The Big Picture

  • What’s Better: Paid or Volunteer Coaches? »

    2 July, 2013 // 1 Comment

    Clubs with the highest fees tend to look more like government WELFARE-TO-WORK programs, as you have a dozen coaches waiting at the club house to “clock-in” at 6pm and begin the first of their 3 practices for the evening.

  • The Parental Sacrifice of Youth Soccer »

    17 June, 2013 // 0 Comments

    They have both spent thousands of dollars on gas to drive carpools to practice, the best equipment that we could afford, uniforms, as well as countless afternoons on the sidelines of u-12 games roasting away in the heat and not once have I ever heard either of them complain. Once my parents realized that soccer was my passion, they dedicated themselves wholeheartedly to ensuring that I could be as successful as I wanted to be.

  • Coaching from the Bench – What Crosses the Line? »

    8 April, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Many youth soccer clubs are starting to look like third-world mega-corps with 6 figure salaries for Executive and Technical Directors, while the bathrooms are filthy, the fields & equipment are deteriorating, and the coaches are getting paid just over minimum wage. The results are high coach turnover, frustrated parents and emotional coaches.

  • How to Play Like Barcelona – Tiki Taka Total Football »

    11 March, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Developed by Dutch powerhouse club Ajax, from 1969 to 1973, Total Football (Dutch: totaalvoetbal) is a system of play (like Barcelona) that focuses on tight possession of the ball within the midfield and explosive offensive endeavors. It’s not uncommon to see teams that have mastered this tactic dominate a match by possessing the ball as much as 80% of the game. Tiki-taka is an evolution of the Total Football system into the quick passing, highly possessive style of soccer that Barcelona plays today.

  • Being a Referee SUCKS! »

    17 December, 2012 // 3 Comments

    Referee abuse is an anomaly to normal society. If you saw a late 30′s to early 50′s adult standing on the sidewalk berating a teenager or young adult from a distance, you’d probably intercede or call the police. But at youth sporting events, it’s commonplace and accepted.

  • Athlete Development & The Importance Playing Time »

    11 December, 2012 // 2 Comments

    There are thousands of good players that never achieved their potential because of the selfishness of coach’s who were only interested in collecting trophies. That loss of thousands of potentially great players means that American soccer doesn’t have the best-of-the-best representing us at the highest level, but instead, we have the best-of-what’s-left.


Athlete Performance

  • Japanese Youth Soccer – How they differ from US »

    12 July, 2013 // 0 Comments

    When compared to the US, Japan has a very unique environment for children playing soccer, and also a very different approach to coaching. These differences in environments and coaching method make the playing style of Japan unique and distinct from that of the US.

  • A Week in the Life of a College Soccer Player »

    11 June, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Written June 9th, 2013 by Patrick Poblete Life of a College Athlete

    My name is

  • Is Soccer Camp Worth the Money? »

    24 January, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Soccer camps are as diverse as youth soccer programs. Some camps are development driven and measure their success through the accomplishments of their players (Cliff McGrath’s Northwest Soccer Camp, MLS Academy Programs, Eurotech Soccer Camps).

  • The Car Ride Home (Take it Easy) »

    28 December, 2012 // 0 Comments

    What happens in the car ride home between a player and a parent has little to do with the game or the player.

  • Understanding Athletic Potential (Hint: Everyone has it.) »

    16 June, 2012 // 2 Comments

    Everyone is conceived – not born, but conceived: when the sperm meets the egg – with the potential for greatness. Few people ever actually achieve their full potential though, so what you end up with in any field or profession is not the “best of the best”, but instead, the “best of what is left”.

  • Become a Professional Soccer Player »

    2 April, 2012 // 3 Comments

    Professional coaches will tell you that the average athlete needs to train about twenty hours a week to become professional and to remain competitive. When you break it down, that means that to get all of the training you need to become “professional”, it’ll take 8,ooo to 10,000 hours. And there lies OUR problem.


Economics

  • How Much do MLS Players Make? MLS Player Salaries »

    21 August, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Major League Soccer players in the United States get paid more than the majority of soccer players in the world, but are by no means the top earning players in the world of soccer. The league minimum wage for 2013 is $35,125. The AVERAGE MLS player salary is

  • What’s Better: Paid or Volunteer Coaches? »

    2 July, 2013 // 1 Comment

    Clubs with the highest fees tend to look more like government WELFARE-TO-WORK programs, as you have a dozen coaches waiting at the club house to “clock-in” at 6pm and begin the first of their 3 practices for the evening.

  • Is Soccer Camp Worth the Money? »

    24 January, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Soccer camps are as diverse as youth soccer programs. Some camps are development driven and measure their success through the accomplishments of their players (Cliff McGrath’s Northwest Soccer Camp, MLS Academy Programs, Eurotech Soccer Camps).

  • Goalie Glove Care »

    15 January, 2013 // 0 Comments

    How to Wash Goalkeeper Gloves

    Goalie gloves can cost anywhere from $2 (on clearance) to $200.  For younger kids, you can get away

  • Where does all the money go? (Youth Soccer Fees) »

    2 December, 2012 // 0 Comments

    Posted December 2nd, 2012 by Mike Slatton Volunteers

    The history of youth soccer in the United States is a little

  • Soccer Salaries – How much do soccer players make? »

    18 July, 2012 // 1 Comment

    The highest paying athletic team in the world is FC Barcelona and has an average salary of $8,680,569 a year, with each player earning about $166,934 a WEEK! Second in line is AC Milan, from Italian professional league Serie A. It’s interesting to note that the New York Yankees and AC Milan have nearly identical payrolls, but the AC Milan players have higher individual salaries than the Yankees players.


World of Soccer

  • 10 Things You Should Know About the World Cup »

    6 December, 2013 // 0 Comments

    The average American parent doesn’t know too much about the World Cup, so here are 10 things every parent of American youth soccer players should know about the World Cup.

  • Japanese Youth Soccer – How they differ from US »

    12 July, 2013 // 0 Comments

    When compared to the US, Japan has a very unique environment for children playing soccer, and also a very different approach to coaching. These differences in environments and coaching method make the playing style of Japan unique and distinct from that of the US.

  • Made in Pakistan – What They Think of Soccer »

    28 May, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Written May 27, 2013 by Mike Slatton, w/ content contributed by Azfar Ahmed Farooqi & Wajahat Ullah Made in PAKISTAN

    In the

  • How to Play Like Barcelona – Tiki Taka Total Football »

    11 March, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Developed by Dutch powerhouse club Ajax, from 1969 to 1973, Total Football (Dutch: totaalvoetbal) is a system of play (like Barcelona) that focuses on tight possession of the ball within the midfield and explosive offensive endeavors. It’s not uncommon to see teams that have mastered this tactic dominate a match by possessing the ball as much as 80% of the game. Tiki-taka is an evolution of the Total Football system into the quick passing, highly possessive style of soccer that Barcelona plays today.


Soccer FAQs

  • How Much do MLS Players Make? MLS Player Salaries »

    21 August, 2013 // 0 Comments

    Major League Soccer players in the United States get paid more than the majority of soccer players in the world, but are by no means the top earning players in the world of soccer. The league minimum wage for 2013 is $35,125. The AVERAGE MLS player salary is

  • What is a Kick-off? »

    14 December, 2012 // 0 Comments

    The kick-off is taken from the center spot. All players must be in their own half of the field of play, and all opposing players must remain at least 10 yards (9.16m) from the ball (a distance marked by the center circle), until the ball is in play.

  • What is the highest paying professional soccer league in the world? »

    11 October, 2012 // 0 Comments

    The highest paying professional soccer league in the world isn’t what you might think.  Within the world of professional soccer, there

  • Soccer Salaries – How much do soccer players make? »

    18 July, 2012 // 1 Comment

    The highest paying athletic team in the world is FC Barcelona and has an average salary of $8,680,569 a year, with each player earning about $166,934 a WEEK! Second in line is AC Milan, from Italian professional league Serie A. It’s interesting to note that the New York Yankees and AC Milan have nearly identical payrolls, but the AC Milan players have higher individual salaries than the Yankees players.

  • When should kids start playing soccer? »

    18 July, 2012 // 0 Comments

    It is never too early for your child to start playing soccer.  Keep in mind though, that in these early years, the game

  • What is Club Soccer? What is a Soccer CLUB? »

    16 June, 2012 // 0 Comments

    While club soccer is the most popular and competitive way to participate in the sport in the United States, you’re not limited to “soccer clubs”. Kids can play organized soccer at the YMCA and recreational sports organizations like i9 Sports & National Youth Sports.