Youth Soccer

How Popular Is Soccer In Canada? A Lot More Than You Might Think

Most people would think of ice hockey as the most popular sport in Canada, and in a sense, you wouldn't be wrong. Hockey is among the most common Canadian stereotypes, along with maple syrup, Tim Hortons and those great Candian accents (oh yah?).

At the professional sports level, this assumption holds true as well. Canada has seven teams in the NHL versus a combined five teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB and MLS.

Frightening Pitch Invasion Interrupts Match At São Paulo's Flagship Youth Tournament

The São Paulo state football federation called for tough action on Sunday after the semifinal of its flagship youth tournament was interrupted when fans invaded the pitch and threatened Palmeiras players.

Only São Paulo supporters were allowed inside the ground for Saturday evening’s semifinal between São Paulo and Palmeiras in the hugely popular tournament for Under-20 players that takes place every January.

With their team trailing 1-0 in stoppage time at least two of them invaded the pitch and threatened Palmeiras players before being restrained.

The Most Hyped Brazilian Teenager Since Neymar Just Hit A Ridiculous Bicycle Kick

Three days ago, The Mirror reported that scouts from Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City were all at the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Junior Championships to watch 15-year-old Palmeiras phenom Endrick — who's already progressed to Brazil's U-20 squad and is spoken of in the same reverent tones that persuaded much of the globe to find an illegal stream of a Santos match to watch the prodigy known as Neymar.

El Talento Corre Por La Familia: Tatiana Flores Hace Un Póquer Para El Chelsea Sub-16

Los aficionados mexicanos sueñan con ver a Marcelo Flores más seguido con el jersey del Tri. El jugador del Arsenal de 18 años ha mostrado un talento fuera de clase y que ilusiona a millones. Sin embargo, Marcelo no es el único miembro de su familia que promete alegrías para el fútbol azteca. También lo hacen sus hermanas Silvana y Tatiana.

Silvana, de 19 años, lleva un tiempo en el plantel del Tottenham; Tatiana, mientras tanto, comienza a brillar en la Sub-16 del Chelsea.

Freddy Adu’s Record As Youngest MLS Signing Broken By Real Salt Lake Phenom

On Monday, Real Salt Lake set a club record by signing its youngest-ever first-team player, 15-year-old Jude Wellings. That record didn’t even last the week. RSL announced on Friday it had signed 14-year-old forward Axel Kei, who broke Freddy Adu’s record for youngest MLS player ever signed to a first-team contract.

El Sabroso Gol Que Marcelo Flores Le Hizo Al Chelsea En La Papa John's Trophy

Marcelo Flores es oficialmente un jugador de la Sub-18 del Arsenal. Sin embargo, los Gunners poco a poco comienzan a foguear al mediocampista mexicano en divisiones mayores del club y hasta lo han invitado a entrenamientos con el primer equipo.

Esta semana en particular, Flores debutó en la categoría Sub-23 y hace unas horas sumó minutos en la Sub-21. En esta última, además, se dio el lujo de convertirle un bello gol al Chelsea en la EFL Papa John's Trophy.

RSL Signs Its Youngest-Ever First-Team Player, 15-Year-Old USYNT Midfielder Jude Wellings

Tuesday marks MLS SuperDraft day, and while it's always fun to see who your team adds and to pore over their college bio page, you ultimately want your club moving in the direction of producing and signing more Homegrown Players through its academy. Real Salt Lake did just that Monday with the addition of 15-year-old midfielder Jude Wellings — who becomes the club's youngest-ever first-team signing.

School Kids Absolutely Lose It With The Appearance Of Riyad Mahrez At AFCON

The reigning Africa Cup of Nations champion Algeria began its title defense Tuesday with a match against Sierra Leone in Douala, meaning it was also time to get a first glimpse of three-time Premier League winner and 2016 African Footballer of the Year Riyad Mahrez.

Sydney Leroux Has Perfectly Reasonable Response To Son Wearing Tottenham Kit

It’s not easy being a single mother. It’s even harder when you’re a professional athlete. But Sydney Leroux sure makes it look easy, or at least fun.

Preseason NWSL camps are less than a month away. With that in mind, Sydney Leroux was in the backyard getting in some training this week with her 5-year-old son, Cassius, who was sporting a full Tottenham kit. Leroux, a 31-year-old Orlando Pride forward and prime Mom of the Year candidate, did what any self-respecting parent would do upon seeing their offspring wearing Spurs colors: kick a ball straight at the kid’s head.

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