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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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U.S. Soccer and the ECNL’s Ongoing Battle Over Our Children

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about maintaining perspective as a soccer parent as my city, Richmond, VA and home club, the Richmond Strikers, is hosting the 4 weekend Jefferson Cup Tournament. This weekend is the Girls Showcase, and my daughter, a sophomore in high school finds herself right in the middle of the college […]

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Kelley Pulisic – On the Importance of Free Play

The topic of Free Play comes up over and over again when our top players are interviewed and asked about how they experienced the game as a child. Whether it be pick up on the blacktop, free play times orchestrated by clubs, futsal games or additional technical training at one of the numerous such technical […]

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5 Reasons We Lack Creative Soccer Players: Ways Parents Can Help

It is safe to say that we all know creativity when we see it; whether in a piece of art, in music, writing, or verbal expression. It might also be safe to say that most folks know creativity in sports when they see it as well. Whether it is LeBron James swirling his way to […]

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Maintaining Consistency on the Field: What’s Your Number?

In a previous article, I wrote about the psychological characteristics of developing excellence (PCDEs). One of these was self-awareness, which in sport involves being aware of: How you are interacting with your environment (other players, the ball, the field surface) The way your body is moving How you are feeling physically How you are feeling […]

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Ellicott City Soccer Club’s Healthy Play Initiative

Check out the latest in the Winning Club Culture Series as we highlight Ellicott City Soccer Club’s Healthy Play Initiative – a unique and fun way to educate kids (and parents) about health related issues such as drinking water, eating healthy, stretching, foam rollers, pre-game nutrition and more! Related Links: Soccer Parenting Mission and Value […]

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Make Your Own Ball Day – Teaching Our Children Lessons In Social Change through Soccer

The sport of soccer is uniquely positioned, because of it’s global nature, to teach our children to find their place in the world and to understand the power of social change. If you are looking for an impactful and unique program to run at your club, with your team, or – as you’ll hear in […]

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How Crazy Soccer Parents Are Ruining Youth Soccer – VIDEO

Crazy Soccer Parents are ruining youth soccer and there is a solution. This 8 minute clip below from a presentation SoccerParenting.com founder Skye Eddy Bruce gave to coaches at the the NSCAA Convention provides insight into the problem and some solutions to get us moving towards an improved environment for our young players, their families and the […]

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Winning Club Culture – South Central Soccer Academy – Indiana

I met Mark Spiegel at the NSCAA Convention last month in Los Angeles. He walked up to the Changing the Game Project booth where I was working and John O’Sullivan, a friend and mentor of his, introduced us. I was immediately struck with how connected and present Mark seemed in conversation with me, full of […]

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