Youth Soccer

The Cleats In The Basement: A Youth Soccer Horror Story

My mom still despises me for choosing to be a goalkeeper. On top of smelly cleats, shin guards and socks, I add the horrendous smelling gloves to boot. In an effort to counteract the stench of my gear she has me store all of the belongings in a box downstairs during the offseason.

I guess it’s a bit of a win-win situation. She’s too scared to venture to the basement due to the slim chance of seeing a mouse, spider, ant or anything else alive that isn’t human. While it’s a slight nuisance to have to keep my stuff down there, she at least doesn’t pester me about the smell.

Schalke Issues Apology To Youssoufa Moukoko After Fans Racially Abuse BVB Teenager

Schalke 04 on Sunday apologized to 15-year-old Borussia Dortmund player Youssoufa Moukoko after their fans hurled abuse at the teenager following his hat-trick in the Under-19 Ruhr derby.

"We can only apologize to Youssoufa Moukoko for what fans shouted during the Under-19 game," Schalke said on Twitter. "Putting emotions of a derby aside, we fully condemn such insults and reject them. We will take the necessary measures together with the Schalke fan department."

5 Years After Wowing Marcelo, Real Madrid’s Teenage Phenom Trains With First Team

It’s been five years since Real Madrid defender Marcelo showed up at an Alevín A training session (La Fábrica’s U-12 category) and watched on in disbelief as Takuhiro “Pipi” Nakai, then age 11, dribbled in a style that the Brazilian admitted was beyond his level of understanding.  

Robin Van Persie’s Son Is Cut From The Same Cloth

Introducing Shaqueel van Persie, the 13-year-old son of Robin and Bouchra van Persie. Like his father, Shaqueel is moving through the youth ranks of Feyenoord and currently playing for the U-15 team. Like his father, Shaqueel van Persie is a scorer of outlandish goals.

Here he is scoring an incredible volley against Ajax’s youth side… 

Let This Insane Solo Youth Goal Be A Lesson To All Americans

This October and November, it’s vitally important for all Americans to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election. Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and confusion reigning over how safe it is to vote, there are more hurdles than ever to get to the polls. Let this Aymen Sliti goal vs Ajax in a U-15 match be your guide for how to vote this fall.

Local Man Gets Trapped Inside Soccer Net For Four Days

This is the story of Brendan O’Hare getting stuck in a soccer net and surviving off raw sweet corn, but it’s also a stern morality tale centered around finding your place in a non-corn world. 

If you’re interested in more, check out the “This Is Branchburg” podcast on Adult Swim or peruse the Brendan and Cory YouTube channel. 

10 Things Every Soccer Girl Remembers From ‘The Good Old Days’

Do you ever find yourself browsing through old Facebook photos late at night wondering why you chose to post some of the photos you did? I recently came across some old gems from my youth soccer days, and as I tried not to cringe at that chunk of hair I purposely left out of my ponytail I realized some moments from those days are worth remembering. Here are 10 things every soccer girl will *hopefully* remember from the good old days.

In India, Girls Use Football To Fight Child Marriage

MUMBAI — When India began lifting its coronavirus lockdown, Meera, a child bride from northwestern India, was focused on just one thing: when she could start playing football again.

In Rajasthan, one of the Indian regions where early marriage persists despite being outlawed more than a decade ago, a girls' soccer initiative is tackling gender inequality, and giving child brides the confidence to fight for their rights.

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