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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.

Soccer Parenting Jul 06, 2019
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Five rules youth soccer parents get wrong at every game

Parents all know they're not supposed to yell at referees, but despite the best intentions in the car on the way to the game, once the whistle blows, those plans can quickly go out the window. Knowing these five rules better should save you some embarrassment before your next game.

Soccer Parenting Jun 04, 2019
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Dougherty: How youth coaches, players and parents can help fix U.S. player development

Longtime soccer coach and columnist Joe Dougherty outlines six specific areas of focus that U.S. youth soccer coaches, players and parents need to emphasize in order to help the U.S. Men's National Team return to relevance in future World Cup cycles.

Soccer Parenting Nov 16, 2017
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High-profile guests set to present at first Soccer Parenting Summit

Soccer parents throughout the United States will have the chance to learn from a lineup of prominent speakers this week during the first-ever Soccer Parenting Summit, an online event set for December 2-4.

Soccer Parenting Nov 29, 2016

Dure: Are pro coaches really better than parents?

It's been said that soccer coaches get better when they become parents. Beau Dure wonders: Are professional coaches, with no kids on the team and often no kids back at home, really an improvement over parent coaches?

Soccer Parenting Jun 16, 2016

Eden Hazard showed his kid no mercy: Can soccer parents learn from him?

You may have seen the viral video of Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard and his 3-year-old son that's making the rounds this week. It got us thinking here at SoccerWire: What might the typical North American soccer parent think of an elite professional like Hazard taking a no-coddling approach to his wee lad's earliest exposure to the beautiful game?

Soccer Parenting May 20, 2016

Letter to the Editor: True ‘Sports-Mom-Ship’

Arlington Soccer Association parent Wendy Green penned a Letter to the Editor after another mother from an opposing team floored her with an unexpected gesture of kindness, passing along a video of her daughter scoring an exceptional goal in a Virginia State Cup quarterfinal match.

Soccer Parenting May 06, 2016

Guest columnist: Kris Ward on abusive youth coaches and how to steer your kid clear of them

Guest columnist Kris Ward shares an ugly tale of abuse and vitriol experienced on the sidelines of a recent youth match, and ponders how players and parents can keep clear of foul-mouthed, manipulative coaches.

Soccer Parenting Feb 26, 2016