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Common Goals | January 2014

January 7, 2014 12:40 PM
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Best of 2013 - A look at footgolf.

Video: Footgolf

2013 Nationals

Best of 2013 - The opening video for Nationals.

Video: Nationals

ODP Championships

Best of 2013 - The ODP Championships.

Video: ODP Championships



The US Youth Soccer Show's Hilary Kennedy to co-host live program at the NSCAA Convention
The opening night of the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia will be brought to you live from NSCAATV, and The US Youth Soccer Show’s Hilary Kennedy will serve as co-host alongside Dean Linke from NSCAATV and Will Parchman from TopDrawerSoccer. The two-hour live show will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 16. Learn more.

Keep up with 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 January 2014 Players of the Month — Female: Ceirra from New Port Richey, Fla.; Male: Balaam from Wingate, N.C. Congratulations to Ceirra and Balaam. 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.

Vote for the 2013 US Youth Soccer Goal and Save of the Year!
After receiving numerous worthy submissions, US Youth Soccer has narrowed the field down to 10 Goal of the Year and 10 Save of the Year official nominees. Voting ends Jan. 13 at noon CT, so VOTE NOW!

US Youth Soccer Awards Gala Nominees
The nominees for the US Youth Soccer national awards have been announced. The national winners will be announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala on Jan. 17 in Philadelphia.


2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Championships
The 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Championships will take place Jan. 9-12 in Phoenix, Ariz. The event will feature 101 state-level US Youth Soccer ODP teams that will play in front of collegiate and national team coaches while competing for a spot in 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships, which take place this March.

US Youth Soccer National League Orlando Recaps
The US Youth Soccer National League Boys and Girls continued play Dec. 27 - Jan. 2 alongside the Disney Soccer Showcase in Orlando, Fla. Many competitive games in Orlando left the division standings close, with most titles still to be decided. Boys Recaps | Boys Video | Girls Recaps | Girls Video

2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys NCAA Interregional
The 2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys NCAA Interregional took place Dec. 13-15 at Braden River Soccer Club in Bradenton, Fla., with elite players in the 1996 and 1997 birth years competing at the event. Read recaps of the action.

2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Winter Interregional
The 2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Winter Interregional took place Dec. 20-22 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Participating teams were comprised of elite players from the 1998 age group. Read recaps of the action.

2013 U.S. Men's National Team Year in Review Video
The 100th year of U.S. Soccer provided several memorable moments, as the U.S. Men's National Team went on a historic winning streak while qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Relive the moments with this video.


Documentary shines light on obsessive sports parents
Trophy Kids, an HBO Sports documentary, follows four obsessive sports parents and questions where the line is drawn when pushing kids in sports. Learn more.

Best books of 2013 for soccer coaches and parents
John O'Sullivan of looks at some of the best thought-provoking books of 2013 for soccer parents and coaches. See which books made his list.

A 15-question checklist when looking at scholarships
Your child may be eligible for scholarships you didn't even know existed. Take a look at this checklist created by Jon Fortenbury to see what you may be overlooking. Check it out.

Parenting Education
Athlete Eating Guidelines

Parenting Blog
No Strings Attached | Don't get lost in pushing your kids to play at the next level, let them enjoy the game.
Creating the Perfect Athlete | A look at Trophy Kids and obsessive sports parents.
Statistically Speaking | Proving statistics wrong is a key part of sports.

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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.

Q&A: John Cone talks about fitness training issues for youth players
John Cone, who most recently served as the Portland Timbers Director of Sports Science and fitness coach, talks about some of the issues he sees with youth fitness training. Read more.

Klinsmann's message to youth coaches
The U.S. Men's National Team coach talks about what he'd like to see in terms of youth development in the United States. Check it out.

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
Essentials of Player Development

Coaching Blog
Two-A-Days | A look at when two practices in a day may be acceptable.
U-8 Tournaments | Should young players be involved in tournaments?



Registration continues for the 2014 NSCAA Convention and US Youth Soccer Workshop!
Registration continues! 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 January edition of the US Youth Soccer Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ, is now available. Check it out for advice on conducting a proper warmup and recovery exercises around your training, which can help make you feel better, train harder and have more success on the playing field. You'll also find products from the 2014 Resolution Package. Click here to see this month's Training Advisor!



Wow! Four US Youth Soccer Clubs Win $2,500 Responsible Sports Grants
Parents, let’s congratulate Capital Area Soccer League, Lonestar Soccer Club, Colorado ICE Soccer Club, & IYSA U14 Girls Comp! Each club has earned one of 15 fall 2013 $2,500 Responsible Sports grants. Find out how they did it here! Want to earn a $2,500 grant for your youth soccer club? Look out this spring for the return of the Responsible Sports Community Grant! Find out more about the program here!


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...

TCFoote Eye Care - Contact Lens Division. Simply the fastest, easiest way to order your replacement contacts online. From your computer, you can order your replacement contacts at your convenience 24/7.
Champ_Pro 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!



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