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Sheriffs FC & DSAL Provide a Cost-Free Soccer Experience

Omar Cervantes reached out to me in response to the article I wrote Let’s Be Reasonable: Stop Saying Eliminate Pay to Play  telling me about his club in Northern California that is provided

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Be Reasonable: Let’s Stop Saying “Eliminate Pay-to-Play”

Can we talk about Pay-to-Play for a moment?Can we be rational and realistic about the financial model youth sports is based upon and stop calling for an end to Pay-to-Play?Can we pause, reflect and recognize

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3 Essential Elements for our Developing Soccer Culture

The dust has settled, the emotional pleas for change have waned, and 3 months post the near apocalyptic event of the U.S. Men’s National Team failing to qualify for the World Cup we are in the middle

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A National Curriculum for Volunteer Recreational Youth Soccer Coaches

I had lunch with a friend yesterday – and in an effort to both make conversation and receive some advice – he told me he was coaching a recreational level U-9 boys team. Knowing I was a professional

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Principles of Defense – An Explanation for Youth Soccer Parents

I remember first learning the Principles of Defense when I was 14 years old. When my coach taught us these concepts, soccer started to make more sense – my connection to the game grew deeper. Suddenly,

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Goalkeeper 101 – A Guide for Parenting a Youth Soccer Goalkeeper

Being the parent of a goalkeeper brings with it some special challenges. In this interview with long-time professional goalkeeper Jon Busch, we provide parents with knowledge about glove selection, the

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“I Can Do Better!” Youth Soccer Referees Need Support – Not Harassment.

“Call it both ways!!”“You’re blind!!”“Blow your whistle!!”“Open your eyes!!”“You need glasses!!”Do these phrases sound familiar? They probably do if you’re a referee, or if you’re

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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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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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