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San Lorenzo through on dramatic day

FIFA - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:00am
Qualification spots were decided in the Copa Libertadores, with San Lorenzo progressing in particularly dramatic circumstances.

63 days to go

FIFA - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 2:24am
FIFA.com is counting down to the FIFA World Cup with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. We continue with a look at one of England’s greatest strikers.

63 days to go

FIFA - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 2:24am
FIFA.com is counting down to the FIFA World Cup with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. We continue with a look at one of England’s greatest strikers.

Two very special Namibians

FIFA - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 2:23am

In the Video of the Week, we take a trip to Namibia to meet two very special people who have overcome adversity to achieve great things in the world of sport.

Maybe Your Kids Don't Want To Play Sports

Sports Are 80 Percent Mental - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:54pm
Has this happened to you?  Your daughter comes home from soccer practice and defiantly declares, “I can’t stand my coach, my team is awful and I don’t even like soccer.  I quit!”  Your parental thermostat kicks in as you try to gently lower the temperature in the room with those responses that all kids despise, “Oh, come on now, it can’t be that bad” or “But you’re good at soccer” and finally, “You know our rule, once you start something, you have to finish it. You can’t quit.”

You’ll talk to her coach, you’ll buy her new cleats, even get her on a better team.  But as parents, we often don’t even consider the remote possibility that… wait for it…. our child does not want to play soccer, or basketball or golf or even Aussie rules football.
Well-meaning articles about the tragedy of kids quitting sports are just a Google search away (heck, I even wrote one.)  Usually, we place the blame elsewhere with the assumption that all kids love sports, so if mine doesn’t then something must be wrong with the system.  Instead, we should delve deeper into the unique interests and needs of our son or daughter to find out if there is a better matched activity out there that doesn’t involve a ball, puck or $200 shoes.
To begin this discovery, we turn to Dr. Stuart Brown, author of Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul and founder of the National Institute for Play.  After years as a psychiatrist and researcher trying to understand why violent criminals became who they are (lack of childhood play), he has become the authoritative voice campaigning for more play time for kids in school and at home. 
“The act of play itself may be outside of ‘normal’ activities,” he wrote in Play. “The result [of play] is that we stumble upon new behaviors, thoughts, strategies, movements, or ways of being. We see things in a different way and have fresh insights.”                Since the 2009 release of his book and his corresponding TED talk, which has had close to 1 million views, the science of play has received some serious attention.  This week at Clemson University, over 200 attendees heard Brown’s keynote speech at the 2014 conference of the US Play Coalition, a cross-section of academics, recreation professionals and health care experts.  Dozens of sessions focused on one single objective, getting kids into play activities that they enjoy.
To help organize all of these activities into a framework based on research, Brown introduced seven “patterns of play” that captures the evolution of fun interactions throughout a child’s life.
-  Attunement Play - getting connected to each other-  Body Play and Movement - learning how we move in the world-  Object Play - understanding physical objects and how to interact with them-  Social Play - getting along with others-  Imaginative and Pretend Play - exploring other possibilities-  Storytelling and Narrative Play - building communication skills-  Transformative, Integrative and Creative Play - problem solving with creativity
Part of Brown’s ongoing research is to understand how each of these play states changes the brain and benefits child development.  “Neuroscientists, developmental biologists, psychologists, social scientists, and researchers from every point of the scientific compass now know that play is a profound biological process,” Brown said in a recent presentation.
While youth sports can fulfill one or two of the “patterns of play”, your child may need new opportunities to grow and develop.  Sit down with each of your kids and take Thrively’s Strength Explorer.  Explore other possibilities.  It’s OK if there is no trophy at the end of the day.

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Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid Reach Semifinals

NYT Goal blog - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:49pm
Bayern Munich woke up against Manchester United only after falling behind.






Count down to Rio with FIWC Fridays

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:39pm

The FIFA Interactive World Cup is counting down the days until the 2014 Grand Final, taking place in Rio de Janeiro on 2 and 3 July, in style with a new batch of weekly FIWC Fridays contests!

Blatter shares in Samoa's sadness

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:08pm
FIFA President Blatter has written a letter to the Samoa Football Federation (SFF) upon learning that their President and OFC Executive Committee member, Toetu Petana, passed away at the age of 51.

Countdown to 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Day 64

NYT Goal blog - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:04pm
At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Japan will have another opportunity to show the world if it can live up to its nickname, the Brazil of Asia.






Stadio Olimpico in EURO 2020 host bid

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:36am
The Italian Football Federation have nominated the Stadio Olimpico as their only potential host for UEFA EURO 2020, with Rome hoping to be one of the 13 cities set to host the tournament.

McCarthy: The fans make World Cups

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:52am
As a player at Italy 1990 and a coach at Korea/Japan 2002, Mick McCarthy has enjoyed two different experiences at FIFA World Cups and in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com he reflects on them both.

McCarthy: The fans make World Cups

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:52am
As a player at Italy 1990 and a coach at Korea/Japan 2002, Mick McCarthy has enjoyed two different experiences at FIFA World Cups and in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com he reflects on them both.

Host cities of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 announced

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:46am
Following a meeting in Vina del Mar, FIFA and the LOC have named the eight cities that will host the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015, to be held from 17 October to 8 November next year.

Klinsmann expecting German progression

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:31am
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann is expecting his native Germany to already be bound for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil knockout stages when they meet in Group G, but hopes to pull off a sensational win against them.

Klinsmann expecting German progression

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:31am
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann is expecting his native Germany to already be bound for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil knockout stages when they meet in Group G, but hopes to pull off a sensational win against them.

Global Soccer: Dortmund Falls Short of a Miracle Against Madrid

NYT Goal blog - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:23am
Marco Reus was the architect and very nearly the executioner of a remarkable dream against Real Madrid on Tuesday.






Farina appointed to Youth Olympics Games role

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:37am
FIFA Ambassador for Fair Play, Simone Farina, has been appointed an Athlete Role Model for the upcoming Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

64 days to go

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:08am
FIFA.com is counting down to the FIFA World Cup with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. Today, we look at the contrast between 2014’s 64-game tournament and the first edition in 1930.

64 days to go

FIFA - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:08am
FIFA.com is counting down to the FIFA World Cup with a corresponding trivia fact on every one of the final 100 days. Today, we look at the contrast between 2014’s 64-game tournament and the first edition in 1930.

Sports Briefing: Real Madrid Advances to Semifinals

NYT Goal blog - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:21am
Real Madrid reached the semifinals of the Champions League on Tuesday despite losing, 2-0, at Borussia Dortmund in a second-leg match.






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