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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: 10.17.13

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Broomfield Blast

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On Sept. 29, the Broomfield Blast '03 (U11) and '00 (U14) girls red teams became the first girls' teams in Broomfield Soccer Club history to win a statewide competitive competition, the US Youth Soccer President's Cup. Read More.
 

 

ESPN E:60: Sports Video Games History

  
 
Millions of people around the world enjoy playing EA Sports' FIFA video games. But how did the games get to be so realistic? ESPN's E:60 did a story on the evolution of sports video games, from the start with Pong in 1972 up to all the options we have today.
 

 

Kohl's American Cup

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Did you know that the Kohl's American Cup is the largest recreational youth soccer tournament in the United States? The program was started in 2000 as an avenue to highlight recreational soccer players and promote fair play. Players receive equal opportunities and benefits within their level of play, with an emphasis on participation, rather than competition. See if there is an event coming close to you this Fall.
 

 

Sam Duarte

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Sam Duarte is an 11-year-old from Colorado who is doing research on concussions. Learn more about the research and how Sam has shared it with Colorado Youth Soccer and even professional soccer player Pablo Mastoeni.
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 10.16.13

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USA wins final World Cup qualifier

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The U.S. Men's National team defeated Panama 3-2 in dramatic fashion last night in Panama. The win dashes Panama's hopes of advancing to the World Cup playoff game against New Zealand giving way to Mexico. Read more here.
 

 

You'd rather watch the highlights?

 
 
You're right. Watching the highlights is so much better than reading about them! Enjoy!
 

 

World Cup scores from yesterday

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See which international teams won yesterday and then check to see where all the teams sit on their road to the 2014 World Cup!
 

 

Stadium of the day

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Allianz Arena is based in Munich Germany and hosts FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munchen. It is the first stadium in the world that has a full changing color outside and the capacity is over 71,000! Read more about this great stadium.
 

 US Youth Soccer

 
 
Watch this video and learn why we do what we do here at US Youth Soccer. Soccer is the game for ALL kids! We love having your support and seeing kids grow through the beautiful game of soccer. Thank you!
 
 
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The 50/50 Blog: 10.15.13

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Miroslav Klose

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Germany striker Miroslav Klose is once again saying he is considering offers from two MLS clubs. The 36-year-old is out of contract with Lazio at the end of the season, but not yet willing to hang up the boots.
 

 

USA vs Panama

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USA closes World Cup qualifying tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET against Panama in Panama City. The game will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT. With this being the last qualifier and some of the bigger names not on the roster, which player searching for a spot on the World Cup final team will make the biggest impact tonight? Read more here.
 

 

NCAA Top 25

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Here are the weekly college rankings from Soccer America. Is your college/prospective college on the list?
 

 

TOPSoccer

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Another article highlighting the great aspects of the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program. This Houston area TOPSoccer program is looking for players, read more about the program and how it can help kids in your area.
 

 

They're going to Brazil if...

 
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Want to know what today's World Cup Qualifying games mean for the nations competing in them? SI.com has a complete list of standings and scenarios for each group around the world. Check it out here.
 
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Behavior Modification Through Exercise

Sam Snow

"My son is 9-years old and participates on our local soccer team. His coaches use "corrective conditioning" (push-ups, running, frog jumps) for bad behavior or poor performance. How do I convince the coaches that they can get optimal response/performance without using corporal punishment?"
  • Punitive coaching rarely works for the betterment of the player or the team, especially in youth sports. To use physical exercise as punishment with 9-year-olds is just wrong! The kids need exercise – yes, but in a healthy approach.
  • Even college and professional athletes are not given corporal punishment as the result is poor morale, not improved drive and determination by the players.
  • Exercise should be presented in a positive fashion with youngsters. Not only for the immediate effect on their soccer performance, but also their life-long health, we want exercise to be a positive experience. Using exercise as a punishment gives a negative connection to the experience. Exercise is then likely to be avoided by the children as they age. So both for the short-term and the long-term the negatives outweigh the positives of "corrective conditioning".
  • Bad behavior during a training session is often the fault of the coach. Misbehavior by children can occur on the soccer field when they are bored. Boredom usually stems from the use of drills instead of game-like activities. So if a coach wants to avoid the kids being unfocused and perhaps misbehaving, then shun drills in a training session. While we’re at it lets also dismiss the 3 L’s – Lines, Laps and Lectures.
  • Poor performance by a 9-year-old in a match is to be expected. Let’s be realistic – they are only 9! Soccer, like all team sports, is a long-term developmental sport. Players in soccer peak in their match performance in their 20’s and early 30’s. The adults need to be patient with the game-day performance of children whose life span is still counted in single digits.
  • Fitness improvement must come from playing many game-like activities in a training session.
  • The bottom line is that sports are supposed to be fun for kids. They are not little adult professional players. Always ask them to try their best, but live with the outcome of the match. They’ll get over it and so must the grown-ups. Be sure they give it their all (that’s a life lesson as well as a soccer one) while letting the joy of the game infuse them.

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