never saw anu coaches or managers fight in Ireland meself. I did play for the mighty Artane Beaumont and we were unbeatable in every way though!

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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The article mentions a soccer identity/style-of-play. This points to a problem (IMHO) that would hurt the US even if coaching was better and more elite athletes were choosing soccer.

I feel the US has a latino-styled dribble and wall-pass style with an aggressive physical aspect alongside. This pervades from youth to pickup soccer to MLS and into the national team.

Problem is, we don't value positioning, defense, heading, snuffing out attacks and letting the ball do the work.

I mean is Eddie Pope really the best defender we've ever produced? And we do not develop strong defensive midfielders who know a threat when they see it.

Anyone agree, disagree?
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:08 PM
 
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What is the latino styled dribble? And when you say wall passing, do you mean just kick it hard to an area, and let the receiver just run and pick up if they can. In other words, the passer thinks there is a wall to bounce the ball off of, and doesnt matter how hard or where you kick as long as it goes to the right vicinity?
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