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Ranting Soccer Dad

30 EpisodesProduced by Beau DureWebsite

Frank but fair conversations and occasional silliness about youth soccer. Support this podcast:

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Intro: Why the US Men Will Never Win the World Cup

October 26th, 2019


A reading of the introduction to my new book is at the 15-minute mark, after a brief autobiography to explain my perspective as an old but still …

RSD 2-7-19: Dan Loney drops by and doesn't talk about pro/rel

February 8th, 2019


We were going to talk about promotion and relegation. Really. We just didn't get around to it.

Dan and I have been talking soccer online for a couple of decades, and we've been accused of being shills for Major League …

RSD short: A meditation on losing and coaching

November 18th, 2018


You can’t fix luck. But can you rethink things? Can you find holes in what you’re being taught? Why do people who follow the rules always lose? If …

RSD 10-9-18: We need refs! Not just me!

October 9th, 2018


One thing we all know but becomes more vivid when you become a referee: We need more referees. A funny story or two from a long weekend on the field illustrates the point.


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RSD short: Funny youth stories, USSF arrogance and NASL spin

September 20th, 2018


How's the new "Play/Practice/Play" model working? Probably not as well for me with the number of kids I'm coaching. That's the first topic here. Then it's funny reffing stories. I get to USSF coaching education …

RSD short Aug 10 2018: On Twitter and Cordeiro

August 10th, 2018


Personal news: I'm boycotting Twitter over the Alex Jones situation and related misdeeds, and The Guardian has just posted my story on Carlos Cordeiro's first six months. Youth soccer news: What can Cordeiro's task …

RSD Short: New US Youth chairman, WoSo and aspirations

August 3rd, 2018


New format for the pod! Today’s topics are the new U.S. Youth Soccer chairman (with some discussion of USSF president Carlos Cordeiro), WoSo and feminism (with some discussion of Hannah Gadsby), and some RSD content …

RSD38: A productive promotion/relegation chat

July 24th, 2018


Soccer writer Kyle Williams joins the podcast this week to talk about promotion and relegation, proving that we can talk about such things without bloodshed.


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RSD37 (pt 2): Shoeless Soccer's Nathan Richardson

July 18th, 2018


This is part two of a lengthy but worthwhile interview with Nathan Richardson, co-author of a book called Shoeless Soccer. The title isn't necessarily advocating that we all toss our boots in the trash, but the book …

RSD37 (pt 1): Drills? Travel? PLAY! Guest: Nathan Richardson

July 18th, 2018


Nathan Richardson, co-author of Shoeless Soccer, joins the podcast this week to talk about the radical yet somewhat globally accepted ideas in his book. Basically, instead of turning soccer into an expensive …

RSD36: Player pathways, college and elite leagues, with Lesle Gallimore

June 8th, 2018


Lesle Gallimore has been head women's soccer coach at the University of Washington since 1994, and she's the current president of United Soccer …

RSD35: Dennis Crowley on putting together a soccer pyramid

May 18th, 2018


Dennis Crowley didn't just start a soccer team. He created a laboratory for "open-source soccer." 

He shares business and financial info on his NPSL club, the Kingston Stockade, on Medium. And though Kingston might not …

RSD34: The USL/youth hybrid Richmond Kickers, with Daryl Grove

May 14th, 2018


The guest is Daryl Grove of the popular Total Soccer Show podcast. The topic is his hometown club, the Richmond Kickers, which has a couple of …

RSD33: Soccer played in Germany, with Ian Plenderleith

May 4th, 2018


Today's guest is an English/American/German soccer writer/referee/parent/coach/player. He's Ian Plenderleith, and we had a good conversation about the differences in the USA and Germany -- at least, as many of them as …

RSD32: Christian Lavers on ECNL/DA, U.S. Club/U.S. Youth competition

April 25th, 2018


Maybe they're not turf wars. Maybe it's just healthy competition.

Christian Lavers is fully immersed in the complicated landscape of U.S. youth …

RSD31: Grassroots and futsal, with Leslie Hamer and Jason Longshore

April 11th, 2018


It’s a futsal/grassroots doubleheader! After a brief intro (no full rant this week), you’ll hear from Leslie Hamer, who works with futsal at every …

RSD30: Announcement time

March 28th, 2018


This week: The Ranting Soccer Dad Guide to Youth Soccer is officially underway. Check out the first couple of entries and support it on Patreon.

In the podcast, I spend about five minutes explaining all that. Then I go …

RSD29: A random but interesting coach/parent, Mike Davitt

March 14th, 2018


Do you know Mike Davitt? Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t, either. He’s a longtime soccer coach who, like many longtime soccer coaches do, also became a soccer parent. He’s originally from Kearny, N.J., hallowed ground …

RSD28: SAY Soccer’s Doug Wood

March 7th, 2018


After today’s explanation of the upcoming Guide to Youth Soccer (3:00) and a rant about promotion/relegation (4:15), my guest (12:30) is Doug Wood, executive director of SAY (Soccer Association for Youth). He starts by …

RSD27: Julie Foudy finds reasons to be optimistic about youth soccer

March 1st, 2018


Today’s guest has an impossible task: Make me feel better about youth soccer, and soccer in general, and youth sports in general … maybe just life in …

RSD26: Charles Boehm on the U.S. Soccer election and youth soccer

January 24th, 2018


This week’s guest, Charles Boehm, is a player, coach, referee and writer -- check out his intro at the 2:45 mark and learned where he played alongside future non-U.S. national teamers. Like me, he was in Philadelphia …

RSD25: Phillypalooza election preview, the disappointing USSF coaching education overhaul, and being nice

January 18th, 2018


Point 1: Why this weekend will be huge for the U.S. Soccer presidential election. (2:02)

Included in that: Why I’m skeptical of current election projections (including a NewsRadio reference), what the Number 1 issue in …

RSD24: An election-related New Year’s resolution

January 3rd, 2018


No interview lined up, so what's the rant this week?

How the United Soccer Coaches convention in Philadelphia might help us reset the …

RSD23: The convoluted U.S. Soccer presidential race and the educational Soccer Parenting Summit

December 13th, 2017


Beau flies solo for the likely 2017 RSD finale and talks about the magnificent seven or the elite eight to reach this stage of the USSF presidential …

RSD22: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Paul Lapointe

December 6th, 2017


If you want to skip Beau's rant on the good and bad of US Club Soccer, Sunil Gulati and Twitter, skip to the 15-minute mark. That's where you'll find …

RSD21: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Eric Wynalda

December 1st, 2017


Eric Wynalda has played in multiple World Cups, Germany, MLS, etc. He's been a successful coach and commentator. 

Yes, we talk about …

RSD20: Mediating the NASL/USSF suit with Neil Morris

November 29th, 2017


Neil Morris covers his local teams -- North Carolina FC and the North Carolina Courage -- for WRAL. His work includes a terrific podcast, the …

RSD19: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Kyle Martino

November 15th, 2017


A vote for Kyle Martino is actually a vote for a network of people that he believes can solve the problems in U.S. Soccer. He’s going to bring them …

RSD18: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Mike Winograd

November 8th, 2017


He doesn't have the name recognition of Eric Wynalda, he hasn't been in the U.S. Soccer inner circle like Carlos Cordeiro, and he hasn't been campaigning as long as Steve Gans. But Mike Winograd is an interesting …

RSD17: Adding tiers to the U.S. soccer cake, with NPSL’s Jef Thiffault

November 1st, 2017


Jef Thiffault is the managing director for the NPSL, an elite amateur league that's been sometimes pulled into promotion/relegation discussions. But …

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