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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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September 21, 2013
Aiming to Bridge Gap Between the Haves and Have-Nots

NorCal President Benjamin Ziemer has launched a Club Outreach Project to aid clubs -- most of which serve Latino youth -- that struggle to meet the demands of the modern American youth soccer structure.

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

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September 17, 2013
Body Language Lessons from Klinsmann et al.

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

A few years ago I arrived at soccer practice in a bad mood for reasons I don't recall. The giggly girls hardly hit a decent pass during the warm-up rondos and I started barking.

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August 01, 2013
Winning's not everything: How to convince parents

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

Coaching young players to increase their chances of excelling at the higher levels can often mean losing games. So how can coaches convince parents not to confuse scorelines with player development progress? Here are a couple of methods that can help coaches show parents how to look for improvement without focusing on wins and losses:

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