Male and Female Player of the Month
US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals as April 2013 Players of the Month — Male: Zachary from Miami, Fla.; Female: Madison from Melrose, Fla. Congratulations to Zachary and Madison. 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.
U.S. Soccer World Cup Qualifiers
The U.S. Men's National Team earned a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in unforgettable snowy conditions on March 22 in Denver. The Americans followed that up with a scoreless tie at Mexico, just the second time the team came away with a point in World Cup Qualifying at Estadio Azteca.
US Youth Soccer recently launched Marketplace, which offers teams, coaches and players the ability to shop for all things soccer in one location. The website features a national marketplace where members of the soccer community can 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.
The US Youth Soccer Show Returns
Hey guys it’s me, Hilary Kennedy — host of the US Youth Soccer Show on FOX Soccer. Our new season is about to start and I just wanted to give you an idea of what to expect in this month’s show. We’ll look back on the ODP Championships, the top goals and saves of 2012, learn more about how 32 teams punched their tickets to this summer’s National Championships and take you to the SKLZ performance combine to see how US Youth Soccer athletes stacked up. The show premiers Friday, April 5 at 5 p.m. ET, so don’t miss it!
Soccer for Peace and Understanding in Jordan
Ball State and Indiana Soccer partnered with Leaders of Tomorrow, Jordan Football Association and Princess Basma Youth Resource Centre to teach citizenship and peaceful living skills through soccer clinics for youth coaches and players. Read More.
Top 10 Moments
Liberty Mutual Insurance applauds the acts of sportsmanship, selflessness, integrity, fairness and honesty from youth sports fields around the country in the Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments program. Each month, three Moments of the Month will be featured on ResponsibleSports.com/Top10Moments. Visit the site and tweet @RespSports your vote for your favorite Responsible Sports Moment.
Also, don't forget to register your soccer team for the Spring Community Grant for a chance to earn a $2,500 grant!
Save at Sports Authority in April
Get $10 off your next purchase of $50 or more at Sports Authority by presenting this coupon! The offer is good through May 4, 2013, so don't delay. Head to your local Sports Authority soon to save on your next sporting goods purchase. Get your coupon now!
Support the Team Behind the Team with the Makers of ZYRTEC®
As an official sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, the makers of ZYRTEC® have teamed up with US Youth Soccer to give fans a chance to ‘score’ weekly $200 Walmart® gift cards and identify a local youth soccer organization to receive a $10,000 donation. Visit the ZYRTEC Facebook page now through June 30, 2013, to enter the ZYRTEC TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM SWEEPSTAKES! No purchase necessary. 50 US/DC, 18+. Ends 6/30/13. Rules apply.
Plan Your Coaching Education Vacation in Orlando this Summer!
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America will be hosting its inaugural Summer Symposium event in Orlando August 1-3. With similar components to the NSCAA Convention/US Youth Soccer Workshop, the Symposium will include a full weekend of coaching education sessions, Diploma offerings, and many additional activities that cater to you and your whole family! Start planning now by visiting NSCAA.com/symposium.
Define Your Version of Success for a Chance to Win Prizes from SKLZ!
SKLZ recently launched The Success Project to compile countless stories, videos and images from all sorts of athletes telling what success looks like to them. Each contribution you make to The Success Project equals a $1 donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. You can take part by visiting TheSuccessProject.com or using #SuccessProject to post your content on social media. Click here to learn more.
2013 Presidents Cup Schedule Announced
US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the summer schedule for the 2013 US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cup competitions. Boys and girls teams in the Under-13 through Under-17 age groups will compete in their respective regional events across the nation from May 24-June 16, to earn a way to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, held July 10-14 in Auburndale, Fla. For locations and dates, click here.
National League Division Titles Claimed in Las Vegas
The 2012-13 National League season wrapped up in Las Vegas, with 16 teams winning division crowns and 32 earning a spot in the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan. Read More.
US Youth Soccer Alum with Amazing Goal for MLS Club
The Colorado Rapids' Dillon Powers, a former US Youth Soccer national champion, scored on this powerful strike against the Portland Timbers on March 30 for the opening goal in a 2-2 tie. Watch the 22-year-old rookie's goal here.
ODP Under-17 Girls Region I Team Wins Championship in Russia
The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Under-17 Region I squad won the championship at the Kuban Spring Tournament in Sochi, Russia. Assistant coach Darren Marshall blogged daily during the trip. Check it out.
Players Experience Instant Benefits of SKLZ Combine
SKLZ worked with US Youth Soccer to conduct a player evaluation combine during the ODP Championships. Read some player and coach feedback on the event in which participants ran through drills and received individualized feedback on how to improve form and performance. Read the recap.
William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarship Application Deadline Nearing
The US Youth Soccer William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarship application deadline is April 12. Be sure to apply for the $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to one male and one female attending a post-secondary education institution for the first time in fall 2013. Learn More.
Passion and Hard Work Paying Off for Bradley
Soccer America's Mike Woitalla writes about U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Michael Bradley and how his longtime love of the game pushed him to make the most of his abilities and represent his country on the biggest stage. Full Story.
Auction Funds Scholarship in Memory of Sandy Hook 26
A jersey auction — featuring shirts signed by Lionel Messi, the U.S. Men's National Team, Manchester United and more — will help fund a scholarship at Quinnipiac University in the memory of Rachel Marie D’Avino, one of the 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School victims. Bidding ends on April 14. Learn more.
Guidance Counselors' Advice for Choosing a College
Jon Fortenbury looks at some advice high school guidance counselors provide for students looking at colleges in this USA Today College article. See it here.
Steve Swanson Q&A: Talks College Recruiting and Youth Improvements
Soccer America's Mike Woitalla talked with Steve Swanson, a long-time college coach and 2012 U.S. Women's U-20 National Team coach, about problems with college recruiting starting too early for young players. Read Part 1. The two then discussed strides made in youth soccer and areas for improvement. Read Part 2.
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Positive Thinking Pays Off — For Players and Referees
Randy Vogt writes for Soccer America about the differing success of teams that experienced negative motivation versus those that received positive encouragement. The results tell the story. Read more.
Put Back in the Game What You Get Out of It
Responsible Sports invites you to listen to its exclusive podcast with Director of Coaching for Colorado Youth Soccer, Mike Freitag! Mike shares his experience as an assistant and head coach along with his personal experiences playing soccer. He also provides advice to parents and encourages them to be supportive from the sidelines. Listen now!
Getting Players to Pay Attention
Soccer America's Mike Moitalla talks to coaching directors, including US Youth Soccer's Sam Snow, about different methods to get youth players to pay attention when the coach speaks. Read about it here.
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