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Common Goals | June 2014

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CG_FoosFoosball with Friends

MLS defender Walker Zimmerman stops by.

Video: Foosball
Regional Championships

Looking ahead to the action taking place in June.

Video: Regionals
AdrianAdrian's Story

An inspiring 10-year-old player.

Video: Adrian Grajeda


Squares_Vote_NowThe 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off this month!
The World Cup begins on June 12 and runs through July 13. Stay up to date with the U.S. Men's National Team as it competes in the tournament and check out which US Youth Soccer alumni are heading to Brazil.

From US Youth Soccer to the World Cup: Referee Mark Geiger
Fourteen years ago, Mark Geiger was working at the 2000 US Youth Soccer National Championships. Now, he's heading to Brazil to referee the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Read more.

Keep up with the 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

Male and Female Player of the Month
US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals as June 2014 Players of the Month — Female: Kelsey from Woodbury, Minn.; Male: Moses from Parsippany, N.J. Congratulations to Kelsey and Moses. 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.


US Youth Soccer Regional Championships
The four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships kick off this month, with squads vying to be part of the 96-team field that will compete at the US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 21-27, in Germantown, Md. Keep up with the news on and follow the #ROADtoMD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Region I Presidents Cup winners advance to National Presidents Cup
The first 10 teams have advanced to the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup after winning their respective age groups at the US Youth Soccer Region I Presidents Cup in May. See who is moving on.

Regional League teams qualify for 2014-15 US Youth Soccer National League
Several teams have earned their place in the 2014-15 National League via success in their respective US Youth Soccer Regional League. Qualifiers: Region I Premier League | Southern Regional Premier League

U.S. Under-20 WNT has numerous US Youth Soccer ties
Along with several US Youth Soccer alumnae, two current members of BRYC 95 Elite (VA) are on the U.S. Under-20 WNT squad that will play a pair of games against France in preparation for the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup.

The US Youth Soccer Show | June 2014
The new episode premiered Tuesday, June 3 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Plus. Find out when to watch here. Can't wait to watch? You can watch the full episode online at any time.


The simple guide to applying for scholarships
This USA Today College article looks at four steps your child can take to make applying for scholarships simple and increase his or her chances of receiving some financial aid for college. Check it out.

The basics of being a good sports parent
Here is a list of 10 simple characteristics of the "ideal" sports parent. How many describe you?

Don't focus on winning... enjoy the journey
This article on The Wall Street Journal website by Jeff Pearlman provides some first-hand experience of how focusing solely on winning and living through your children can take away the good that youth sports offer.

Parenting Education
Small-Sided Games

Parenting Blog
Never a Sure Thing | Lesson from Landon Donovan being left off the World Cup squad.
I'm Going to Disneyland | Finding time for family events alongside soccer.
Fame - Remember My Name | Looking at the difficulties of being a pro player.
Cutting Edge | How soccer has remained progressive in terms of women's issues.

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How goalkeepers can orchestrate the attack
Tim Mulqueen talks about the importance of distribution from the goalkeeper in this Soccer America article while looking at the various ways a keeper can relay the ball to a teammate.

College Coach Registration for Regional and National Championships
If you're a college coach, make sure to register in the US Youth Soccer Event Management System to receive player profiles and information on the upcoming US Youth Soccer National Championship Series events.

National Youth License Courses
There are National Youth License courses available this month. Check out locations and dates of future courses with this new interactive map.

Coaching Education
Knee Up

Coaching Blog
Long Term Player Development | Several videos looking at these principles.
Role of Competition in Soccer Development | Competitive vs. Recreation and their characteristics.


NQ_Post_Game_Logo Recovery and Regeneration are Hot Topics
Recovery and regeneration are important topics in soccer and all sports right now.  Parents and coaches can help players by focusing on what they do, and eat, after a tough game or practice. Learn More!



Teach Youth Athletes Good Sportsmanship
There’s nothing like the elated feeling kids get after winning a game they’ve practiced for day and night. But that good feeling can quickly dissipate when faced with bad sportsmanship. Youth sports are a great opportunity for parents and coaches to teach the importance of good sportsmanship. Liberty Mutual Insurance offers helpful tips and tactics for promoting good sportsmanship. And we invite you to learn more at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports website.



Wilson Trophy Company- US Youth Soccer Exclusive Product
We are proud to introduce our new exclusive US Youth Soccer stock medallion. This large 3-inch full color medal makes for a terrific participation award and has been a huge hit for spring soccer leagues across the country. Contact us today for more information on how you can provide these for your club or league for as low as $1.49. 


NSCAA Online Webinar Courses
NSCAA now offers Special Topics Diploma Webinars Online! Organized in a series of four 45-minute LIVE sessions, the webinar series brings together some of the top international, collegiate and youth coaches in the world and offers these outstanding presentations in the most convenient and time-saving delivery method. This summer, we will be doing two series featuring the World Cup and Champions League. Pre-register today.

The June Training Advisor, Presented by SKLZ
The June Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ, is now available. Check it out for exercises you can try to help perfect the fundamentals and improve your technique on the field. These little details can be the difference between a win and a loss. Check it out.


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...

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