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Best advice for soccer parents: Keep quiet on the ride home

John O'Sullivan says one of the least favorite moments in youth sports for the child is the ride home after the game! In this piece, the best selling author explains why and urges parents they'll do far more good for their young athlete by keeping quiet at that crucial time when emotions are high, disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion are heightened for both player and parent.

Advice Jul 06, 2019

Tips to help players deal with stress and emotions of tryout season

It’s a stressful time of year to be a travel soccer player. Here are five big things that can get in players’ when it comes time for tryouts and some advice for how to deal with the stress of youth soccer tryouts!

Advice Jun 27, 2019
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Stack: How to Create Your Personal Recruiting Platform

The college recruiting process has drastically changed over the last decade. The days of paying a recruiting or scouting service thousands of dollars are not necessary anymore. There are plenty of tools, resources, and information to help you navigate through the process and be recruited successfully. One of those tools is your own Social Media Platforms.

Advice Jan 02, 2019
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3 Strategies to Help Your Child Avoid Youth Soccer Burnout

Youth soccer burnout is a major problem. Many kids quit because they can't overturn the burn. Check out some tips on how to avoid burnout in young athletes.

Advice Dec 18, 2018
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Indoor Workouts Youth Soccer Players Can Do Anywhere

Just because the soccer field is icy doesn't mean that your soccer player can't work on his or her soccer skills. Thankfully there are plenty of things to do inside at home to keep your child's soccer conditioning and improve their technical skills. You can do these in your basement or living room - you don't need a ton of space. Read on to learn how to keep your child's soccer conditioning all year with these tips.

Advice Dec 04, 2018
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Stack: How to Crush it at your Next College ID Camp

Chris Stack, Founder of Guiding Future Stars and author of the College Recruiting Playbook, has joined SoccerWire.com as a new contributor. In his first post, Stack shares eight tips on how to crush it at your next college ID camp.

Advice Apr 03, 2018
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Dougherty: Everything You Need to Be Prepared for Soccer Camp

It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s soccer camp season. With the spring season over, youth players get a few weeks of rest before heading off for five or six days of resident soccer camp. These camps are a great opportunity to learn new skills, tactics, and to meet players from different areas and perhaps gain a long-lasting friendship or two. If a player prepares for soccer camp properly, it can be a remarkably rewarding experience. But poor preparation can lead to a miserable week.

Advice Jun 16, 2017
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Dougherty: High school coaches, don’t forget to write a Thank You card

Columnist Joe Dougherty draws on his three decades of coaching youth soccer to provide a straightforward perspective on the share of the elite player development workload between club coaches and high school coaches.

Advice May 22, 2017