Category Archives: Players

Engage Your Alumni Through Facebook

What if your soccer club treated your former players and coaches like a university treats its alumni? Imagine being able to engage former players in providing testimonials on your website about the positive impact your club had on their lives. … Continue reading

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New York Times’ Soccer Blog Shines Spotlight on Sounders Women

We happen to think the Great Northwest is the soccer capital of the United States (Cascadia, anyone?) and it seems the New York Times is joining our team. Goal, the New York Times soccer blog, posted a story about the … Continue reading

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Friday Freebies: Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

One of the great member benefits of Washington Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer is that we are able to partner with corporate scholarship and grant programs to create opportunities for your players to earn college scholarships and for your Clubs and Associations to earn grants for soccer programs. Below are two opportunities that US Youth Soccer supports and we encourage you to pass the word on to your parents and board members. Continue reading

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The Importance of Soccer Goal Safety

Just a few weeks ago, a nine-year-old boy in North Carolina was killed when an unsecured goal fell on his head as he played soccer with his cousins after church. The field was at a mobile home park and no youth soccer organizations were involved, but this tragedy serves as a reminder for all coaches, volunteers, and youth soccer organizations to remind your members of proper placement and securing of portable and stationary soccer goals. Continue reading

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Friday Freebies: Free Webinars on Child Abuse Prevention in Youth Sports

WA Youth Soccer takes risk management seriously – our players’ safety is our highest priority and we are always looking for resources to help our parents and volunteers create the safest environment for their children to enjoy soccer. With high-profile child abuse cases garnering media attention recently, our organizations have the opportunity and responsibility to learn how to prevent such tragedies from occurring and how to create clear policies for reporting abuse should they occur. The Positive Coaching Alliance and Kidpower will be hosting two FREE webinars in early February on how to fight abuse in youth sports. Continue reading

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TOPSoccer Featured on KOMO 4 News!

The District 3 TOPSoccer Fall Jamboree is featured on this week’s installment of Eric’s Little Heroes on KOMO 4 News! Click here to watch the video. A huge thank you and congratulations goes out to District 3 for hosting the … Continue reading

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College Goal Sunday – Free Financial Aid Events Around WA in January and February

For all of our players, regardless of level of play, it’s important for our organizations to support families looking for the best college funding resources. This January and February, College Goal Sunday will be hosting FREE events around Washington State for in-person education and help with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Continue reading

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Share the Love: Post Thank You Notes From Members to Your Website

The support section of WordPress includes a Hugs page, where WordPress posts thank yous and positive experience notes from its users. Creating your own hugs page could be a great way to to not only promote the positive effect that your organization has on your members, but also to tell your community how much you value their experience Continue reading

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Responding Quickly to Dissatisfaction Creates Happier Communities

It’s easy for a negative experience to spread from the player, parent, coach, or volunteer to other members of your Club or Association if dissatisfaction is not addressed quickly, even if their experience isn’t typical of your organization. The best thing to do when someone is dissatisfied is to fix the problem as early as you can. Continue reading

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In the News: Sepp Blatter’s Comments on Racism

It’s likely that racism in soccer will continue to be a topic in the news this week after FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s comments. Our organization’s mission is to develop players not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. How can we turn these discussions to character-building opportunities? If the comments come up in conversations with your members, how will your organization handle it? Continue reading

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