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Off the Pitch is the weekly newsletter of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, distributed every Wednesday. Please send any feedback on what you would like to see in future editions to Monique Bowman at

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U.S. soccer names Cheryl Bailey head of new women's league
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U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has announced that Cheryl Bailey has been named the Executive Director for the new U.S. Soccer-led women's soccer league that will begin play in the spring of 2013. Bailey served as General Manager of the U.S. Women's National Team for five years from 2007 through 2011. A long-time athletics administrator who led the support staff for the U.S. team during the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cups and the 2008 Olympics, she was in charge of all areas of Women's National Team administration including team travel, payroll, liaising with clubs, and working with FIFA, CONCACAF and other Federations. More


Head Coach Steve Swanson to present lessons learned from the U-20 World Cup Title Run
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Sheer joy doesn't always come easy. Sometimes, it takes planning. It takes commitment. It takes teamwork. "What I will remember most about winning the World Cup is seeing the sheer joy in the player’s eyes after the final," Steve Swanson recalls, head coach of the 2012 U.S. U-20 Women's team that won the World Cup title this past September in Japan. "It was the culmination of an incredible two-year journey, full of life-changing lessons for both the players and the coaches." More

Sammy Boateng named Next Generation Coach contest winner
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Sammy Boateng of Huntington, W.Va. has been selected as the Next Generation Coach contest winner, garnering free entry into the program hosted in conjunction with the 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis. More

GRIT Inc. Revolutionizes Traditional Soccer!

The Torneo FC Soccer Seat is a portable player and coach seat that incorporates storage for all their gear. The Torneo comes complete with organized shelves and pockets designed specifically to store and hold, water bottles, sweaters, shin pads, cleats, socks, warm-up gear, towels, ball and all your personal items. 

Next Generation Coach: A live video chat presented by NSCAA
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Are you (or do you know) an aspiring soccer coach? Or, maybe you just started coaching and want to make sure you're on the right track? You can get those and other questions answered Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT during our Next Generation Coach Live Video Chat. This live chat is an opportunity for new or hopeful soccer coaches to listen to and speak with young coaches who are a little further along in this career path. You can find more information, and watch and participate on Tuesday at More

Gansler, Farnsworth and Schellscheidt recognized by the NSCAA for their long-term service to soccer
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The National Soccer Coaches Association of America annually honors three individuals who have elevated the game of soccer at their respective level (college, high school or youth) through his or her long-term dedication to the game. More

 NSCAA Job Board

Head Coach, Women's — University of North Alabama
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The University of North Alabama is accepting applications for the position of Head Coach, Women's Soccer. The successful candidate will be responsible for all phases of the Women's Soccer program. In addition, the Head Coach will be responsible for supporting the philosophy, goals, and mission of both the University and its intercollegiate athletics program. More

 US Club Soccer News

Applications now available for National Cup XII Regionals
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Applications are now available for all National Cup XII Regionals, which are open to all member teams in the U-11 through U-18/19 boys and girls age groups. National Cup XII Regionals will be held in six cities across the country between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July in 2013 with winning teams from National Cup XII Regionals and qualifying state cups in the U-13 through U-17 age groups advancing to the National Cup XII Finals, slated for July 18-21 at Aurora Sports Park in suburban Denver. More

 In the News

UNC women win 21st soccer title
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Anson Dorrance has coached at North Carolina for all of the Tar Heels' 21 NCAA women's soccer championships, and he appreciates each title more and more. A rare No. 2 seed and 13th ranked in the nation when the tournament began, North Carolina scored three goals in the second half to beat Penn State 4-1 for its latest championship. The Tar Heels (15-5-3), making their 26th appearance in the final four College Cup, won for the first time since 2009. More

GIVOVA Apparel & Equipment

Top selling international brand GIVOVA outfits your club with an affordable line of quality team apparel. A product range to handle large or small clubs, with a wide variety of tracksuits, rain jackets, winter jackets, training gear and equipment. Visit our website for more information.

How to get your youth soccer team to leave practice as better players
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Youth soccer is all about development. While many skills that translate to the game are best learned during a game, and in a game, practice is a huge part of a child's soccer learning. As a coach, it is your responsibility to help all the players of the team get better each and every practice in some manner. More

New California law targets brain injuries in high school sports
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Many school districts across California have long required high school coaching staffs to be educated about the dangers of concussions and brain injuries, but in August Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that requires all high school coaches to complete concussion awareness training every two years. The on-line class is hosted on the California Interscholastic Federation website. More

espor is the coaches' choice

Since 2004 has offered comprehensive and easy-to-use video editing software for soccer. Our services have expanded and today we offer the ultimate time saver, espor coding service. Who says you can't buy time? Let us code your games and get back to coaching. Click to learn more.

Giving thanks to volunteers in our communities
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Dr. Dina Gentile writes, "As the holidays begin to arrive, we can all find a sense of peace sharing time with families and friends. For many who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy along the East Coast, giving thanks has a new meaning. Volunteerism has been a subject I have written about in many articles. I have always been impressed with the countless hours volunteer coaches and soccer administrators spend creating soccer magic for players in towns across the nation." More

San Jose Earthquakes' Frank Yallop is MLS coach of the year
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The Earthquakes' Frank Yallop won Major League Soccer's coach of the year award after directing San Jose to the Supporters' Shield title this season. Yallop, who won the award one other time in his 10-year career, received 65 percent of the vote, well ahead of second-place Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City. Yallop hopes to have all of the main players from the record-setting club back next season, including English striker Simon Dawkins. More

US Women's National Team defeats Ireland 2-0 with goals from Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe
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America's soccer darling, forward Alex Morgan delighted fans as she scored just 44 seconds into the match and gave midfielder Megan Rapinoe a great assist for her to add a 7th goal minutes before halftime as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated the Republic of Ireland for the second time in four days, winning 2-0 in the seventh match of the 2012 Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic. More

How to successfully play indoor soccer
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Figuring out what formation you want to play for indoor soccer can be confusing. Your field is cut in half (sometimes smaller) and the space is tight. At the very least you will most likely be playing with a goalie and five field players. More

Brandi Chastain on women's soccer in America
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While she is still frequently remembered for her celebration after her penalty kick goal helped the U.S. to win the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, Brandi Chastain has moved beyond the field to become a major commentator on women's soccer. More

5 soccer coaches who could still compete on the pitch
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The overall success of a soccer player is not a good indicator of his potential as a coach. There's a certain level of experience that is expected of a person interested in managing a football club, and that's why, more often than not, managers are former players who know the ins and outs of the grueling season. More

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