MOTI Youth Soccer Summit 2020

MOTI Sports is hosting an online soccer conference and we want you to come. Join us on Wednesday, December 17th to watch demonstrations, follow discussions, and learn about staying relevant in the ever-changing sports environment.

Featured Speakers include; Skip Gilbert – CEO US Youth Soccer, Ian Barker – Director of Education United Soccer Coaches Association, Dr. Ben Schwamberger Associate Professor of Physical Education & School Health Program Department of Human Performance Minnesota State University. READ MORE

Minute with Merrick – Episode 06

An Athlete’s Built in Stress Reliever

Alan shares advice for youth soccer players, parents, coaches, and fans of soccer during these “Minute with Merrick” episodes.

Alan Merrick is MOTI’s Director of Soccer Content. Alan’s professional career began in England, where played for West Bromwich Albion as well as the English Junior National Team. He played for 10 years in England, before moving to the United States in 1976 to play for the Minnesota Kicks. His career as a player also included playing for the LA Aztecs, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto Blizzard and for the US National Team – Team America. He coached the in-door NASL Team Minnesota Strikers for 6 years, and the University of Minnesota Men’s Club Team for over 20 seasons. Alan helped start the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association with others, held youth soccer camps across the upper Midwest, and has been a guest clinician for USSF coaching school courses for over 40 years. Alan holds coaching licenses in England, the USSF A License, and the Canadian Coaching License. READ MORE


How to create an effective training session


Coaches at all levels have to develop the skills to plan a practice session to effectively prepare their team for matches. United Soccer Coaches courses provide a good framework that coaches can utilize when considering what to practice, why the main topic of the practice is needed, and what methodology best presents a systemic approach to reaching practice goals to prepare their team.

It is assumed that coaches are cognizant of safety factors involved prior to every practice such as making sure the goals are secured and checking to be certain the field surface is ready for training. READ MORE

Keeping Kids Active – Emotionally Satisfying for everyone

As the season for playing soccer comes to an end and we enter the holidays, it is a great time to get players and students involved in the development of their foot skills. We all know if left alone a lot of sedentary time will occur around the house with players and students as they try to “relax”. Over the course of a few days, inactivity and lack of a routine to follow players and students will become irritable. Without steady exercise, it begins to affect family interactions as well. As humans, we are designed to be active. As parents, without activity, you can see firsthand the emotional effect on the players and students. READ MORE