By: Jose Debernard, 2006 Boys & 2003 Girls Trainer Players often ask me “coach how can I learn new moves?” or “how can I play as such and such player?” My answer is a simple one but effective one, watch lots of soccer games on tv and study and learn from your favorite players. In…

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By: Lucas Palker, 2006/2007 Boys Trainer Physical Fitness In Youth Sports As we all know, physical fitness comes with numerous benefits. This is especially important when it comes to the physical fitness of our youth who are playing competitive sports. There are cognitive, emotional, and physical benefits that all come along with physical fitness and…

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By: Jake Nesteruk, NLSA Trainer & HS Coach As many of the players, parents, fellow coaches, supporters, naysayers, and everyone else in between who know me know, depending on the subject of conversation, I am either incredibly short and reserved, or genuinely lack the ability to stop talking—there is no gray area. Same goes for…

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By: Ben Chrnelich, NLSA’s Youth Development Program (YDP) Coordinator When I was a teenager and then a college player, the opportunities to watch professional soccer were limited. Every four years we would be able to watch World Cup games in low-definition with a camera that was placed at the top of the stadium! Once in…

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By: Chris Edelschein, NLSA Trainer, Director of College Recruiting & Zone 3 Coordinator In a world where athletic accomplishments are top headlines in sports, some onlookers lose sight of the true meaning behind the term “student-athlete”. If we dive into the actual words “student-athlete”, we can analyze the true meaning behind the reason athletes head…

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In light of current events during these unprecedented times, NLSA wanted to share some awesome news with you. We are beyond excited to announce that we’ve concluded our search and have filled our three NLSA Player Development Leadership roles for the 2020/2021 season. In conjunction with current guidance from US Soccer and the youth soccer…

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 Core Values Exercise Abundance Acceptance Accountability Achievement Adventure Advocacy Ambition Appreciation Attractiveness Autonomy Balance Being the Best Benevolence Boldness Brilliance Calmness Caring Challenge Charity Cheerfulness Cleverness Collaboration Community Commitment Compassion Consistency Contribution Cooperation Creativity Credibility Curiosity Daring Decisiveness Dedication Dependability Diversity Empathy Encouragement Enthusiasm Ethics Excellence Expressiveness Fairness Family Flexibility Friendships Freedom Fun Generosity Grace…

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What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP? By: Kim Maurer, NLSA Trainer, ODP Coach, HS Coach 1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one’s age group. I have been a part of the ODP program for the past 13 years and I…

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By: Andrew Plunkett, NLSA Trainer & HS Coach Here at NLSA we truly believe that the high school soccer experience is something that should be part of the youth soccer journey. It has so many positives for American soccer players. Coach Andrew, who is the NLSA 2003 boys coach and also the Allentown High School…

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