Train @ home with MLS (#trainwithmls)
Major League Soccer just launched “Train With MLS” – a new, comprehensive digital experience on TrainwithMLS.com that features hundreds of training videos from MLS clubs for coaches, parents and recreational players of all ages and abilities.
Featuring world-class coaching from MLS clubs and first-team coaches, “Train With MLS” provides a central online location for youth players, parents, and coaches to find drills, workouts, coaching tips and fun soccer activities. With an initial library of hundreds of videos, “Train with MLS” will surface and showcase new content each week, organized in easy-to-understand categories, such as Ball Mastery, Dribbling, Fitness, and more.
Tennessee Soccer Club Virtual Training Center
Our friends at Tennessee Soccer Club have shared their brand new Virtual Training Center with us and we're very grateful to them! It's a great hub hosting all of the resources players will need to continue their development at home. Players will find links to all TSC training videos, fitness and technical activities, information focusing on nutrition, mental health and wellness, and more.
Click the boxes below to start training now!
Dundee United F.C. Individual Homework Program Materials
Thank you so much to Dundee United F.C. – they are a Scottish Professional Football Club based in Dundee Scotland. They have provided the materials below for free to help keep the beautiful game moving for players at home around the world!
Dundee United have provided two phases of their Technical Performance Individual Homework Program! Phase 2 includes video examples of skills and multiple drills and exercises players can utilize at home.
Soccer for Success
For access to older activities click here!
Have you been looking to practice turning the ball? Interested in learning more about the nutritional value of dairy? Coach Jess teaches us a lesson on both in this week's Soccer for Success at Home session. Join in English or Spanish!
Health and Wellness
As Mental Health Awareness Month continues, it's important to take time for ourselves. Check out this list of free, digital resources from NYC Well for tools that can support your mental health.
While organizations have taken unique approaches to facilitate connection and provide support in creative ways, programs, youth, mentors, and families face challenges. Check out this conversation, featuring our very own Coach Eren, on meeting the needs of youth, families, and volunteers during the pandemic.
During these unprecedented times, it may be confusing or scary to complete essential errands without proper guidance. The CDC has provided tips in English and Spanish to ensure shared community spaces stay safe for all.
As community spaces, like parks, start to reopen, it is important that we keep each other safe by following local guidelines and public health recommendations. The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) offers four simple tips to follow as we start spending more time outdoors.
For more Soccer for Success at Home resources, visit soccerforsuccess.org/athome.
For children living in under served communities, social distancing and school closures are life-altering shifts. The U.S. Soccer Foundation is working tirelessly to keep kids and their families active and connected to our coach-mentor network during this challenging time. They need your help to give the Foundation team the vital resources to create Soccer for Success at Home and deliver it to families week after week.
If you can support them during this critical time, please make a gift to the Foundation today.
Have you ever wanted to design your own mini-pitch?
Now you can!
We created new coloring sheets so that you can bring some creativity and color to your weekend. Utilize your artistic skills and tackle the Foundation logo or design your own Safe Places to Play mini-pitch. For those who want more creative freedom, try your hand at designing the surrounding areas too. The possibilities are endless!
Need some inspiration? Check out our Safe Places to Play mini-pitch photo gallery for ideas.
We want to see your designs! Share them with us by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SoccerForSuccessAtHome.
We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.
With DC schools closed and distance learning taking place until at least April 27th, DC SCORES has created a series of at-home soccer and writing activities for children that will keep their minds and bodies active until they can join their teammates back in school. SCORES at-home activities are created with SCORES participants in-mind but are appropriate for all students in grades 3-8 (for grades K-2, check out our Junior Activities at the bottom of the page!). Each activity takes about 20 minutes to complete. We recommend either printing a copy of each PDF to complete the activity or you can access the PDFs from a computer or mobile device and complete the activities on your own paper.
We will be releasing new #SCORESatHome programming each weekday.
CHECK BACK DAILY!
Share your challenges with us for a chance to win a prize or be highlighted on our social media! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag #SCORESathome on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok.
Tommy Thompson San Jose Earthquakes
Tommy Thompson is a former U-20 US National Team player and is currently a starter for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. He has created a list of short skill video clips where he demonstrates dribbling skills, juggling skills, cone work, ladder work, tricks, etc. All these skills can be done in the backyard, in the street, in the driveway, in the family room, etc.
We recently did a Q and A with Tommy, so check that out!
Check out Tommy's Youtube Channel for multiple training videos!
Build your own Kick Wall
A kick wall is a must for any soccer player. Technique is so important. Key components of technique include being able to properly pass a ball with the right amount of weight and receive a ball with the correct touch - a wall provides a great space to work on perfecting these elements. When practicing alone, using a wall can be a game changer for players who want to own their development.
FREE KICK WALL PLANS HERE!
I built the kick wall you see on the homepage five years ago for my son. It's literally weathered snow, rain, cold, heat, and 1000's of hours of use and is still standing. The feedback from a wall is perfect - you will get back what you put in.
You can watch videos of the kick wall getting some use, look at free plans to build your own kick wall, and check out what others built.
If you have access to a kick wall what are you waiting for? Go use it! if you don't, or are interested in another option, I provide free plans to build a kick wall that is a perfect size, solid, and cost under $40 in materials.