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Common Goals | April 2014

April 3, 2014 04:17 PM
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NL_GirlsNational League Girls

Highlights from the final weekend of girls play.

Video: Girls Highlights



Bubble Soccer

Soccer plus Giant Bubbles
= Lots of Fun

Video: Bubble Soccer


NL_BoysNational League Boys

Highlights from the final weekend of boys play.

Video: Boys Highlights


Nike relationship further unites U.S. Soccer and US Youth Soccer
US Youth Soccer has announced a long-term agreement between U.S. Soccer and Nike to further elevate the sport of soccer at all levels of the game. Learn more.

40 National League Teams Punch Tickets to 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships
The US Youth Soccer National League season wrapped up in March, as teams competed in Las Vegas. See which teams qualified for Nationals, and recap the action from the boys and girls weekends.

US Youth Soccer National Championships add semifinal round in 2014
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will feature semifinal games in the Under-14 through Under-18 age groups, beginning in 2014. The field will also expand from 88 to 96 teams. 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

Order copies of FUEL Soccer now!
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 April 2014 Players of the Month — Female: Chloe from Havelock, N.C.; Male: Hunter from McCalla, Ala. Congratulations to Chloe and Hunter. 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 is back!
The new season premieres Monday, April 7. What can you expect to see? Find out here.

Photos, videos and more from the 2013-14 National League season
The US Youth Soccer National League season wrapped up in March, as teams competed in Las Vegas. Check out boys and girls photos, watch the video highlights and take an interactive look at some of the statistics from the season.

US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Region I competes in Russia
The US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Region I team traveled to Russia for some international competition. Check out the blog from the two-week trip to see what the experience was like.

Inside: U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil
Get pumped for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the upcoming ESPN series that focuses on the U.S. Men's National Team as it prepares for this summer's World Cup. More on the series.

US Youth Soccer National League alum on quick rise at Arsenal
Two years ago, Gedion Zelalem was manning the midfield for OBGC Rangers (MD) in the US Youth Soccer National League. Now, the 17-year-old is considered one of the best young talents at Arsenal FC of the English Premier League. Read more.


See your child walk on the field in Brazil
Parents can enter for an opportunity for their child to walk hand-in-hand with a U.S. Men’s National Soccer player as they take the field for a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match this summer.

US Youth Soccer Billy Goaziou Scholarship - APPLY BY APRIL 11!
The deadline is approaching to apply for the sixth term of US Youth Soccer William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarships. Click here to learn more about the scholarships.

Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup schedule announced
Be sure to sign up your child for the largest recreational soccer tournament in the nation. Check out the 45 locations where the Kohl's American Cup tour will be.

Recruited to coach? Check out these 11 tips for coaching youth soccer
Mike Woitalla put together this helpful list of tips for any parent who is new to coaching soccer. Be sure to check it out for some great advice.

Parenting Education
Finding a balance with "Soccer Moms"

Parenting Blog
Tournamentitis | Some tips on how to improve tournaments for kids and families.
Chasing Butterflies | Your child must be the one who wants to specialize in soccer.
Mean What We Say | Get away from texting lingo and emoticons to express your thoughts.

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Qualification for the 2014-15 US Youth Soccer National League announced
If you and your team are interested in competing in the US Youth Soccer National League next season, check out how to qualify.

Soccer Pocket Guide
With spring soccer seasons getting into full gear, be sure to check out the US Youth Soccer Pocket Guide. It's a great resource for coaches and parents who are new to the sport.

The must-have items for your first-aid kit
Dev K. Mishra, M.D., posted this article on Soccer America listing the supplies that every soccer coach should have in his or her first-aid kit.

Small-Sided Games Manual
US Youth Soccer has made some updates to its Small-Sided Games Manual. It is full of helpful information for coaching younger age groups, so make sure to check it out!

Coaching Education
The Goalkeeper and Law 16

Coaching Blog
Coed Soccer | Some observations on coed soccer from a few coaches.
Progression of Small-Sides Games | The importance of small-sided games for young players.
Playing in Stressful Matches | Overcoming nerves in big matches.




Brush Off Mistakes Handout
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Get ready for exciting content from Nesquik!
Nesquik, the official "Post Game" Drink of US Youth Soccer, has some exciting things coming soon! Be on the lookout for training videos from former U.S. Men’s National Team player and current soccer analyst Alexi Lalas, and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux. You’ll also find nutritional information for game days and more information on how to recover after a tough game or practice! Keep an eye out for our Recovery Center on the US Youth Soccer website, coming soon!



The April Training Advisor, Presented by SKLZ
The April Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ, is now available. Check it out for active recovery exercises you can do following a long weekend tournament or an intense workout. Learn the importance of recovery exercises watch videos of some activities you can do to make sure your body stays fresh. Check it out.



Get Sports Authority coupons for your team or club!
Receive Sports Authority coupons to distribute at your next event or tournament. Each pack of coupons comes with 100 cards valid through June 30, 2014. Coupon packs will be first come, first serve…so don’t delay. Get your coupons by emailing with ALL of the following info: # of coupon packs, contact name, address.


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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Championship Productions’ mission is to provide the world's best instructional products to coaches & athletes who aspire to achieve excellence.

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!