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Common Goals | August 2013

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Boys National Championship game highlights.

Video: Boys Highlights
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Girls National Championship game highlights.

Video: Girls Highlights
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National Presidents Cup highlights.

Video: Presidents Cup


US Youth Soccer National Championships
The 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships wrapped up an exciting week of play in Overland Park, Kan., with 14 teams being crowned National Champions. Check out a recap of the championships matches here and here, and watch video highlights of all 14 title games and more. For complete coverage and recaps of the National Championships, check out the Official Website.

Congratulations to the 14 National Champions:

Under-13:  Legends FC (CA-S)
Under-14:  Eastside FC 98 Red (WA)
Under-15:  Eclipse Elite Black 97-98 (IL)
Under-16:  DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S)
Under-17:  Cleveland United White (OH-N)
Under-18:  Team Chicago Botafogo (IL)
Under-19:  NASA 12 Elite II (GA)
Under-13:  Pateadores LA (CA-S)
Under-14:  Pateadores CM (CA-S)
Under-15:  Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S)
Under-16:  Smithtown Arsenal (E-NY)
Under-17:  West Coast FC (CA-S)
Under-18:  West Coast FC (CA-S)
Under-19:  Lehigh Valley United 93 (E-PA)


Male and Female Player of the Month
US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals as August 2013 Players of the Month — Male: Josiah from Argos, Ind.; Female: Peyton from McKinney, Texas. Congratulations to Josiah and Peyton. 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.

Have You Checked Out 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


US Youth Soccer National League 2013-2014
US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 160 teams that have qualified to compete in the 2013-2014 US Youth Soccer National League season. The league, entering into its seventh season, is for the nation’s top Under-14 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.

US Youth Soccer National Championships Awards
See which players took home the Golden Ball and Golden Glove, and check out the players named to the 2013 Best 11 lists. Best 11 | Golden Ball/Golden Glove

US Youth Soccer National Championships Photos
Check out photos from the Player Luncheon, games, the champions stage and more. We have several albums on the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Facebook page. Check them out!

Former US Youth Soccer Player Plays for Arsenal
Gedion Zelalem, who used to play US Youth Soccer with OBGC Rangers, recently made an appearance in Arsenal's first squad in a game against the Indonesian Dream Team. Watch video of his performance!

US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup
The US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup took place in July, with 10 teams capturing championships. Read more.

U.S. U-20 WNT Coach Has US Youth Soccer Roots
Michelle French, who is in her first year as U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team coach, played and coached US Youth Soccer before being named to the full-time U.S. Soccer staff. Read her story and check out her video.

Join the Clubhouse!
Discover the latest US Youth Soccer kid's website designed for players and their families. Become a member of the Clubhouse to get access to soccer and entertainment stories, awesome games and amazing contests. Parents benefit too by receiving valuable coupons. Join now!


Youth Sports Psychology Session Held at National Championships
Well-regarded Mayo Clinic sports psychologist Max Trenerry held an education session for parents, coaches and all other adults associated with Under-13 players at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan. The session's goal was to inform adults how to create an environment that best helps kids to succeed. Learn more.

Why You Should Cheer for Your Kid's Coach
Before you question your child's youth sports coach, take a minute to read this piece from that explains why parents should be kind and thank the coaches. Check it out.

Parenting Education
Letter to a Parent-Coach from Your Child

Parenting Blog
Lemonade Out of Lemons
Standards and Practices
Bitter Words

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U6-U8, U-10 and U-12 Practice Guides
The US Youth Soccer Coaching Department has developed three age-specific practice activity guides for the U6-U8, U-10 and U-12 age groups. The guides give coaches an idea of what should be covered throughout a season while highlighting activities that focus on development in a low-stress, fun-filled environment. Learn more.

Dealing with Assistant Coaches
Mike Woitalla, of Soccer America, wrote a three-part series on how to get the most out of an assistant coach for youth soccer. Check out each of his articles to learn more. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Watching for Heat Illness
Soccer America posted this article by Dr. Dev K. Mishra explaining what heat illness is and how to recognize it in your players. Read more.

National Youth License
National Youth License coaching courses are offered this month.

Online Education
FREE online education for coaches now includes U10-U12 module

Coaching Education
The Power of Mindset

Coaching Blog
Youth Awards



Listen to Tim Howard on!
US Soccer and Everton English Club goalkeeper Tim Howard talks to Responsible Sports about his youth sports experience, how he played multiple sports growing up and why he finally decided to concentrate on soccer. He shares how he overcomes mistakes and stays in the moment during a match. He also provides advice to coaches of athletes with disabilities such as Tourette syndrome which he has. Listen to Tim now!



Save the Date for the 2014 NSCAA Convention and US Youth Soccer Workshop!
Soccer’s Biggest Party is headed to Philadelphia this January 15-19! Join coaching peers, administrators, referees, business leaders, players and fans to celebrate the year of accomplishments and new discoveries! Stay tuned for registration updates, clinician lineups and schedule announcements all at one location,!


Wilson Trophy Company Announced as National Sponsor
Wilson Trophy Company is now the official awards, medals and pins supplier of US Youth Soccer. Wilson Trophy Company will provide awards and medals for US Youth Soccer programs, including select US Youth Soccer ODP events, the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup and regional and national championship levels of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Read more.


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