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Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland embraced this concept some time ago, and many experts have been harsh in their criticism that Germany has been late to bring their youth training standards up to the modern cutting edge. The question is, are WE ready/willing to bring our standards up to the modern cutting edge? Or […]


Ever found yourself wondering what sets successful soccer parents apart? Picture this: a vibrant soccer field, cheering parents, and a community filled with positive energy. But what truly makes these parents stand out? From shaping their child’s development to fostering a positive soccer community, there are secrets that make them remarkably successful. Learn the hidden […]


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!”

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FUNdamental SOCCER “Bill of Rights”

Welcome to the FUNdamental SOCCER ‘Bill of Rights,’ a set of essential articles designed to make soccer a positive and enjoyable experience for every young player. Did you know that around 75% of kids quit playing soccer between the ages of 10 and 14? That’s a concerning trend we aim to change. This ‘Bill of […]


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 […]