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Size Matters – The Little Athlete’s Perspective

This article originally appeared on the TOVO Academy Barcelona website – READ IT and other TOVO Academy articles HERE “What can I do to grow?” …my son asks as we drive home from training. “Why?” I respond. “Because everyone is bigger than me and I just want to be their size.” When your child enjoys […]

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A National Curriculum for Volunteer Recreational Youth Soccer Coaches

I had lunch with a friend yesterday – and in an effort to both make conversation and receive some advice – he told me he was coaching a recreational level U-9 boys team. Knowing I was a professional coach, he asked: “How do I keep them focused? Sometimes I look up and I’ve lost them. They […]

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U.S. Soccer’s Frank Tschan on the Importance of Coaches Engaging Parents

We are in the middle of an exciting revolution in youth soccer. Thankfully, we are progressing from a Wild West environment where each coach operates independently, to having a more Club-Centric approach to our youth soccer development. Many clubs are developing guidelines, policies and programming around player development, coach education, parent engagement and more. This is […]

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The Power of Sport to Transform Lives: Remembering Ennio

It’s amazing to me how often I think of my time playing in Udine, Italy, reminisce about a friendship or experience from that brief time in my life, or find myself smiling as my mind is triggered by a present day event – to my past. Just yesterday my daughter walked around in her sports […]

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Team Management Apps for Youth Soccer

In a recent survey by the Siena College Research Institute, 43% of parents have coached at some point in the past 5 years and it’s no surprise that the second most popular sport they have coached (behind baseball) is soccer. Parent coaches make up the majority of coaches we have working with our young players […]

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Beyond Lollypops and Silent Saturdays – Introducing the Sideline Project

The time has come to move beyond giving parents lollypops and requesting you be silent on a Saturday or Sunday! The Soccer Parenting Association has developed the Sideline Project, an easy to implement, free education program to be facilitated by coaches. The Sideline Project is designed to engage parents (instead of give you a lollypop) and […]

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Soccer Parent Voices: Sideline Communication

What better way to ensure all young soccer players will thrive than having soccer parents share their experiences with others?  In celebration of the soon-to-be-kicked-off Sideline Project, in this inaugural Soccer Parent Voices series post we ask soccer parents to share their experiences around sideline communication. A big THANK YOU to the parents who took […]

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Tips for Buying Soccer Cleats

Finding the right pair of soccer cleats is just as important for the budding youth player as it is for the seasoned professional. By knowing which type of boot best suits your child, you’ll be able to help them develop their game and skills further, and potentially see a boost in performance. We have some […]

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Different Youth Soccer Pathways – Paying Attention to Your Child and Your Instincts

In late June I drove from Virginia to drop my son and daughter off for 5 weeks of summer camp on Lake Megunticook in Hope, Maine! Camp Bishopswood is the same camp my brother and I grew up attending. It’s a magical place with just over 100 campers each week, ensuring a strong, tight-knit community. Electronics, […]

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Principles of Defense – An Explanation for Youth Soccer Parents

I remember first learning the Principles of Defense when I was 14 years old. When my coach taught us these concepts, soccer started to make more sense – my connection to the game grew deeper. Suddenly, I was aware of the chess match playing out on the field and I was excited about the increased […]

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