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Common Goals | October 2014


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US Youth Soccer - Bounce

Tim Howard

One-on-one with USMNT
GK Tim Howard.

Video: Tim Howard
'Best Of' Show

The best stories from this season of The Show.

Video: The Show
Top_BaltBaltimore Celtic

A club takes its own path to the title.

Video: Baltimore Celtic


New FUEL Soccer magazines are here!
A new edition of US Youth Soccer's FUEL Soccer magazine was released in September. Browse the digital version or order your print copies here, and make sure to keep an eye out for more issues this fall!

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

Male and Female Player of the Month
US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals as October 2014 Players of the Month — Female: Hollis from Larkspur, Calif.; Male: Trent from Sedalia, Mo. Congratulations to Hollis and Trent. 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.

The US Youth Soccer Show | October 2014
The new episode premiered Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. ET on Fox Soccer Plus. Find out when to catch a replay or watch it any time by going to the US Youth Soccer YouTube page.


Players called into U.S. Under-20 WNT all share US Youth Soccer ties
All 32 players called into the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team's October camp have played in US Youth Soccer programs. Read more.

Q&A: The value of friendship in youth soccer
We talked with Shelby Lee, captain of the two-time defending US Youth Soccer National Champions DMCV Sharks Elite (CA-S), about one of the four themes of Youth Soccer Month: Friendship. See what she had to say.

Q&A: Talking family with Samantha Mewis
In their young careers, Samantha and Kristie Mewis have already experienced a lot on the soccer field, including playing together on the U.S. Women's National Team. Sam talked with US Youth Soccer about the importance of family in her soccer career.

College soccer season is heating up
Many US Youth Soccer alumni at college soccer programs across the country are in the middle of their 2014 seasons. Keep track of the Top 25 programs and follow the news in men's and women's college soccer.

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Avoid making the ride home a nightmare for your child
Station Wagon Syndrome — when parents constantly criticize play following games — is a factor that leads to many kids losing their love for the game. Learn how to avoid it.

6 tips to help parents enjoy youth soccer again
With the right attitude, soccer can be a lot of fun for parents. Read more.

Is your obsession with winning hurting your child's sports experience?
There are a lot of lessons that can be taught through sports if we don't focus on the score. See what they are in this article from The Atlantic.

VIDEO: How to handle being a parent of a young referee
If your child is getting into refereeing, be sure to check out this helpful video from U.S. Soccer.

Parenting Education
First Aid Supplies

Parenting Blog
Game Plan | Make the trips to and from games an adventure.
All About the Money | Will all youth games soon be broadcast online?
Taking It on the Chin | A look at different ways to take a loss.

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Coaching Guide: Spatial Awareness
US Youth Soccer is excited to announce the release of "Spatial Awareness – A Progression for Coaching the Tactical Use of the Field of Play through Concepts of Space."

The 2015 US Youth Soccer Workshop is coming up!
Registration is open for the 2015 US Youth Soccer Workshop and NSCAA Convention. Check our website as we continue to add education sessions and presenters' information.

New Education Course for Coaches and Parents: Coaching Healthy Habits
Celebrate Youth Soccer Month by investing in the health of our young soccer players! Our new online education course — Coaching Healthy Habits — has tips for promoting healthy habits on the field. We collaborated with Tufts University nutrition and physical activity experts to create this new course — find it on our Education Platform here.

National Youth License Courses
There are National Youth License courses available this month. Check out locations and dates of future courses with this interactive map.

Coaching Education
Ferguson's Formula

Coaching Blog
Perspectives of Opposing Teams | A poem showing the influence of coaches on players.
Player Development... To What End? | How to keep kids in the game.



Nutrition tips for before, during and after a game or practice
What players eat - and when - plays a major part in their success on the field. Here are some good nutrition choices for game day and post practice. See Alexi Lalas’ tips for Game Day Nutrition.


Free download from Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive
Supporting your youth athlete in a positive and constructive manner will help him or her learn to love sports and have a more positive experience. Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive created this tool for ways you can encourage your child during and after the game. Download it today!


Your kid could WIN an Orlando showdown with MLS pros!
Capri Sun has your kid’s chance to WIN a trip to Orlando for an on-field matchup with MLS superstars, in Capri Sun Kids vs. Pros II: MLS Soccer Showdown! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MANY WILL ENTER, ONLY FOUR WILL WIN A GRAND PRIZE. Open to residents of 50 U.S. states and D.C., 6-17 years old. Starts 7/28/14, ends 11/30/14. Rules:


Register for the 2015 US Youth Soccer Workshop and NSCAA Convention!
The 2015 US Youth Soccer Workshop and NSCAA Convention is fast approaching. Register before Dec. 15 to receive a discount to the biggest soccer event of the year, as thousands of coaches, administrators and other soccer enthusiasts gather in Philadelphia!


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

Some recent vendors...

Bello BelloGoal is soccer excitement on a table top. BelloGoal is a miniaturized soccer game with special features that brings excitement and unpredictability at its best.
Stanno-Logo Stanno Teamwear takes great pride in being recognized as a Teamwear Specialist. Establishing close relationships with our client in addition to our quality products and direct sales methods makes Stanno the Ultimate Teamwear Brand.

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


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