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The Soccer Sidelines

131 EpisodesProduced by David DejewskiWebsite

Join Coach Dave on the sidelines as he brings you in on what’s going on behind the scenes and the stuff that really matters in youth sports. Understand the game, development, and ways you can support your young athlete at home!


#12 – Get Ready to Enjoy a Tournament!


So much of the tournament experience happens beyond the pitch. Building esprit-de-corps, enjoying local food, experiencing the hotel, and checking out many different game and coaching styles are just a few!

In this episode, we explore two real-world soccer tournaments that are hosted in the Maryland area. As co-owner for both of these tournaments, David shares some insights on the value of tournaments and how to prepare for them by setting a budget, a plan for the area, and making registration deadlines well in advance.

In the early part of the year is the perfect time to think about what tournament activities you want to include in your Club or team experience. These present great opportunities to brush the rust off before the Fall season or put a polish on a team after a few months of hard work.
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[spp-timestamp time="00:27"] Tournaments are fun!

[spp-timestamp time="01:15"] Team Bonding

[spp-timestamp time="01:56"] What is the tournament experience like?

[spp-timestamp time="04:29"] Coming in from out of town

[spp-timestamp time="04:41"] When are the tournaments used as examples?

[spp-timestamp time="04:46"] What if I'm local and won't be competing?

[spp-timestamp time="05:04"] What does it cost and how do I get there?

[spp-timestamp time="07:23"] Getting Registered

[spp-timestamp time="08:06"] Wrap Up
Resources / Links I promised:

“Tournaments.” Damascus Soccer Club,
“August Cup Tournament.” Homepage,
“Rush for the Cup Tournament.” Home,

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