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David Beckham appears on Sesame Street

He's an elite soccer star, one half of a popular celebrity couple, and one heck of an underwear model. But David Beckham is also a dad and a soccer coach. This summer, Becks is showing his softer side by taking on a new challenge -- Oscar the Grouch....

Kids battle over Beckham jersey

Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star David Beckham was just trying to be a nice guy when he passed his sweaty soccer jersey to a young fan in the stands after a game in Honolulu last February. He had no way of knowing that his kind gesture would end the...

High school sports: What's the risk of injury?

Team sports are an excellent way for kids to get exercise, learn a new skill, and become a better team player. But sports are also inherently risky. Some parents may worry that their child will get hurt during play, and it can be hard to know how to...

Muslim teen benched for wearing headscarf during soccer game

Every Saturday when Ellie suits up for her soccer game, she begs to be allowed to wear something other than the plain white shorts that are part of the uniform. Despite her desire to make a fashion statement on the field, I insist that she wear the...

YouTube soccer star recruited by Manchester

I'll admit that I don't spend a lot of time poking around YouTube. It's a time issue and I usually have better things to do with mine. But many of you who do check out the videos on YouTube may have seen a 9-year-old Australian named Rhain Davis...

Soccer moms beware: your soccer player might have a smaller brain

A recent study of college aged soccer players has shown them to have small amounts of brain tissue shrinkage. For those of us who are soccer moms and have avid soccer players in our homes, this is not the best news. The study used MRI's to scan a...

When soccer moms attack

I'm purposefully brainwashing my daughter into enjoying sports. We go to games, play baseball out in the yard, watch sports on TV -- you name it. Partially it's because all my friends are artsy types who wouldn't know the difference between a fast...

Brooklyn Beckham and Suri Cruise, future super couple?

Many things happen on the sidelines of a soccer game. Fans shout and sometimes behave badly. Bets are won or lost. Dreams are launched by young children. And sometimes new best friends are made. Could this be the case for young Brooklyn Beckham and...

Brain surgery to help young friend with dystonia

My 14 year-old son and his merry group of friends are among some of my most favorite people in the world. They are bumbling, sometimes awkward young men, but they are also full of life and excitement for the future. One of the boys, Paul, is one of...

In praise of the average child

Ellie is what I would consider to be an average child. She isn't the star of her soccer team, she didn't start reading at two years old and she is a so-so ballerina. Actually, she might be a less than so-so when it comes to ballet, but that's another...

From the sidelines: the incessant ranting of other parents

As I have mentioned before I am a soccer mom. It's not a role I would have chosen of my own free will; I am not much of a team player and I don't work well with others when a flying ball is involved. But my children love to play soccer. Every fall...

Mom strands teen on highway after bad soccer game

I know high school sports can be competitive, but this is ridiculous. Some Nebraska mom slapped her teenage daughter, and then stranded her by the side of the highway -- all because of a disappointing performance in a soccer game. Fortunately, a...

Enraged soccer fan karate kicks 8-year-old player

It appears watching 8-year-olds play soccer proved just a little too frustrating for one German man, who, after one player committed a foul, ran onto the field and attacked the offender with a karate kick. Fortunately the other spectators were quick...

A soccer team for refugee children

The game of soccer has caused quite a stir in one Georgia town; so much that the mayor decided that the game wasn't allowed in the town park. According to him, it was made for "football and baseball," but not soccer. Why? Much of it has to do with...

Life as Soccer Mom: the protective gear

Soccer is one of the only full contact sports that does not require any sort of head protection. In a world where nearly every sort of activity involves head covering of one type or another, I find this rather surprising. My children have helmets for...

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