Common Goals | November 2013

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Soccer + Golf = Footgolf.
Check it out!

Video: Footgolf
Brandi Chastain

Active Family Project holds a clinic with Chastain.

Video: Brandi Chastain
CG_NutritionNutrition Tips

Sporting KC's Fitness Coach talks nutrition.

Video: Nutrition


Check out the new 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

The New FUEL Magazine is Here!
The latest edition of FUEL Soccer is here, with information for players, parents, coaches and fans of the game. It's a great resource you can get for your soccer family, team, club or tournament. Be sure to order your copies today!

Male and Female Player of the Month
US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals as November 2013 Players of the Month — Male: Eddie from Bel Air, Md.; Female: Maya from Rochester, Minn. Congratulations to Eddie and Maya. 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.

Register for the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop
The schedule is now available for the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention, which will take place Jan. 15-19 in Philadelphia, Pa. Register by Dec. 15 for a discounted rate. Click here for more information.

The US Youth Soccer Show
The latest episode debuted Friday, Nov. 1. What's on this month's show and how can you see it? Find out here.


US Youth Soccer National League Schedule
The schedule for the 2013-14 National League season is now available. Games begin Nov. 21 in Wilson, N.C., when the boys teams take the field. Learn more and see the schedule.

2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional
The schedule and rosters have been announced for the 2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional, which will take place Nov. 24-29 at Spanish River Athletic Park in Boca Raton, Fla. See the schedule and rosters here.

Don't Be Afraid of Failure, Embrace It
U.S. Soccer Technical Director April Heinrichs wrote an article for Soccer America on why players should not be afraid of failure because it can help them become successful. Read all of what she has to say.

Injury Recovery: Listen to the 'Voice in the Back of Your Head'
Dr. Dev K. Mishra writes about the physical and psychological components of returning from an injury in this Soccer America article.


Youth Sports Organizations Launch Sports Concussion Partnership
US Youth Soccer is among several of the nation's top sports organizations that have partnered with medical professionals to help combat concussions in young athletes. Learn more.

The Issue of Ranking Youth Soccer Teams
A lot of discussion resulted from John O'Sullivan's Soccer America column on recent decisions by a website to rank 9-year-olds' teams. To learn how it may affect your child's team, read some thoughts from our Director of Coaching, Sam Snow.

Advice for Parents: Communicating with Coaches and Children
Mike Woitalla of Soccer America offers advice for parents when interacting with their child's coach. Read it here, and check out advice for coaches in the "For Coaches" section of this newsletter.

Parenting Education
Athlete Eating Guidelines

Parenting Blog
Head Bangers | Educating yourself on concussions in sports.
Bits and Pieces | Looking at hot topics in youth sports.
Yes Virginia, There is a Soccer Clause | Examining rules that exist in soccer club contracts.
A Stinging Defeat | How to handle a loss.
The Shame Game | Some embarassing stories of kids' actions.

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US Youth Soccer Workshop Presenters
Want to learn from some of the top soccer clinicians in the country? Check out some of the presenters who will be leading education sessions at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop.

How Coaches' Mouths Lose Games
Soccer America's Mike Woitalla explains how a coach's yelling can hurt his team. Read how here.

Coaches Communicating with Parents
It's important for coaches, team managers and parents to regularly communicate, explains Mike Woitalla of Soccer America. Read his article here, and check out advice for parents in the "For Parents" section of this newsletter.

Do captains matter in soccer?
Our Director of Coaching, Sam Snow, was among the sources for this Soccer America article that explains how to use captains on your youth team. Learn more.

Online Education
US Youth Soccer has released a new online coaching clinic, "Constructive Soccer - Principles of Play," that is free for everyone to take. The Principles of Play form the basic tactical foundation of the game, and a player's understanding can be accelerated by competing in small-sided games at training; and by encouraging constructive play during matches.

National Youth License
There are National Youth License courses available this month.

Coaching Education
Chelsea FC Coaching Manual

Coaching Blog
Youth Tournament Soccer | How much rest should your team get?
Ranking Youth Players is Often More Than a Number | How rankings hurt your players.
Behavior Modification Through Exercise | Don’t use exercise as punishment.
To Travel or Not to Travel | What’s the right age to begin travel soccer?



Registration continues for the 2014 NSCAA Convention and US Youth Soccer Workshop!
Registration is now open! Join 10,000 of your coaching peers for Soccer’s Biggest Party this January 15-19 in Philadelphia! We guarantee that you will learn something new from the world’s best clinicians and gain new connections by attending one of the many networking socials. You can even get your coaching diplomas during the week! Visit for all event details.



Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurts Now Available at Walmart
Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurts are now at Walmart in the apple sauce aisle. Available in three delicious flavors- Super Strawberry, Razzleberry, and Peachy Keen- these yogurt pouches are a great addition to the Happy Squeeze line of pureed fruit and veggie snacks. There's no need to refrigerate them, so throw them in your bag and hit the field!

See the Latest Tips from the Training Advisor
The November edition of the US Youth Soccer Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ, is now available. Check it out for advice on improving your body's flexibility and strength through "Movement Prep," which can help increase balance, stability and mobility. You'll also find a coupon code for warm-up and recovery products. Click here to see this month's Training Advisor!


Last Chance to Earn a $2,500 Grant
Your chance to earn a Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports $2,500 Community Grant for your youth soccer club ends on November 30th…but even if you haven’t registered, it’s not too late! Organizations have won after registering in November! Register here, then rally team supporters to review either the Responsible Sports Parenting or Responsible Sports Coaching guide online.   After reading either guide, they’ll have to complete a short, corresponding online quiz.  Every passed online quiz is worth one point, so urge your supporters to put up as many points as possible. Rally your fans with our Community Grant Toolkit: Download flyers, sample press releases, web banners and other free, easy-to-use tools that are sure to take your club to the top! Get started today!


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...

PIT Premier International Tours has been the industry leader for over 30 years in organizing international soccer team tours, fan tours and coaching education tours.
The Championship Productions’ mission is to provide the world's best instructional products to coaches & athletes who aspire to achieve excellence. We offer downloads, DVDs and more to help coaches & athletes become more successful.

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!