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Common Goals | May 2013

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SKLZ Combine

Creating a more efficient, intelligent player.

Video: SKLZ Combine
Mason Stewart

A young boy overcomes a birth defect to play soccer.

Video: Mason Stewart
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A Chicago-area team working to get to the top.

Video: Raiders FC


Male and Female Player of the Month
US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals as May 2013 Players of the Month — Male: Cameron from Mebane, N.C.; Female: Anna Maria from Middletown, Del. Congratulations to Cameron and Anna Maria. 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.

National Women's Soccer League Begins First Season
The NWSL began its first season in April, and the league features a large percentage of players who participated in US Youth Soccer ODP when they were young. Full story.

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

The US Youth Soccer Show
Watch the full May episode of The US Youth Soccer Show to see some great stories. Watch now!


ODP Players Take Part in National Training Camp
Eighteen girls from US Youth Soccer ODP were invited to participate in the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls 1996 National Camp, where they were evaluated for possible inclusion in future U.S. National Team events. Check it out.

Portland Timbers Host Make-A-Wish Game
Watch Atticus Lane-Dupre's wish come true, as he and his youth soccer team played against the Portland Timbers in front of 3,000 fans. Watch now!

Taking Advantage of the Summer Before You Start College
USA Today College looks at five ways you can use the summer before freshman year to your advantage. Read more.

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!

Define "Success" for a Chance to Win Prizes from SKLZ
The Success Project by SKLZ is out to compile countless stories, videos and images from all sorts of athletes telling what success looks like to them. Each contribution to The Success Project equals a $1 donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. You can take part by visiting or using #SuccessProject to post your content on social media.


Questions to Consider About Your Child's Team
Soccer America highlights an excerpt from a book by Stan Baker looking at questions parents should ask to analyze their child's soccer team. Learn more.

A Story of Perseverance Through Tragedy
When Ian Miller's soccer dreams were cut short, his parents began donating shoes and cleats in his name to give others a chance to play the game he loved. Read their story.

Healthy Kids HUB Helps Programs Connect with Resources to Support Millions of Children
Here at US Youth Soccer, we believe it's important to maintain a healthy body both on and off the field. Sports leagues and other out-of-school organizations can play a key role in promoting health and wellness programs that can impact not only the players, but the coaches and families, as well. Click here to learn more about the Healthy Kids Hub, a new website full of resources to support coaches in promoting healthy choices. More...

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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.

What to do if Your Player Breaks a Leg
Dev K. Mishra, M.D., discusses how to handle a serious leg injury to one of your players in this Soccer America article. Read it here.

The Culture of United States Soccer
Our National Director of Coaching, Sam Snow, takes part in a Q&A with The Coaching Manual's Pavl Williams and makes some interesting points for parents and coaches to consider. Read the Q&A.

U.S. Soccer International Travel Forms
You can find forms for international travel, as well as forms to host foreign teams, on All individual forms can be found in our website's Document Center by searching for "Travel and Tournament Forms."

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
Volunteer Recruitment and Retention


Podcast: UC Irvine Coach George Kuntz on the Importance of Parents
Responsible Sports invites you to listen to George Kuntz, Director of Coaching for Hawaii Youth Soccer Association and current Head Coach for UC Irvine, share his insight on the influence parents can have on their child’s youth sports experience. Listen Now >>>



Take a Survey About Healthy Programs — Chance to Win $200 Gift Card
US Youth Soccer is encouraging coaches from across the country to take an independent online survey about snacks, beverages, and physical activity offered during their games and practices.  Feedback from this survey will help inform the development of resources to support leaders like you in promoting healthy programs. Those who complete the survey will be entered to win one of ten $200 gift cards. (Rules) All survey responses will be kept strictly confidential and anonymous. The survey is multiple-choice and will take about 10 minutes to complete. Click here to begin.



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.



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



Check Out the May Training Advisor from SKLZ!
The latest issue of the US Youth Soccer Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ, takes a look at some different exercises players can perform to increase stability and prevent lower body injuries. There are also tips on obtaining quicker feet, having the right mindset for growing as an athlete and a reminder to contribute to the #SuccessProject. Click here to view the Training Advisor!



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