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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

Is U13 too young for national level competition?
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There have been endless discussions on the merits of national competition for pre-teen and teenage athletes. Many people believe there is too much emphasis in the United States on winning and competition. In simple terms, pundits say ask if it is good for kids as young as 12 to be tossed into the national spotlight in sports or any other field of endeavor. More

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Hydration strategies for soccer
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This week's Resource Library feature highlights a research article by National Soccer Coaches Association of America Master Coach Diploma holder Gary Ross entitled "Hydration Strategies for Soccer". More

Enter to win a once in a lifetime experience with NSCAA and Jose Mourinho!
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Share your passion for coaching and enter to win a registration for the NSCAA Special Topics Course: Tactical Thinking with José Mourinho. More

A View from the Goal with an MLS Veteran: Tips on nurturing the young goalkeeper
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As one of the most experienced American goalkeepers at the professional level, Joe joins the National Soccer Coaches Association of America to share his journey in soccer, goalkeeping and becoming a top MLS goalkeeper. More

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 NSCAA Job Board

Full-time staff coaches, soccer at Its Best Academy, New York
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SABA trains and coaches players ages 4-14 in downtown Brooklyn and Queens, N.Y. Teams play in various leagues and coaches have the opportunity to work with Elite players in the Pre-Academy, Academy, and Super Y league programs. Coaches will be a part of a progressive program. Find out more at More

 US Club Soccer News

14 teams claim championships at National Cup XI West Regional (Boys)
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US Club Soccer's National Cup XI continued June 16-19 as 14 teams from 11 different clubs claimed championships at the West Regional (Boys) at Turlock Sports Complex in Modesto, Calif. Leading the way with a pair of titles were Pateadores SC, Walnut Creek SC and Merced Atlas Academy. Also among the winners was Milan FC Rossoneri (U-15 Super Group), marking the third consecutive season that the squad claimed a Regional championship in Modesto. More

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 In the News

Remembering Title IX and making soccer fair
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Title IX turned 40 in June and it is impossible to escape the powerful stories recounted by so many athletes and coaches involved with girls and women in sport. Title IX has meant so much for so many females who just wanted the same opportunities as their male friends and brothers. All these pioneers of Title IX wanted was a chance to play. More

5 famous soccer goal-line controversies
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Soccer's seemingly endless argument about how to judge goal line decisions ignited again, as Ukraine went out of the Euro 2012 tournament it is co-hosting. Ukraine needed to beat England to advance to the quarterfinals, but was denied a goal in the 62nd minute when trailing 1-0. More

England coach laments shootout failure
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England coach Roy Hodgson, after England lost its fifth consectutive penalty shootout at a major tournament when it fell to Italy in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals, insisted there was nothing more England could have done. Ashley Young and Ashley Cole both failed to score from 12 yards out. More

Soccer ankle sprains occur more often when the 2 feet have different strengths
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Professional soccer players tend to suffer from more ankle sprains when one foot is stronger than the other, researchers from the University of Athens reported in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Players can sprain their ankle when a joint ligament is torn or over-stretched, usually because of a difficult landing or a violent twist. More

Soccer really is child's play for US women's team
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Players on the U.S. Olympic team increasingly are bringing their kids on the road, with help and encouragement from U.S. Soccer. Some believe it helps extend players' careers and aids team morale. More

Lesser names arise in major MLS games
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Ridge Mahoney writes, "Perseverance is a trait just about all of us admire – except perhaps when we're denying a 9-year-old that second ice cream cone — and it counts a great deal in professional sports, where injuries, coaching changes, economics and plain old pig-headedness can derail a promising playing career." More

Soccer: Americans tuning into Euros in record numbers
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Almost twice as many Americans are watching soccer's European Championship compared to four years ago according to data released by tournament broadcaster ESPN. The 24 games in the group stage of Euro 2012 averaged just over one million viewers compared to 552,000 for Euro 2008 - the latest sign of the impressive growth of interest in international soccer in the U.S. More

US National Team Player Rachel Buehler on professional women's soccer
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U.S. Women's National Team defender and co-captain Rachel Buehler attended the San Diego SeaLions' Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) home opener against Ajax America Women. After spending time before the game and at halftime meeting fans and signing autographs, Buehler talked with SoccerNation about the current status and future of professional women's soccer in America. More

World War II soccer match echoes through time
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There are few striking features about Start Stadium except its disrepair. Wooden planks in the grandstand, like neglected teeth, are mostly loose or missing. Seventy years ago, on Aug. 9, 1942, the stadium became the site of one of soccer's most infamous and disputed games, the so-called Death Match. More
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