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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

LeBolt: Five things parents aren’t doing to protect their kids from concussions

We are aware of the concussion risks. We’re getting educated about the symptoms. We’re badgering our clubs to establish concussion policies, and we are letting the referee know just how we feel about that dangerous play out there. But there are five things parents aren’t doing to strengthen kids against concussions, writes Dr. Wendy Lebolt.

Soccer Parenting Sep 04, 2015

Dure: Presenting the FREE education plan for parent coaches

The Virginia Youth Soccer Association’s new coaching program has a noble goal, and a bold new approach for beginning coaches, mostly parents, who’ll be working with kids in the crucial Under-6 to U-10 years. SoccerWire's Beau Dure takes a look.

Soccer Parenting Jul 17, 2015

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