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Fuel Soccer Talk: Time Magazine honors U.S. Women’s Soccer Team; US Youth Soccer nominated for STRIVE Award; Introducing the Smart Ball

Women’s Soccer Team Named Time’s 2019 Athlete of the Year

The honors keep coming for a team that not only won a title but is helping change perception, stereotypes and of course hearts and minds. Time Magazine named The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team the 2019 Athlete of the Year.

The honor comes five months after Team USA won the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the second consecutive time. The Americans went undefeated en route to the World Cup final, where they beat the Netherlands 2-0 to clinch the title.

It has been more than five months since the U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup, and yet barely a day goes by that Megan Rapinoe doesn’t hear about it from strangers. A young girl at a soccer clinic. A middle-aged man at an airport. Parents the world over via social media. No matter who or where, the topic is always the same: how the team changed a life.

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Vote today: US Youth Soccer nominated for the STRIVE Award

NCYS and AIG are proud to present the STRIVE Award for Organization of the Year. This award recognizes organizations implementing promising practices and policies to protect young athletes.

This award praises organizations’ commitment to young athletes’ health, wellness and safety. It demonstrates that Sports can Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence without compromising safety.

Promising practices may include background screening for employees, contractors and volunteers, head injury and concussion education, baseline testing, nutrition and hydration, facility and equipment maintenance and response to injuries, etc.

US Youth Soccer has been nominated for the STRIVE Award presented by and ! Visit the link below to nominate us for this award! You can vote once, EACH DAY, until Dec. 12, at 5 p.m. EST!

VOTE HERE

Is Smart Soccer Ball a smart Christmas present?

If you are looking for a soccer gift to put under the tree there are plenty of options. Here is another one to consider. Not endorsing – just throwing (kicking) it out there.

The Smart Soccer Ball is a unique experience and one that can improve your skills despite the weather outside. The Smart Ball comes with hundreds of workouts for endless hours of training and programs for players at every level.

Here is Catalan Soccer’s review

Send story comments and story ideas to Terry Jacoby at tajacoby@comcast.net