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Size Matters – The Little Athlete’s Perspective

"What can I do to grow?”...my son asks as we drive home from training.“Why?” I respond.“Because everyone is bigger than me and I just want to be their size.”When your child enjoys playing sport,

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Ian Barker on Considerations for Youth Development Models In Such a Large Country

​Ian Barker is the Director of Coaching Education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Ian was my guest on the SoccerParentResourceCenter.com monthly webinar where he and I discussed

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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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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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3 Important Ways Parents Can Help Improve Youth Soccer

​​​​​​​​​​​I spent the better part of the past month conducting the 21 interviews with youth soccer leaders, experts in leadership, sport psychology, parenting, nutrition, fitness

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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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5 Calls to Action for Youth Soccer

We must not measure the development of soccer in the United States simply by the number of people who play soccer, rather, we must measure it by the number of people who love soccer. It is the people

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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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Winning vs. Development with Terry Foley

Terry Foley is one of the most winning youth coaches in U.S Youth Soccer.  He has won over 30 State Championships in Virginia and, most importantly, has consistently, over 25 years, developed players

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Should My Child Play Up?

A number of parents have contacted me recently with questions about children playing up to their Graduation Year vs. Playing in their Birth Year. It’s a relevant and important subject, and worthy of

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