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ESPN Says Somerville Student Is State's Top Soccer Player

Thayrone Miranda will receive ESPNBoston.com's "Mr. Soccer" award.<p>ESPNBoston.com will give Somerville High School senior Thayrone Miranda the "Mr. …

Map shows which countries call it 'football' and which call it 'soccer'

Redditor reddripper put together this excellent map of what "the beautiful game" is called around the world.<p>It's based on language etymologies. All the pink countries call it "football," or some literal translation of "football." All the blue countries call it "soccer," or some translation of …

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Nike Sets Up Laser Soccer Fields Across Madrid

Nike Football Spain is putting an innovative spin on the concept of pick-up soccer games. Its method? Laser beams.<p>As part of its #MiPista ("my track" …

12-Year-Old Girl's Soccer Ball Juggling Puts David Beckham To Shame

Katelyn Penner isn't your average 12-year-old.<p>When she was 10 years old, she set a personal juggling record of 5,000 touches without the soccer ball hitting the ground, which took her about 50 minutes, according to KPTV.<p>When the soccer lover, from Beaverton, Ore., got bored of that, she started to …

USA vs. Russia Women's Soccer: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

The U.S. women’s national soccer team is one of the best in the world, and it proved as much with a dominant 7-0 victory in a friendly match against Russia. The U.S. women completely dominated the game, extending their impressive streaks of 41 straight games without a loss and 79 straight unbeaten …

USA vs. Russia Women's Soccer: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction for Feb. 13

What's better than a seven-goal win? An eight-goal win of course.<p>Less than a week after dispatching Russia 7-0, the United States slayed the Russian Bear 8-0 Thursday night in Atlanta, per the U.S. women's national team Twitter account:<p>Surely, U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni wanted to ensure that his …

More study needed on the effects of heading in soccer, researchers urge

In a paper published Monday, Toronto researchers warn that not enough attention has been paid to the impact of repetitive heading in soccer.<p>A literature review published in the journal Brain Injury by Dr. Tom Schweizer, director of the neuroscience research program at Toronto's St. Michael's …

Despite rise of soccer academies, high schools have some top talent

"The system is not perfect," Anaheim Servite Coach Jon Spencer said.<p>Spencer, who has one of the top programs in Southern Section Division 1, lost a player he had helped earn a spot on an academy team. The original understanding, according to Spencer, was the player would also be allowed to play …

USA vs. Denmark Women's Soccer: Preview and Prediction for 2014 Algarve Cup

The United States women's national team finds itself in unfamiliar territory.<p>After a draw against Japan and a 1-0 loss to Sweden, the Americans are now guaranteed of missing the Algarve Cup final for just the second time in the last 12 years. Moreover, they are at serious risk of missing out on a …

Nike's World Cup Soccer Shoe Fits Like a Sock

If you’ve ever kicked a soccer ball barefoot, you probably noticed a couple of things. First of all, it kind of hurts. But more importantly, you get …

Ridgewood Soccer Coach's Wife Sues Husband's Anonymous Critics

According to a report, the village woman claims anonymous residents harassed her family and lodged complaints saying her husband fixed soccer tryouts.<p>…

David Beckham makes case to reshape PortMiami with soccer stadium

One of the world’s most famous soccer stars continued to build his case Monday for reshaping the world’s busiest cruise-ship port.<p>David Beckham swept …

Soccer Legend Abby Wambach on Rising As One

U.S. Women's National Team forward and two-time Olympic gold medalist <b>Abby Wambach</b> is no stranger to fierce competition. But in <i>Rise As One</i>, a new …

Here Now, Conceptual Renderings for a Pier 40 Soccer Stadium

An in-the-know Reddit user spilled these beans yesterday: <b>conceptual renderings of a Major League Soccer stadium for Pier 40</b>. (We spotted 'em via Gothamist.) Though discussion of an MLS stadium for NYC has shifted to focus on Queens and the Bronx, Pier 40 was in the running enough to generate these …

Soccer Isn't for Girly-Girls? How Parents Pick the Sports Their Daughters Play

Should a girl do soccer, dance, or chess? It depends on what kind of a woman her mom and dad want her to become.<p>Girls today grow up in a world with an unprecedented set of educational and professional opportunities. More of them will graduate from college and earn advanced degrees than ever before, …

Kick off Spring right with Super Soccer Soccer Stars!

Give soccer a shot with <b>Super Soccer Stars</b> in Andover! Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. …

And The Rebels Win The Game!: Death Star Soccer Ball

This is a $30 Death Star Soccer Ball available from ThinkGeek (originally only available at the Star Wars Celebration in Europe). Of course, most of …

Watch ESPN Soccer Announcer Ian Darke Announce An Amazingly Awkward First Date

This June, Darke will return for the 2014 World Cup, and ESPN is celebrating with a very funny new ad that fulfills a wish made by many a U.S. soccer fan over the past few years: "Wouldn't it be great if Ian Darke could announce my life?"<p>In it, Darke is posted up at a fancy restaurant as a man with …

Plainfield North Girls Soccer Makes Sun Times' List of Top 20 Area Teams

They can bump, kick and pass with the best of them.<p>As the 2014 soccer season gets underway, the Chicago Sun-Times has ranked the top 20 area girls' …

Mayor Duggan's Little Bro Wants a Soccer Stadium In Detroit

Did you know that our mayor, Mike Duggan, has a younger brother? It's true. <b>Dan Duggan</b> is just like Mike, except instead of baldness he has a solid hair helmet, and instead of running a city he runs a semi-pro soccer team called the <b>Michigan Bucks</b>. With some luck, he hopes to move the Bucks to …