US Youth Soccer Common Goals Newsletter | December 2018

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December 2018

Largest Ever Youth Sport Safety Initiative Launches
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country and the leader in youth soccer, announces a new major sports safety initiative

2018 ODP Interregionals Regional Girls teams in the 01/02 – 05 age groups took the field to showcase their talent in Boca Raton, Fla., Nov. 19-22. The Boys in the 01 – 05 age groups will kick off in Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 20.

7 Tips for College-Bound Players Read tips for college-bound players from a volunteer scout for the Swarthmore College women’s soccer team

US Youth Soccer National League The 16U-19U Girls kicked off the National League season with the 14U-15U Boys and Girls and the 16U-19U Boys following suit.

U.S. Men’s National Team The U.S. Soccer Federation has appointed two-time FIFA World Cup veteran Gregg Berhalter as the new head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

US Youth Soccer is pleased to recognize the following individuals with the December 2018 Clif Kid Raise the Bar Award!

Andrea from La Habra, Calif.
Andrea’s club team just won the fall 2018 league with an impressive unbeaten 14-0 season, where she demonstrated sportsmanship and team work in every game. Besides playing on two teams, dancing, and working hard at school at this young age, Andrea volunteers one hour per week helping her coach run drills and refereeing younger recreational teams. The most impressive quality about Andrea is that she is very humble about her accomplishments, never mentioning any victories to her friends at home or at school and everyone loves her company.

Ethan from Wallkill, N.Y.
While playing for his Premier team, Ethan has maintained straight A’s in school. Ethan was recently accepted into the SNAP program for his school district which is a program for the gifted and talented. On the field, Ethan demonstrates leadership among his teammates and is often the example with his work ethic and soccer acumen. Ethan , at the age of 11, spends Saturday mornings refereeing soccer games for the local Rec Soccer Club. Ethan is already establishing himself as a role model for peers and for younger kids both academically and athletically.
Each month, we recognize one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month with the Clif Kid Raise the Bar Award. To nominate someone you think is deserving of receiving the Clif Kid Raise the Bar Award, read the criteria and fill out this form .

Sports Are What I Do, They Are Not Who I Am When athletes get to the top ranks of their sports, they often think that other people only think of them as an athlete. In this video, Rachel Wood, a soccer player for the Boston Breakers, talks about how even though she’s been a top soccer player all her life, she knows that soccer is a big part of her life but doesn’t characterize who she is.

DICK’S Team Sports HQ – A Free, Online Club Management Hub DICK’S Team Sports HQ can serve all of your club’s specific needs through an all-in-one league management service or al-a-carte components. From online registration and websites to ordering bulk equipment and team uniforms, we support and equip youth soccer clubs, allowing you to focus on the game instead of the details. Learn more about our technology, uniform, bulk equipment, fan wear and sponsorship opportunities at

This is the MLS App. Evolved. The all new MLS App is here, and it’s bigger and bolder than ever before. Pick your favorite club and get all the latest news and views, real-time game coverage, and a fantasy league that puts you in the driver’s seat. Live your colors with the official MLS App. Download now on the App Store and Google Play.
Fuel Gametime Fun with Sun-Maid Raisins Looking for a snack that will keep the team playing strong? Reach for the little red box that delivers a boost of natural energy! Delicious Sun-Maid raisins deliver an excellent half-time energy boost using nothing but grapes and sunshine.

Score Everything Your Kid’s Team Needs for Spring! Score everything your kid’s team needs for spring! Enter for a chance to win uniforms and soccer balls for the entire team plus a bonus team gift basket! NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Legal U.S. residents, 18 and older. Ends 12/30/18. To enter and for official rules visit,
Join United Soccer Coaches in Chicago for an action-packed Convention featuring 250+ field sessions and lectures, 14 diplomas and certificates, networking events, and hundreds of exhibitors. Surrounded by thousands of coaches, you will enjoy five days designed with your coaching goals in mind! Again this year, Convention will feature the MLS and NWSL Drafts, All American Award recognition, and more!

Come by Booth #912 – Autographed Pele Jersey Come by and see us at booth 912 at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in January for your chance to win a signed Pele jersey plus much more!

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