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WHERE ARE THE WOMEN SOCCER COACHES … IT IS 2020

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You Are My “Giants”

SoccerToday takes great pleasure in welcoming Kristi Beckman as a new columnist with this refreshing and personal take on being a female in a still male-dominated soccer world.

Isaac Newton says, “If I have seen further … it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
In my coaching career, I have stood on the “shoulders of giants for years”. Those giants were always men: men who were brave enough and secure enough to elevate a woman.

These are interesting times for us all. I find myself defending men when your entire gender is called male chauvinists, or accused of being bullies. I smile sweetly and say, “Not my guys!” I’m smart, and I have surrounded myself with the best leaders and humans in the industry. You.

Both male and female coaches often reach a point during their career where they question, “Why do I coach?”...

LET AMERICA’S KIDS RETURN TO PLAY SOCCER – ISN’T IT GREAT CHILDCARE?

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States Differ on The Return of Youth Soccer

As the custodians for the next generations, we are responsible for caring for well being for today’s kids — and, the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for all ages. Isn’t it time to get kids out of the house, in safe conditions, and at least with modified training? Hmmm, small groups of school age kids under adult supervision, doesn’t that sound like childcare?

Isn’t Youth Soccer a Form of Childcare for School-Age Kids?

Amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic, it is important to think of the unintended consequences. How are kids dealing with the moratorium of youth sports?

Kids need to be active, outdoors, and away from screens. The Return to Play youth soccer, even in its most modified form, is healthy for kids.

It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to enjoy the game we all love, and I know you’ve all missed it ….

From U.S. Soccer Chief Medical...

MLS TEAMS START TO TRAIN IN SMALL GROUPS

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Preparing To Play, MLS Clubs Begin Voluntary Small Group Training Sessions

Major League Soccer (MLS) today announced that clubs may begin to use outdoor team training fields for small group training sessions in compliance with detailed health and safety protocols that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts.



All small group training sessions are voluntary and may not be in conflict with local public health officials or government policies.

The small group training sessions will provide an opportunity for players to perform fitness and technical workouts in small groups while maintaining physical distancing protocols, even within individual groups.

Prior to initiating small group training sessions, every team must submit to MLS a club-specific plan that has been reviewed and approved by the club’s medical staff and local...

TERMINATION TERRORS: RED FLAGS, STRATEGIES & SOLUTIONS FOR YOUTH SOCCER

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A New Series on Creating Good Leadership In Youth Soccer:

Red Flags, Strategies, and Solutions For Youth Soccer

As the popularity of soccer increases all across America, it is more important than ever that we have excellence in leadership on all levels of the game … from youth soccer to the professional. Here is Part 4 of the 4-part series from Ruth Nicholson on a major part of the turmoil in youth soccer.

Part 1: TERMINATION TERRORS: WHY DIRECTORS OF COACHING GET FIRED

Part 2: TERMINATION TERRORS: THE IMBALANCE OF POWER IN YOUTH SOCCER

Part 3: TERMINATION TERRORS: YOUTH SOCCER CLUB’S BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S VIEW

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