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December 23, 2014
Alexi Lalas strikes a chord on foreign clubs coming to USA

"Make no mistake. This is a gold rush. This is a land grab." That's Alexi Lalas after being asked by The Guardian about foreign clubs -- such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Everton -- making ambitious moves into American youth soccer.

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

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December 15, 2014
Ref, Can we talk?

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

Among the feedback we got from last week's column on referee abuse were those who pointed out that sometimes coaches do feel a legitimate need to communicate with the referee -- especially when the coaches believe their players' safety is at risk.

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December 12, 2014
Blaming the Ref Doesn't Work

By Mike Woitalla (from SoccerAmerica.com)

I've long believed that coaches lashing out at referees is a counter-productive practice. After reffing and ARing nearly 40 youth games in the last year -- and surveying other referees -- I'm even more sure of it.

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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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