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Peter Kokolski
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The sad passing of Wally Russell
Wally Russell via Facebook Soccer friends, I am both shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of one of the soccer communities most existential members, Wally Russell. I was first introduced to Wally very early in my refereeing career and had the...

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FIFA Going to 48 Teams ... Winners and Losers
On 10-JAN-17, FIFA unanimously approved a plan to increase the number of participating teams in the World Cup from 32 teams (established in 1998) to 48 teams. It is my opinion there are some clear winners and some clear losers based on this move by FIFA. Ba...

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The ego of "Legacy"
Well loyal readers of Kicking Back it is a New Year and with it comes some renewed effort around this blog. It's funny as since I have been writing so much in my "day job",  I have found less and less time for this site. I am looking to reverse this trend f...

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#Foudyforpresident
On equal pay, U.S. Soccer has a chance to right FIFA's wrongs When five players -- Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo, on behalf of the World Cup-winning U.S. women's national soccer team -- recently filed a federal comp...

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Great Article from @dutchreferee
See the whole article, "7 tips to stay focused for 90 minutes" here , at Dutch Referee Blog . I'll add a #8 alongside the very worthy (7) points he makes. #8 - Visualize. In preparation for a match visualize the match and decisions you may have to make. Pic...

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"I could have done more ..."
US Soccer Star Abby Wambach: 'I Could Have Done More' to Fight Pay Inequity “Maybe I was a little too scared.” On the soccer pitch, Abby Wambach was a leader. Now, five-and-a-half months after she retired from the game after a 30-year career, she says she’s...

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Equal pay my ...
As I have bloviated about here a few times now, the whole WNT equal pay issue is a bit of a red herring (a logical fallacy) that is IMO nothing more than a way to put pressure on US Soccer regarding the upcoming case regarding the CBA for the WNT. There was...

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MLS updates security
MLS updates security measures at all 20 stadiums Image courtesy of Thefirsteleven.com Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that it will bring security measures at MLS events in line with those of other North American professional sports leagues, with ne...

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From Humble Beginnings
Good News for SA Soccer: Major League Soccer Commissioner Officially Confirms Expansion to 28 Teams As San Antonio's new pro soccer team starts to grind through its inaugural United Soccer League season (San Antonio FC is undefeated through three games , by...

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IFAB announce law changes
IFAB announce law changes ahead of new season as they soften punishment for fouls inside the box and trial video technology The International Football Association Board has unveiled some new laws  From next season the 'triple-punishment' penalty box rule wi...
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