Soccer Mindset Academy becomes newest Players First partner

US Club Soccer is proud to announce Soccer Mindset Academy as its Official Mindset Education Partner and also welcome the mental skills training resource as its newest Players First partner.

Soccer Mindset Academy provides online mental skills training for peak performance and mental well-being to players aged 10 and up.  Players simply log in to the app or mobile platform for just 5-10 minutes a day to learn great mental skills building techniques and psychological tools that promote positive habit formation and mental well-being, as well as quality communication between coaches, parents and players, enabling the best performance outcomes for young players.

To celebrate the new partnership, Soccer Mindset Academy is offering its Mindform MVP Method™ to all US Club Soccer players via a free 10-day challenge. And to support US Club Soccer families and clubs, players who choose to upgrade to the Soccer Mindset Mastery program can do so at half the normal price and benefit their club. All players need to do is upgrade and indicate their member club, which will automatically direct a percentage of funds to that member club.

Make plans to join us on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT for a special Facebook Live episode titled: “The Importance of Mental Training in Youth Sports,” featuring Soccer Mindset Academy CEO Yal Bekar and former Penn State University men’s soccer coach Barry Gorman.

“The best athletes take their mental training just as seriously as their physical training,” said Kevin Payne, CEO of US Club Soccer. “This is a fantastic resource for our members, and we especially appreciate Soccer Mindset Academy’s lessons that promote mental well-being and form positive habits. We look forward to working with them for years to come.”

“I am so proud to be able to announce our partnership with US Club Soccer,” added Bekar. “We are thrilled to get to be a part of their great work with players, and especially their excellent Players First initiative. Soccer Mindset Academy exists to address the mental skills aspect of the game, and while so many soccer organizations, clubs and teams still have a huge gap in their offering in terms of mindset, in partnering with us, US Club Soccer and the Player First initiative are demonstrating their absolute commitment to their players and the game.”

Soccer Mindset Academy joins 12 other best-in-class partners in advancing the Players First philosophy and pillars, as well as supporting a movement across youth soccer that has significantly elevated standards since the initiative was formed five years ago. More than 100 clubs from 27 states have passed a rigorous application process to become Players First-licensed.

Players First is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.

Soccer Mindset Academy’s Mindform MVP Method™ gives players powerful mental skills training to help them overcome adversity and disappointment and enjoy more soccer success, using a science-backed learning approach led by Soccer Mindset Academy’s chief international sport psychologist and peak performance advisor.

Soccer Mindset Academy is advancing the Players First pillars of Coaching Development, Player Development and Parent Engagement & Education.

If, for any reason, you are unable to gain access to  the 10-day challenge, please contact the contact and indicate your US Club Soccer membership.


A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

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