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Common Goals | March 2014

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Tom Sermanni

The USWNT coach on youth soccer and more.

Video: Tom Sermanni
ODP Championships

Highlights from the championship finals.

Video: ODP Championships

One on one with four USWNT stars.

Video: USWNT Interviews


USYouthSoccer_40th_Anniversary_Logo_FINALUS Youth Soccer Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
This year marks US Youth Soccer's 40th Anniversary. We would like to thank all of the players, parents, coaches, administrators, volunteers and more who have helped us grow the game of soccer for the past four decades. Read more about the anniversary and be sure to look for ways to celebrate 40 years of "The Game for All Kids!" during 2014.

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

Order copies of FUEL Soccer now!
The latest edition of FUEL Soccer is here, with information for players, parents, coaches and fans of the game. It's a great resource you can get for your soccer family, team, club or tournament. Be sure to order your copies today!

Male and Female Player of the Month
US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals as March 2014 Players of the Month — Female: Cassidy from Norfolk, Va.; Male: Biren from Baltimore, Md. Congratulations to Cassidy and Biren. 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.


US Youth Soccer ODP Championships
California South came away with all four titles at the 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships in Phoenix, Ariz. Check out a recap of the action.

US Youth Soccer ODP Girls compete in Costa Rica
US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Region II and Region III 1999 teams traveled to Costa Rica to experience international play in a round-robin tournament Feb. 16-19 in San Jose. Read more.

US Youth Soccer National League season wraps up in March
Nearly half of the field for the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be solidified when US Youth Soccer National Play concludes this month in Las Vegas. Learn more and check out the schedule.

Morgan Brian earns her place in first U.S. Women's National Team start
Morgan Brian, the youngest player currently on the U.S. Women's National Team, earned her first start with the squad on Jan. 31 against Canada. Brian is an alum of several US Youth Soccer programs. Read more about her.


What parents should say as their kids perform
This article is one of the most popular we've ever posted on social media. It includes the six words kids want to hear from their parents after every competition. Check it out.

US Youth Soccer Billy Goaziou Scholarship - APPLY NOW!
US Youth Soccer is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the sixth term of US Youth Soccer William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarships. Click here to learn more about the scholarships.

How to get the best student loans possible
Jon Fortenbury offers a few pieces of advice on how to get the best student loans possible for your individual situation. Read the full article.

Parenting Education
Backyard Games

Parenting Blog
Marching On | Eventually, you'll have to be content with being only a spectator.
Intuitiveness | Your children may be listening, but they may not understand.
You Won't Know If You Don't Ask | What to find out when picking a club.
Mascot Love | A mascot can be an important part of a team's image.

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Qualification for the 2014-15 US Youth Soccer National League announced
If you and your team are interested in competing in the US Youth Soccer National League next season, check out how to qualify.

Put refs and coaches in the same room
Mike Woitalla of Soccer America talks about an education session he hosted at the US Youth Soccer Workshop in January, discussing the importance of peaceful conversation between referees and coaches. Read more.

VIDEO: U.S. Women's National Team coach Tom Sermanni
Tom Sermanni, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team, sat down with us to discuss his thoughts on coaching and youth soccer in America. Watch the video to see what he had to say.

Soccer Pocket Guide
With spring soccer seasons starting up, be sure to check out the US Youth Soccer Pocket Guide. It's a great resource for coaches and parents who are new to the sport.

National Youth License
There are National Youth License courses available this month.

Coaching Education
Tactical Evolution of the Game

Coaching Blog
Consistent Performance | A child that enjoys playing will stay motivated and have more success.




Conversations with Athletes
Among the richest rewards of being a Responsible Sport Parent is the opportunity to have great conversations with your children. You can use the fun and excitement of sports to connect with your children. To help your children get the most out of youth sports — especially the critical life lessons in teamwork, effort and resilience that sports offer — Liberty Mutual Insurance invites you to visit for a few tips and ideas on how to make the most of those conversations.


Request an NSCAA Coaching Course
The NSCAA is now making it easier than ever to submit a request for a coaching course in your area. Simply fill out an online form, identify a facility and be contacted by an NSCAA representative within 48 hours to begin setting a date. Stay ahead of the game in 2014 and get educated! Improving Soccer. One Coach at a Time. Click here to fill out the form.



US Youth Soccer Announces Partnership with NESTLÉ NESQUIK
US Youth Soccer is pleased to announce a new national partnership with NESTLÉ NESQUIK, the official “Chocolate Milk” and “Post-Game” drink of US Youth Soccer. NESQUIK will support US Youth Soccer’s more than three million youth soccer players and one million adults through events and online at Samples of NESQUIK beverages will be available on-site at select events and tournaments. Read more about the partnership here.



The March Training Advisor, Presented by SKLZ
The March Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ, is now available. Check it out for exercises you can do using Agility Cones to improve balance and multi-directional speed. Use the promotional code provided to get 20 percent off your own soccer training system to help make yourself a quicker player on the field! Check it out.



Get Sports Authority coupons for your team or club!
Receive Sports Authority coupons to distribute at your next event or tournament. Each pack of coupons comes with 100 cards valid through June 30, 2014. Coupon packs will be first come, first serve…so don’t delay. Get your coupons by emailing with ALL of the following info: # of coupon packs, contact name, address.


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

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


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