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Kansas Youth Soccer 4745 W. 136th St. Leawood, KS 66224 (913) 782-6434

Volume 1, Issue 2

February 2014

A Number is Worth a Thousand Words. In an effort to gain uniformity throughout the country and to reinforce a National Style of Play modeled after the U.S. National Team, Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has instituted the number system shown in the diagram.

Inside this issue: US Youth Soccer resources for coaches


Coaching Education courses


Positive Coaching Alliance


Sample Training Sessions and Ideas


Olympic Development Program (ODP)


Youth Player & Coach of the Month


Kansas Youth Soccer Programs & Events


Special points of interest:  Q&A with Tony Lepore ‘Development Academy boosts U.S. talent’  (Video) “Advice for Youth Coaches” - Interview with Jurgen Klinsmann

Looking beyond the number, the number ‘position’ and who is playing it, can tell a lot about what type of a soccer player (s)he is within a particular system of play. The USA’s formation in previous games have been generally a 1-4-3-3 as shown in the diagram. How does this help me as a coach? It will be a great addition to your learning and your coaching tool kit. As you develop your own coaching style and your players’ playing style, you can now reference the number when talking positions and allow your point to be ‘visualized’ within a known system of play. It also provides a base point of reference for the role and the functions of playing a particular number or position.

“Teach Like a Champion” and “Practice Perfect” Doug Lemov is the author of “Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College” and co-author of “Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better,” a study of the art of practicing. He works with the U.S. Soccer Federation to improve coaching through better teaching. In recent interviews with Mike Woitalla of Soccer America, he explains some interesting ideas to improve teaching and learning the game. Click below to read more. Doug Lemov Interview Part 1 - “What Teachers can Teach Coaches” Part 2 - “Say it carefully, quickly, clearly” Part 3 - “Don’t get mad at kids for struggling”

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US Youth Soccer offers valuable resources to you the Coach As a member of Kansas Youth Soccer, you automatically become a member of the largest national organization of youth soccer players, US Youth Soccer. There are many valuable resources which you may not have been aware of for you—the Coach, to take advantage of. Visit their website at - to browse through the information and resources available to you as you work with your players. Some are: Monthly Training Advisor (SKLZ) offers great activities to improve performance. Coaching Education YouTube Channel offers videos of various techniques and skills and training ideas. Coaching Resource Library offers various articles on coaching education and player development. Coaching Education Platform provides various resources like sample training activities to further your education.

Upcoming Coaching Education Courses and Opportunities National “C” Course in St. Louis this August

Youth Module (U6-U8)

Kansas Youth Soccer is pleased to announce the second year of the education partnership among the Alliance 4 All state associations— Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri. Missouri Youth will host a National “C” Course this August 210, 2014. CLICK HERE (scroll to the bottom) to view course information and to register (limited to 40).

SCSA—Wichita, KS Sunday, March 2, 2014

National “D” License Instructional Weekend #1 Butler CC - El Dorado, KS March 7-9, 2014

National “E” License Butler CC - El Dorado, KS Feb. 28 - March 2, 2014

National “D” License Instructional Weekend #1

National “E” License

Lawrence, KS March 14-16, 2014

Manhattan, KS March 21-23, 2014

CLICK HERE to view and register.

Positive Coaching Alliance Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit organization with the mission statement of developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Since 1998, Jim Thompson, Founder and CEO of PCA has impacted more than 5 million young athletes. To learn more about the Positive Coaching Alliance, CLICK HERE to visit their website. CLICK HERE to view the TED video by Jim Thompson regarding “Youth Sports as a Development Zone”

CLICK HERE to listen to a podcast interview with Claudio Reyna discussing various topics from the relative value of winning games at the youth level in balance with developing youth as players and as people.

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Sample Training Sessions & Ideas CLICK on the title of the session or article to view. 

US Youth Soccer U6-U8 Practice Activities


US Youth Soccer U10 Practice Activites


US Youth Soccer U12 Practice Activites


NSCAA 2014 Convention Clinic Outline Book


U.S. Soccer National Staff Instructor Dave Clarke “Playing in the Attacking Third & Finishing” at the National “B” License Coaching Course


U.S. Soccer’s “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States”


U.S. Soccer Curriculum—Claudio Reyna

Olympic Development Program (ODP) Kansas Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program continues to evolve and change to best serve and meet the needs of our players, clubs, and leagues. The ODP mission statement “to identify and train players for State, Regional, and National Teams” continues to be the driving force to adapt to best reach these goals. CLICK HERE to see the overview and changes to the programming for Kansas ODP in 2014-15. On July 18-20, 2014 Kansas ODP will host its inaugural ODP Club ID Showcase. This showcase is for the ELITE Club Teams within the U12-U17 Boys & Girls Age Groups for the upcoming 2014-15 seasonal year and teams will be “INVITED” to participate. The showcase will be a sanctioned event for NCS qualifying. CLICK HERE to visit the webpage for the ODP Club ID Showcase.

Kansas Youth Soccer Wants You! be Recognized Kansas Youth Soccer would like to recognize our players, coaches, and teams and to spread the word throughout the state to our members. In future issues of the P.A.C.E. Newsletter, we’d like to feature a Youth Player of the Month and Coach of the Month. By featuring a Player and Coach of the Month, we can recognize all the positive things going in the game throughout Kansas. CLICK HERE to submit nominations for the Kansas Youth Soccer’s Player of the Month. CLICK HERE to submit nominations for the Kansas Youth Soccer’s Coach of the Month. If you have any specific content or stories of interest for future issues of the P.A.C.E. Newsletter, please send an e-mail to Mark Sheldon, Director of Coaching for Kansas Youth Soccer, at with as much specific information and details as possible.

Kansas Youth Soccer 4745 W. 136th St. Leawood, KS 66224 Phone: 913-782-6434 Fax: 913-534-8510 E-mail: coaching@kansasyouthsoccer.or

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About KSYSA - Kansas Sta te Youth Soccer Association, Inc. is the officia l representative of US Youth Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) in Kansas . Affiliates of KSYSA provide more than 25,000 youngsters in Kansas with the opportuni ty to play soccer, making KSYSA one of Kansas’ largest youth sport organizations. For more inf ormation about Kansas Youth Soccer, go to www.k About US Youth Soccer US Youth Soccer-The Game for ALL Kids is the largest member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States . US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 mil lion players annually, ages 5 to 19 , in 55 memb er state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe, and healthy environment for players at every level of the game.

Kansas Youth Soccer Programs, Events, Offerings... 

Sign up for FREE coaching clinics during the Kansas Youth Soccer’s AGM in Topeka, KS on February 21-22, 2014. CLICK HERE to register.


Be a part of the Kansas Youth Soccer Coaches Association CLICK HERE to JOIN for FREE.


Coaching Education Courses for Spring 2014 - CLICK HERE to view course schedule.


Kansas Youth Soccer’s Residential Developmental Camp for U9-U12 Girls & Boys CLICK HERE to read and register.


Kansas Youth Soccer’s Spring 2014 ‘Centers of Excellence’ Academy Trainings CLICK HERE to read and register.


Kansas Youth Soccer State Tournaments Kansas State Cup - CLICK HERE to read more and register. Kansas Presidents Cup - CLICK HERE to read more and register. Kansas Junior State Championships - CLICK HERE to read more and register.


Access for FREE the GotSoccer Coaches Club

PACE Newsletter - February 2014  

The Official Player and Coaching Education Newsletter of Kansas Youth Soccer.

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