The Soccer Sidelines

The Soccer Sidelines

The podcast where parents, players, and coaches come together around the stuff that really matters in youth sports


March 23, 2021 38 mins
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Returning to play in any sport after COVID lockdowns is something we're all looking forward to, but it is not without its risks. Some of these risks are traditional. Some are unique to a post-COVID lockdown world. In this episode, we explore both and give you a few ideas around what you can do ...

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June 15, 2020 56 mins

It's time to put our youth sports system back to work preparing kids for life. Who's returning to play and how are we trying to do it safely?

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May 6, 2020 24 mins

What are solidarity payments, why do we have them, and how do they work? Do they work at all in the United States? Let's talk through a use case.

In this episode, we share some recent news, then jump into the concept of solidarity payments. Specifically, we talk through the case of DeAndre Yedlin, featuring Crossfire Premiere, FIFA, USSF, and the MLS.  At the end of this episode, I hope that the concept of solidarity payments (and ...

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April 27, 2020 24 mins

<Share your wisdom and well wishes with 2020 Seniors>

Post a thank you sign, host a MASKquerade, and check in on the DA and ODP.

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April 16, 2020 20 mins

On April 15th, 2020, US Soccer Announced that it is closing down the US Soccer Development Academy (DA). Was it merely COVID-19 related or is there more to the story?

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April 13, 2020 29 mins

A big thanks for essential workers and a caution about information being shared in the public today.

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April 5, 2020 25 mins

Few people will argue that the world is changing for good after COVID-19. In this episode, we talk about some of the changes, and laugh about masks in banks

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March 21, 2020 22 mins

We are surrounded by all talk all-the-time about COVID-19. But what can we DO now to make our new normal lifestyle a little more enjoyable for our kids and for our member families?

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March 16, 2020 21 mins

With so much fear and inconvenience running around, let's talk about the Positives of a Global Pandemic. Put this time to good use!

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Men and Women's National Teams have come together around claims of unfair and inappropriate pay and benefits in US Soccer

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February 17, 2020 4 mins

Happy President's Day 2020! Big news in the world of US Soccer this week. Full episode coming soon after the holiday. Get ready!

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February 10, 2020 11 mins

None of us are perfect parents. The best we can hope for is to be a continually improving parent. In this episode, we'll talk about a parenting and work promotion tool that is within your reach.

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February 3, 2020 25 mins

There are both risks and rewards to playing on more than one team at the same time in the same season. Let's talk about them.

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January 27, 2020 63 mins

Gender Bias is affecting men, women, and players in the game. What is gender bias, how is it affecting our community, and what can we do about it? Let's talk about it.

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January 20, 2020 3 mins

Short break this week as I take in the United Soccer Coaches Annual Convention, meet with some friends and spend some time in Winter Camp with the Boy Scouts.

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January 13, 2020 38 mins

Dr. Carol Dwerk wrote about fixed vs growth mindset in her 2007 book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In this episode, we explore the two mindsets, their relevance in a youth soccer environment, and how we might facilitate more growth mindset in our lives.

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January 6, 2020 38 mins

Sure we have bad sideline behavior, but should we blame parents? What else is at play in our world today that might lead to mistrust, anger, frustration, and poor sideline behavior?

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