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September 27, 2015
Remembering Dettmar Cramer reminds us: It's all about the ball

By Mike Woitalla (from Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider)

The legendary German coach Dettmar Cramer once joked he felt sorry for the ball when he watched soccer by players with poor technique.

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September 20, 2015
Kevin Hartman: 'Player growth has to be timed properly'

Interview by Mike Woitalla (from Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider)

Kevin Hartman holds the MLS record for most games played at 416. The 41-year-old goalkeeeper, whose playing career spanned from 1997 to 2013 and included two MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cup titles, is the Technical Director of the IMG Academy, a residency program in Bradenton, Fla. IMG fields teams in the boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy as well as 10 other boys and girls teams. Read more...




September 15, 2015
The case for compensating youth clubs -- a lawyer's view (Cory Roth Q&A)

By Mike Woitalla

Non-MLS American youth clubs are pushing hard to have access to training compensation and solidarity payments, which are paid according to FIFA regulations in other nations to amateur youth clubs and academies associated with professional clubs when their players make it to the pros, and deliver even larger sums if those players switch clubs on transfer fees.

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September 02, 2015
Looking to Spain makes sense

By Mike Woitalla

If I had a dollar for every time a foreign club offered to teach us how to coach, I’d be able to buy one the replica jerseys they’re selling.

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August 26, 2015
Youth leaders react to change to soccer's registration cutoff date

By Mike Woitalla

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced two initiatives
that will be mandated by August 2017. One was
the standardization of small-sided games through age U-12. Fewer
players on age-appropriate fields -- that has been the trend in
American youth soccer for quite a while now.

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