Here are the steps needed to become a USSF Grassroots Referee. As soccer is gaining popularity in the United States, there is a need for more quality trained referees each season.
No one had heard of Javier Hernandez, also known as Chicharito, before he sign to Manchester United. Now, he's a cult hero.
In the 2010s, Iceland was one of football's biggest risers, having risen over 100 spots over five years. Relive Iceland's long struggle to get to prominence, including its worst ranking in 2012 before a near-miss at reaching the 2014 World Cup.
The Messi-Ronaldo debate is so compelling, their greatness will be debated for years to come. This article attempts to offer an in depth explanation of the two greatest soccer players of all time
Nearly 14 years after qualifying for the 2004 Asian Cup, Turkmenistan qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup. Revisit the Central Asian nation's rises and falls across the years since the 2004 Asian Cup.
Who gets the most red cards? Find out with this list of stats and videos of the football players with the worst red card rates in the history of the Premier League.
Manchester United cannot seem to get their formation and selection right. From players not playing in their preferred positions to a lack of attacking play, how should the team line up in 2018/19?
Many of Europe's top football leagues, while oozing quality and talent, are often accused of stifling predictability. They often leave fans bemoaning the continuing dominance of certain clubs. This serves serves to offer alternatives and showcase the most competitive football leagues in Europe.
After Uganda's return to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017, another east African nation returned to Africa's premier tournament after a 39-year absence. In 2019, Tanzania capped off its best campaign in nearly four decades. Relive Tanzania's historic journey to Egypt.
Many talented football (soccer) players have graced the pitch, yet some seem to escape the memories of today's fans. Here's a list of who I consider to be the 10 most underrated players.
Chelsea are a club that aren't especially known for their loyalty towards players and managers at Stamford Bridge. It's an approach that is as controversial as it is successful. However, how many more trophies might Chelsea have won if they had kept a hold of these gems?
Arsenal is, in terms of trophies at least, the third biggest club in the Premier League right now. And whilst the side might have fallen on slightly harder times recently, they still boast plenty of talent amongst their ranks. We take a look through their squad and see who is really world class.
FIFA has 17 established laws or rules of football (soccer). These can be applied for kids' games, adult games (intramural and pickup games), for coaching, and for refereeing. These regulations are reviewed annually. Learn the rules of the game and learn to play!
English football clubs commemorate their famous players with statues. We have picked the top ten images and include historical descriptions, the name of the sculptor, and the date the statue was unveiled.
This article features a video compilation of the best men's football (soccer) teams, with statistics, trophy wins, and notable players.
Which football player has had the most successful career—is it Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, or someone else? It's time to settle the dispute with the one thing that can't be argued: numbers.
For my first addition of On Your Ed, I will be focusing on my top 5 Premier League Strike Partnerships.
A lot has been made of Harry Kane's supposed 'August curse' in the Premier League, but how ineffective really is the Englishman in the opening month of the football calendar?
Footballers are not brain surgeons, and here's the proof—the wit and wisdom of some of the best players ever to kick a ball. To be honest, I had trouble keeping it down to 50 stupid quotes. Enjoy!
See videos for 10 controversial moments from football history. Including Maradona's Hand of God and Theirry Henry.
Most professional goalkeepers are at least 1.8 meters (5'11") tall, yet the following short goalkeepers were able to have successful professional careers despite standing below 1.73 meters (5'8").
Iceland stunned the footballing world with its quarterfinal appearance at Euro 2016 in its debut. Three years later, Madagascar emulated that feat in a more improbable fashion. Relive the journey that Madagascar undertook.
Professional soccer is changing rapidly in the United States, and I believe now is a particularly eventful time for the American soccer pyramid. Let's explore what could be in store for the structure of American soccer in the years to come.
The Premier League has carved out a reputation for being home to countless amounts of shocking and legendary games that have stunned the football world. Read on to see our take on some of the most shocking of losses conjured up since 2010.
Real Madrid have demonstrated how the game of soccer should be played. Although, who could ever live up to the previous generation of players, featuring talent such as Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane and (Brazilian) Ronaldo? Read on to find out.
It's so much fun to see a soccer star in action. The way they play the field is remarkable. But at some point, their careers must come to an end. Here's a brief introduction to the best soccer players that have ever played the game.
The first all English Champions League final ever, the 2008 Champions League Final saw the two titans of the English game at the time fight tooth and claw, only to be separated by the most infamous penalty shootout in the history of the English game.
Players exceed fans' expectations every season in the English Premier League. Here are 5 players I think will perform well in the 2018/19.
Mauritania was one of three nations that debuted at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Relive the West African nation's journey from figurative doormat to revitalized nation after surviving three major footballing droughts.
No nation shocked the footballing world in 2016 more than when Guinea-Bissau qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Relive the journey of this West African nation up to and including the tournament..
Tackling is one of two ways to regain possession of the ball in association football, with interception being the other. The difference with the interception is that it does not involve a challenge on the opponent, whereas tackling does.
Here is an analysis and commentary on English football's biggest match. Manchester United and Liverpool are two of the most revered names in world club football. Learn about their colourful history in the EPL.
Arguably the most infamous football match of the last twenty years, Liverpool stunned the entire world with a scarcely believable comeback against European giants A.C. Milan in 2005. We take a look back at that unforgettable night in Istanbul and relieve the drama unfolding...
Goalkeeping is a very tough job. Protecting the net from 10 other players is not an easy task for one man. There are a number of strikers who pose a problem for the goalkeepers. Here are five amazing goalkeepers who Cristiano Ronaldo has scored against.
The Asian Cup saw notable firsts, close calls, and a historic result. We look back at all that unfolded, beginning in Thailand and ending with Iraq's triumph.
With the 2010s drawing to a close, we thought we would take a look back at some of the world's greatest footballing rivalries over the decade, including fiery moments and what exactly made them so special.
Football is arguably the biggest sport on the planet. According to FIFA, around 265 million people, or 4% of the world population, are actively involved in football. Here are the 10 biggest football clubs which are followed by people around the globe.
Manchester United have declined dramatically, with 'world class' hardly being a term used to describe the current roster of players. However, objectively speaking, which players really have the capacity to be world class one day for United?
The World Cup is the biggest sports tournament in the world. It is celebrated for producing the most famous—and infamous—moments in soccer history.
Looking for a list of the 10 best soccer or football players of all time? Are you wondering what countries and teams they played for? Look no further—here's a list of some of the most iconic players from around the world.
The English game is one of football's most celebrated and competitive. Plenty of sides have enjoyed time at the top. However, only five can make it into this list of the country's greatest ever clubs.
Sergio Aguero has played over 300 games for Manchester City, scored 200 goals and won four Premier Leagues. Why then do I think he's also one of the most criminally underrated players to ever play in England?
Birmingham City Football Club, also known as 'Blues', are an English footballing institution, but how much do you know about them? This article will highlight a few interesting and surprising facts about the team.
Jose Mourinho is arguably one of the most influential men in footballing history. He has claimed the Premier League title three times across two tenures with Chelsea between 2004 and 2015, but which was the best?
Messi and Ronaldo have been dominating football for fifteen years now. They have won ten Ballon D'ors between them and easily remain the two most influential players on the planet, both on and off the pitch. But the end of this era could be on the horizon, so who could be their replacements?
Scottish football may not get the attention that its neighbor south of the border does, but it is a compelling league full of iconic teams, compelling characters and a host of interesting facts.
This article will take a look at some of the best and most entertaining UEFA Champions League finals to have been contested since the competition was renamed in 1992.
The new decade of the 2020s is upon us, so we thought we would look back at the first season of the previous decade to see just how far the game has come. We take a look back at the 2009/10 season down below, the first campaign to see in the 2010s.
One of the most intense finals in recent times, the 2018 Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool had it all. Goals, drama and tension for both sets of fans played out across ninety minutes as Zidane's Madrid side romped to their third consecutive European title.
Extending the life of the gloves by washing and repairing is worth the time by saving money and keeping the gloves ready for the next diving save.
New Zealand was the story at the 2010 World Cup as it finished as the tournament's only unbeaten country, emerging from the doldrums of nearly three decades. Revisit the epic journey that included the 1-1 draw with then reigning World Cup champions Italy.
Park Ji Sung signed for Manchester United in 2005 and won everything there is to win at the club. Well regarded by all those around him, we look at what makes him one of the most special players United has ever produced.
A look at some of the key factors which helped Arsenal crush their North London rivals at the Emirates Stadium on December 2nd, 2018.
The English Premier League (EPL) is one of the most exciting and popular leagues in the world, but it can be confusing to new fans. Allow me, a lifelong fan of the game, to explain it to you.
Everyone remembers the likes of Rooney/Ronaldo and Shearer/Sutton. However, the Premier League has seen countless duos that haven't quite enjoyed the same longevity in people's memories. In this article, we pay homage to some of the most underrated Premier League strike partnerships.
The popularity of soccer has exploded in America. But all is not well with the sport at a recreational level. Read on to learn why.
On its 33rd qualifying campaign across eight decades, Finland qualified for a major tournament, Euro 2020. Relive the nation's long journey that included a "golden generation" and its search for the manager who was a school teacher at one point.
In 2012, African football began with Zambia's historic triumph and ended with 15 nations, including the Cape Verde Islands, qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Relive the year in review, which also featured a newcomer in South Sudan.
Soccer is one of the most beloved sports in the whole world, but for some reason, soccer has not adopted and loved in the United States. But even those who seem to hate soccer can grow to love what is called "The Beautiful Game."
Many youth players have ambitions of playing college soccer at a large, well-known Division 1 program. In this article, I detail several key reasons why it might not be such a good idea to pursue D1 at all costs.
Liverpool are set to close out 2019 on the verge of their very first Premier League title. They are one of the oldest and grandest football clubs around the world and have had numerous legends grace the pitch through the years. We take a look at some of them here.
The Bundesliga is home to some of the most technical and competent players in European football. With some of the finest coaches on the continent, it's unsurprising to see so many genuinely gifted players slip right under the nose of football fans up and down the land. Check some of them out here.
The 2019 Asian Cup marked the first major tournament for the Central Asian Nation. Relive the journey from struggling within Central Asia to its historic qualification for the tournament.
The 2012-13 season marked the end of an era for the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United for the final campaign, crowning themselves as Champions of England for a record 20th time. But how was the rest of the league looking?
This technology hopes to eliminate the element of human error in World Cup decisions, but its biggest challenge remains its correct use.
Let's look at the top 10 best soccer (football) goals ever. I've compiled videos that feature amazing shots by Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, among others.
The 4-4-2 formation in British football is a staple of the game. However, it is becoming increasingly rarer. Is this its last chance?
The Premier League is easily the most watched sports league in the world, regularly drawing in millions of viewers from around the world each week. Despite this, it's easy to slip in between the cracks and become something of an underrated gem. Here's our take on the league's underrated pros.
Can loyalty be a liability? Here is a team's worth of football players who wasted their talent by staying loyal for too long.
May 26, 2020, marked the 21st anniversary of the historic treble when legends were forged and a living legend, Sir Alex Ferguson, was en route to becoming the greatest manager of all generations. Let us take a look at their incredible 10-day journey in May 1999.
Christian Pulisic is one of the most exciting American players in the world of soccer. He's gone from playing in the United States to the English Premier League, via Germany, with many accomplishments along the way.
No nation defied all odds to qualify for a major tournament other than Yemen did to reach the 2019 Asian Cup. Relive the journey away from home for this nation that culminated with the historic qualification.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Colombia was torn by drug violence. Yet in the midst of all this, soccer thrived and reached its golden age. The unlikely reason? Drug money that was poured into players, teams, and stadiums.
Revisit nearly nine decades of memorable matches, controversial moments, and even some karma at the 1966 and 2010 World Cups between England and Germany.
This article features a video compilation of current players who tarnish the reputation of the game, including John Terry, Ronaldo, and other players from the English Premier League and Spanish La Liga.
The football world is never short of opinions. Everyone has a favourite player and individuals who they love to hate. We take a look at some of history's most famous players throughout the years, putting them under the microscope to see if they get the level of recognition they deserve.
Meet the stars of Euro 2012. This article discusses the best player from each country represented at the 2012 European Championships, including Andrea Pirlo and Zlatan Ibrahimovich.
We discover strength and conditioning barefoot and how we can prevent soccer injuries. As we discover a better understanding, we can influence the training in sports that emphasize movements and help decrease and prevent astronomical injuries; keeping players happy and healthy!
The Roman Abramovich era has witnessed glorious chapters in the history of English as well as European football. Let us take a look at the 5 greatest signings who revolutionized Chelsea under the Roman Abramovich era.
With Manchester City and Liverpool scoring so many goals last campaign, they have made it incredibly difficult to predict the golden boot winner this season. Will a household name lift the award this season, or will a new name enter the fray?
The five best soccer leagues in the world that every soccer fan should follow. The leagues include the worlds best soccer players from many different countries and provide the best in soccer entertainment.
Celtic and Rangers are collectively known as the Old Firm. Not only are they the most successful football clubs in Scotland, but they also contest one of the fiercest football rivalries in the world.
What sets the EPL apart from other European leagues? Is it the money, the TV coverage, the players? Or could it simply be the quality of football played? This article will set you thinking.
This article takes a look at the most ridiculously long and complicated names of footballers. These would surely take some time to memorize or be able to write without checking on spelling.
With soccer camps not getting any cheaper, it becomes increasingly difficult to give your child an opportunity to succeed at the sport they are passionate about.
England is the country that invented, codified, and spread the game of soccer. Yet the island nation has achieved only one World Cup victory. The year was 1966, and a remarkable group of players and a determined coach made it happen.
The Premier League has become known as the most competitive football league in the world; having a keen understanding for its ins and outs therefore is absolutely vital. It's not so uncommon therefore to see players return to their clubs and take the reigns as their managers.
Here are the top 10 best football (soccer) players of all time, including Maradona, Pele and Cruyff. I have included YouTube videos to showcase the players' skills.
After narrowly missing out on the 2014 World Cup, Iceland hoped to continue its ascent. What followed saw Iceland soar to new heights, including its historic achievement at Euro 2016.
A look at some of the tallest goalkeepers in the world. These soccer players stand at least 6'7". That is pretty rare in the world of association football, where the average player stands at 5'9".
After big-name teams such as Italy, Netherlands, and the United States crashed out of World Cup qualifying in 2017, there were discussions about whether there are too many foreigners in each country's league, specifically Italy's. This notion is not only misguided but also insulting.
The 2012 Champions League Final was one of the most drama-filled and action-packed football matches of its generation, with most football fans still scratching their heads at how Chelsea were able to overcome Bayern Munich in their own ground. Read on to see how the drama unfolded.
With the 2010s now nearly at an end, we thought we would take a quick look back at the true giants of the footballing world who graced the pitch over the decade in the Premier League.
Old Trafford has seen countless English greats come and go. They will be etched in our memory for years to come.
Very few players have the ability to play under Sir Alex Ferguson for 12 whole years. Fewer players than that have the ability to slot in every single position across a football pitch. None have ever done it better than John O'Shea.
No nation overcame all odds to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations more than Burundi in 2019. Relive this unprecedented qualification whose roots began with notable victories in the 1990s.
Whether you call it football or soccer, this is a game with many formation styles that have evolved over time. Here are some of the most revolutionary tactics that have changed the game.
Football can often be as entertaining away from the pitch than on it. The biggest transfers always generate a great deal of interest, but for every deal that goes through, there are many that fall just short.
Many parents would like to coach their child's sports teams, but most don't know all that's involved. Here are some tips to make coaching youth sports enriching and fun!
After years of gut-wrenching fails, Uganda ended a 39-year drought to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in 2016. Relive the road that got Uganda back on Africa's global stage, including a notable chance to dethrone the African champions in 2012.
With the 2010s now drawing to a close, this is the best point to look back and reflect on what has been a thrilling decade of football. United fell, City rose and a new team rules supreme in North London. It might look like very different, but who has excelled the most?
The Blues have signed at least one player for more than £20 million in every season since 2011. The Chelsea owner hasn't been afraid to break the bank with the recently inflated transfer market value. Let us look at the five most expensive signings by the Blues.