Other Informational Resources

Soccer Governing Bodies

Portland Youth Soccer Association organizes match schedules, provides referees, and makes fields available for practices and matches. These sites provide match schedules, maps and driving directions to match locations, and information for club officers and coaches.

Oregon Youth Soccer Association is a regional youth soccer authority. Mount Tabor Soccer Club is not affiliated with OYSA. If you have a match outside Portland, you are likely to find maps or driving directions on this site. For coaches this site lists training/licensing opportunities.

United States Youth Soccer Association, a national youth soccer authority and USSoccer affiliate. The USYSA web site has useful coaching information. This site contains prototype definitions of "recreational" and "classic". Mount Tabor Soccer Club is not affiliated with USYSA.

USSOCCER, web site of the United States Soccer Federation, the national soccer organ. This site is dedicated to professional and international soccer. Look here for the latest news on our national teams, the Olympics, and the World Cup.

The web site of FIFA, the international soccer governing body, is useful for the Laws of the Game and international soccer politics.

Local Sites Related to What We Do

Portland Parks and Recreation publishes maps and driving directions to all city parks. Sometimes the PYSA site is missing a park, and you can find it here.

Portland Public Schools owns many of our practice fields. This site also has the school calendar.

TaborVilla Little League is the local baseball/softball/Tball organization.

Portland Weather

Soccer is an all-weather sport, but to keep the kids on the bench comfortable here's a weather forecast.

Coaching Material

Coaches: If you have favorite online coaching resources, send them to the compiler.

Positive Coaching Alliance is an all-sport resource for youth coaches.

The famous SOCCERCOACH-L Manual is a comprehensive coaching manual, the result of a years-long international collaboration on the soccercoach-l listserv. This is a huge resource with stuff for every coach. This is a unique resource because if you would like to receive lots of coaching-related email, you can join the listserv and be part of the collaboration. Expect up to 20 emails a day. The listserv email load is available in instantaneous form, with each email arriving as it is sent, or in digest form, where you get a single email per day containing all the items. Before sending to the listserv review ALL the etiquette.

The PYSA Coaches' Manual is on this site. Follow the menus to Coaching Education and then Coaches' Manual. This manual is aware of our particular brand of small-sided soccer for the younger set. It also contains a review of first aid for youth.

The OYSA Coaching Resources is a comprehensive resource.

USYSA's Coaching Education page is a smorgasbord of coach resources, including lesson plans.

FineSoccer is the compilation of Lawrence Fine, a soccer coach. The main web page has lots of drills and lesson plans (click "archives" links). FineSoccer is a unique resource because you can sign up to receive emailed briefs ("newsletters"). He has newsletters for youth players as well, geared for their interests and reading level.

Pill's Drills is a well-known source of games and drills. Lots of material here. Jeff Pill is an American coach at the national level.

Womens' and Mens' University of Portland Pilots soccer

Portland Timbers

Oregon Adult Soccer Association

Portland Indoor Soccer. Famous for its low ceilings and straight refereeing, this is a favorite arena-style indoor facility. In this style the walls are live and the game is a cross between soccer and no-check hockey (compare Futsal).

Portland Futsal. Futsal is FIFA's indoor soccer game. The walls are out of bounds, so the game rewards precise ball control. The facility is in Southeast Portland and has lots of opportunities for kids to play. They have programs for toddlers!

Rose City Futsal

Some of us can recall that American football came from rugby and rugby came from soccer, but do we know what soccer came from? Why is a side line called a touch line? Was there always a goalie? Who thought up the offside rule (and did he get away with it)? Here is a brief history of the game of soccer.


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