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September 30, 2014
Your Kid is Going to Make Mistakes

An article I wrote for AYSO's PLAYSOCCER Magazine, Fall 2013:

By Mike Woitalla

Watch the world’s best soccer players, like Lionel Messi or Marta, and you’ll be amazed at how they control and stroke the ball while moving swiftly, feinting with their body, improvising ways to elude defenders game after game — a combination of high skill and creativity.

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April 30, 2014
Why I Ref: A View from the Middle

By 9:30 last Saturday morning I had run more than three miles, earned $20, and had been in the middle of a bunch of kids thoroughly enjoying the beautiful game.

By Mike Woitalla (from Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider)

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April 20, 2014
Tony Meola: Young players are more sophisticated than ever

Interview by Mike Woitalla (from Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the USA hosting the 1994 World Cup – a good time to check in with Tony Meola, who started every game in goal for the USA as it reached the second round of a World Cup for the first time since 1930. Meola, who also helped the USA end its 40-year World Cup drought by qualifying for the Italia ‘90, is heavily involved in youth soccer.

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December 31, 2013
Tab Ramos: 'We're in a great place with room to grow' (Part 1)

Tab Ramos talks about his expanded role with U.S. Soccer.

Interview by Mike Woitalla (from Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider)

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November 15, 2013
Brandi Chastain: 'Give power to the players'

The U.S. national team career of Brandi Chastain, most famous for her title-clinching penalty kick at the 1999 Women's World Cup, spanned from 1988 to 2004 and included 1996 and 2004 Olympic gold medals. Her coaching career, at the youth level and as assistant coach to her husband, Jerry Smith, at Santa Clara University, began while still an active player.

Interview by Mike Woitalla (from Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider)

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