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November Soccer Parenting Newsletter

By Nationals, 11/14/23, 7:30AM CST


We'd like to start this week's newsletter off by saying, "thank you."

First, to all of the parents, coaches, and club leaders who generously offered their time to meet with us and share feedback through the interviews we've been conducting. Those sessions made it clear that we are delivering real value. They also made it clear that we have opportunities to continue improving what we've built. We are grateful to all of you for the support, engagement, and candid feedback.

Second, a big thank you to Eric Legg, Ph.D. for joining us earlier this week in our latest live webinar. It was a fantastic discussion about our November theme: Building Community. Eric’s pioneering research related to how teams, clubs and sports parents form community. It is a foundational element of the work we are doing at Soccer Parenting. We know that when people (parents, players, coaches) feel a heightened sense of community to the team they are affiliated with, satisfaction and motivation rise. If you are curious about how you can build community, you can catch the recording at the

We’ll be providing you with more information about community – a perfect theme for the month of Thanksgiving - in the coming weeks.

- skye

Around the Game

·        The MLS Cup Playoffs continue this weekend with the final games of Round 1 to be played. (more)


·        News came out recently that the USWNT will soon have a new head coach. Emma Hayes of Chelsea fame is set to take over in May of next year, two short months before the Olympics. (more)


·        Don't miss the NWSL Championship game tonight at 8pm EDT between NJ/NY Gotham FC and OL Reign. It will mark not only a first league championship for whoever comes out on top but also a final NWSL match for two stars of the women's game, Ali Krieger and Megan Rapinoe. (more)

Soccer Parenting Highlights

·        We are always looking for ways to represent the Soccer Parenting movement and influence the broader soccer ecosystem. It's why we jump at opportunities like SoccerEx. We'll be at the 50th installment of the global event in Miami next week. (more)


·        The movement continues to build momentum as we welcome another state association to Soccer Parenting and The Sideline Project. Earlier this week, we announced a multi-year partnership with the hard working folks of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. (more)


·        If you missed our chat with Eric Legg, PhD about building community in teams and clubs earlier this week, find it in its entirety inside the Soccer Parent Resource Center. Membership required (and totally worth it!). (more)

Take the Pledge

Join 26,083 parents, coaches, and club leaders who have taken the Sideline Project Pledge. We believe a more enjoyable game day experience for players, parents, coaches and referees will keep more children active in sports and healthy for life. Watch the short video to learn about sideline behavior, read the pledge, add your name to the Pledge Wall, and let's Make Youth Sports Better, together.