U.S. Youth Task Force Leadership Council Distributes “Open Letter”

A common theme in the youth soccer landscape this past year since our men failed to qualify for the World Cup has been the lack of collaboration in our youth soccer landscape.  There has been a call

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Why Are Lessons in Humanity Forgotten When It Comes to Referees?

 “I can’t sleep on a Saturday night if I think I’ve got something wrong.”That line is from a story written about what life is like as a referee in one of the most demanding locations in world

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United Soccer Coaches Launches “Commitment to Culture” Campaign

Last January, at the United Soccer Coaches Convention, I was invited to take part in a one day Summit of coaches from various levels and geographies of the United States.  We were charged with "developing

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What Should Parents Say When Their Child Is Frustrated With Playing Time?

One of the hardest things to deal with as an athlete – youth to pro – is not getting playing time. Every athlete wants to contribute, wants to feel like they are a part of the accomplishments of the

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My Son Is Playing Wide But Doesn’t Get the Ball Very Often

There is a monthly column at the SoccerParentResourceCenter.com where I choose a question from a parent and ask our Youth Coach Advisory Committee to answer.  The Youth Coach Advisory

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A Discussion About Playing Surfaces

Wednesday, September 19  8:30 amI arrived to Boulder, Colorado yesterday for the Brock USA Summit: Protect the Player, Protect the Game: Creating the Optimal Sports Environment for the Athlete. While

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Parent Engagement from a Parent and Club Perspective

The Soccer Parenting Association is proud to collaborate with the Players First program from US Club Soccer.  This initiative highlights programs and services available to youth soccer players, clubs

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Youth Soccer Inspires Players When This Happens

Christian Lavers, president of the ECNL used the term: “Collaboration is a force multiplier” recently on a 3four3 podcast interview. While Christian was referencing the collaborative efforts amongst

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7 Ways for Parents to Inspire their Youth Soccer Player

When it comes to youth soccer, the term “parent engagement” needs some clarification. Understandably there is some confusion around this currently popular and trending term.I've heard from parents

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A Must Follow Rule to Help Your Child Develop a Solid Performance Mindset

One of the areas that is discussed a lot, but parents often don’t really know what to do with is the process of developing a solid performance mindset for our young athletes. How to handle the stress

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