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Common Goals | May 2014

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MLS defender Walker Zimmerman stops by.

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World Cup Trivia

Think you know the World Cup?

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Everyone deserves a chance to play.

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US Youth Soccer Scholarship winners announced
Charlotte Pearsall, of Wilmington, N.C., and Danny Miller, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., are the recipients of the sixth annual US Youth Soccer William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarships. Both teens play key roles on their soccer teams as well as in their communities. Read more about them.

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 May 2014 Players of the Month — Female: Peyton from Centennial, Colo.; Male: Brandon from Hondo, Texas. Congratulations to Peyton and Brandon. 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.

The US Youth Soccer Show | May 2014
The new episode premieres Wednesday, May 7 at 5 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Plus. Find out what to expect here. Can't wait to watch? You can watch the full episode online at any time.


All U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team invitees have US Youth Soccer ties
All 27 players called into the May U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team camp have ties to US Youth Soccer, including two players who won a 2013-14 US Youth Soccer National League title.

Presidents Cup summer schedule announced
The dates and locations for the US Youth Soccer Regional and National Presidents Cup competitions have been announced. See when and where the action will take place.

10-year-old returns to soccer after losing part of his leg
This inspiring story about a 10-year-old boy who won't give up his soccer dreams was a big hit on social media. If you haven't seen it, make sure to check it out.

US Youth Soccer State Cup Tracker
With several US Youth Soccer State Cups taking place, stay up-to-date with the State Cup Tracker. Get all US Youth Soccer National Championship Series news here.

How to approach your coach with a complaint
Pete Huryk wrote this article for Soccer America to give some advice to players on how to talk to a coach about an issue with the team.


My 10-year-old is a star, now what?
This great article by John O'Sullivan offers advice on how to parent and coach elite young players. Read now.

Carlsbad United FC prepares players for college
Carlsbad United won three 2013-14 US Youth Soccer National League titles, but the club's success is not limited to the field. Read about the Carlsbad Elite Program, which helps players reach their college dreams.

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.

Why not to fall in love with colleges before applying
If your child is starting the process of choosing a college, you may want to share this article about the problems with becoming attached to schools before applying.

Parenting Education

Parenting Blog
The Power of Hate | Ignoring racist speech empowers the speaker.
Keeping the Lid on Costs | You do not always need the high-end equipment.
Get Organized | Some tips on how to keep your things in order during soccer season.
Reading List | Looking at some soccer books to check out.
I Bet | Take advantage of all the opportunities to watch soccer.

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Q&A with Tony Meola on youth soccer
Former U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola talks about the current state of youth soccer and some of his coaching experiences. See what he had to say.

Whose game is it anyway?
Soccer America featured an article by Randy Vogt, which reminds parents, coaches and referees to make sure the game revolves around the kids. Read more.

My 10-year-old is a star, now what?
We posted this in the Parents section, but it's worth noting again. Check out the advice offered by John O'Sullivan for coaching elite young players. Read now.

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
P.E. on the Decline

Coaching Blog
Soccer is Like School | Growth in the game is similar to growth as a student.
Finding the Right Balance | Playing high school and club soccer.




Game Day Nutrition is Important!
Proper nutrition is always important for soccer players, and that is especially true on game days. Learn from a pro, and follow these Game Day Nutrition Guidelines from former U.S. Men’s National Team player and soccer dad, Alexi Lalas! Check out the video!


Plan A, B, C Handout
In the unpredictable and fast-moving world of sports, extra effort goes hand in hand with proper preparation. If athletes want to be great and win, they’ve got to prepare great too. And to prepare great, they’ve got to have more than just a Plan A. They’ve got to have a Plan A, B and C. Download the FREE Responsible Sports "Plan A, B, C” handout now and sit down with your youth soccer player to help them make their plan.

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 May Training Advisor, Presented by SKLZ
The May Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ, is now available. Check it out for exercises you can try to help perfect the movements and mechanics necessary for a quick reaction and aggressive acceleration toward the ball. 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

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