United Soccer Coaches Annual Media Contest


As the game of soccer continues to grow in popularity in the U.S., United Soccer Coaches annually awards those who have chronicled soccer’s personalities, problems, games and development.

The United Soccer Coaches Annual Media Contest recognizes writers and reporters with work published in a newspaper (daily or weekly), magazine, website, television broadcast, or blog covering soccer. Freelance writers published in newspapers, magazines or as special features can also submit published articles.

Stories and features published from Dec. 1, 2016 through Nov. 30, 2017 can be entered into this year's contest. Submissions must be received on or before Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 for consideration.

Winners will be notified late December via email or phone, and publicly recognized at the Media Appreciation Social at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in January. Winners unable to attend the Convention will be mailed their award in late January.

NOTE: One individual author is allowed one submission per category, and up to two submissions for the entire contest. If submitting two entries, please use a separate form for each story.

Articles can fall into the following categories:
  • Deadline/game stories
  • Feature stories (Print/Digital)
  • Column
  • Video feature*
  • Student (College, High School)**
*Video submissions can be made using a video player link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
**Articles written by a college or high school journalist. In this category only, articles can be published in a campus or high school newspaper, or blog.

Click here for nomination information.


Past Winners

2017
Deadline/Game Story: Jane Havsy, Daily Record, "McSorleys propel Delbarton to title"
Feature Story: Jonathan Tannenwald, The Philadelphia Inquirer, "From Bosnian war to Philadelphia peace"
Column: John Halloran, Four Four Two, "Julie Ertz is the answer"
College Student: Jack Dougherty, GoPSUsports.com, "The unsung hero on Penn State's staff"

2016
Deadline/Game Story - Austin Danforth, Burlington Free Press, "Cats Put on a Show"
Feature - Michael Lewis, The Guardian, "Alan Hinton: America's Mr. Soccer"
Column - Jonathan Tannenwald, The Philadelphia Inquirer, "The NWSL Can't Stand Still"
Video - Kwolity Productions, Atlantic10.com, "A-10 Spotlight: Saadiq Mohammed"
College Student - Jonathan Sigal, New England Soccer Journal, "Rosie's Run"
HS Student - Caitlin Buckley, ExcelleSports.com, "Pride and Spirit fans, players stand together"

2015
Deadline/Game Story - Jeff Kassouf, NBCSports.com - “Predicting Carli Lloyd”
Feature - David Kiefer, Stanford University Athletics - “One Night in April”
Column - Ray Alley, Southern Soccer Scene - “Goodbye…to Joe and Alan!”
College Student - Kevin Wheeler, University of Pittsburgh - “Playing to Survive”

2014
Deadline: Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com - “Gedion Zelalem debuts on America’s soccer stage”
Column: Charles Cuttone, Soccer News Net - “Cuttone’s Concepts: Threads in soccer’s colorful tapestry”
Feature: Mike Zhe, New England Soccer Journal - “United Nations of Hebron”
College Student: Jake Zalesky, California Baptist University - "Scoring Oliver Goals"
Video: Bryan Navarro/Richard Kilwien, SMCGaels.com - “Battling leukemia, Morro returns to Men’s Soccer team”

2013
Deadline/Game Story: Todd Simmons, SILive.com - "New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire: The Supporters' Shield is Here"
Feature Story: Liviu Bird, Freelance Soccer Reporter - "A Game Worth Living For: Santa Maria Rivera's Story (Soccerwire.com)"
Column: Michael Lewis, BigAppleSoccer.com - "Offside Remarks: By Not Playing, Michael Bradley Again Proves How Indispensable He Really is to USMNT"
Video Feature: Kevin Copp, Georgia IMG Sports Marketing - "Laura Eddy: The Long Road Back"
College Student: Ryan Bacic, The Hoya (Georgetown University) - "From the Cellar to the Ceiling"
High School Student: Morgan Andrews, Milford High School - "Under Pressure (Our Game Magazine)"

2012
Feature stories: Tim Goodenow, WVUsports.com - "The Long Road Back"
Column: Michael Lewis - "Offside Remarks: Sundhage meant more than just wins and titles"
Deadline/Game Stories: Jane Allison Havsy - "With heavy hearts, Randolph boys win state soccer match"
High School Student: Morgan Andrews - "Impossibility is Nothing"

2011
Deadline/Game Story: Michael Lewis, TropiGol.com, - “Source: Klinsmann to be Named U.S. Coach”
Non-Deadline/Feature: Chris Miller, Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News, - “Home At Last”
Column: Mike Woitalla, SoccerAmerica.com, - “If MLS Wants Kids to Watch...”
College: Michael Lewis, NCAA Women’s College Cup Program, - “Quite a Comeback”
Student: Jeff Kassouf, EqualizerSoccer.com, - “Unique Culture Helps Messiah Soccer Dominate”