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Common Goals | September 2014

 
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40 Years of Soccer

This year marks 40 years of US Youth Soccer.

Video: 40 Years

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Youth Soccer Month

September is Youth Soccer Month!

Video: Soccer Month

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Skills Challenge

Learn about the Capri Sun Skills Challenge.

Video: Skills Challenge

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September is Youth Soccer Month
US Youth Soccer is celebrating Youth Soccer Month in September by recognizing what makes the game great for all kids: Fun, Family, Friendship and Fitness. Follow @SoccerMonth on Twitter, "Like" US Youth Soccer on Facebook, and visit YouthSoccerMonth.org to learn more. 

40 Days to Play Soccer for a Change
During Youth Soccer Month, you can raise money to cover your soccer costs and also to help kids in underserved communities play the game. Learn more here.

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Keep up with the 50/50 Blog!
US Youth Soccer recently began a new daily blog — The 50/50 Blog. It provides a good mix of soccer stories, videos and more each day, as well as some other fun and entertaining content. If you haven't seen The 50/50 Blog yet, you can check it out here. If you'd like to suggest content for the blog or have feedback on what you'd like to see, please email support@usyouthsoccer.org.

Male and Female Player of the Month
US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals as September 2014 Players of the Month — Female: Allison from Bettendorf, Iowa; Male: Jack from Homer Glen, Ill. Congratulations to Allison and Jack. You can click here to read about their accomplishments and service.

To nominate someone you think is deserving of being Player of the Month, read the criteria and fill out this form.

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Win great prizes with the Youth Soccer Month contests!
US Youth Soccer is running several great contests during Youth Soccer Month. We're giving away a Nike soccer ball and backpack full of gear each weekday, as well as a soccer ball signed by Mia Hamm each Friday. Visit YouthSoccerMonth.org to sign up for the contests running throughout September!

2015 US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup dates and locations
US Youth Soccer has announced the dates and locations for the 2015 US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cup events, with the National Presidents Cup taking place July 9-12 in Overland Park, Kan.

Make this soccer season great with these tips
Want to make sure you're ready to go for the upcoming soccer season? Check out our list of tips and see how many you have done.

College soccer season is underway
Many US Youth Soccer alumni at college soccer programs across the country have kicked off their 2014 seasons. Keep track of the Top 25 programs and follow the news in men's and women's college soccer.

The US Youth Soccer Show | September 2014
The new episode premieres Sunday, Sept. 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Plus. Find out when to watch here.

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Do's and don'ts for coaching your own child
Mike Woitalla of Soccer America spoke with Women's World Cup-winning coach Tony DiCicco on what to do and what to avoid when coaching your own child's team. Read more.

The 15-question checklist for the year before college
If your kid is starting his or her senior year in high school, be sure to start answering the questions in this list.

Are you ready for the fall soccer season?
With fall soccer seasons starting up, be sure to check out the US Youth Soccer Pocket Guide. It's a great resource for coaches and parents who are new to the sport. And check out our list of tips to see how many you have done.

VIDEO: How to handle being a parent of a young referee
If your child is getting into refereeing, be sure to check out this helpful video from U.S. Soccer.

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Alive and Kicking

Parenting Blog
The Unconquerable Soul | The right message to give after a tough loss.
Resistance | When kids are nervous to participate in common activities.
Spectating | Take advantage of your chance to watch live soccer.

Stay connected with US Youth Soccer. We're on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

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Make this soccer season great with these tips
Want to make sure you're ready to go for the upcoming soccer season? Check out our list of tips and see how many you have done.

A World Cup champ's view on coaching kids
Former U.S. Women's National Team player Shannon MacMillan, now the Director of Club Operations for DMCV Sharks, spoke with Soccer America about the joys and challenges of youth soccer.

New Education Course for Coaches and Parents: Coaching Healthy Habits
Celebrate Youth Soccer Month by investing in the health of our young soccer players! Our new online education course — Coaching Healthy Habits — has tips for promoting healthy habits on the field. We collaborated with Tufts University nutrition and physical activity experts to create this new course — find it on our Education Platform here.

Sign up for a chance to win a Sports Authority coaching kit
Youth Soccer Month means the return of several great contests, including your chance to win a coaching kit for your youth soccer team. Check it out.

Q&A with U-17 National Champion head coach Wilson Egigio on their New York City Success Story
Manhattan PSG won the Under-17 National Championship in July to become the first NYC team to win the national championship since 1985 and only the fifth since 1936. Egidio left his native Brazil and explains how his team reflects the city and how he got the boys to play the kind of soccer he enjoys. Read more.

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Coaching TOPSoccer Athletes

Coaching Blog
Red Card for Concussion Management | More than a dozen resources on head injuries.

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Active_family_logo Join Active Family Project and Play Soccer for a Change
To celebrate Youth Soccer Month this September, Active Family Project is supporting US Youth Soccer to launch Play Soccer for a Change, which helps more children in underserved communities live an active, healthy lifestyle through soccer. For every like, comment or share on Active Family Project's Facebook page from Aug. 19 through Sept. 30, 2014, Active Family Project will donate $1 to US Youth Soccer, up to $15,000. Learn how you can help increase the donation on Active Family Project’s Facebook fan page.

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Encourage your teams to enter for a chance to win a soccer clinic with Sydney Leroux & Alexi Lalas for your club!
NESQUIK is proud to announce its first photo sweepstakes! Parents need to take a photo of their child with at least three of his or her teammates after a game or practice, post to your Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag #NQSweepsEntryUSYS along with the Club Name and Team Name. The team can win a clinic for their entire club with Sydney Leroux and Alexi Lalas! Sweepstakes goes runs Sept. 1-26. LEARN MORE.


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Earn $2,500 from Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive
This fall, join the hundreds of youth sport coaches and parents who will take the Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive Pledge to promote good sportsmanship in youth sports. Teams that recruit the most supporters have the chance to earn $2,500. Learn more at PlayPositive.com/Pledge


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Your kid could WIN an Orlando showdown with MLS pros!
Capri Sun? has your kid’s chance to WIN a trip to Orlando for an on-field matchup with MLS superstars, in Capri Sun Kids Vs Pros II: MLS Soccer Showdown! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MANY WILL ENTER, ONLY FOUR WILL WIN A GRAND PRIZE. Open to residents of 50 US and D.C., 6-17 years old. Starts 7/28/14, ends 11/30/14. Rules: http://www.caprisun.com/kidsvspros.



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The September Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ
Get ready for your fall soccer season with the latest edition of the Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ. See what one of the most overlooked keys to playing at your peak is and learn about "pillar strength." Also, see how to use good technique to create the most power behind your shots and take advantage of discounts for Youth Soccer Month! Check it out.

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US Youth Soccer Marketplace
US Youth Soccer recently launched Marketplace, which offers teams, coaches and players the ability to search for companies across the nation that offer the product or service they are looking to purchase. You can check out Marketplace by going to marketplace.usyouthsoccer.org.

Some recent vendors...

Bello
BelloGoal is soccer excitement on a table top. BelloGoal is a miniaturized soccer game with special features that brings excitement and unpredictability at its best.
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Stanno Teamwear takes great pride in being recognized as a Teamwear Specialist. Establishing close relationships with our client in addition to our quality products and direct sales methods makes Stanno the Ultimate Teamwear Brand.


Interested in Advertising on Marketplace?
Take a minute to sign up for a listing on Marketplace to reach the youth soccer community. Sign up now!

 

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