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The 50/50 Blog

Note:  Opinions expressed on the US Youth Soccer Blog (web log) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer). Links on this web log to articles do not necessarily imply agreement by the author or by US Youth Soccer with the contents of the articles. Links are provided to foster discussion of topics and issues. Readers should make their own evaluations of the contents of such articles.


The 50/50 Blog: 10.2.13


US Open Cup Champions

DC United
DC United overcame all odds to defeat RSL in Sandy, Utah and become the US Open Cup Champions. With the win, DC United earned a spot in next year's CONCACAF Champions League. Read more here.


Trevian TOPSoccer

Top Soccer
Click here to read more about Trevian Soccer Club's weekly TOPSoccer camp. The camp, sponsored by US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer, is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. It’s organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The Trevian Soccer Club launched the program this year to an overwhelming response.


Stadium of the Day

The Estadio Munincipal de Braga was built in in 2003 in Braga, Portugal for the team Sporting Club de Braga. The reason we love this stadium is it is a breathtaking arena carved into the side of a rock face on the site of a former quarry. Check out more pictures of the stadium here.


SKLZ Training Advisor

Each month our partner, SKLZ, puts out this great Training Advisor to help athletes take their training to the next level. Check it out and if you're not already, sign up to receive it!


Thank you Merck

A big THANK YOU to Active Family Project for their support in helping provide and donate 125 soccer kits during Youth Soccer Month! These kits, filled with great soccer equipment, are going to under served communities to help them play soccer and live a healthy, active lifestyle with their families. Thank you! Also, thank you to all the people that helped by liking, commenting, and sharing the content on the Active Family Page! What a great success! If you would like to request a soccer kit, click

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The 50/50 Blog: 10.1.13


A big thank you for a great Youth Soccer Month

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We hope you all enjoyed Youth Soccer Month - an important campaign to help bring awareness about the benefits of playing the game, and bring kids and families together for fun, friendship and fitness. Here are a few great #YSM2013 shots we saw this month!


US Open Cup

US Open Cup
Despite being in last place, DC United has been resilient in the US Open Cup competition. United meets Western Conference leaders Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah tonight at 9 p.m. ET on GolTV. Winner will get the US Open Cup as well as a berth into next year's CONCAF Champions League. Whatch the MLS preview of the match here.


UEFA Champions League

Champions Leage
The UEFA Champions League starts another round today with some great match ups. This is our match up of the day as Celtic and Barcelona each traded wins in last year's Champions League and we're sure this will be another battle between the two storied clubs. Schedule of Games.


Howard snags assist

Not to be outdone by U.S. Men's National Team counterpart Brad Guzan, Howard also nabbed an assist. Chcek out this highlight video of Everton against New Castle United from yesterday. Starting at the 54 second mark Howard hits a beautifully placed kick to his teammate Lukaku who rounds the keeper for a beautiful goal.

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The 50/50 Blog: 9.30.13


Guzan with an unlikely assist

U.S. Men's National Team player Brad Guzan sends a perfect punt down field finding a teammate for a goal. The goal gave Aston Villa a 3-2 advantage over Manchester City and eventually the win. It looks like the video has been removed, but you can check out a .gif of Guzan's assist in this article.


Aron Johannsson scores game winner

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Up and coming U.S. Men's National Team Player Aron Johannson continued his deadly form on Saturday, striking a picturesque winner as AZ Alkmaar topped visiting Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven 2-1. Watch here.



ODP players fill U-17 Girls National Team Roster

The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) continues to be a common thread for players called into national team camps. Of the 19 players named to a recent U.S. Under-17 Girls’ National Team training camp roster, 13 are members of US Youth Soccer ODP. Read more here.


Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks launch Safe Fields Campaign

DMCV Sharks
The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks (DMCVS) Soccer Club recently announced the Safe Fields Campaign, an initiative to ensure DMCVS continues to secure an adequate number of the safest and best maintained fields for more than 3,000 children playing soccer in the North County community. Read more about this great initiative here.


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To travel or not to travel

Sam Snow

This question was posted on the US Youth Soccer Facebook account.

"Sorry to bother you with what might be a silly question. I was unable to find this on your website. We were told by our local organization (not the State) that a child cannot play on a travel soccer team at the U9 level unless the child is at least a U8. My son is a U7. We were told this was a USYS rule? Any help you can provide would be great. Thank you."
To be clear, the restriction noted in the question is not a US Youth Soccer policy because it would be the local state association policy.
Here are some portions of the Position Statements from the State Association Technical Directors that pertain to this question.
While it is acknowledged and recognized that preteen players should be allowed to pursue playing opportunities that meet both their interest and ability level, we strongly discourage environments where players below the age of twelve are forced to meet the same "competitive" demands as their older counterparts therefore we recommend the following:
1. 50% playing time
2. No league or match results
3. 8 vs. 8 at U12
We believe that Soccer Festivals should replace soccer tournaments for all players under the age of ten. Festivals feature a set number of minutes per event (e.g., 10 games X 10 minutes) with no elimination and no ultimate winner. We also endorse and support the movement to prohibit U10 teams from traveling to events that promote winning and losing and the awarding of trophies.

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