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When they were children: World Cup women
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Before they made it to the top of the soccer world, members of the U.S. Women's National Team were youngsters honing their skills. Mike Woitalla's shares the stories from Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and others' formative years. More

In memoriam, Jan van Beveren: Soccer community loses more than just a coach
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Glenn Davis, former professional soccer player and current soccer broadcaster, shares his memories of Jan van Beveren, former professional goalkeeper, member of the Dutch National Team and coach who recently died at the age of 63. MORE
>> Related story: Van Beveren's players loved him for Jan

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NSCAA Enhancement Series launched; three sites set for 2011
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The NSCAA announces the creation of a new educational event — the NSCAA Enhancement Series, which is designed to help coaches of boys and girls ages 14-18 improve their understanding of soccer coaching. The series will be held July 29-30 in Kansas City, Kan., Aug. 12-13 in San Jose, Calif., and Sept. 16-17 in Houston. For more information or to register, click here.

Match analysis: US Women 3, Colombia 0
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A more confident U.S. team took to the field to face a less experienced Colombian squad. With its first game of Group C under its belt, the U.S. squad looked more comfortable on the pitch against a younger and less experienced Colombian team. Read more of the NSCAA coaches' in-depth analysis of the game on the NSCAA blog.

Off the Pitch Episode 2: Harry Jennings, first team coach, Preston North End WFC
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Harry Jennings, an NSCAA member since 2005, is the former first coach with Preston North End WFC in England. In this podcast, Jennings talks with Ryan Knapp, manager of NSCAA Digital, about the overall game, coaching styles, grassroots efforts, and the roles of coaches and managers in the entire set-up. More

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'Coach' Obama congratulates Colorado Rapids soccer champions
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President Barack Obama, who has filled in as an assistant coach for his daughter 10-year-old Sasha's soccer team this year, welcomed the 2010 MLS champion Colorado Rapids to the White House and thanked them for teaching children and parents across the country how the game should be played. "I have watched my share of games over the years," Obama said. "I'm used to seeing everybody gather around the ball, and then it kind of pops out somewhere, and everybody runs over to the ball." More

71-year-old ref launched school district's soccer program 46 years ago
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In 1964, Wolfgang Kraft organized a soccer game between his German class and the Spanish Club at the high school In White Bear Lake, Minn. It was such a success, students asked him if the school could add soccer as a letter sport. Kraft went to the school board and outlined a plan for a varsity soccer program, and got some support from a South African soccer coach in the Twin Cities. More

Iconic coach 'thought the world of the girls'
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Bob Bigelow of Bayside, N.J., 71, was one of the most accomplished high school coaches in state history, and an iconic figure at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y. "He had a unique knack for getting kids to perform over and above their abilities," recalled Art Raynor, a former teacher and basketball scorekeeper. "He never raised his voice. I never saw him angry. He was remarkable." More

Successful soccer teams reflect their coaches
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The success of the Northampton and Nandua, Va., programs is a positive reflection on the planning and coaching of Northampton's John Gorman and Nandua's Paul Nolz. They have different styles, but achieve similar results on the soccer field of strong defenses and opportunistic offenses. Both possess soccer smarts and insist on good sportsmanship. More

Soccer coach blazing trail for girls
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Kimberly Barfuss grew up playing basketball and softball in Lorraine, north Montreal. But she started coaching soccer five years ago and is one of the few female AA coaches in the intercity ranks of Lac St. Louis, Quebec, Canada. She discusses her views and philosophies on coaching in this article. More

North Korea coach blames lightning strike for loss to USA
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North Korea coach Kwang Min Kim blamed his team's 2-0 loss to the United States on his players getting struck by lightning in the build up to the Women's World Cup. Without naming the affected players specifically, he claimed that some of them were hospitalized with electrocution after a training match. "The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will," he said. More

Rapinoe's shot: goal or no goal?
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The USA's Megan Rapinoe hit the net in stoppage time of the Americans' 2-0 win over North Korea, but German referee Bibiana Steinhaus disallowed the goal. Did the ref get it right? Veteran referee Randy Vogt explains the call. More

Winless team encouraged by Facebook fans, Foudy's surprise visit
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By now, most people have seen the commercial featuring the South Windsor Thunder, a winless girls soccer team that overnight has received tens of thousands of supporting fans on its Facebook page. That number includes World Cup and Olympic champion Julie Foudy, who recently helped the Thunder run through drills and offered words of encouragement. More

Youth learn skills, sportsmanship from traveling British coaches
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Pros with British Soccer Camp are criss-crossing the United States to traing young soccer players this summer. The camp, rated the number one soccer program in America, is enormously popular in Teton Valley, Idaho, serving nearly 100 local youngsters. The coaches, ages 19-25 lived with participants' families for one week and instructed the kids in technical skills as well as good sportsmanship and self-discipline. More
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