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Only in America: A ban on cheering youth soccer

A youth soccer league bans sideline cheering — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A youth soccer league in Ohio banned cheering on the sidelines to keep overzealous parents in check. The Thunder United Metro Futbol Club's "silent soccer'' program forbids parents from shouting, screaming, or making verbal comments of any kind. "It's hard to go to a sporting event and not yell," complained grandparent Jim Speers.