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Common Goals | July 2013

July 3, 2013 12:11 PM
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Congratulations to the 88 teams that have earned the right to compete at the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will take place July 22-28 in Overland Park, Kan.

View the Participating Teams



Congratulations to the 40 teams that have qualified for the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, which will take place July 11-14 in Auburndale, Fla.

View the Participating Teams

Tim Howard Podcast

The USMNT goalkeeper talks youth soccer.

Podcast: Tim Howard
National Championships

US Youth Soccer National Championships promo.

Video: Nationals
Empire_UEmpire United 

Take a look into the Buffalo, N.Y., team.

Video: Empire United


Male and Female Player of the Month
US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals as July 2013 Players of the Month — Male: Kevin from Rockland, Mass.; Female: Emma from Coralville, Iowa. Congratulations to Kevin and Emma. 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.

US Youth Soccer Regional Championships
The US Youth Soccer Regional Championships concluded up on July 2 and the field of 88 teams is now set for the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kan. Get all the info here.

U.S. Men's National Team Enjoys Successful June
The U.S. Men's National Team went 3-0-0 in its June World Cup Qualifiers to put it in good position to earn a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Read More.

Have You Checked Out 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

The US Youth Soccer Show
The latest episode debuts Sunday, July 7. What can you expect to see? Find out here.


VIDEO: US Youth Soccer Regional Championships
Check out the highlights from each of the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. 
Watch now: Region I | Region II | Region III | Region IV

US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup
The US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup is set after teams competed at four Regional Presidents Cup events. Check out who made it. Region I | Region II | Region III | Region IV

Catching College Coaches' Eyes at Tournament Play
Avi Stopper writes for Soccer America about strategies players can use to help grab the attention of college coaches while at youth tournaments. Read more.

From US Youth Soccer to MLS Record Books in Less Than a Year
FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman, who played in the US Youth Soccer James P. McGuire Cup final last July, became the 1000th player to score in MLS history when he netted his first career goal. Watch it here.

Join the Clubhouse!
Discover the latest US Youth Soccer kid's website designed for players and their families. Become a member of the Clubhouse to get access to soccer and entertainment stories, awesome games and amazing contests. Parents benefit too by receiving valuable coupons. Join now!


Tips for Sports Parents Who are Prone to Stress 
Amy Wang of The Oregonian, posts this article with tips from some experts on how to manage stress while watching your child's youth sports games. Read more.

Why Your Child Should Research Colleges This Summer
Jon Fortenbury looks at the reasons to research potential colleges during the summer in this article on USA Today College. Check it out.

Parenting Education
What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent

Parenting Blog
Soccer Connects Us All
The Pause that Refreshes
The New Normal
Role Modeling

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U6-U8, U-10 and U-12 Practice Guides
The US Youth Soccer Coaching Department has developed three age-specific practice activity guides for the U6-U8, U-10 and U-12 age groups. The guides give coaches an idea of what should be covered throughout a season while highlighting activities that focus on development in a low-stress, fun-filled environment. Learn more.

National League Accepting Applications
The deadline for teams to apply for the 2013-2014 US Youth Soccer National League season is July 9. More Information.

Weekend Tournament Play Considerations for Players' Health
Mike Woitalla of Soccer America looks at issues that may arise from multiple games being played in short periods of time during weekend tournaments. Read more.

National Youth License
National Youth License coaching courses are offered this month.

Online Education
FREE online education for coaches now includes U10-U12 module

Coaching Education
Soccer: Today and Tomorrow


Responsible Sports Spring Community Grant – Two US Youth Soccer Winners!
The winners of the Responsible Sports Spring 2013 Community Grant have been announced and US Youth Soccer is proud to have two winners! CCV Stars Black from Peoria, AZ will use the Grant toward offsetting costs in tournaments. "We are so excited!" said team administrator Harry Demos. "This will help many kids who would otherwise not be able to participate in special events." Celtic Elite, from San Benito, TX and part of the Arroyo Youth Soccer Club, will use the Grant towards tournament expenses and equipment for the team. Team administrator Dulia Vasquez offered a little piece of advice: "When you set your mind to do something, don’t quit."  Visit today to see who else put the pieces of the puzzle together to earn a $2,500 grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports! You too can earn a Responsible Sports Community Grant. The next opportunity starts on Sept. 1, 2013. Learn more today!





Earn a Club Development Certificate or Level 2 Diploma at the Summer Symposium!
At the 2013 Summer Symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two NSCAA educational opportunities to grow their coaching resume. The popular Level 2 Diploma and brand new Club Development Certificate will be part of the educational track on the schedule for coaches August 1-3 in Orlando! For more information, visit



Wilson Trophy Company Announced as National Sponsor
Wilson Trophy Company is now the official awards, medals and pins supplier of US Youth Soccer. Wilson Trophy Company will provide awards and medals for US Youth Soccer programs, including select US Youth Soccer ODP events, the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup and regional and national championship levels of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Read more.




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