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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: 11.4.13


Coaching Licenses

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Thanks Panthers United SA for hosting a State F Certificate course for 19 coaches this weekend for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. If you want to boost your coaching skills and methods, or are just looking for new ideas, take a coaching course from your local State Association.


Constructive Soccer: Principles of Play

US Youth Soccer has released a new online coaching clinic that is free for everyone to take. The Principles of Play form the basic tactical foundation of the game, and players' understanding can be accelerated by competing in small-sided games at training; and by encouraging constructive play during matches. Take a moment and take the new course now!


US Soccer Referee Grade Restructure

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While US Soccer has set down the basic requirements and game levels, the US Youth Soccer State Associations have been allowed to further define these requirements and game levels to better serve the games in their State. North Texas has discussed a restructure with US Soccer and they have approved their plans for implementing the new referee grade structure. Learn more here.


Football league nixes youth participation trophies

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The directors of Keller Youth Association football thought they’d teach their kids a life lesson when they decided to stop awarding participation trophies at the end of each season. They had no idea they’d be making national news. Read more and then let us know if you think youth soccer players should get participation trophies.



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