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March 5, 2019

Two of the most common talking points I hear in a pregame or halftime talk are desire and work ethic. One of the most common things I hear during these talks is coaches saying that their players need to “want it more.”

The reality is that the vast majority of the time,...

February 26, 2019

Adults need to trust kids more. Period.

In terms of youth soccer, this goes for both coaches and parents. It is easy to say that we trust our kids, and in fact, parents and coaches will often vocalize that they do. But their actions don’t show it.

When we show and demons...

August 31, 2017

August 1, 2017 marked the beginning of the mandatory implementation of US Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives, one of which is the “build-out line” at the U9 and U10 age groups. The build-out line is a designated distance to where the opponent (defending team) must...

April 12, 2016

In today’s youth soccer world, we see and hear a lot about coddled children and how adults don’t allow kids to learn tough but necessary life lessons. One of the most common examples is giving free trophies to players simply for registering. Another frequent situation...

March 23, 2016

We see and hear it every single weekend on the youth soccer fields: “Come on, ref!” “What are you doing?!” “Are you blind?!” “Call it both ways!” (The last one is my favorite, since it makes no sense at all - referees are not obligated to make an even number of calls f...

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