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5 Ways Parents Can Make a Losing Season a Win

In addition to being a soccer parent, I am also a coach.  This season I have a U-10 girls team with the Richmond Strikers, in Richmond Virginia.  I love these girls – and I am tremendously

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One Player, One Team, One Club, One Love

The killing of George Floyd was a tipping point for me.  No longer could I choose to ignore the injustices being perpetrated against Black people by classifying these events as individual incidents.

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Susie Petruccelli on Raised a Warrior and the Female Soccer Experience

Susie Petruccelli grew up in a sports-mad, male-dominated family in California, fighting to find her own identity and path.And she did. She won a place on the soccer programme at Harvard University

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Dear Soccer, This is not goodbye. A letter from a college senior.

Ellis Mumford is a senior at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and she penned this "letter to soccer" after walking off the collegiate soccer field for the final time earlier this week.  As

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Developing the Right Kind of Winning Mindset

Adam Norse is the author of Grow your Potential: A Teenager's Guide to Maximizing Your LifeOur soccer club in downtown Manhattan has a coaching staff from across the world, reflecting the diversity

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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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The Power of Sport to Transform Lives: Remembering Ennio

It’s amazing to me how often I think of my time playing in Udine, Italy, reminisce about a friendship or experience from that brief time in my life, or find myself smiling as my mind is triggered by

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Make Your Own Ball Day – Teaching Our Children Lessons In Social Change through Soccer

The sport of soccer is uniquely positioned, because of it’s global nature, to teach our children to find their place in the world and to understand the power of social change. If you are looking for

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The Powerful and Remarkable Language of Soccer

I am always absolutely amazed when the winner of a PGA tour event is being interviewed on TV after a round of golf and they can remember the second shot on 7, or the drive they hit on15. I rarely remembered

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Player Development is Not Always About Soccer Development

It’s been a disheartening first half of the year for my child’s team with more losses than wins. As a team, the players have had a perfect excuse for their rough start. Unarguably our best player,

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