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A Monthly Newsletter Exclusively for Washington Youth Soccer Coaches

"Would you enjoy that?"

As I travel around soccer fields throughout the state there is clearly a move in the right direction in terms of age-appropriate coaching and development. The majority of players are receiving thoughtful quality, modern and educationally relevant training.

This being said, I also see coaching sessions where I ask myself "why would they do that" because the training is not age appropriate for the team, which causes the session to be very little fun for either the coach or, more importantly, the players. When I ask this question directly to a coach they often reply "I never played this game myself". READ MORE

¿Le Gustaría Eso?

En mis viajes por los campos de fútbol de todo el estado hay claramente un paso en la dirección correcta en términos de entrenamiento apropiado para la edad y el desarrollo. La mayoría de los jugadores están recibiendo la calidad reflexiva, moderna y la formación pertinente a la educación.

Dicho esto, también veo sesiones de entrenamiento donde yo me pregunto "¿por qué lo hacen?" ya que no es la edad apropiada para su equipo, que hace que el período de sesiones se poco divertido, ya sea para el técnico o, más importante aún, los jugadores. Cuando hago esta pregunta directamente a un técnico que a menudo la respuesta es "Nunca he jugado este juego a mí mismo". LEA MÁS

Coaching Calendar
  • August 2010

    8/28 Eastside Youth Soccer Association


    11/12 Spokane Valley Junior Soccer Association

    To register or for more information, visit the "Technical Zone" at!
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New Elite Player Development Program Launches and Open Tryout Registration Begins!

Today we launched our new Elite Player Development program (EPD) — an umbrella program built to create the best avenues of development for our elite players. The EPD, open to boys and girls with birth years 1994-1998, will now be the overarching system used to develop elite players in Washington State and will combine all the programs currently a part of Washington Youth Soccer’s development system, including the Olympic Development Program (ODP), Regional Training Centers (RTCs), State Pool Training, etc. LEARN MORE!

Nuevo Programa de Elite de Desarrollo de Jugadores se lanza y el registro de los Try-Outs Comienzan a estar abiertos

Estimados Miembros de Washington Youth Soccer, Hoy lanzamos nuestro nuevo programa de Desarrollo de jugadores de Elite (EPD) - un programa global diseñado para crear las mejores vías de desarrollo para nuestros jugadores de élite. El EPD, abierto a niños y niñas con años de nacimiento de 1994-1998, ahora será el sistema general utilizado para desarrollar jugadores de élite en el estado de Washington y se combinarán los programas que actualmente forma parte del sistema de Desarrollo de Washington Youth Soccer, incluyendo el Programa de Desarrollo Olímpico (ODP), los Centros Regionales de Formación (RTC), Entrenamiento de Estado Pool, etc LEA MÁS

Soccer Safe!

As we prepare for the upcoming Washington Youth Soccer season, we must revisit the necessary basic soccer safety precautions that ensure all our players have the best experience possible. When it comes to youth soccer, each adult who is involved has a responsibility to keep their young players as safe as possible. READ MORE

¡Fútbol Seguro!

Mientras nos preparamos para la próxima temporada de Washington Youth Soccer, tenemos que revisar las precauciones necesarias de seguridad básica del fútbol que garanticen a todos los jugadores a tener la mejor experiencia posible. LEA MÁS

Introducing Washington Youth Soccer's Goalkeeping Guide

There was a time, not so long ago, when the role of the goalkeeper was considered to be less important than other players on the team, fortunately this mentality is changing.

Washington Youth Soccer's goalkeeper guide has been compiled to assist coaches and outlines the basic techniques and rudimentary tactical skills needed for the development of the youth goalkeeper. The goalkeeper guide in English and Spanish can be found HERE.

Interview with Darren Sawatzky

Get to know Sounders FC & Washington Youth Soccer Director of Youth Development Darren Sawatzky. READ MORE

Entrevista con Darren Sawatzky

Conozca al Director de Desarrollo de la Juventud de los Sounders FC y de Washington Youth Soccer, Darren Sawatzky. PARA SABER MÁS