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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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Indiana wins NCAA men's soccer title
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Nikita Kotlov scored off a header pass from Eriq Zavaleta midway through the second half to give Indiana a 1-0 victory over Georgetown to win the NCAA men's soccer championship. It is the eighth championship for the Hoosiers (16-5-3), their first since 2004. Indiana midfielder Patrick Doody lofted a crossing pass to the right of the goal that brought Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez out from the net. More
Related news: The "Godfather of College Soccer" Jerry Yeagley enjoying the view from the top


Register for the 2013 NSCAA Convention before Dec. 15 to save
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Time is running out to save on your 2013 NSCAA Convention registration. The cost moves from $279 to $359 on Saturday, Dec. 15. You can register three ways: by phone (913.362.1747), by phone or fax using this PDF or online at

Next Generation Coach video chat recording available
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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? We hosted a live video chat to answer those questions and many others. This live chat was 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. The panel will discuss their personal experiences, some of the issues they face and other pieces of advice for those looking to get into the profession.You can view the chat at, as well as some of the questions we couldn't get to on air. 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. 

Cal North Provides Player Development Game to Kick Off its Multifaceted Partnership with NSCAA
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The NSCAA and the California Youth Soccer Association-Cal North are pairing up to provide youth coaches in northern California access to top-rated education opportunities and provide players access to highly-trained coaches. More

 NSCAA Job Board

Head Women's Soccer Coach Colorado State University — Pueblo
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This full-time, 12-month position provides a head coach for the women's soccer program in athletics. This position will provide overall organization and management of the women's soccer program. More

 US Club Soccer News

Second of two Fall 2012 id² Program Training Camps draws to a close in Casa Grande, Ariz.
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The second of two Fall 2012 id² Program Training Camps came to a close on Sunday as a total of 52 boys born in 1999 and 2000 and 56 girls born in 1998 and 1999 representing 19 states were on-hand for four days of high-level training and off-field sessions, Dec. 6-9, at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. The age groups for the camp were selected in order to align with the scouting priorities for the U.S. Soccer U-14 National Teams. The id² Program Training Camps are part of US Club Soccer's id² National Player Identification and Development Program, which is an Olympic Development Program as approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation. More

 In the News

Fractures take high toll on high school athletes
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Fractures account for about 10 percent of all injuries suffered by U.S. high school athletes and can have a major physical, emotional and financial impact on the young competitors, according to a new study. The findings highlight the need for fracture prevention programs in high school sports, the Ohio State University researchers said. 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 well are we assessing our players?
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Dr. Dina Gentile writes, "Each year after the fall season ends I get a number of calls regarding assistance in organizing player evaluations, tryouts, or team selections. The first question I ask the soccer organizer is what type of assessment plan is already in place for the organization. Often times the response is disjointed or lacks the fundamental components of the development of a clear outcome assessment plan for the individual players." More

For athletes, risks from ibuprofen use
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Many active people use ibuprofen on an almost daily basis. In surveys, up to 70 percent of distance runners and other endurance athletes report that they down the pills before every workout or competition, viewing the drug as a preemptive strike against muscle soreness. But a new study joins growing evidence that ibuprofen and similar anti-inflammatory painkillers taken before a workout don't offer any benefit and may be causing physical damage. More

Will the real Falcao stand up against Barcelona?
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Graham Hunter writes, "In a week when he's scored four goals for Chelsea, it seems appropriate to recall that there was a time when Fernando Torres used to terrorize Barcelona. I've never seen any striker so regularly give nightmares to Carles Puyol — devastating in pace, power and leap against a defender who still uses all three of these facets to the maximum and was then several years younger and stronger." 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.

European soccer has reorganized around cities, and it could be awesome
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The Euros, like the World Cup, can be a source of national pride (and shame and sorrow, of course) and the competition has traditionally been staged that way. Since it began in 1958, teams, staff and thousands of supporters have converged on one or two countries for a month: Portugal in 2004, Austria and Switzerland in 2008, Poland and Ukraine in 2012. The host countries become synonymous with the tournament itself, putting a cultural stamp on the games and defining their social atmosphere. More

How to care for your youth soccer team's balls
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As a coach it is your responsibility to make sure that there are an adequate number of soccer balls during practice so that everyone can play during individual ball drills. Many teams require that players bring along a ball to practice. More

Eyes of the soccer world turn to Manchester
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With just one swish of his right foot, Sergio Aguero changed the landscape of English soccer forever. His stoppage-time goal against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the Premier League season in May clinched Manchester City's first league title in 44 years and confirmed Manchester United was no longer the only soccer superpower in the northwest of England. More

Philadelphia original returns home
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The deal that the Seattle Sounders made to send Jeff Parke to the Philadelphia was a win-win situation for both Parke and Sounders. Parke got his wish and returned to his hometown, while the Sounders got salary cap relief, along with allocation money and a 2013 first-round Supplemental Draft pick from the Union, for their Defender of the Year in 2011 and 2012. More

Study: Concussions in youth sports on rise
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One quarter of young athletes and children have suffered at least one concussion, a study says. This pandemic has convinced many to give up their sport in fear of the repercussions. Concussions are a dangerous, debilitating and fatal injury. A concussion is caused when your head receives a form of trauma or shock. The brain is slammed into the side of the skull and causes brain cell damage if strong enough. More

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