01 Jan Top usclubsoccer.org news stories of 2015
2015 was a busy year in US Club Soccer. New ventures, including the launch of Players First and several new partnerships, were among the highlights. But, the continued advancement of our existing programs, such as National Premier Leagues, id2, Player Development Programs, National Cup, coaching education courses and more, are also noteworthy.
Let’s take a look at some of the most read news articles on usclubsoccer.org of 2015, and then head over to our NPL website for a similar list:
- Nov. 9: U.S. Soccer: Joint statement regarding concussion lawsuit resolution
- U.S. Soccer announced the resolution in conjunction with plans for a “sweeping youth soccer initiative” aimed at player safety. This was later branded as Recognize to Recover.
- Oct. 13: What is the potential of Players First? An interview with Christian Lavers
- Executive Vice President Christian Lavers explains just how far Players First can go towards changing the youth soccer culture for good.
- Sept. 15: US Club Soccer announces implementation plan for U.S. Soccer’s recent coaching initiatives
- Our implementation plan in response to U.S. Soccer’s mandates regarding birth-year registration and small-sided games. Discussions are still underway with all youth soccer organizations, as well as U.S. Soccer, to sort out the significant questions.
- Aug. 28: Positive Coaching Alliance: What a college coach looks for in recruits
- As part of Players First, Positive Coaching Alliance contributes content to usclubsoccer.org/playersfirst on a regular basis. Santa Clara University head women’s soccer coach Jerry Smith explains how he watches a potential recruit’s verbal and nonverbal behavior.
- Aug. 25: U.S. Soccer introduces coaching initiatives to target improvement in youth development standards
- U.S. Soccer’s initial announcement of the coaching initiatives: birth-year registration and small-sided games.
- Aug. 11: Players First launches; meet the partners taking youth soccer to next level
- The recap to the Players First launch event at Nike World Headquarters. The rest is history.
- Aug. 6: Beast Mode Soccer, US Club Soccer launch Players First Video Training Series
- Players First partner Beast Mode Soccer is contributing new, weekly episodes to the Players First Video Training Series.
- July 29: 2015 Nike National Training Camp powered by ECNL and id2 begins
- Roster and matches announced for the final programming element of the id2 cycle targeting ’00 girls.
- July 17: Keeping up with the National Cup XIV Finals
- The daily log – with lots of pictures, media links and schedules – made the cut as one of our most popular articles.
- July 9: National titles on the line as 2015 NPL Finals begins in Indiana
- A preview of the 2015 NPL Finals, including notes about multiple teams vying for back-to-back national championships.
- April 30: Top Texas clubs transform youth environment
- The creation of the United Soccer Clubs got a lot of people buzzing. Directors of Coaching at many of the top clubs in the state led that charge.
- Jan. 27: id2 National Selection roster for Argentina announced
- Always a popular question around this time of year: who landed a spot on the coveted id2 National Selection roster? This past trip was to Argentina, and in 2016, we’re heading to Spain. More details, including the 18-player roster, is coming soon.
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