The importance of a non-conference schedule has posted it's ugly head as the conference play of NCHSAA boys soccer comes to a close.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to scheduling a non-conference portion of a high school season.  One school promotes the idea that scheduling a tough non-conference schedule will better prepare your players for the conference to come.  The other school promotes the idea of building confidence through an easier non-conference schedule to build momentum into the conference season.

With both these schools of thought, there is merit.  However, each school of thought can have dramatic differences in the outcome of seeding in the NCHSAA State playoffs and coaches are becoming aware and scheduling accordingly (and craftily).

The latest MaxPreps rankings for NCHSAA have been released and there are a lot of moves for lots of teams as we wind down to the final portion of the season.

In the 4A brackets, we have Green Hope topping the rankings at 19-1, followed closely by South Meck at 18-1-1.  3rd place in the 4A brackets are Page at 13-0-1 out of Greensboro.

In the 3A brackets, we have Chapel at 16-1 topping the charts, followed closely by Swansboro at 16-1-1.  3rd place in the 3A seedings are Cox Mill of Concord with an overall record of 17-1-1.

Big changes rolled out this week for the NC Playoffs, and some of those changes have affected the Fall Championships for boys soccer.

Hurricane Matthew caused some widespread panic among soccer coaches in the southeastern portion of North Carolina, leaving many with 3-4 missed conference matches and only a week and a half to make those matches up.  Trying to make those matches up would have left several teams playing multiple matches over a short period of days, which is extremely unhealthy for all the athletes involved, putting many at risk for severe injury.

Due to this, the NCHSAA has proposed what they feel is a solution to the problem, but within the solution could potentially lie another huge problem.

It's that time of year again in NCHSAA Men's soccer when programs are wrapping up their conference matches, and people can start to take a look at how the NCHSAA playoffs will open up.

Teams are coming to the end of their conference schedules, or are at least half-way through, and teams are already eyeing the big prize that is at the end of the proverbial rainbow.

With the weather from Hurricane Matthew threatening the East Coast over the course of the weekend, there is potential that some matches could be postponed at the beginning of the week due to field conditions, and possibly push an already packed conference schedule to become even more packed.  Some of the issues that may arise from that problem are discussed in this article, as well as potential side effects for a team that ends up on the short end of the stick.

Here we go with one of the questions that people have been asking for a long time.  Will an American Coach be able to make it in the Premier League, or will it be a great big bust.  BBC looks to answer some of those questions in their article about Bob Bradley taking over at Swansea City.

Swansea City's new manager Bob Bradley says his appointment is a key moment for United States football. The 58-year-old former USA boss is the first American to manage in the Premier League, following the Swans' sacking of Francesco Guidolin.

After his last game in charge of French side Le Havre, Bradley said: "To go to the Premier League is special. "It's still an opportunity for me, for my family and for American football. That's important."