Kerman Youth Soccer hosted the ‘Holiday Cup Tournament’ and received great feedback from all local District-7 teams that participated.

Community’s coming together ,with good sportsmanship, great soccer, MVP pins and all tournament player awards

The event created great memories for everyone and was made extra special because we [adults], ‘Put the Kids First!’ Anthony Garcia, President Kerman Youth Soccer.


If you were following SISM you might have seen us at Avaya Stadium this month for the 2019 Women’s NCAA Championship between North Carolina and Stanford. It was an incredible match with some very talented women! If you missed it here is the recap in 30 seconds! It was 0-0 in regulation time, then 0-0 throughout the sudden death overtime period, and then it went to 7 rounds of penalty kicks before Stanford came out victorious! It was an incredible run by two powerhouse schools!

So how does one get to this this level? Work on your technical skills. Young Jaedyn Shaw from Dallas has represented SISM at various events such as major tournaments and top international matches held in the US and for sponsors such as McDonald’s, Moneygram, and more. Her incredible ball control skills have taken her to the top. At the age of 15, Jaedyn has traveled to Paris to train with Paris Saint Germain, she was called up to join the U17 girls national team camp, and did we mention North Carolina? Yes, in March she officially announced her commitment to play with North Carolina’s Tarheels when it’s time!

Until next month!

Coach Louie Mata and the SISM team


It’s all too easy for kids to get distracted with other things and as a result they can sometimes fall behind with their training, start missing a few sessions or not practicing in their spare time. This is fine, all kids need to be able to have fun and explore their passions.

One thing that you can do is to help fuel their passion for the game by watching professional games with them. You can discuss between you what the pros are doing to warm up for the game, how they get prepared for an attack and how they position themselves in the goal.

COACHES (Part 1)

How much commitment have youngsters had to play when adults control almost their entire environment?  What do we want them to take away from this experience?

At present it appears to be a babysitting exercise rather than an educational experience. Parents do all the work to the extremes of carrying their bags. Why can’t they be more involved in the process of setting up the practice? My point being is that the parent becomes the enabler and so divorces players from the game and so learning how to play.

Why can’t even U.8’s share in the experience of setting up the pitch to play, testing ball pressures, etc. and as they grow older & wiser to appoint captains, letting them lead.

From U.12’s on, especially in junior schools have players select teams and maybe create their own inter-mural league. Encourage them to get soccer ideas off U-Tube and books out of the library. Like many youngsters who get turned on to a great game you have no idea where their energies will lead them. This is where real players come from.

I hear the cry that’s too much for youngsters to comprehend. I disagree as youngsters the world over do it. They may need limited help but there are 100’s of examples of children in rural African with zero finance invent their “Banana Leaf League” to youngsters in England creating leagues & teams. Often they do a better job than adults as they can take ownership of “their league.”

Such commitment creates “real players” and a lifelong affair with a great sport. We want & need such players as that’s where real talent will come from. If nothing else they have made lifelong friendships and that money can never buy. We desperately need their “SKIN IN THE GAME.”

If you want help please do not hesitate to contact me and I would enjoy sharing these ideas.

Referees Gaining and Staying in Control of a Match (Part 4)

Just because “popular beliefs” sometimes drive officials to not do something or not make calls according to the Laws of the Game does not prove that the official is doing a correct and fair job.

Those who selectively make certain calls and overlook others may be doing it to be popular and show little or no interest in doing what is right and fair.

What this shows is that one official has found the courage to do what is right, expected and fair while another may have lost the courage or never had it to begin with.



Some or all the ideas presented are often demonstrated during matches and do work when a referee has found the courage to protect and enforce the spirit and the letter of the Laws and is not afraid to make the sometime unpopular decisions.



Making 2020 the Year of Respect

Happy New Year D-7 Soccer Community!  With the beginning of the New Year, we have an opportunity to begin taking steps in improving our D-7 soccer environment.

As I stood watching a match between Carlisle United and Bradford City, I listened to the excited fans and their comments (which were mostly encouraging and cheers), rewarding everyone’s good offensive or defensive move.  Yet, there were times when the fans became rude and yelled mean and ugly words at the players. At the end of the game, a player hit a low corner to the near post rather than a high corner to the far post. The crowd became very upset at the “poor” cross. They were extremely vocal and you could see the player become visibly upset by the abusive remarks.


If mean/ugly words can upset professional adult players, imagine what we do when we yell at our youth players?

Abuse needs to stop!  Let’s make our resolution for 2020 ‘The Year of Respect.’  We can begin by respecting everyone in D-7 including:  Players, Coaches, Referees, League officials and opposing spectators.


I have been told by my optometrist that 20/20 is perfect vision. So I think that we should all use that physical philosophy as a focus for the upcoming year!!

It is my New Year’s Eve resolution to see that we try to attain a perfect vision for our future for our membership, as well as all of the kids that we are responsible for.

We have a bunch of folks that are moving this program in the right direction, coaching staff is ready to go with clinics to help with the improvement of our capabilities to help our youth understand the worlds game, just need our leagues to set up coaching clinics asap!!

We also have another opportunity to help with the leagues to hold refereeing courses to improve the outcome of all matches. This is a simple wish that I am hoping the soccer gods hear and we will be able to make it happen.

Remember it takes just a little bit of thinking outside the box and great things can happen! So Please Remember 2020 is our future!! Wishing all of you my best for the upcoming year…. !!!


In 2013, 1.24 million kids required an emergency room visit for a sports related injury. We know that 13-15 year olds accounted for the largest number of those injuries. 54% of student athletes have admitted they played their sport while injured and 42% have hidden or down-played an injury during a game so they could continue to play.  We also know that 33% have been injured as a result of “dirty play.”

What are we to learn from this? Considering the types and, in some cases, the life-long implications many of these injuries have, we believe that the culture of youth sports really needs to change. Let’s do so in 2020

Having spent literally decades either on the field myself or on the sideline/courtside watching my four son’s play various sports, or seeing student athletes requiring admission to the hospital or having surgery normally reserved for adult athletes, I concur with studies that have shown an increase in a variety of preventable injuries happening to our kids. I’ve also witnessed that we parents, are often part of the problem.

Remember, the first rule of thumb is that our kids are in sports for enjoyment and physical activity. But this doesn’t mean that all caution is to be thrown to the wind at any cost for a win or a trophy (fewer than 1 in 1 million will make pro ranks). So we advocate a strategy for “s

mart play.”

  • Set the ground rules at the beginning of the season. Coaches bring together parents and athletes before the season begins to agree on the team’s approach to prevent injuries.
  • Teach athletes ways to prevent injuries. Proper technique, strength training, warm-up exercises and stretching can go a long way to prevent injuries.
  • Prevent overuse injuries. Encourage athletes to take time off from playing only one sport to prevent overuse injuries and give them an opportunity to get stronger and develop skills learned in another sport.
  •  Encourage athletes to speak up when they’re injured. Remove injured athletes from play and have them medically evaluated.
  •  Put an end to dirty play and rule breaking/rule bending. Call fouls that could cause injuries. Encourage a team culture of sportsmanship.
  • Get certified. Learn first aid, CPR, AED use and injury prevention skills.


For information on sports safety visit

As always, remember, play hard/play safe.


“Joy” and motivation are clearly important factors in whether early experiences turn into life-long passions. Coaches/Parents need to treat young children like young children, not just young soccer players.

Youngsters often come into soccer without an emotional hook to the sport and need experiences that make them want to come back; experiences that encourage them to play and practice independent of adults.”

Tom Turner

State Director of Coaching

Ohio Youth Soccer Assoc.- North


A Life-Long Passion for Soccer can start in 2020 if we ALL accept that…

“The Outcome of Our Children Is Infinitely More Important Than…
The Outcome of Any Game They Will Ever Play..!” Koach Karl