Every soccer player starts as a recreational player. So rec leagues are important — and complicated, writes Beau Dure. They need to accommodate everyone from future pros to children with special needs. This week Beau offers up a comprehensive approach to making this entry level the most effective it can be.
Soccer leagues are proliferating like milkweed in the mid-Atlantic. Are they meeting unserved needs, or just getting in each other’s way? To find out, Beau Dure asked 102 local coaches, technical directors and club administrators a series of multiple-choice and short answer questions.
FC Kansas City is in eighth place in the NWSL standings, with just two wins and 10 points to show from 11 games. But count out the two-time defending champions at your own peril, writes Beau Dure after watching them play the Washington Spirit over the weekend.
I don’t know how to make the U.S. men a consistent World Cup quarterfinalist. Neither do you. Neither does anyone else. How about we just build a soccer culture in which we aren’t fighting ourselves and see where that goes?
A two-fer here. For FourFourTwo, I explained that soccer parents’ complaints are no longer as easy to dismiss as they may have been when no one understood the game.
Then a related piece for Soccer Wire:
June 16, 2016
Follow-up coming in July …
April 29, 2016
Here’s how my friends at Soccer Wire put it: “SoccerWire.com Featured Columnist Beau Dure says the laissez-faire, deregulated youth soccer model is in tatters, and applauds new involvement and leadership by the U.S. Soccer Federation. But he’s also feels many of the issues the federation has chosen are curious, to put it mildly.”
Feb. 23, 2016