Author Mike

Mike Slatton is a 2nd generation American youth soccer coach since 1984, and the son of one of the nation's first female licensed youth soccer coaches (Anita Slatton, 1979). He's also a professional soccer scout, a player since 1977, and the father of three adult and teenage children who all play or have played the game. "My job as a youth soccer coach is to develop detail oriented problem solvers who can react quickly under pressure. This relates to life - not just soccer."

Soccer FAQs Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls

Major League Soccer players in the United States get paid more than the majority of soccer players in the world, but are by no means the top earning players in the world of soccer. The league minimum wage for 2013 is $35,125. The AVERAGE MLS player salary is

World of Soccer Japanese children performing soccer training exercises

When compared to the US, Japan has a very unique environment for children playing soccer, and also a very different approach to coaching. These differences in environments and coaching method make the playing style of Japan unique and distinct from that of the US.

Economics Paid Youth Soccer Coaches

Clubs with the highest fees tend to look more like government WELFARE-TO-WORK programs, as you have a dozen coaches waiting at the club house to “clock-in” at 6pm and begin the first of their 3 practices for the evening.

The Big Picture Coaching from the Bench

Many youth soccer clubs are starting to look like third-world mega-corps with 6 figure salaries for Executive and Technical Directors, while the bathrooms are filthy, the fields & equipment are deteriorating, and the coaches are getting paid just over minimum wage. The results are high coach turnover, frustrated parents and emotional coaches.

The Big Picture FC Barcelona

Developed by Dutch powerhouse club Ajax, from 1969 to 1973, Total Football (Dutch: totaalvoetbal) is a system of play (like Barcelona) that focuses on tight possession of the ball within the midfield and explosive offensive endeavors. It’s not uncommon to see teams that have mastered this tactic dominate a match by possessing the ball as much as 80% of the game. Tiki-taka is an evolution of the Total Football system into the quick passing, highly possessive style of soccer that Barcelona plays today.

Staff Biographies

When I was 12, 13 and 14 years old, I was the worst player on the best team. For years, I won trophies from the bench, suffering game after game, wondering what I could do to improve my skills to earn a regular spot on the field. I loved practice, because we’d get to scrimmage and that might be the only time that week I’d get to play.


Soccer camps are as diverse as youth soccer programs. Some camps are development driven and measure their success through the accomplishments of their players (Cliff McGrath’s Northwest Soccer Camp, MLS Academy Programs, Eurotech Soccer Camps).

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