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Talent, Tryouts and Trainers, Oh My! Is Youth Soccer On the Right Path?

It was a big deal!I remember it very plainly.My parents, brothers and I would all sit down with popcorn and watch “The Wizard of Oz.” It was an annual occasion. The movie is definitely a classic but

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Calling All Youth Soccer Clubs in the USA – An Open Letter from USWNT Legend Tiffeny Milbrett

DEAR ANY STATE YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION IN THE USA (and the U.S. SOCCER DA AND ECNL):Thanks for your understanding in my need to reach out and request rule changes and policy formation that will go against

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Futsal and the Future of Futsal with Greg Simmonds – video

Greg Simmonds is a former Jamaican International and Professional Player. He is the founder of Own Touch in Richmond, Virginia (www.OwnTouchSoccer.com) – an indoor facility designed specifically to train,

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A Parent’s Guide to Analyzing A Youth Soccer Game

Youth sports are meant to be fun and entertaining; to serve as a foundation for teamwork and managing challenging environments in later years.Unfortunately, the desire to win at all costs and

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An Essential Lesson from Christian Pulisic’s Parents

Every time the ball is at Christian Pulisic’s feet, I find my heart racing a bit in anticipation of what magic could happen next. All the media hype that surrounds him is well-founded as he is undoubtedly

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U.S. Soccer and the ECNL’s Ongoing Battle Over Our Children

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about maintaining perspective as a soccer parent as my city, Richmond, VA and home club, the Richmond Strikers, is hosting the 4 weekend Jefferson Cup Tournament.

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Kelley Pulisic – On the Importance of Free Play

The topic of Free Play comes up over and over again when our top players are interviewed and asked about how they experienced the game as a child. Whether it be pick up on the blacktop, free play times

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5 Reasons We Lack Creative Soccer Players: Ways Parents Can Help

It is safe to say that we all know creativity when we see it; whether in a piece of art, in music, writing, or verbal expression.It might also be safe to say that most folks know creativity in sports when

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Maintaining Consistency on the Field: What’s Your Number?

In a previous article, I wrote about the psychological characteristics of developing excellence (PCDEs). One of these was self-awareness, which in sport involves being aware of:How you are interacting

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Ellicott City Soccer Club’s Healthy Play Initiative

Check out the latest in the Winning Club Culture Series as we highlight Ellicott City Soccer Club’s Healthy Play Initiative – a unique and fun way to educate kids (and parents) about health related

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