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The 50/50 Blog

Note:  Opinions expressed on the US Youth Soccer Blog (web log) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer). Links on this web log to articles do not necessarily imply agreement by the author or by US Youth Soccer with the contents of the articles. Links are provided to foster discussion of topics and issues. Readers should make their own evaluations of the contents of such articles.

 

The 50/50 Blog: 1.2.14

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Happy New Year! Take a look at some soccer recaps from 2013. We are excited to see, and share, soccer news that will occur in 2014.

 

A dozen compelling soccer questions that will be answered in 2014

 
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Wondering what the future holds regarding the Premier League, MLS or the UEFA Champions League? Forbes touches base on a few soccer topics that will play out in 2014.
 

 

America's soccer outlook growing ever brighter

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The major focus for 2014 is to get the gold in the World Cup in June. Read more on where else American soccer is headed this year.
 

 

The top 13 stories from American soccer’s unforgettable 2013

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The past year was full of moments and men that seemed to transcend the game. Check out Sports Illustrated’s top 13 soccer stories of 2013.
 

 

The five best and worst American player transfers of 2013

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USA players who saw their stock rise and fall in 2013

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Two-A-Days

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The following comments came from our US Youth Soccer Facebook page:
 
"Do you have information regarding the clash between Club Soccer and High School Soccer? What do the experts say about practicing twice a day; once at high school and then at club practice? The situation has occurred for players on a team heading to National League in 3 weeks, so the high school coach was asked to let those particular players sustain from high school practice (contact drills) until they return from the National League weekend.

If experts do say that too much practice is harmful to young athletes, I think it would be a good idea for US Youth Soccer do a story and email that story to every high school soccer coach and Athletic Director across the entire Nation."
 
Two-a-day training for teenaged and older players has been going on for decades. Typically it’s done in the pre-season period of team preparation. I have seen it done by club teams late in the season in preparation for State Cup. That usually backfires and the team goes into cup competition with low energy reserves. Two-a-day workouts are best left to the preseason phase of team preparation.
 
Two-a-day training can work when it’s organized and conducted by one coach for players on one team. In this way the coach can properly manage the workload on the players. Only then can a proper periodization plan be prepared by the coach with varying workloads and scheduled time off for rest and recovery.
 
When players are going through two-a-day training sessions with two different teams and coaches then problems begin. The odds are that the two head coaches have not tailored their training plan for the players in this situation. The onus is on the coaches to communicate and cooperate regarding their training and periodization plans in the best interest of the players. The responsibility of the players here is to put the two coaches into contact with one another.
 
If the two coaches communicate a plan between them to have the players involved in this situation on a periodization scheme different from other players who are engaged with only one team at the time then it is possible to not exhaust the players. The coaches would need to check in with each other every week to be sure they are both still on the original plan. The fear for both coaches should be that they exhaust the players both physically and mentally. If that happens then neither team gets the best out of those players.
 
The best scenario here is for a player to play on just one team in a season. No one can go through two different training and match schedules in the same season and perform at optimum level. The higher the level of play the more demanding each match is and the more recovery time players need. In fact, it takes 72 hours to fully recover physically from highly vigorous exercise. When simultaneously playing for two teams the odds are low that proper balance in the training and match play periodization will occur.
 
For more information on periodization in soccer please attend an "E" and then the "D" license coaching course in your state soccer association.

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The 50/50 Blog: 12.23.13

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Happy Holidays
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 12.20.13

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Samsung Pairs with Soccer Stars

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What would happen if the world were to end and soccer stars were left to our aid? Find out in this creative new Samsung ad.
 

 

Best Moment in U.S. Soccer History

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Abby Wambach's game-tying goal in the closing minutes of stoppage time against Brazil in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinals has been voted by fans as the best moment in U.S. Soccer history. What do you think of the results?
 

 

All-Time Women's National Team Best XI

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Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, and Mia Hamm were among the icons recognized by U.S. Soccer as its all-time women’s best XI as part of their ongoing centennial celebration. See who else made the list.
 

 

US Youth Soccer Award Nominees

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US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce all of the regional nominees for the US Youth Soccer Awards. Check them out.
 
 
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