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Dear Soccer, From A Mom Saying Goodbye

By Guest Contributor, Lisa Larson Chang This week begins State Cup, Caroline’s last club soccer tournament ever. To mark the occasion, I have written an open letter to the game of soccer. Yes, it is long. But, I think other parents can relate, whether your child’s passion has been soccer, swimming, Science Olympiad, or something […]

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Goalkeeper 101 – A Guide for Parenting a Youth Soccer Goalkeeper

Being the parent of a goalkeeper brings with it some special challenges. In this interview with long-time professional goalkeeper Jon Busch, we provide parents with knowledge about glove selection, the importance of protection for injury prevention, how to best support your young goalkeeper with the mental side of the game and much more. Jon and […]

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“I Can Do Better!” Youth Soccer Referees Need Support – Not Harassment.

“Call it both ways!!” “You’re blind!!” “Blow your whistle!!” “Open your eyes!!” “You need glasses!!” Do these phrases sound familiar? They probably do if you’re a referee, or if you’re a parent trying to enjoy your child’s soccer game on the sidelines. Contempt and disrespect towards game officials continues to plague both sidelines, from disgruntled […]

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Tom Farrey on the State of Youth Soccer and Sport in America

I am thrilled to be able to bring this interview with Emmy Award winning journalist Tom Farrey to SoccerParenting.com.  Tom’s book, Game On, was a catalyst book I read years ago as my children were getting involved in sport, one that started me down this Soccer Parenting Association journey.  Tom is the Executive Director of the […]

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Talent, Tryouts and Trainers, Oh My! Is Youth Soccer On the Right Path?

It was a big deal! I remember it very plainly. My parents, brothers and I would all sit down with popcorn and watch “The Wizard of Oz.” It was an annual occasion. The movie is definitely a classic but I think that the ritual and nostalgia factor make it a little more important for me. […]

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And the winners are…

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest for free annual memberships to MySoccerParenting.com. The winners are… Jeremy Bartley Tony Denick Nemavac SC Todd Kreikamp Alana Dancer Please email me at Skye@SoccerParenting.com to claim your membership!

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Calling All Youth Soccer Clubs in the USA – An Open Letter from USWNT Legend Tiffeny Milbrett

DEAR ANY STATE YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION IN THE USA (and the U.S. SOCCER DA AND ECNL): Thanks for your understanding in my need to reach out and request rule changes and policy formation that will go against recruiting and tampering with players from other clubs in season. I have been in the youth soccer club […]

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Futsal and the Future of Futsal with Greg Simmonds – video

Greg Simmonds is a former Jamaican International and Professional Player. He is the founder of Own Touch in Richmond, Virginia (www.OwnTouchSoccer.com) – an indoor facility designed specifically to train, mentor and develop the individual performance of youth soccer players. Greg is also the founder of FutsalRVA – one of the largest FUTSAL leagues in the United […]

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A Parent’s Guide to Analyzing A Youth Soccer Game

Youth sports are meant to be fun and entertaining; to serve as a foundation for teamwork and managing challenging environments in later years. Unfortunately, the desire to win at all costs and the agony resulting from defeat takes away from the joy of youth sports – both for parents and children. Everyone likes a winner, […]

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An Essential Lesson from Christian Pulisic’s Parents

Every time the ball is at Christian Pulisic’s feet, I find my heart racing a bit in anticipation of what magic could happen next. All the media hype that surrounds him is well-founded as he is undoubtedly the best young player the United States has ever developed. It was abundantly clear to me as I […]

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