Two Intriguing Experiments

Have you ever wondered why our players’ development over the past 30+ years has been extremely sluggish? One would think that with our resources and number of players it would have only been a matter of time that would keep us from attaining our rightful place at the top of the soccer world.  If you are skeptical try these two experiments with your team:

Click here to find out what Koach Karl suggests you try!

D-7 Boys Recreation Coach of the Year 2017

Rosa Membrila

Question: How and why did you become a youth soccer coach?

Rosa: I became a coach to help keep children active and out of the streets.

Question: What do you enjoy the most about coaching?

Rosa: I enjoy making an impact and connecting one on one with each player.

Question: What do you enjoy the most about coaching?

Rosa: I enjoy making an impact and connecting one on one with each player.

Question:  What words of wisdom/advice would you like to share or give to:


     • Players – To always remember it’s not about how good a player is but how strong the team works together win or lose.

     • Beginning Coaches – To remember it’s not always about winning.

     • Opposing Coaches – Stop yelling at your players.

     • Parents – Stop putting so much pressure on your children.

     • Referees – No advice, I just want to compliment them on what a good job they do!

Question: If you had a magic wand what major changes would you make in youth soccer?

Rosa: I would have a community event where the teams can have a fun game with either police officers or fire fighters.

D-7 Girls Recreation Coach of the Year 2017

Rosendo Gonzales

Question: How and why did you become a youth soccer coach?

Rosendo: It all started when my daughter’s soccer coach stepped down and no one else volunteered so I decided to step up that was in (2011).  The main reason I decided to coach was during my playing days I suffered knee injuries and could no longer play.  The next best thing was to coach the sport and pass down the knowledge and passion I have for the game.  I want to pass on all the good things and life lessons my coaches passed on to me and see these kids grow on and off the field.

Question: If you had a magic wand what major changes would you make in youth soccer?

Rosendo: The biggest change would be the commercialism of this beautiful game.  It seems there are so many so called club/comp teams out now that it takes away from the rec side of things.  The fun is lost for the kids, it’s all about winning now instead of just getting together with your friends/classmates and playing a fun game on the weekends.  There is also the fact that everyone now believes they need to have the name brand cleats and clothes in order to play.  Back in my day we wore whatever we had because as long as we were having fun no one cared about what cleats or clothes you wore you were just there to have fun.

Click here to join us and to see Coach Rosendo’s answers to: What do you like the most about coaching? What do you like the least about coaching? What words of wisdom/ advice would you like to share or give to: Players, Experienced Coaches; Beginning Coaches; Opposing Coaches; Referees and Parents?

D-7 Girls Referee of the Year 2017

Lynlee Davis

Question: How and Why did you become a referee?

Lynlee: I became a referee for Robert to learn the rules of the game and further my knowledge in the sport of soccer. Once I got into it, I realized how much more the job was and that I had a lot of fun refereeing games.

Question: What you like the least about refereeing?

Lynlee: I dislike the snide comments both coaches and parents make on the sidelines, even though I don’t show anything. I believe that one should be experienced in the job before they can start commenting on how a referee does during the games.

Question: If you had a magic-want what major change(s) would you make in youth soccer?

Lynlee: I would like the referees to be given much more respect by others involved with the game. People, especially the parents of the players and coaches, believe they know the game better than the referees do and don’t respect them the way the referees should be respected. With the magic-wand, I would like to open the people’s eyes so they could respect the referee and the job the referee holds.

Click here and join us at to see Lynlee’s answers to:  What do you enjoy the most about refereeing? What “words of wisdom/advice” would you like to share/give to: Experienced Referees; Beginning Referees; Coaches; Players and Parents?

The Importance of Body Language

Communication is more than listening or hearing the spoken words.  While communicating with others, our body language is just as important and powerful as the words that come out of our mouth.

Just like using profane language or a different tone of voice, our body language is just as important as verbal communication.  Positive body language can ease a conflict while poor body language can further inflame a volatile situation.

When speaking, stand tall, be firm and confident.  Your posture will send a positive impression and will help to get you through a conflict.  Look people in the eye, do not look down at the ground as that makes you, insecure, unsure and vulnerable to criticism.

Hands on the hips, crossing your arms in front of your chest and pointing fingers at people shows you as an aggressive person and will usually result in an aggressive response for those you are trying  to communicate with.   Consider putting your hands behind your back.

Click here and join us at to see more of what Pat Ferre has to say about Body Language.

Pat Ferre

USSF Referee Grade 15 Emeritus

USSF Referee Instructor

USSF Referee Assessor/Assignor

District-7 Youth Referee Administrator (DYRA)

SunPower and Fundamental Soccer Helping Players

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A Coach’s Plea (Part 1)

 I am here, on time.

My mortgage is two-weeks late; my oldest child is suffering through a medication change and trouble at school; my youngest child begged me not to leave, and my husband and I haven’t looked each other in the eye for days. I spent much of the day holding my aging dog as she recovered from a seizure.

But none of this matters now. I am here. I compose myself and prepare for the next 90 minutes on the field with your child. And mine; she has already leapt from the car and disappeared into the growing crowd of girls.

Sometimes you wave as you drive away, and sometimes you don’t. It usually depends if we won the previous weekend and if you felt your child had been given an appropriate amount of play time.

Your daughter is funny and kind and thoughtful. And tonight your daughter had a great practice. She struggled with a new skill and shook off a solid smack to her ear from a ball. And, we laughed. She also told me something that has been bothering her, asking shyly that I not tell anyone.

I explained why she was subbed off last game. She nodded in agreement and asked how to get better. We hugged, she thanked me, and we moved on.

Coach A. Bilson  

Letter to the Editor

EXCELLENT Koach Karl!!!!! The point about coach’s stop learning in your article, “Become a Soccer Intellectual” is so true.

The idea of reading and studying the sport has taken a knock in the past decade. This maybe the result of TV and the easy access to DVD’s as so many ideas have moved to a TV screen and so it is far easier to sit and watch whereas reading takes effort & concentration.

These two skills seem to be in short supply when you observe many youth & college games.

Between the game habit of both players & coaches of a decade ago where coaches had to search more for ideas or you saw a clever idea by an opponent. This learning energy seems to have slowed down and with it the search to learn more.

Plus everyone jumps on the latest band wagon like warm up games of “tiki-taka.” It seems to be the “in” game but even Pep Guardiola its biggest proponent has moved on…

Click here and join us at to see the rest of Graham’s thoughts on Becoming a Soccer Intellectual.

Graham Ramsay

Executive Director, The Soccer School (est. 1969)

“Losing Sucks”

Players/Coaches/Parents “Losing Sucks”. There is just no other way to frame it.

In your life, there will be many things that you invest yourself in — be it financially in a business or the stock market, physically in a job or sport (soccer). No matter what it is, you will sometimes lose … and that’s ok.  It will hurt.

It may bruise your ego or lessen your confidence. It could make you cry, or make you angry. It may cause you to go silent and avoid the outside world, or it could make you want to scream at everyone you see. But, that’s all ok. You will be ok.

People around you may not understand what losing means to you. You may be made fun of. You might be told to “suck it up”. You might even be called a loser.  That’s all ok. You’re going to be fine.

Losing, and the emotions that you experience as a result of it, are normal. When you lose, you should be prepared to accept it, honor it and move on.

The world today is going to try to protect your feelings by convincing you that even when you lose, you still win. I’m sorry, but the world is wrong. And, it would be a disservice to you to tell you any different.  This isn’t how life works.

Life doesn’t care about your feelings. You won’t be getting a medal when you lose a game. Always remember you are NOT entitled to victory. Victory is earned. And, even when you give it your best, that still may not be good enough. And, that’s ok.

Losing isn’t fun, but that doesn’t mean winning is everything either. You don’t need to be the best of everyone, you only need to be the best of you. Focus on the experience and less on the result. Learn everything you can along the way. Losing builds character and makes you a better you. Losing gracefully makes you a better player.

Take big risks often, follow the path less travelled and don’t be afraid to fail. Do those things with confidence and conviction and I promise you that the victories will taste even sweeter.

Losing sucks, but always remember … That’s OK.

Written by Dana Severson is the Director of Marketing at 


The Outcome of Our Children Is Infinitely More Important

Than The Outcome of Any Game They Will Ever Play!   -Karl Dewazien