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Win a Surface from Turface
NSCAA
Stop by Turface Athletics booth #503 at the convention in Philadelphia. Enter for your chance to win a Microsoft Surface tablet from Turface. Plus, check out our $40 per ton rebate offer. We'll help you save the turf and the game.
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Follow to win from PCA
PCA
Positive Coaching Alliance is giving away a soccer ball signed by PCA National Advisory Board Members Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy. To have a chance at winning, all you have to do is follow @PositiveCoachUS on Twitter between Dec. 17-19.
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2014 clinician Vanessa Martinez is blazing her own trail
NSCAA
Author Vanessa Martínez-Lagunas is a FIFA Women's Soccer Instructor, UEFA/DFB Pro License and NSCAA Premier Diploma holder and former member of the Mexico WNT. She has coaching experience at several levels of the game in Mexico, Germany, Canada, and the United States in addition to being a featured clinician at the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. Since beginning her career as a coach, Martínez-Lagunas has never followed the traditional path to coaching.
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2014 NWSL college draft set for Jan. 17 in Philadelphia
NSCAA
The National Women's Soccer League will hold the 2014 NWSL College Draft on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Philadelphia. The draft will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will be open to the public and media.
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A Q&A with 2014 clinician Robin Russell on coaching education and player development
NSCAA
Robin Russell, UEFA Football Development Consultant and owner of SportsPath.com, is scheduled to present at the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. In this Q&A, he talks about online coaching education and the role that the web has on player development.
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 NSCAA Job Board


Head men's soccer coach
Belmont University Athletics
Belmont University seeks applicants for the position of Head Men's Soccer Coach. The Head Coach is accountable for all facets of the men's soccer program, which competes at the NCAA Division I level. Responsibilities include: knowing and abiding by all University, NCAA and conference rules and regulations, coaching, recruiting, budgeting, scheduling, organizing and conducting team.
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 U.S. Youth Soccer News


Join us at the US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention
US Youth Soccer
Don't miss this opportunity to make 2014 the best year yet for your club or association with numerous educational sessions that make an impact. The US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention will bring thousands of coaches, administrators and other soccer enthusiasts together in one place. US Youth Soccer and the NSCAA, two of the nation's soccer leaders, merged their respective annual gatherings in January 2013, creating what is now the game's most influential event of the year. See you in Philly!
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 US Club Soccer News


id2 Training Camp in Casa Grande, Ariz. comes to a close
US Club Soccer
The final 2013 id2 Training Camp targeted for boys born in 2000 and girls born in 1999 concluded at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. A total of 125 boys and girls from 25 different states participated in the four-day, invitation-only camp. Top performers from all four of this year's id2 Training Camps will be selected for id2 National Selection Programming.
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 Upcoming NSCAA Courses

01/21/201402/13/2014Special Topics Diploma
Coaching U6, U8, and U10 Players
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02/18/201402/18/2014Special Topics Diploma
Defending Principles of Play for Youth Players
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03/25/201404/22/2014Special Topics Diploma
Key Moments in the Game
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 NSCAA Soccer Calendar

The following is a list of upcoming tournaments and events hosted by NSCAA, our Member Clubs and partner events. For a full schedule, visit the Soccer Calendar. To find out how you can get your event listed on the NSCAA Soccer Calendar contact Chris Burt here.

2014 SEC College Soccer Showcase (U12 - U19) Feb. 7-9, 2014 Mike Rose Soccer Complex — Memphis, Tenn. More Information
President's Day College Showcase (U15 - U17) Feb. 14-16, 2014 Woodbridge, Va. More Information
Ultimate Cup - Girls Feb. 22-23, 2014 Richmond, Va. More Information
Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic Feb.27 - March 1, 2014 Mohegan Sun Convention Center — Uncasville, Conn. More Information
Arlington Spring Invitational Tournament (Boys U9 - U14) Feb. 28 - March 2, 2014 Arlington, Va. More Information

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Notre Dame wins NCAA soccer title
ESPN
Confetti rained down, the Notre Dame fight song "Victory March" blasted over the loudspeakers and everyone on the Fighting Irish's soccer team ran to one side of the field to celebrate. For the first time in the school's proud athletic history, Notre Dame was on top of the men's college soccer world. Notre Dame won its first men's soccer title with a 2-1 victory over Maryland at PPL Park. The Fighting Irish finished the season 17-1-6.
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Klinsmann agrees to four-year extension as US coach
The New York Times
Jurgen Klinsmann, the coach of the United States men's soccer team, agreed to a four-year contract extension, a strong show of support from U.S. Soccer only six months before the World Cup in Brazil. The deal means he will remain in charge of the team through the 2018 World Cup in Russia. As part of the deal, he added the title of technical director for U.S. Soccer.
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Kinesio taping for skeptics
By Heidi Dawson
I write this article as a skeptic. I have been a skeptic since I first saw Kinesio tape in 2007 on David Beckham's bare torso. Finding information about what exactly Kinesio tape is supposed to do and how it does it is hard to come by. Despite this, its popularity has continued to grow — by last year's London Olympics, athletes of all nationalities and across all sports were wearing this brightly-colored tape. As more and more of my peers became swept along with the hype, I thought maybe it was time I gave it another look. I am now fresh off an introduction to myofascial taping course. Do you think my views have changed?
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Keidane McAlpine named USC women's soccer head coach
USC Trojans
Keidane McAlpine, the 2013 Pac-12 and NSCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year, has been named the new head coach of the USC women's soccer team, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden has announced. McAlpine comes to Troy after serving the past two seasons (2012-13) as head coach at Washington State, where he guided the Cougars to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and a program-best second place finish in the Pac-12 in 2013.
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Win a Surface from Turface
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Soccer training tips from legendary footballer Wayne Rooney
Sports Illustrated Kids
Wayne Rooney made his professional debut in 2002 as a 16-year-old, and since then has become one of the top stars in soccer.

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Meet the staff of the January residential courses
NSCAA
During the week of Jan. 6-12, the NSCAA is set to host four different coaching courses in Sunrise, Fla. and three different courses in Sacramento, Calif.

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Brazil's U-17 soccer team quits by just standing there in match against US
Sports Illustrated
VideoBriefBrazil's under-17 soccer team was unhappy with their performance during their 4-1 loss to the U.S., and even less happy with the ref sending a second Brazilian player off with a red card, so they just stopped playing. With 5 minutes remaining in the Nike International Friendlies match in Florida, the Brazilian players just stood at midfield with their hands on their hips. The American team responded in kind, by simply holding on to the ball and waiting for time to run out.
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