Youth Soccer

Mini Ronaldo Shows Off His Skills

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly preparing for the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday, but it looks like he may have even more competition coming in the near future. A young Cristiano Ronaldo fan dressed as his hero shows off some serious skill in the yard here, even copying Cristiano Ronaldo's iconic goal celebration.


Let’s get one thing out of the way: these cats are young. They’re like kittens in that sense — feral, attack-minded, alley kittens. It’s easy to get hyped on talent at the FIFA U-20 World Cup because the game, at this age, so heavily favors attackers. The goals are beautiful, but they’re generally scored in acres of space and triggered by a breakdown in midfield or defense.

Count Your Blessings You Didn't Score This Calamitous Long-Range Own-Goal

Xabi Alonso has retired from professional soccer, but his spirit lives on. And by "spirit" we mean "scoring goals from outrageously far away".

Well, sort of.

Did India's U17s Really Beat Italy's U17 National Team? Nope.

There is no doubt that the India U17 World Cup team earned an impressive road victory this week against a strong Italian side, knocking off the hosts 2-0.

There's just one problem with the narrative that arose after the match. The India U17s didn't actually beat the Italy U17 National Team. Instead, they played and won against a team comprised of youth players from clubs in Lega Pro and Lega Pro 2 (the third and fourth tiers of Italian football, respectively).