Youth Soccer

3 Phenoms Of Mexican Soccer To Watch At The Upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup

After advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2017 event, Mexico looks to advance even further at this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland with a group of 21 players that’ve excelled at the youth level for El Tri. 

A big talking point, much to the consternation of coach Diego Ramirez, is the fact that Monterrey has barred Jonathan Gonzalez from joining the side with the Liga MX playoffs looming.

The Seattle Sounders Become First MLS Club To Win Prestigious GA Cup

When Garth Lagerway joined the Seattle Sounders in 2015 as the General Manager and President of Soccer, it wasn't just to get Seattle its first MLS Cup. The Sounders wanted to build an entirely revamped academy system — one able to develop talent for the MLS side, challenge at the youth level, gain pro experience at a USL affiliate (the Tacoma Defiance), and potentially be sold on to Europe.

The club's recent historic achievement in the Generation Adidas Cup was a major step in the evolution of the process. 

American Teen Chris Gloster Racially Abused While Playing For Hannover 96 U-23s

Chris Gloster, a 19-year-old American left back, started for Hannover II, Hannover 96’s U-23 squad, against VfB Lübeck on Wednesday. 

It wasn’t a happy match for the teenager.

Gloster was subjected to racial abuse, including yells of “monkey” shouted at him. After the match, he was in tears, according to a statement Hannover 96 released on Thursday condemning the actions of the Lübeck fans.

14-Year-Old Dortmund Phenom Inks 10-Year Deal With Nike, Averages Goal Every 45 Minutes

When you’ve recently churned out talent like Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Christian Pulisic, people get a bit more interested in the next generation of young lads at the Hohenbuschei training ground in the quiet Dortmund suburb of Brackel.

Mexico U-17 Squad Includes Best 16-Year-Old In MLS, Efrain Alvarez

The 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, which doubles as qualification for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, is fast approaching. Over the course of 16 days in Bradenton, Florida, 20 teams will battle for the four World Cup spots, and Mexico will look to win its fourth straight title at this level.

El Tri defeated the U.S. in the last final back in 2017. That match featured the likes of Jairo Torres and Roberto de la Rosa for Mexico while the U.S. called on Josh Sargent and Tim Weah. 

Juventus U-19 Player Enters The Annals Of Worst Corner Kicks Ever Taken

How do you feel about a short corner? If you’re a Barcelona supporter, you probably adore it; if you support Burnley, you probably think it should be outlawed. But regardless of whether you think it’s more important to keep possession or to simply get it into the damn mixer, we can all agree that this is one of the worst short corners ever.

During a match between the Juventus U-19s and their Sassuolo peers, a Juve youngster played a short corner out for a Sassuolo throw-in. Truly remarkable stuff. 

High School Soccer Vs DA: Why Academies Will Soon Rule The U.S. Soccer Landscape

Youth soccer in America is changing. Over the past few years, U.S. soccer has moved to profoundly address the exclusivity of high-level grass roots play. Talented footballers at the high school age can get offered to play for a program known as a Development Academy (DA). Both Major League Soccer and other youth clubs all over the U.S. have Development Academy teams, from the high school age all the way down to U-12. 

Power Wheelchair Soccer Spin-Kicks Are The Only Thing You Need To See Today

What is Power Soccer? Apart from a sport that produces some sublime highlights, it’s a variant of soccer for people with physical disabilities, played using power wheelchairs that are equipped with footguards used to manipulate the ball.

Although variants of the sport have existed since the 1970s, the rules didn’t become standardized until 2006 with the founding of the Federation International Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA). 

The Best Players To Ever Wear The Number 11 Shirt

In the early days of soccer, your number defined the position you played: number one was a goalkeeper, nine a striker, six a holding midfielder and three a left back. The number 11 was reserved for the left winger as the number was always the last on a lineup list.

In modern soccer, there’s a lot less emphasis on strict numerical positions, and there were some fantastic players who played on the left or elsewhere that made the number 11 their own.

Watch: Barcelona’s U-10 Squad Rips Real Madrid Apart With 6 Great Goals

You may recall back in January when Barcelona U-10 phenom Michal Zuk signed a brand ambassador contract with adidas. It was an unprecedented show of financial support for such a young player still years away from first-team experience, but his highlights speak for themselves.

As it turns out, the rest of Zuk’s Barcelona U-10 team is every bit as talented as he is.

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