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Off the Pitch is the weekly newsletter of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. It is distributed every Wednesday. The content is primarily a collection of NSCAA news and news articles from around the country that focuses on recognizing coaches and teams and their activities "off the pitch." Please send any feedback on what you would like to see in future editions to NSCAA Marketing Director, Chris Burt, at

 Top Stories

US officially goes on the attack for a World Cup 2014 berth
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Jurgen Klinsmann has spent the past 11 months breaking the U.S. national team down from a counter-attacking team to an attacking one. While the results have been mixed, the idea that an American team can come into a match and dictate tempo and tactics has to excite a fan base that has seen its team once again slip below Mexico for CONCACAF supremacy. More

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Run for a position on the NSCAA Board of Directors and make a difference in the association!
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Are you looking for a way to get involved with the NSCAA and make a difference within the association? Consider running for one of the five positions we have available on the NSCAA Board of Directors. More

Practice drills and advice from Tony Waiters, NSCAA Senior Academy Staff Coach
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This Resource Library feature highlights a practice drill by National Soccer Coaches Association of America Senior Academy Staff Coach Tony Waiters entitled "The Four Goal Game". Tony is an experienced coach and former player at the elite level, was the first Director of the NSCAA Goalkeeping Academy, a position he held until 2006, and is still active on the NSCAA Coaching Academy Staff. More

Evaluating Performance: Lessons from previous European Championships — How important is the first goal?
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It is helpful to review previous Euros and International Tournaments together as the number of games played in any single tournament may not provide a sample which is representative. Looking at the Euros from 2008, along with the FIFA World Cup of 2006 and 2010, certain trends become apparent with regard to the first goal scored. More

 NSCAA Job Board

Head Men's Coach, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a NCAA Division I and Horizon League member institution, is accepting applications for the position of Head Men's Soccer Coach. Required qualifications: Bachelor's degree and previous Division I coaching experience or previous head coaching experience at the Division II or III level. Find out more at More

 US Club Soccer News

South Carolina United Battery wins Southeast Pre-Academy League Playoffs
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The Southeast Pre-Academy League Playoffs came to a close May 28 as South Carolina United Battery claimed the U-14 championship with a victory over Charlotte Soccer Academy. The event, which also included a Player Development Program (PDP), took place May 26-28 at the WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh, N.C. South Carolina United Battery won all three of its games to advance through the playoffs, out-scoring its opponents 8-2 in the process. On May 26, 30 of the top players born in 1999 from around the league gathered for technical training and high-quality 8v8 games as the league hosted a PDP. More

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 In the News

Youth soccer tryouts: Lessons to be learned from the process
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A new soccer season starts and soccer tryouts are part of the fabric of our youth sports system. How can we, youth coaches and parents, do the best for our youth soccer players? Here are some ideas on lessons to be learned from the tryout process. More

New concussion-management service targets schools
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Sports concussions have captured public attention in recent years, with high-profile NFL players and other professional athletes stepping forward about the long-term effects of sports-related head injuries. Now, a new Web-based program, Complete Neuro Sport, aims to guide coaches, athletes, and parents through the process of sports-related concussion management. More

Soccer Cinderella story: US Open Cup success makes Eric Wynalda, Cal FC impossible to ignore
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The day before his pet project of a team was scheduled to take the field for one of the most unlikely and intriguing games in American soccer history, Hall of Fame forward and anti-establishment agitator Eric Wynalda shared a story about second chances. More

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Let's not kid ourselves, the costs of youth sports create barriers
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The idea that youth sports are becoming too expensive for kids should concern us all. It's not just a national issue. There are who want to play youth sports, and should play those sports, but can't because it is just too expensive. More

New questions for US on eve of World Cup qualifying
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After a 4-1 loss to Brazil, the United States national team continued to struggle and was held to a scoreless tie by a determined Canada team at BMO Field. The game was the third exhibition for the United States in eight days, and it served as the team's final test before the start of World Cup qualifying. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he knew fatigue would be a factor after the difficult game against Brazil. More

ACL injuries affecting young athletes
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VideoBriefAn ACL injury is the type of affliction people usually associate with adult pro-athletes. But recent cases have been turning up in children these days who are becoming active and using their muscles and joints at a younger age. Here's a look at this growing injury concern and how doctors are fighting it. More

Soccer program "changes lives and changes destiny"
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When Eric McCurdy was first presented with a potential partnership between Special Olympics Washington and the school district, he thought about his nephew, Derrick Johnson II. McCurdy, athletic director for Seattle Public Schools, thought about the struggles his sister, Tracy, has experienced trying to find athletic programs for her 10-year-old son, who loves soccer, but has intellectual delays. More

Klinsmann tries to globalize US soccer
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Siegfried Klinsmann was planning a future for his sons in 1978 when he opened the doors to a three-story bakery in the hilly woodlands west of Stuttgart, West Germany. "A father's dream is always that one of his sons carries on his business," says Juergen, the second of those four sons, who was 14 at the time. More

Rating the best Americans in 2012
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The friendlies are done, it's time to get real. Though nothing prevents players from being added for the start of qualifying play against Antigua and Barbuda, here's a capsule look at those expected to fill out the lineup sheets for that game and a match against Guatemala on June 12. More

Just like athletes, referee trains for Olympic soccer matches
The Sacramento Bee via The Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Veronica Perez will return to the Olympic Games. With two coaches, she's working out — sometimes twice a day — to build her speed and conditioning. She's doing exercises to improve her mental strength and decision-making skills. She's watching game tapes. All this because the Woodland, Calif., native is one of 36 women from around the world selected to officiate at the women's soccer tournament at the London Olympic Games this July and August. More

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