Fuel Soccer Talk: Youth soccer is a family experience; Life is good at Disney – President’s Day Soccer Festival; ChrisMD has a fun cure for soccer blues

Family Ties: Youth soccer is a family affair on many levels

As head coach for 14U Boys Beadling 2003 (PA-W), Rob Fabean led the team to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championship final match in Frisco, Texas. Despite losing 2-1, Rob saw the event as a great experience especially since he was able to coach his son, Mason, along the way. Rob discusses his thoughts on family from the perspective of a father as well as a coach.

What roles do families play in their children’s soccer lives?
Families play the most important role in Children’s soccer lives. The commitment and sacrifices that families make both from a time and financial perspective is what enables so many children to experience this great game. They don’t get thanked enough for all that they do. As a coach, I am grateful for the families of the players I coach. They go above and beyond making sure their son/daughter is at trainings, tournaments and any other team activity that we may do.

What are some different ways that families can bond through soccer?
I’ve watched over the years, not only the players on my teams become such good friends, but also the parents. The amount of time that is spent together, you have a choice to make, either develop friendships with each other (preferred) or go a different route. From an individual family perspective, it’s a great opportunity for families to spend a lot of time together, meeting new people and seeing new places.

What advice would you give to soccer families?
Enjoy the time that you have watching your children play. Be supportive of them and their teams. The time will go way faster than you would ever expect it to, so make the most of every second that you have with your children while they are playing the sport they love. The memories you will make will be life lasting.

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Disney Presidents Day Soccer Festival will warm up your winter break

Looking for a great opportunity with your team during winter break? Look no further than the Disney Presidents Day Soccer Festival. Taking place in mid-February, this tournament offers your team great competition at the incredible ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where you’re treated like a champion and can celebrate like one, too—and it’s in the middle of all the Walt Disney World Resort magic.

Disney Presidents Day Soccer Festival
Feb. 15–17, 2020
Registration Opens: June 17, 2019|
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: January 6, 2020
International Team Registration Deadline: January 1, 2020
ELIGIBILITY: This is an FYSA Sanctioned Tournament, open to all USSF/FIFA-affiliated organizations for boys and girls.
Age Divisions: U9-U18/19
Player Eligibility: Players ages 9 to 19 may participate. Ages are based on USYSA guidelines for 2019/2020 birth year and season.

More Information Here 

Chris MD’s YouTube channel is worth a few minutes (hours) of your time

I’m a late comer to Chris MD’s channel. That means 4.67 million subscribers have already watched his awesome videos. But if you haven’t seen his channel yet, set aside some time. They are amazing, entertaining and even educational. But mostly they are a lot of fun. Here is the LINK 

Check it out!

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