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National League Girls News | Orlando, Fla.

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The 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Girls resumed league play at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., today. Each age group is represented by four of the eight teams per division this weekend. This weekend of play will finalize league standings until the remaining four teams per division compete in Las Vegas, Nev., March 15-17.
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National League Boys wrap up play in Orlando, Fla.

The US Youth Soccer National League Boys teams competing this weekend wrapped up their seasons today at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. The other half of the boys divisions will finish their season and solidify the league standings March 15-17 in Las Vegas, Nev.
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys continue play in Orlando, Fla.

The US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Boys showcased their talents in meaningful and competitive matches today at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., alongside the Disney Soccer Showcase. Teams competing in Orlando will wrap up their season tomorrow while the rest of the league will compete in Las Vegas March 15-17 before standings are finalized.
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys resume play in Orlando, Fla.

The 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Boys resumed league play at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., today alongside the Disney Soccer Showcase. Each age group is represented by four of the eight teams per division, and this weekend of play will finalize league standings until the remaining four teams per division compete in Las Vegas, Nev., March 15-17.
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2012-2013 National League Boys News | Orlando, Fla.

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The sixth season of US Youth Soccer National League Boys play picks back up Thursday, Dec. 27, at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., when half of the 64 boys teams in the Under-15 through Under-18 age groups wrap up their season.
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2012 Administrator of the Year Regional Award Winners Announced

US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year award. The Administrator of the Year award honors the extraordinary accomplishments in administration over a lifetime.
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2012 Volunteer of the Year Regional Award Winners Announced

US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year award. The Volunteer of the Year Award honors the extraordinary accomplishments in volunteering and giving back to the game of soccer over a lifetime.
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2012 TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year Regional Award Winners Announced

US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2012 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year award. It honors a role model who creates a fun learning experience as a mentor, advocate, coach or administrator.
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2012 Competitive Coach of the Year Regional Award Winners Announced

US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls Competitive Coach of the Year awards. The Competitive Coach of the Year is awarded to a competitive coach for both a boys team and a girls team for his or her coaching activities, sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and citizenship.
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2012 Recreation Coach of the Year Regional Award Winners Announced

US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls Recreation Coach of the Year awards. The Recreation Coach of the Year is awarded to a recreation coach for both a boys team and a girls team for his or her coaching activities, sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and citizenship.
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2012 ODP Boys Winter Interregional All-Stars Selected

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Winter Interregional concluded Sunday at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The three-day event featured boys from the 1997 age group. The players who were chosen as top performers in each group can be found below*. roups.​
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Nominees Announced for 2013 US Youth Soccer Awards Gala

US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the regional winners of our annual awards, which honor those who give their time and efforts to the organization by way of service. The nominees for each category will be released throughout the week of Dec. 17. The national winners will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop in Indianapolis, held in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.
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2012 Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners Announced

US Youth Soccer announces the regional winners of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Male and Female Young Referee of the Year awards. The Young Referee of the Year Award honors those who have a strong work ethic, have knowledge of the rules of the game and are positive role models.
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2012 ODP Boys Winter Interregional Wraps Up Play in Florida

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Winter Interregional took place at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The three-day event featured boys from the 1997 age group.
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2012 ODP Boys Winter Interregional Continues in Florida

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Winter Interregional is now underway at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The three-day event kicked off Friday and features boys from the 1997 age group.
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2012 ODP Boys Winter Interregional Kicks Off in Florida

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Winter Interregional is now underway at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The three-day event kicked off Friday and features boys from the 1997 age group.
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2012 ODP Boys News | Bradenton, Fla.

The 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys Winter Interregional kicks off Friday in Bradenton, Fla. Teams comprised of elite players, from each of the four regions in the 1997 age group, will compete from Dec. 14-16 at the IMG Academy.
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2012 ODP Boys NCAA Interregional All-Stars Selected

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys NCAA Interregional wrapped up play on Sunday at Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex in Vestavia Hills, Ala. The three-day event featured nearly 150 of the top players from the 1995 and 1996 age groups.
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Training Advisor - December Issue

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Check out the latest issue of the Training Advisor, official US Youth Soccer Training Newsletter from our friends at SKLZ
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2012 ODP Boys NCAA Interregional Concludes Play in Alabama

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys NCAA Interregional is concluded Sunday at Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex in Vestavia Hills, Ala. The three-day event featured boys from the 1995 and 1996 age groups.
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2012 ODP Boys NCAA Interregional Continues Play in Alabama

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys NCAA Interregional is continued Saturday at Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex in Vestavia Hills, Ala. The three-day event features boys from the 1995 and 1996 age groups.
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2012 ODP Boys NCAA Interregional Kicks Off in Alabama

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys NCAA Interregional is now underway at Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex in Vestavia Hills, Ala. The three-day event kicked off today and features boys from the 1995 and 1996 age groups.
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2012 ODP Boys News | Vestavia Hills, Ala.

The 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys NCAA Interregional kicks off Friday in Vestavia Hills, Ala. Teams comprised of elite players, from each of the four regions in the 1995 and 1996 age groups, will compete from Dec. 7-9 at Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex.
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National Guard Back to Support US Youth Soccer

US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce their renewed partnership with the Army National Guard for 2013.
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Rosters and Schedule Announced for the 2012 ODP Boys Winter Interregional

The schedule and rosters have been released for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Winter Interregional, which will take place Dec. 14-16 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The event will feature boys from the 1997 age group.
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The US Youth Soccer Show’s eighth episode premiers Friday

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US Youth Soccer's monthly program, The US Youth Soccer Show, brings viewers in depth with US Youth Soccer events, players, coaches and more. The 30-minute show airs only on FOX Soccer, official television partner of US Youth Soccer.
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Girls wrap up opening weekend of play in Wilson, N.C.

After four days of play, the US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, 16, 17 and 18 Girls have solidified their spots in the standings until half the field meets again Dec. 31 - Jan. 2 in Orlando, Fla., where they will continue competing for a league title and a ticket to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan., July 22-28.
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Girls standings shaping up as Day 3 play concludes

Only one more day remains in the opening weekend of 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Girls play, with Sunday's matches solidifying team standings until the next meeting in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 31 - Jan. 2, alongside the Disney Showcase.
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Girls play continues in Wilson, N.C.

The 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Girls season is in full swing after two days at Wilson Gillette Soccer Complex, Barton College and Fike High School in Wilson, N.C. The season is shaping up to be a long battle for the divisional titles and automatic entries to the US Youth Soccer National Championships and the third day of play should play a big role in determining the final standings, featuring three matchups between teams with 2-0 records.
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Q&A: Referee Chairperson Richard Heron

The former MLS Referee was recently appointed the position of Referee Chairperson for Region IV. He brings more than 20 years of refereeing experience to US Youth Soccer and hopes to employ some proven tactics of referee assessments and other evaluations to further improve the officiating at the youth level in the United States.
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Girls season underway in Wilson, N.C.

The top teams in the country lived up to their billing today as some intense battles got the sixth season of US Youth Soccer National League Girls play underway in Wilson, N.C. All 16 teams in each of the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Girls age groups kicked off 2012-2013 National League play at Wilson Gillette Soccer Complex, Barton College and Fike High School.
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2012-2013 National League Girls News | Wilson, N.C.

The sixth season of US Youth Soccer National League play kicks off Thursday in Wilson, N.C. when all 64 girls teams in the Under-15 through Under-18 age groups meet to begin the season.
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All-Star Teams Announced for the 2012 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional

US Youth Soccer announced the All-Star Teams for the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional.​
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2012 ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional | Best XI

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional wrapped up play on Monday at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. See which boys from the 1998 and 1999 age groups were selected to the Best XI.
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Parenting Education | Five Things I Think I Taught My Teenagers

You can never be certain teenagers will be listening for long. When you want to share your wisdom with them, it's hard to know if they are really paying attention or just amusing themselves until the next text or tweet rolls in. When you do have their fleeting attention, be direct, to the point and on message.
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Coaching Education | Reading the Game

US Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program goes into detail on how to better read the game of soccer.​
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Girls Preview

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The sixth season of US Youth Soccer National League play got underway Nov. 15 when all 64 boys teams convened in Wilson, N.C. After a break for the holidays, it’s the girls’ turn as the 64 teams in the Under-15 through Under-18 age groups also meet in Wilson to begin their season.
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Last Day for Fall Community Grant

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It's the last day to participate in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Fall Community Grant!​
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Last Chance to Earn $2,500

We’re getting close to the November 30th 11:59pm (EST) deadline for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Fall Community Grant period. With so many teams and organizations rallying to earn one of the fifteen grants the leaderboard is changing daily.
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2012 ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional | Day 2

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional continued Sunday at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. The three-day event features boys from the 1998 and 1999 age groups.
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2012 ODP Boys News | Casa Grande, Ariz.

The 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys Thanksgiving Interregional kicks off Saturday in Casa Grande, Ariz. Teams comprised of elite players, from each of the four regions in the 1998 and 1999 age groups, will compete from Nov. 24-26 at Grande Sports World.
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2012 ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional | Day 1

The annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional is now underway at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. The three-day event kicked off today and features boys from the 1998 and 1999 age groups.
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Rosters and Schedule Announced for the 2012 ODP Boys NCAA Interregional

The rosters and schedule have been released for the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys 1995 and 1996 NCAA Interregional, which will take place Dec. 7-9 at Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex in Birmingham, Ala. The nation’s top boys in the 1995 and 1996 birth years will compete in the event, which is held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I College Cup Championships to provide greater exposure of these elite players to collegiate and national teams.
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Name Your Thanksgiving Starting 11 Foods

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and we’re thankful for the game of soccer and the opportunities for physical, mental and emotional growth that it presents to all its participants in the United States and across the world. Now, we’re looking to add a little soccer theme to how you view your Thanksgiving dinner. Go to US Youth Soccer’s Facebook page and name your Starting 11 Thanksgiving dishes.
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2012 ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional Concludes in Florida

The 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional concluded in Boca Raton, Fla. with the 1997 and 1998 age groups at Spanish River Athletic Park.​
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2012 Girls ODP Thanksgiving Interregional - Day 5

The fifth day of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional took place today, Thanksgiving Day, in Boca Raton, Fla. with the 1995 and 1996 age groups taking the field at Spanish River Athletic Park.
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2012 Girls ODP Thanksgiving Interregional - Day 4

The fourth day of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional took place today in Boca Raton, Fla. with the 1997 and 1998 age groups taking the field at Spanish River Athletic Park.
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2012 Girls ODP Thanksgiving Interregional - Day 3

The third day of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Thanksgiving Interregional took place today in Boca Raton, Fla. with the 1995 and 1996 age groups taking the field for the second time at Spanish River Athletic Park.
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2012 Girls ODP Thanksgiving Interregional - Day 2

The second day of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional took place today in Boca Raton, Fla. with the 1997 and 1998 age groups taking the field at Spanish River Athletic Park.
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys wrap up opening weekend of play in Wilson, N.C.

After four days of play, the US Youth Soccer National LeagueUnder-15, 16, 17 and 18 Boys have solidified their spots in the standings until half the field meets again Dec. 27-29 in Orlando, Fla., where they will continue competing for a league title and a ticket to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan., July 22-28.
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2012 Girls ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Day 1

The 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional is now underway in Boca Raton, Fla. The six-day tournament, which will take place November 18-23, kicked off today with the 1995 and 1996 age groups starting the action at Spanish River Athletic Park.
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys standings shaping up as Day 3 play concludes

Only one more day remains in the opening weekend of 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys play, with Sunday's matches solidifying team standings until the next meeting in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 27-29.​
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys play continues in Wilson, N.C.

The 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys season is shaping up to be a long battle as just nine of the 64 teams have been victorious in both games after two days of play at Wilson Gillette Soccer Complex, Barton College and Fike High School in Wilson, N.C.
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2012 ODP Girls News | Boca Raton, FL

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The 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Thanksgiving Interregional took place Nov. 18-23 in Boca Raton, Fla., where teams from each of the four regions in the Under-14 through Under-17 age groups competed in a six-day event against the top teams in the country.
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Competitive matches showcased at opening day of 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys season

The top teams in the country lived up to their billing today as some intense battles got the sixth season of US Youth Soccer National League play underway in Wilson, N.C. All 16 teams in each of the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Boys age groups kicked off 2012-2013 National League play at Wilson Gillette Soccer Complex, Barton College and Fike High School.
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2012-2013 National League Boys News | Wilson, N.C.

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The sixth season of US Youth Soccer National League play kicked off Thursday in Wilson, N.C. when all 64 boys teams in the Under-15 through Under-18 age groups met to begin the season.
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Combating an injury epidemic and more on FIFA 11+ with Dr. Bert Mandelbaum

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, the team physician for U.S. Soccer national teams, has been a pioneer in researching ACL injury trends among female athletes and creating injury prevention methods for soccer players. We talked to him about what youth coaches can do to decrease the chances of injuries and the FIFA 11+ warmup procedure that he's promoting through the Sports Injury Prevention Program.
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Last Month for Fall Community Grant

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It's not too late! November is the final month for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Fall Community Grant period!
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys Preview

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The sixth season of US Youth Soccer National League play kicks off Thursday in Wilson, N.C. when all 64 boys teams in the Under-15 through Under-18 age groups meet to begin the season.
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Rosters and Schedule Announced for the 2012 ODP Boys Thanksgiving Interregional

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The rosters and schedule have been released for the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys Thanksgiving Interregional, which will take place Nov. 24-26 at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. Teams from each of the four regions, comprised of nearly 150 the nation’s top players selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and regional level evaluations, will participate in the event.
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Join Sam Snow for a live NSCAA Chat

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Join us next Wednesday (Nov. 14) at 1 p.m. ET for a live video chat with NSCAA's DOCE Ian Barker and US Youth Soccer DOC Sam Snow, as they will be discussing their sessions at the 2013 NSCAA Convention and US Youth Soccer Workshop in January. Barker and Snow will also talk about how educational programming was developed for the January gatherings, as well as take questions about everything discussed.
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New FUEL Soccer Magazine is Here

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US Youth Soccer is excited to announce the latest issue of FUEL Soccer is now available. US Youth Soccer FUEL Soccer magazine speaks directly to players, while also offering insights for parents and coaches. FUEL Soccer is available online and through a high-quality print version.
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Region IV is the latest to join US Youth Soccer Web Platform

US Youth Soccer Region IV (West), one of four US Youth Soccer Regions, today announced the launch of their new website, http://RegionIV.USYouthSoccer.org, built by Americaneagle.com, a leading website design, development and hosting company.
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League Boys open season in North Carolina

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The schedule has been announced for the opening weekend of the 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League season as the boys gather Nov. 15-18 at Wilson Gillette Soccer Complex, Barton College and Fike High School in Wilson, N.C. National League Girls will kick off two weeks later, Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Games will be played in conjunction with the CASL Showcase, creating another significant opportunity for the nation's collegiate and national team coaches to see National League players...
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Training Advisor - November Issue

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Check out the latest issue of the Training Advisor, official US Youth Soccer Training Newsletter from our friends at SKLZ
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Coaching Education | Why Young Athletes Excel with Backyard Play

Gary Simmons, author of “Gymbag Wisdoms,” provides some interesting stories about athletes he worked with in high school.
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Parenting Education | Guidelines for Parents of Children in Sports

On April 19, 2000, a letter that appeared in the Dear Abby column cited recommendations published by The Physician and Sportsmedicine in 1988.
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The US Youth Soccer Show’s seventh episode premiers Friday

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US Youth Soccer's monthly program, The US Youth Soccer Show, brings viewers in depth with US Youth Soccer events, players, coaches and more. The 30-minute show airs only on FOX Soccer, official television partner of US Youth Soccer.
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Former Cal North Player Gaining Experience in Europe

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Former US Youth Soccer player Gabriel Borges, just 19 years old, is already testing his soccer skills abroad in Croatia. Borges is currently playing and training with Dubrava Zagreb, a Third Division squad, and learning the technical touch-and-go style of soccer employed by the club. As a midfielder with Santa Clara Sporting 93 (CA-N), Borges won back-to-back California North state titles and was part of the squad that reached the semifinals of the 2011 Under-17 Boys Region IV Championships.
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Training Advisor - September Issue

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Check out the latest issue of the Training Advisor, official US Youth Soccer Training Newsletter...
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Responsible Sports: Handling Grades and Sports

As a father and coach for my daughter’s 11-12 year old soccer team it pains me to place her on academic probation for her grades dropping below the agreed upon level for her to participate in sports. Am I wrong for holding her to this agreement?
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Rosters and Schedule Announced for 2012 ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional

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The schedule and rosters have been released for the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional, which is set to take place Nov. 18-23 at Spanish River Athletic Park in Boca Raton, Fla. Teams from each of the four regions, comprised of nearly 300 of the nation’s top players selected from US Youth Soccer State Association and regional level evaluations, will participate in the six-day event.
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1998 Rosters | US Youth Soccer ODP Girls 2012 Thanksgiving Interregional

Check out the four rosters for the 1998 ODP Girls teams.
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Coaching Education | Parallel Play

US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching, Sam Snow, provides us with an article explaining what parallel play is and how it is seen in youth soccer.
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Parenting Education | A Letter from Stasia Mallin

Young players like this one don't need their parent yelling and telling them what to do all game. Rather, your child needs you to cheer and support them throughout the game.
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Responsible Sport Parents Make a Difference

Last month, US tennis star Andy Roddick retired from the game. At his post-match press conference a reporter asked what was going through his head as he sat on the side court before the final set. His response might surprise you: “Lots of things…matches you were playing when you were 12….my mom driving me to practice all over the place.” It wasn’t his US Open Championship match. Or any other tournament win or loss...
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The US Youth Soccer Show’s sixth episode premiers Friday

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US Youth Soccer's monthly program, The US Youth Soccer Show, brings viewers in depth with US Youth Soccer events, players, coaches and more. The 30-minute show airs only FOX Soccer, official television partner of US Youth Soccer.
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U10-U12 Online Coaching Education Module now available

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As the largest youth sports organization in the country, US Youth Soccer created an online coaching education platform to enhance the experience and opportunities of US Youth Soccer players, coaches and parents.
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Registration opens for 2013 US Youth Soccer Workshop

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The US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention will be held this January, bringing the soccer world together through education and networking.
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Be the next US Youth Soccer winner! Get started today!

US Youth Soccer Community Grant Winner – Prosper Area Soccer Organization
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Schellas Hyndman's Do's and Dont's of College Recruiting

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Who is Coach Hyndman? The US Youth Soccer Show recently sat down with Schellas Hyndman, head coach of FC Dallas in Major League Soccer, to talk about the do’s and don’ts of college recruiting. In addition to being a former collegiate and professional player, Coach Hyndman is one of the most successful college soccer coaches in American sports history, compiling a 466-122-49 record as the head coach at Southern Methodist University.
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Responsible Sports: Benefits of an assistant coach – even a parent

Can a parent as an assistant coach help or hurt a coach? Last month, a Responsible Sports Coach wrote to our panel of experts to ask: I recently started a position with a soccer travel club. I have run different clinics, assisted teams in the past and have been certified as a soccer coach for 4-years but this is my first time as head coach. I am having a hard time finding an assistant coach and I really do not want to have a parent assist me. I am worried that they will overrun me since...​
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Parenting Education | The Childhood Roots to Adult Happiness

Sports, when approached in the right way, can be as valuable as academics in the development of a happy child.
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Coaching Education | Club Development Manual

Georgia Soccer Director of Coaching, Jacob Daniel, provides over 100 pages of guidelines for designing a club structure and programs for player development.
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Hitting the road for away games and more? Stay calm (and cool) with help from Degree® deodorant!

The training, tryouts and hard work have paid off – and now your kid’s first away game is on the horizon. Help your child concentrate on plays, passes and possessions by using these tips from Degree® deodorant.​
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US Youth Soccer releases latest coaching manual

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The US Youth Soccer Coaching Department has introduced the latest coaching resource with How to Write a Training Session Plan. The manual will help guide coaches in conducting the most efficient and effective training sessions for their team and compliments previous US Youth Soccer coaching resources such as the Player Development Model, Vision document and Skills School technical manual.
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How to Conduct a Pre-Season Parent/Guardian Meeting

A critical aspect of Responsible Coaching is building the team culture you want by gaining buy-in from players’ parents. A group meeting with parents and guardians is a wise investment - people tend to live up to expectations if they know what those expectations are!
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League play kicks off

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The Fall season of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League (MRL) for girls teams in the Under-14 through Under-18 and boys teams in the Under-14 age groups is underway with the first league hosted event taking place this weekend in Rockford, Ill.
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Contest links for mobile users

Use this link to get to the contests for Youth Soccer Month on your mobile device.
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The US Youth Soccer Show’s sixth episode premiers Friday

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US Youth Soccer's monthly program, The US Youth Soccer Show, brings viewers in depth with US Youth Soccer events, players, coaches and more. The 30-minute show airs only FOX Soccer, official television partner of US Youth Soccer.
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Get Out! Get Fit! Get Active! Celebrate Youth Soccer Month

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US Youth Soccer, the nation's largest youth sports association, is excited to kickoff the tenth annual Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America on Sept. 4, and the celebration continues throughout the month promoting the benefits of soccer.
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Street Soccer Day

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US Youth Soccer wants to kick off this Youth Soccer Month with something new. Join us in celebrating the inaugural Street Soccer day! Street Soccer Month will take place on Wednesday Sept. 4th during Fun Week.
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Fall Community Grant Opens on September 1, 2012

It is that time of year again! The Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program is excited to announce the open date for the Fall Community Grant period. On September 1, 2012 you will be able to log on to ResponsibleSports.com/Grant and complete the online guide and quiz, credit your organization and help them earn a $2,500 Grant!
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Guide to Snacking presented by YoCrunch

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Check out this great snacking guide to get you through the upcoming season!
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Sport Legend Brandi Chastain: Inspiring Our Youth to Dream Big!

The U.S. Women’s National Team earned their fourth Olympic gold medal with a 2-1 victory against Japan. In front of over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, the U.S. responded to their 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup loss to Japan in stunning fashion. U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd led the way by scoring both goals for the United States.
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US Youth Soccer announces YoCrunch sponsorship

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US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in the nation, is proud to announce that YoCrunch®, the nation’s leading yogurt with mix-in toppings, is now an official sponsor. The new partnership will highlight YoCrunch’s fun and delicious yogurts with toppings as an official snack for players, as well as provide US Youth Soccer coaches, administrators and parents with important information to ensure that snack time is more nutritious and hassle-free.
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Training Advisor - August Issue

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Check out the latest issue of the Training Advisor, official US Youth Soccer Training Newsletter from our friends at SKLZ
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Hey Coach! Get connected for the Fall season

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Are you a coach? Would you like great information that is easy to understand and at a great price? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, keep reading about how you can get connected to the Coaches Connection. The US Youth Soccer Coaches Connection provides members with a link to the US Youth Soccer Coaching Education Network: National Staff Coaches, plus 55 State Association Directors of Coaching Education and their staffs, as well as guest lectures from around the world!
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Responsible Sports: Handling rejection

What To Tell Your Child When Cut From A Team? Last month, a Responsible Sports Parent wrote to our panel of experts to ask: “My 8-year-old son tried out for his soccer club's travel team. He did not make the cut. He is still very welcome to play in house rec. However, he has reached an age where he realizes his recent rejection means that on some level he is not as good of a soccer player as he thought he was. He asks "Why was I not good enough for the team?" How do you reply...
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer Region III Premier Leagues open season

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The US Youth Soccer Region III Premier Leagues for boys and girls teams in the Under-14 through Under-18 age groups will begin play in August. The US Youth Soccer Region III Premier Leagues provide an opportunity for the most competitive teams in Region III (South) to play each other on a scheduled basis while also competing for placement in the prestigious US Youth Soccer Region III Championships.​
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New board members elected at 2012 US Youth Soccer AGM

The US Youth Soccer membership recently elected new board members at the Annual General Meeting at Charlotte Marriott Executive Park in Charlotte N.C., held in conjunction with the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C.
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ParentingEducation | Parent Pointers

A child's soccer experience can be full of ups and downs; not only for the player, but their parents as well. This weeks Parenting Education article is a list of things for parents to keep in mind during a child’s soccer experience.
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Coaching Education | As Summer Approaches, Heat Illness Becomes a Concern

Dr. Donald T. Kirkendall, who works with U.S. Soccer’s National Teams, offers expert analysis about heat illness during the hottest part of summer. Dr. Kirkendall breaks down the biological aspects of heat illness, as well as points out that not only is heat a contributing factor, but humidity plays a large role as well. Dr. Kirkendall also provides suggestions on how to prevent heat illness.
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US Youth Soccer Region I Leagues accepting applications for 2013 season

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The US Youth Soccer Region I Leagues are accepting team applications for the Spring 2013 season. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, by 5 p.m. ET. Each league will consist of 16 teams each, with play beginning in March and concluding in May.
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To encourage effort, reward effort -- Even without results

Positive Coaching Alliance and Responsible Sports often refer to the “ELM Tree of Mastery,” where ELM stands for Effort, Learning and Mistakes. Players progress toward mastery of their sport as long as they exert maximum effort, continually learn and bounce back from their inevitable mistakes. Of course, it is easier said than done for players and coaches to live by this philosophy. So how do we maintain the level of effort required – even in the face of poor results – until a player succeeds?​
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2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League teams announced

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US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 128 teams chosen to compete in the 2012-2013 US Youth Soccer National League season. The league, entering into its sixth season, is for the top Under-15 through Under-18 Boys and Girls club soccer teams with each team having an individual proven track record of continued success in US Youth Soccer programs.
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Register your soccer team to earn a $2,500 grant!

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The Responsible Sports Community Grant program presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance is almost here! Registration for the fall 2012 season opens August 1 and continues through November 30, 2012. Don’t delay signing up your soccer team or Region today to ensure as much time as possible before November 30 to rally support for your team with family, friends and neighbors!
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2012 US Youth Soccer National Champions crowned at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill

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The remaining 2012 US Youth Soccer National Champions were crowned today at Manchester Meadows, in Rock Hill, S.C., where the country’s the top teams in the Under-16 through Under-18 Boys and Under-16 through Under-19 Girls age groups met to conclude the final stage of the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, presented by the National Guard
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Incredible photo galleries from 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships

Incredible photos from the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships continue to be posted to our Facebook. Enjoy
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First five 2012 US Youth Soccer National Champions crowned Saturday night

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Five of the 12 2012 US Youth Soccer National Champions were crowned tonight at the beautiful Manchester Meadows, in Rock Hill, S.C., where the country’s top teams have earned a place to compete in the final step of the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, presented by the National Guard. This weekend's championship finals were determined after three days of round robin play, earlier this week.
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Group Play at the 2012 National Championships

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Follow for stories and videos from the first three days of play in Rock Hill, S.C.
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Donate to the Abronzino Fund & Help Build a New Field House at the Abronzino Bowl

Your help is needed on a project that will provide a much-needed recreational support facility and honor an amazing man, Umberto Abronzino, who launched soccer in Santa Clara Valley. The vision of making the Abronzino Bowl a recreational soccer showpiece includes a soccer field house replete with restrooms, concessions, office space, storage – and a permanent exhibit wall on Umberto Abronzino and the history of recreational soccer in Silicon Valley curated by our local history museum.
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Player luncheon kicks off 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill, S.C.

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The 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, officially began today as more than 1,900 players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators gathered for the Player Luncheon at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. Sixty teams from the across the country have earned the right to play for the national crowns
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Sport legends: Inspiring our youth to dream big!

Soon our televisions, mobile devices and radios will be reporting 24/7 stories from the world’s best athletes. By watching, listening and then relating these stories to their own lives, youth athletes across America can draw inspiration as they set goals and advance in their sport.
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Follow the moments from the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships

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Follow the moments from the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships
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Florida Youth Soccer launches new website on AmericanEagle.com US Youth Soccer platform

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Florida Youth Soccer Association, one of 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations, has launched its new website, fysa.com, built by Americaneagle.com, a leading website design, development and hosting company. Florida Youth Soccer has a current membership base of more than 105,000 youth players, 30,000 active coaches, 8,500 referees and thousands of volunteers through its network of more than 280 member clubs across the state of Florida.
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Responsible Sports: When Should Sick Athletes Return?

Last month, a Responsible Sports Parent wrote to our panel of experts to ask: "The team mom/parent of a player states through an email her son won’t attend the soccer game due to his bronchitis. The following practice the player shows up and I the coach ask if he is still sick, the player stated to me a little, I am still on antibiotics and can’t run. As a coach what should I do?"
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Trophies raised at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

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Champions were crowned and trophies raised at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup. Drama, disappointment and delight were all on display at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Sacramento, Calif. Region IV led the way with five champions on the day. Region III claimed two titles and Region I claimed one.
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Final pairings determined at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

Preliminary play concluded today at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup,determining final pairings for tomorrow’s championship and consolation matches. Region III and Region IV led the way, each sending six teams to championship games. Region I will have three teams vying for a championship and Region II one.
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Preliminary play continues at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

In the second day of preliminary games at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, the Under-14 through Under-17 Boys and Girls teams were looking to move one step closer to competing in the championship games at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Sacramento, Calif.
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2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup kicks off in Sacramento

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The first day of games are complete at the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Sacramento, Calif. Thirty-two teams from 14 different states took the field to vie for a chance to lift the National Presidents Cup trophy in the Under-14 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups.
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Storied James P. McGuire Cup to broadcast live on Fox Soccer from the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill, SC

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The Under-19 Boys US Youth Soccer National Championship, James P. McGuire Cup, final will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer from Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C., beginning with a pre-game show at 7:30 pm ET and kickoff at 8 pm.
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Some of America’s best athletes talk to Responsible Sports

In less than two weeks, Americans across our great nation will gather in their living rooms to watch the greatest athletes in the world compete for the highest honor in sport! Whether they are motivated to watch because they love a particular sport or a single sport star, one thing is certain: they will all be cheering for the Red White and Blue!
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Coaching Education | Recommended Backyard Games

The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association and Mike Singleton provide backyard games that allow players to develop a variety of skills.
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2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships schedule announced and field of 60 teams set

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US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedule for the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by National Guard, to be played July 24-29 at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. The 60 qualifying teams will play matches Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27 to determine who will advance to vie for the national titles. Those title games will be played Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30.
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Back To School?! While it seems like the year just ended, the new school year is just around the corner

As the summer winds down, we say sayonara to sunglasses and shorts and hello to new school supplies, class schedules and sports. Gearing up for the new school year can give your tween or teen a boost of confidence as they start to think about their going back, starting at a new school, and (of course) who they’ll eat lunch with.
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Parenting Education | The secret to raising smart kids

Our society worships talent, and many people assume that possessing superior intelligence or ability — along with confidence in that ability — is a recipe for success. Years of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings. Parents and teachers can also teach children to enjoy the process of learning by expressing positive views of challenges...
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48 of 60 teams punch tickets to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill

US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 18 champions of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships presented by National Guard, and commend their success in the state and regional championships of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament.
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Listen to U.S. Soccer great Brandi Chastain

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In one of many podcasts and videos available on Responsible Sports, World Cup and Olympic Champion soccer player Brandi Chastain shares personal insights on becoming “The Kind of Player You Want to Be”. In this episode, she talks with Responsible Sports about how athletes deal with transition, bouncing back from injury, truly inspiring coaching, and her favorite memories from the US National Team and Women’s World Cup.
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Responsible pre-game preparation

Kids will be kids. They’ll want to eat a lot of sugar. They’ll stay up late playing video games at sleepovers. They’ll struggle with prioritizing and time management. As Responsible Coaches and Responsible Sports Parents, we can use sports to help young athletes grow through those child-like behaviors and help them perform better on and off the field.
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Cal North & iSoccer

Teach life lessons through sport - iSoccer is all about settings goals, being committed, working hard, and earning achievements - valuable skills on and off the field. The "i" stands for individual - We know how busy soccer families are, so we give players everything they need to train on their own.​
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Responsible Sports: Helping kids deal with game time mistakes

Last month, a Responsible Sports Parent wrote to our panel of experts to ask: “Seconds to go in the game.... Your child misses a clear shot on goal that would have won the game. What would you do?” Frank, a concerned parent.
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36 of 60 teams punch tickets to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill

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US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 14 champions of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships presented by National Guard, and commend their success in the state and regional championships of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament.
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2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup Schedule Announced

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US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedule for the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup (http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/PresidentsCup/)to be played July 12-15 at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Sacramento, Calif. The event will feature 32 teams that have earned their way to the National Presidents Cup via success in their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Presidents Cup events.​
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Update: 2012 Region II Championships

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The chase continues for the Region II Championships in Saginaw, Mich.
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24 of 60 teams punch tickets to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill

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US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 16 champions of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships presented by National Guard, and commend their success in the state and regional championships of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament.
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Update: 2012 Region II Championships

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Follow the moments from the Region II Championships in Saginaw, Mich.
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12 of 60 teams punch tickets to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill SC

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US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 14 champions of the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships presented by National Guard, and commend their success in the state and regional championships of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament.
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Schedules LIVE for 2012 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships

US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedule for the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships to be played June 29-July 3 in Lancaster, Pa. The top 260 US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams, including teams from host Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, will compete at the Classics Park Soccer Complex, Hempfield High School and Elizabethtown College for the Region I Championships.
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Two major changes made to 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships

Beginning in 2013, the US Youth Soccer National Championships will feature the Under-13 age group for boys and girls and see a heavier representation from the US Youth Soccer National League in the Under-15 through Under-17 age groups.
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Region IV teams advance to 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Presidents Cup champions and acknowledge their success in the US Youth Soccer State and Regional Presidents Cup events. Teams in the Under-14 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups advance to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup July 11-15 at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Sacramento, Calif.
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Region II teams advance to 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Presidents Cup champions and acknowledge their success in the US Youth Soccer State and Regional Presidents Cup events. Teams in the Under-14 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups advance to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup July 11-15 at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Sacramento, Calif.
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Update: 2012 Region III Championships

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The chase continues for the Region III title in the knockout rounds
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Update: 2012 Region IV Championships

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Follow the moments as close to 250 teams chase the prestigious regional title
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Update: 2012 Region III Championships

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Follow the moments as more than 200 teams chase the prestigious regional title
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Region III teams advance to 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Presidents Cup champions and acknowledge their success in the US Youth Soccer State and Regional Presidents Cup events. Teams in the Under-14 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups advance to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup July 11-15 at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Sacramento, Calif.
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2012 Regionals...follow the moments

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Follow the moments from the 2012 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships this summer through a variety of social and traditional media channels.
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Making effort its own reward

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Ideally, youth and high school athletes come to view effort as its own reward. They learn to enjoy the exhaustion of training runs or the comfort of knowing that rote repetition of skills has prepared their minds and muscles to perform at game-time. Until they learn that effort is its own reward, youth athletes may need to be coaxed into putting their all into conditioning. Here are a few approaches...​
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Headed to soccer camp this summer?

Are your soccer stars super excited to head to camp this summer? While soccer camp can be a great, fun experience for tweens who are well prepared, it can be a daunting time for those who are not. From camp wear and cleats to Degree® deodorant and other soccer camp essentials, it’s important they have everything needed to kick it on the field this summer.
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The US Youth Soccer Show’s third episode premiers Friday

US Youth Soccer's monthly program, The US Youth Soccer Show, brings viewers in depth with US Youth Soccer events, players, coaches and more. The 30-minute show airs only FOX Soccer, the official television partner of US Youth Soccer.
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Protecting your automobile

You arrive safe and sound and on time. The doors fly open and out rush a parade of enthusiastic soccer players ready for fun. The game went well and spirits are high until you return to the parking lot to find another vehicle has backed into your car. Has this or something like this ever happened to you?
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Region I teams advance to 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Presidents Cup champions and acknowledge their success in the US Youth Soccer State and Regional Presidents Cup events. Teams in the Under-14 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups advance to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup July 11-15 at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex in Sacramento, Calif.
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2012 US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup update

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The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is designed for those teams seeking additional challenges to play against teams of similar abilities for a national title. The cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie and community from the state to regional to national levels of US Youth Soccer.
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Parenting Education | The PS parent companion

Have you ever wondered what your child athlete is thinking? The PS parent companion gives parents a handful of P.S. reminders as an insight into their child athlete's mind. This is a simple tool to help parents understand what their children are feeling in different situations and to help teach parents that using positive messages can help nourish their children's love of the game.
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Coaching Education | Recuperation training session

The Olympic Development Program Europe provides an in depth, 90 minute recuperation session that allows the players to get a lot of touches on the ball without working at a high pace.
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Lisha Murphy and Andrew Delarosa awarded the fourth annual US Youth Soccer William J. “Billy” Goaziou Scholarships

US Youth Soccer players Lisha Murphy, Newburgh, Ind., and Andrew Delarosa, Boise, Idaho, are the recipients of the fourth annual US Youth Soccer William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarships. Both teens play key roles on their soccer teams as well as in their communities.
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Training Advisor from US Youth Soccer - May Issue

US Youth Soccer and SKLZ have teamed up to offer you a monthly newsletter dedicated to improving your game...
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Responsible Sports: Dealing with disrespectful players at practice

Last month, a Responsible Sports Parent wrote to our panel of experts to ask: “I coach a soccer team made up of 13 and 14 year old girls. I have a couple of players that are ‘bratty.’ They want to do what they want; they roll their eyes when being coached or whistle when the coach is talking to them. Should I give in to them or kick them off the team?”
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Take the time to learn and you won’t burn

As summer continues to roll in, make sure you continue to take the necessary precautions to be sun safe. As athletes we sometimes are too worried about preparing and getting pumped-up for a match that we forget about things like protecting ourselves from the sun.
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Responsible Sports: How to help injured players and have them help you

Player injuries are an unfortunate part of sports. However, like so many other aspects of sports, injuries provide “teachable moments.” These are opportunities for Responsible Coaches to use misfortune or adversity to teach life lessons and cultivate character.
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Coaching Education | The Substitute Coach

The experience of serving as a “substitute coach,” as one u-8 player bluntly referred to me to one of his teammates, provided to me a significant source of enlightenment relative to the pulse of the teaching and learning culture within our club.
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11 Questions with Midge Purce

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A year ago, Midge Purce was preparing for the US Youth Soccer National Championships with SAC United after punching a ticket through the US Youth Soccer National League. This year she is preparing for the Under-17 World Cup. U.S. Soccer caught up with her to ask her a few questions.
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The US Youth Soccer Show’s second episode premiers Friday

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US Youth Soccer's monthly program, The US Youth Soccer Show, brings viewers in depth with US Youth Soccer events, players, coaches and more. The 30-minute show airs only FOX Soccer, the official television partner of US Youth Soccer.
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Alexi Lalas credits his successes to personal goal setting

Former US National Men’s team player Alexi Lalas achieved great success in his amateur and professional career. He was a member of the 1994 FIFA World Cup team and the first American to play in Italy’s top professional league. He credits his successes to goal setting.
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US Youth Soccer National Youth License in Raleigh, N.C.

North Carolina Youth Soccer will host a U.S. Soccer National Youth License in Raleigh June 1-3 and 9-10, 2012, delivered by US Youth Soccer. The National Youth License is a 5–day course regarded as the “A” course for youth coaching. For those working with, or anticipating working with, young players, the National Youth License may be the most important and valuable course available to coaches of all playing levels. It is also a great opportunity for “A” Licensed coaches to receive 8 CEU’s.
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US Youth Soccer National Youth License Course in Houston

South Texas Youth Soccer will host a U.S. Soccer National Youth License in Houston May 29 to June 2, delivered by US Youth Soccer. The National Youth License is a 5–day course regarded as the “A” course for youth coaching. For those working with, or anticipating working with, young players, the National Youth License may be the most important and valuable course available to coaches of all playing levels. It is also a great opportunity for “A” Licensed coaches to receive 8 CEU’s.
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Training Advisor from US Youth Soccer - April Issue

US Youth Soccer and training partner SKLZ have teamed to offer this new aid for player and coaches alike. Check it out.
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TOPSoccer - My Story

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One soccer mom takes us through her son's first day on a TOPSoccer team.
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Responsible Sports: Dealing with negative parents in the stands

Last month, a Responsible Sports Parent wrote to our panel of experts to ask: “My youngest is a first year U8 soccer player. Many of her friends play on her team and that is why she plays. My problem is that the mother of one of her good friends often sits next to me during practices and games and is really negative all the time. She is either criticizing the coaching or expressing frustration with the performance of the kids, particularly her own daughter.
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What's the future for the multi-sport athlete?

Specialization is common and accepted in most professions. At some point in time Albert Einstein probably decided to focus on theoretical physics, Tom Brady focused on football rather than baseball, and Yo-Yo Ma chose the cello over the double-bass. The world is better for their decision.
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On the team: A Responsible Sports approach to tryouts

With soccer season about to start for many players across America, tryouts may be a subject that looms large. Tryouts can be tough not only for the athletes, but for their parents and coaches as well. Parents may find it difficult to console a child who has failed to make a team. Likewise, coaches often dread “the cut,” informing players that gave their all that they just didn’t make it.
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Rewards can motivate and unite a team

In an effort to try to improve player performance, coaches sometimes inadvertantley focus on weak plays, lack of leadership or poorly executed skills. But Responsible Coaches know filling tanks and positively motivating players brings out better outcomes.
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The seventh season of the US Youth Soccer Show kicks off on April 6

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US Youth Soccer's monthly program, The US Youth Soccer Show, brings viewers in depth with US Youth Soccer events, players, coaches and more. The 30-minute show airs only FOX Soccer, the official television partner of US Youth Soccer.
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Parenting Education | Choosing the right sport and physical activity program for your child

Programs promoting sport and physical activity for children and youths have proliferated in recent years. Because the philosophies, objectives, facilities and leadership of those programs can be so diverse, it’s imperative that parents/guardians assess program quality, both initially and periodically, to determine whether the program will provide a positive experience – physically, socially and emotionally - for their children.
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Coaching Education | The Dawn of Zone One

Looking at the landscape in the United States, I believe there aren't enough top coaches who are working with younger players.
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National Youth License Courses

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The National Youth License is a 5–day course regarded as the “A” course for youth coaching. For those working with, or anticipating working with, young players, the National Youth License may be the most important and valuable course available to coaches of all playing levels.
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US Youth Soccer National Youth License in Webster, N.Y.

New York State West Youth Soccer will host a U.S. Soccer National Youth License in Webster May 11-13 and 19-20, delivered by US Youth Soccer. The National Youth License is a 5–day course regarded as the “A” course for youth coaching. The course begins at 5 pm on the 11th and concludes at 4 pm on the 20th. For those working with, or anticipating working with, young players, the National Youth License may be the most important and valuable course available to coaches of all playing levels.
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US Youth Soccer National Youth License in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Arizona Youth Soccer will host a U.S. Soccer National Youth License in Casa Grande May 11-13 and 19-20, delivered by US Youth Soccer. The National Youth License is a 5–day course regarded as the “A” course for youth coaching. The course begins at 4 pm on the 11th and concludes at 4 pm on the 20th. For those working with, or anticipating working with, young players, the National Youth License may be the most important and valuable course available to coaches of all playing levels.
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Yardley-Makefield Soccer Commits $2500 Grant to Player Scholarship

Yardley-Makefield Soccer of Yardley, Pennsylvania earned a coveted Responsible Sports Community Grant in the fall of 2011.
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Champions crowned as 2011-2012 US Youth Soccer National League season concludes in Las Vegas

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The US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys and Girls, and Under-18 Boys completed their third and final day of matches today at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, held in conjunction with the Players Showcase.
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US Youth Soccer National League titles still to be claimed on final day

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After three titles were determined yesterday, another six teams locked up a division championship today, meaning five of the 14 league championships will be decided on the final day of the season. Besides earning an automatic ticket to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships, teams are also vying for a top-2 finish to earn their return to the league in the 2012-2013 National League season.​
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US Youth Soccer National League Boys and Girls begin final weekend of League play in Las Vegas

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The US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys and Girls, and Under-18 Boys resumed league play today at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, alongside the 2012 Player’s Showcase. Each age group is represented by four of the League’s eight teams per division in the final weekend of league play.
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National League news from the final weekend of play in Las Vegas

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The US Youth Soccer National League Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys and Girls, and Under-18 Boys resume league play March 23-25 at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, alongside the 2012 Player’s Showcase. Each age group is represented by four of the League’s eight teams per division in the final weekend of league play.
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Soccer's Best-paid players

Have you ever wondered what the top professional soccer players earn from their time on the field? Our friends at Soccer America just posted the top 20 highest paid professionals and some of the names might surprise you...
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Different paths to stardom (Sebastian's Story)

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The most remarkable rookie early on in the MLS season must be Velasquez. The 21-year-old midfielder, who started Real Salt Lake’s first two games and set up goals in both wins, took a non-traditional route to the U.S. pro league.
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Should kids train for sports outside of school and club sports? The experts at Responsible Sports weigh in.

Last month, a Responsible Sports Parent wrote to our panel of experts to ask: Should a high school athlete be allowed to train for sports outside of his normal already-busy school sports schedule. We asked two of our experts to weigh in.
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2011-2012 US Youth Soccer National League season set to wrap up in Las Vegas

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The US Youth Soccer National League season will wrap up March 23-25 at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas alongside the Players Showcase
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Help stop coaching shortages: Fill Coaches’ Emotional Tanks

In a recently article in the Staunton News Leader (VA), headlined Parents driving coaches away from the game, staff writer Patrick Hite highlighted a troubling problem: talented youth sports coaches with a love of the game and a passion for teaching kids are no longer volunteering to serve. Why?
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Champions crowned at the 2012 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships

The 2012 US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Champions were crowned today at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
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Parenting Education | The car ride home

I recently had the opportunity to meet with a group of parents of a u-9 boys travel team to discuss our club's mission with respect to facilitating the conditions which focus upon player development over match results. These particular parents had enjoyed a rather successful wins/losses record that leaned in their favor over the past few seasons. The focal point of our club however was now upon fostering development of each player in lieu of concentrating upon securing wins each Sunday.
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US Youth Soccer debuts Player Development Model

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US Youth Soccer is excited to announce the release of the Player Development Model, which provides a curriculum for clubs from the Under-6 to Under-19 age groups. The curriculum is designed to serve as a standard to guide each of US Youth Soccer's 55 member State Associations and more than 5,500 clubs on how to effectively train athletes of all levels and abilities.
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National award winners to be announced tonight

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A highlight of the US Youth Soccer Workshop is the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala. The 2012 Awards Gala will be held on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. See the announcements at USYouthSoccer.org or Twitter.com/USYouthSoccer tonight.
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2011 US Youth Soccer Goal and Save of the Year named

Based on an open submission process and online voting, the national US Youth Soccer Goal of the Year award winner is Leonardo Lindo of Palo Alto, Calif., and the Save of the Year winner is Alyse Scott of Marietta, Ga. Lindo plays for Palo Alto SC and Scott patrols the net for NASA 12 Elite 2.
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US Youth Soccer and NSCAA merge annual conventions beginning 2013

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US Youth Soccer and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), two of the nation’s soccer leaders, are merging their respective annual gatherings for the first time in January 2013 to create the game’s most influential event of the year. The combined convention will appeal to the entire soccer community as US Youth Soccer brings the annual US Youth Soccer Workshop to the NSCAA Convention.​
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US Youth Soccer honors Gary Allen as 2012 US Youth Soccer Excellence in Youth Coaching Education award recipient

US Youth Soccer honors Gary Allen as 2012 US Youth Soccer Excellence in Youth Coaching Education award recipient
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National Guard to support US Youth Soccer

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US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in the nation, announced a new partnership with the Army National Guard. As part of the agreement, the National Guard will be the presenting sponsor of...
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National Guard to support US Youth Soccer

As part of the agreement, the National Guard will be the presenting sponsor of the storied US Youth Soccer National Championship Series at the Regional and National Championship levels.
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All-Tournament team announced from the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys 1996 Winter Interregional

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US Youth Soccer today announced the All-Tournament Team from the recently completed US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Boys 1996 Winter Interregional held at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 27-29, 2012.
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US Youth Soccer debuts Player Development Model

US Youth Soccer is excited to announce the release of the Player Development Model, which provides a curriculum for clubs from the Under-6 to Under-19 age groups. The curriculum is designed to serve as a standard to guide each of US Youth Soccer's 55 member State Associations and more than 5,500 clubs on how to effectively train athletes of all levels and abilities.
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US Youth Soccer National League clubs continue to develop players for the next level

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To date, club teams in the U-17 and U-18 National League have produced 276 girls and 119 boys who have committed to play for collegiate soccer programs throughout the country.
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Dealing With Lopsided Games

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