US Youth Soccer Skill Schools Training Manual
Youth Development Program
Open Play Goal Analysis from Euro 2008
Stop the Tournaments, I want to Get Off!
By Dr. Jay Martin
Tournaments! Tournaments! Tournaments! They are swallowing youth soccer in this country! Everyone wants to play in tournaments!! Soccer America has an entire issue devoted to tournaments. Every soccer publication in this country lists pages of tournaments for our children to attend. Every year the biggest decision a club team makes is...which tournaments do we attend? Most clubs have a person or three who do nothing Most clubs have a person or three who do nothing but prepare for tournaments! Stop the Tournaments, I want to get off!!! Tournaments are hurting America’s soccer playing youth!
Player Burnout and Overuse Injuries
by Paul Halford, PA West - Director of Coaching
There is an increasing trend of players dropping out of sports participation. By the time a player has reached the age of thirteen, 75% have dropped out of all sports. This is not just a problem in soccer but in all sports. Some reasons cited by players include “it’s not fun anymore”, involvement in other activities, they dislike the coach.