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Ian Barker on Considerations for Youth Development Models In Such a Large Country

Ian Barker is the Director of Coaching Education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Ian was my guest on the MySoccerParenting.com monthly webinar where he and I discussed many topics over the course of the hour – one being youth development in the United States.  This is a 4 minute clip of the […]

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South Carolina Soccer Parents Put In “Time Out” – A Month of Silence

The South Carolina Youth Soccer Association recently announced a Silent September for all soccer sidelines in the entire state. Yes, you read that correctly – it’s not a Silent Saturday or Sunday as we’ve become accustomed to – it’s the entire month of September. Parents in South Carolina have been put in Time Out. Time […]

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Dear Parents: Get More Involved

We are all fed up! Crazy Soccer Parents, unrealistic expectations from parents and coaches, coaches who too often care more about the game than the child, the high cost of soccer participation and the overburdened and overwhelming path to the next level (and then the next) has pushed parents, coaches, clubs, and administrators to this tipping […]

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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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