What do successful soccer administrators do? How do they make a positive impact on the game and the community? How do they support the well-being and development of players, coaches, and referees? Successful administrators have common traits and practices that help them achieve their goals and overcome challenges. By embracing the FUNdamental SOCCER “Bill of […]


As a referee, your role is pivotal in upholding the rules, maintaining order, and shaping the atmosphere and culture of soccer. By consistently embodying fairness, respect, and professionalism, you actively champion the principles outlined in the FUNdamental SOCCER ‘Bill of Rights’ (refer to Article II), ensuring that every child enjoys a soccer experience that is […]


As a coach, you have the power and responsibility to shape the lives of young soccer players. You can help them develop not only their athletic skills but also their character, confidence, and creativity. By supporting the ‘FUNdamental SOCCER – Bill of Rights’ you can ensure that your players have a positive and rewarding experience […]

Join the Cause: For a Better Playing Environment

As a lifelong United States Youth Soccer Community member, my journey spanning over 50 years has been fueled by an unwavering passion for creating a better playing environment for our players. My steadfast goal has always been to ensure fairness, maintain peaceful play, promote the well-being of all, and secure the joys of participating in […]

October “Komments!”

Enjoy reading and Sharing this newsletter with your soccer communities! Karl’s Komments Your source for #youthsoccer insights and information… Bringing the FUNdamentals to …  #soccer #soccerdad #soccermom #soccercoach #soccercoaching

“FUNdamental Bill of Rights”

A Proposed “Bill of Rights” to help improve the playing environment and reduce the number of players/children who quit playing at an alarming rate. Here are some FUNdamental suggestions that could be added to such a document: Article I Equal Opportunities: All players, regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic background, or ability, should have equal access […]


Did you know that approximately 75% of our children quit playing soccer between 10-14? I find it fascinating how our reflections on the past can influence our future decisions. This notion struck me recently when I revisited an article I had written titled “World Cup Takes Backseat!” In this piece, I recalled a soccer dinner […]


Referees are well acquainted with the involvement of coaches and parents in officiating games from the sidelines, which is a persistent issue they face every season. However, envision a revolutionary transformation of the sidelines in youth soccer games. Despite continuous efforts by soccer authorities to tackle the issue of inappropriate behavior from coaches and spectators […]

“FUNdamental PRACTICE!

Most Important …Watch them Play (Game or Scrimmage)                           … Note Strengths –or- Weaknesses                           … Make Strength –or- Weakness Your ‘Theme’  Before Practice      -Arrive early and inspect the field (Safety)                                 -Greet each player by name and socialize                                 -Encourage players to greet each other and socialize                                 -Encourage them to keep a soccer […]