Soccer Parenting: Three ways parents can improve youth soccer

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Soccer Parenting: Three ways parents can improve youth soccer

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Skye Eddy Bruce, the founder of the Soccer Parenting Association – a Players First partner advancing the Parent Engagement & Education pillar.

There is a lot to do to improve youth soccer.

Some must be handled from the top down – from our organizing bodies and leagues with new policy implementation. Some of the improvements are the responsibility of the clubs and coaches in the form of heightened personal standards and clearly defined methodology.

Some of the improvements we seek in youth soccer are the responsibility of the parents. I am more struck than ever before by the tremendous role parents can play in improving the youth game.

Here are three of my key takeaways:

  1. Encourage free play
  2. Always keep the focus on the process
  3. Expect more in the coach-parent relationship

Read the entire article here, including detailed descriptions of the aforementioned three takeaway. Join the conversation on social media by using the Players First hashtag #P1soccer.