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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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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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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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Youth Soccer Spotlight Podcast with Skye Eddy Bruce

I was thrilled to join Football.com’s Youth Soccer Spotlight recently.Grab a cup of coffee and have a listen!Football.com’s Youth Soccer Spotlight is an exciting and informative journey through the

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Seek an Environment Where Your Child is Being Coached on Thought, Decision Making and Awareness

If my 15 year old child were trying out for a team and was an exceptional player – great on the ball, quick to make decisions, moving off the ball to make the game simple for their teammates, hard working

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