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U.S. Soccer’s Frank Tschan on the Importance of Coaches Engaging Parents

We are in the middle of an exciting revolution in youth soccer. Thankfully, we are progressing from a Wild West environment where each coach operates independently, to having a more Club-Centric approach

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Team Management Apps for Youth Soccer

In a recent survey by the Siena College Research Institute, 43% of parents have coached at some point in the past 5 years and it’s no surprise that the second most popular sport they have coached

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Beyond Lollypops and Silent Saturdays – Introducing the Sideline Project

The time has come to move beyond giving parents lollypops and requesting you be silent on a Saturday or Sunday! The Soccer Parenting Association has developed the Sideline Project, an

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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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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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Winning Club Culture – South Central Soccer Academy – Indiana

I met Mark Spiegel at the NSCAA Convention last month in Los Angeles. He walked up to the Changing the Game Project booth where I was working and John O’Sullivan, a friend and mentor of his, introduced

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Youth Soccer is at a Tipping Point

I have spent the past five days in Los Angeles at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now called United Soccer Coaches) Convention with thousands of soccer coaches seeking knowledge,

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Soccer Parent Verbally Abusing Players Is Unacceptable

My daughter arrived home a few minutes ago from a weekend away playing two ECNL games. She walked right into my office with a huge smile on her face. I’m thinking, “Awesome, I can’t wait to

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The Powerful Value of the Elusive Youth Soccer Report Card

Imagine how bizarre it would be for your child to go to school an entire year and never bring home a report card. If that were the case, your perception of how they are performing in school and what they

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