Common Goals | October 2013

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RapinoeTOPMegan Rapinoe

The USWNT midfielder talks life off the field.

Video: Megan Rapinoe

A chance for everyone to
take part in the game.

Video: TOPSoccer
A Look Back... the 2013 National Championships.

Video: Championships


Check out 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 October 2013 Players of the Month — Male: Matthew from Grayson, Ga.; Female: Lillie from Seymour, Ind. Congratulations to Matthew and Lillie. 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.

Register for the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop
The 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the NSCAA Convention will take place Jan. 15-19 in Philadelphia, Pa. Register by Dec. 15 for a discounted rate. Click here for more information.

The US Youth Soccer Show
The latest episode debuts Saturday, Oct. 5. What can you expect to see? Find out here.


2014 US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Locations
US Youth Soccer has announced the locations for the 2014 US Youth Soccer National and Regional President Cup events., with the National Presidents Cup set to take place in Greenville, S.C. See all locations here.

U.S. Men's National Team is Going to Brazil
The U.S. Men's National Team clinched a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Sept. 10 in Columbus. Watch this video to see what it was like before, during and after the clinching game.

Klinsmann's Advice to Young Soccer Players
U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to a group of male players and offered some advice to help them achieve their soccer goals. Soccer America's Mike Woitalla highlighted some of Klinsmann's advice in this article.

US Youth Soccer Clubhouse
Join the Clubhouse and get a chance to see Justin Bieber in Puerto Rico! Discover the latest US Youth Soccer website designed for players and their families. Become a member of the Clubhouse to get access to soccer and entertainment stories, games and amazing contests. This season, members get the opportunity to win a trip to see Justin Bieber in concert in Puerto Rico! Parents benefit from valuable coupons too. Learn more and sign up for the Clubhouse!


The Do's and Don'ts for Youth Sports Parents
Elizabeth Quinn offers up a couple simple lists of things to do and not do as a parent of a young athlete. Do you practice anything on either list? Check it out here.

Choosing a College: Some Steps to Take
Lisa Lavelle wrote this article for Soccer America, which highlights several steps students and families can take to be prepared and proactive during the process of choosing a college. Read more.

Make Your Kid's Sports Experience the Best It Can Be
Check out new videos and content from Responsible Sports, highlighting ways in which parents, coaches and fans can make the youth sports experience a great one. See more here.

Parenting Education
Encouraging Commitment

Parenting Blog
Love Notes
In the Blink of an Eye
A Little Romance
Matters of Convenience
"Be Yourself..."

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Thinking About Body Language
Soccer America's Mike Woitalla discusses the importance of positive body language while coaching. Read it here.

Obtaining Keeper Consistency
Tim Mulqueen writes about what can be done to help a goalkeeper play more consistently from one game to the next. Check it out.

Online Education
If you're a youth soccer coach or are interested in coaching, make sure to sign up for one or more of our FREE online education courses.

Coaching Education
Game Wisdom

Coaching Blog
Lightweight Soccer Balls
What are Checking Runs?




Registration for the 2014 NSCAA Convention and US Youth Soccer Workshop is now open!
Registration is now open! 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 Announced as National Sponsor
The new partnership will highlight Happy Family’s line of Happy Squeeze pouches. Made with unique, nutritious superfoods and the best organic ingredients, Happy Squeeze pouches are gluten free; free of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, trans fats and GMOs; and certified organic by the USDA. The sponsorship will provide US Youth Soccer players with a healthy snack choice while on the move to soccer practices, games and events. Read More.

See the Latest Tips from the Training Advisor
The October edition of the US Youth Soccer Training Advisor, presented by SKLZ, is now available. Check it out for advice on improving your body's stability, which can help prevent injuries and improve performance. Click here to see this month's Training Advisor!
Responsible Sports Fall Community Grant – NOW OPEN
It’s that time of the year again. Fall is here and the road to a successful fall sports season is about to unfold with the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Fall Community Grant. The Community Grants program is an easy – and fun – way to earn $2,500 for your youth soccer organization. It’s easy to register your team and hit the road. Just steer your way to Then reach out to rally parents, coaches and team supporters to go online and review either the Responsible Sport Parenting or Responsible Coaching Guide, take the corresponding short quiz and credit their point to your youth soccer organization. Get started now!


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...

Mytrophy provides acrylic awards, customized to include your team colors and jersey design. Each award is customized with an athlete's name and roster number, meaning no trophy is ever the same.
Impact Canopies is a trendsetter in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of instant canopies and instant canopy accessories.


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!