Scott Pugh looks at how ways of identifying talent and potential can focus too much on short-term success for the club rather than a player’s long term development.
Casa Soccer League
New 7 v 7 women’s division will compete for the first time this spring.
A View from Afar / Junior Lone Star FC
With a Junior Lone Star product in Philadelphia Union training camp and eight others inking pro or semipro contracts in the last year, the southwest Philly club seems on the cusp of big things. Will things break their way? PSP’s Dan Walsh explores.
Scott Pugh continues his look at youth soccer development. Topics include the pitfalls of identifying players with a particular position at too early an age and how adults’ desire for wins can negatively impact playing time.
Sons of Ben
Kevin Kinkead talks to Philly native Dan Orlowitz, a soccer writer and photographer based in Japan, about the runaway success of the Sons of Ben Movie at the Tokyo International Football Film Festival.
We all want our kids to play smarter. How can we be smarter as teachers? Scott Pugh continues his look at what we’re doing wrong when it comes to youth soccer development.
Scott Pugh continues his look at youth soccer and says the overemphasis on winning can be detrimental to development.
Scott Pugh describes how practice trumps talent — and the importance of fun when practicing — in the second part of his series on development in youth soccer.