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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Not familiar with AYSO?
    We have always participated in this system.
    http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/

    It's not linked to the championship series as far as I know.
    http://www.lvsoccer.org/about.aspx

    Isn't this the main national youth soccer association?
    http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/aboutus/WhatIsYouthSoccer/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    We have always participated in this system. AYSO looks like a rec system, as it doesn't appear to be linked to USSF.

    http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/
    It is an independent rec league, that is correct. And it is probably the biggest league--in terms of participants--in the entire country. They've been operating for 50 years are have programs in every single state across the country. It is incredible to me that you, a soccer parent and fan, are not familiar with AYSO.

    They don't have the same goals as USSF. AYSO's goals are to expose kids to soccer and do it in a way that maximizes that exposure and the kids' enjoyment of the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    It is an independent rec league, that is correct. And it is probably the biggest league--in terms of participants--in the entire country. They've been operating for 50 years are have programs in every single state across the country. It is incredible to me that you, a soccer parent and fan, are not familiar with AYSO.

    They don't have the same goals as USSF. AYSO's goals are to expose kids to soccer and do it in a way that maximizes that exposure and the kids' enjoyment of the game.
    Well I admit to being a fan, but my involvement with youth soccer began with my kids. When we were directed to competitive soccer, we were directed to USSF, and told the other stuff was just rec stuff, so I never investigated it. My wife is a national level coach with USSF, so I am certain she must know about that organization, but she has always been involved at the highly competitive level. I confess to knowing almost nothing about rec soccer.
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    Yeah, so the rule is for U11 from USSF. Here they combine age groups, so there is only U10,U12, U14, U16 so by rule the U12 cannot head the ball because it contains U11 players. Hence my confusion. If you have been watching U12 that is only that year, then heading would be allowed.

    We live in to small an area for club soccer, so AYSO is it. Our little region is fairly competitive and will play in tournaments with clubs (non AYSO) from other areas and compete well.

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    The draw is today.

    I am not getting over this. It may end up being the biggest disappointment in the history of my fandom.

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    Also, find out who you should cheer for with the US out:

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com...espn:frontpage

    I got South Korea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha 680 View Post
    Also, find out who you should cheer for with the US out:

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com...espn:frontpage

    I got South Korea.
    I can't stand south korea. Hope all of their speed skaters fall in the upcoming olympics.

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    Serbia!!!!

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    Go Switzerland!!!
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    Iceland. Should work out for me about as well as if the US had made it.

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    Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Mexico.

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    I can't believe Italy and the Netherlands aren't in it. lol at Morocco and Iran, good luck with Spain and Portugal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Traitor.
    That's kind of how I felt when I saw it pop up on the screen.
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    No real "Group of Deaths". I guess without Italy, Netherlands, Chile, and even US, it makes for easier groups.

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    I got Belgium

    Allez les bleus!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    No real "Group of Deaths". I guess without Italy, Netherlands, Chile, and even US, it makes for easier groups.
    Closest is Mexico's group. South Korea is the worst and they are no pushover. If Zlatan comes out of retirement, Mexico is going to have a hard time going through.

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    I got Russia. Maybe trump and I can get to watch our boys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    I got Belgium

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    World Cup starts this week. Should be awesome. So sad that US is not in it, mainly because that so much affects how it is marketed and the interest level the general public has. My top 10 with World Cup win probabilities:

    1 Germany 18%
    2 Brazil 16%
    3 France 12%
    4 Spain 8%
    5 Argentina 7%
    6 Belgium 6%
    7 Italy (failed to qualify)
    8 England 2%
    9 Portugal 2%
    10 Uruguay 2%

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    I still can't do this. Maybe when the games start.

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    There are not really any group of deaths this time. The super powers are all spread out well. Group D is probably the toughest, with three top 20 teams in Argentina, Croatia, and Nigeria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    There are not really any group of deaths this time. The super powers are all spread out well. Group D is probably the toughest, with three top 20 teams in Argentina, Croatia, and Nigeria.
    What about Germany's group? It looks as if Mexico may struggle to advance out of that group with Sweden and South Korea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    World Cup starts this week. Should be awesome. So sad that US is not in it, mainly because that so much affects how it is marketed and the interest level the general public has. My top 10 with World Cup win probabilities:

    1 Germany 18%
    2 Brazil 16%
    3 France 12%
    4 Spain 8%
    5 Argentina 7%
    6 Belgium 6%
    7 Italy (failed to qualify)
    8 England 2%
    9 Portugal 2%
    10 Uruguay 2%
    If anybody other than Germany, France, Brazil or Spain won, I'd be shocked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    What about Germany's group? It looks as if Mexico may struggle to advance out of that group with Sweden and South Korea.
    FIFA rankings have Mexico at 15, Sweden at 24, Korea at 57. Sometimes FIFA rankings are way out of whack, but I agree with these generally. Korea always seems to play above their heads at World Cup, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    If anybody other than Germany, France, Brazil or Spain won, I'd be shocked.
    I think there is huge talent differential. Germany and Brazil are better than everyone else. And France, Spain, Argentina, Belgium are way better than below them. And then the top 12 or so are a lot better than below that. But the nature of soccer with one game instead of a seven game series and one goal determining outcome of a game usually, there are a lot more upsets. Portugal won the last Eurocup.

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    I would love to see England make a run but they are a cursed nation in international soccer lately.

    Second favorite would be Mexico but I don’t think they are very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    I think there is huge talent differential. Germany and Brazil are better than everyone else. And France, Spain, Argentina, Belgium are way better than below them. And then the top 12 or so are a lot better than below that. But the nature of soccer with one game instead of a seven game series and one goal determining outcome of a game usually, there are a lot more upsets. Portugal won the last Eurocup.
    I agree with your assessment. Is Neuer healthy? I'd be surprised to see Portugal pull off another upset, but Belgium might sneak in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    World Cup starts this week. Should be awesome. So sad that US is not in it, mainly because that so much affects how it is marketed and the interest level the general public has. My top 10 with World Cup win probabilities:

    1 Germany 18%
    2 Brazil 16%
    3 France 12%
    4 Spain 8%
    5 Argentina 7%
    6 Belgium 6%
    7 Italy (failed to qualify)
    8 England 2%
    9 Portugal 2%
    10 Uruguay 2%
    I'm confused. Why is Italy included here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I'm confused. Why is Italy included here?
    You're easily confused. That is my world rankings top 10. notice in parenthesis "failed to qualify" after Italy.

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