Youth Soccer

UEFA Turns To Disney Characters To Encourage Girls To Play Soccer In Scotland

Scotland has found a creative way to get younger girls more active. Statistics from Leeds Beckett University show 84 percent of girls under the age of 17 are not meeting minimum activity guidelines. As a result a new UEFA project in Scotland decided to team up with films and characters from Disney films.

This provides a pathway for girls ages 5 to 8 who are not participating in activities. The first curriculum is a 10-week session inspired by Incredibles 2 characters Violet Parr and Elastigirl. 

Meet Brianna Pinto, The Unstoppable USWNT U-20 Star

Being able to wear the U.S. crest and represent your country playing the sport you love is an honor and the opportunity of a lifetime. The U.S. U-20 women’s national team is currently competing in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship with a spot at the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on the line. 

Alabama Native Would Rather Play For FC Dallas Than Clemson Football

FC Dallas signed midfielder Tanner Tessmann to a three-year contract with club options for the 2023 and 2024 seasons, making him the 28th Homegrown Player in the organization.

By signing the contract, the 18-year-old is giving up his chance to vie for the kicking duties at Clemson.

English, Scottish And Irish FAs Ban Heading During Practice For Children Ages 6 To 11

Children between the ages of six and 11 have been banned from heading during practice by the English, Scottish and Irish FAs. The heading ban was announced on Monday following a landmark study into the correlation between footballers and brain disease.

The World Is Your Oyster With These Life-Size Stat Cards

Oh christ, Valentine’s Day was weeks ago . . . did you completely forget about it up until this very moment? Is that the reason your significant other has been tirelessly working on a doll in your image, driving needles into it and reciting Necronomicon incantations under their breath? That could explain it.

Don’t worry, I’ve got just the thing to rekindle the old flame: FIFA Ultimate Team cards but in real life from CardsPlug (but obviously not marketed as FUT cards for legal reasons, I’d assume). 

The Best And Worst Youth Sports To Referee

After 12 years away from the sphere of youth refereeing, I feel like I can finally come clean. While there’s a lot to like about making officiating your main means of employment throughout high school — namely the fact that you get to be outside while your friends construct thousands of take-and-bake pizzas at Papa Murphy’s — there’s also a fair degree of post-traumatic stress.

How To Train Like A Professional: 10-Year Pro Jamie McGuinness Shares His Workout Plan

“If football has taught me anything it is that you can overcome anything if, and only if, you love something enough.” — Lionel Messi

For Jamie McGuinness, his life’s mantra has always been to live without regrets and to accomplish that by going all in each and everyday. It’s a mentality that served him well over the course of a 10-year professional career that began at the age of 16 with Luton Town in the English Championship and continued in America with stints in the PDL and USL. 

Gio Reyna, The Next Great American, Could Choose To Instead Play For Argentina, England, Portugal

He’s just 17, but the whole world is watching him. And everyone wants to know what nationality Gio Reyna decides to represent at the senior level.

Giovanni Reyna is the 17-year-old son of Claudio Reyna, a former USMNT captain who appeared 112 times for the U.S. Gio has appeared more than two dozen times with the U.S. at the youth level, so it’s a given he’ll make his debut with the senior national team with the U.S. eventually, right?

It might not be so simple.

There Was No Stopping A 21-Year-Old Lionel Messi At The 2008 Olympics

The crowning achievement of Lionel Messi’s international career remains the gold medal he captured as a 21-year-old at the 2008 Summer Olympics. It was a loaded Albiceleste squad with further attacking firepower provided by Sergio Agüero, Ángel Di María and Ezequiel Lavezzi, but Messi and Argentina were hugely reinforced by the over-age inclusions of Javier Mascherano and Juan Román Riquelme.

Liverpool 16-Year-Old Scores Insane Bike Off Corner Kick Like He’s Playing FIFA

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool first team aren’t even going to bother showing up for the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town, instead sending its U-23 squad and coach. After all, when the Reds made a similar (albeit more necessary) move in the Carabao Cup, they were smashed 5-0 by Aston Villa.