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The Soccer Institute is the USAs Premier Soccer Resource...News, Video, Coaching and Player Tips.
The Soccer Institute..

is the USA's Premier Soccer resource destination for youth
coaches, players, and parents with News, Video, Trivia, and Links to all things SOCCER... 

The Soccer InstituteTraining center headquarters is located on a scenic seventy-five acre campus in Ohio.  The TSi Training center in Geauga County is 38 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio  Map/Directions 

TSi provides summer camps, year round soccer training programs and services to the soccer community.   The Soccer Institute is also proud sponsor of the TSi Premier FC club teams for boys and girls U6 - U18. 
The Soccer Institute - Resource page GET SOCCER SMART.




Mark Mallon - Director of Coaching (Coached collegiate soccer at Yale and University of California)
 Coaching Director
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 NSCAA Premier Diploma
 FA Badge - England
 FA Badge - Scotland

 Yale University
 University of California-Berkeley 
 Olympic Development Program

 Andrews Osborne Academy
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 Mark Mallon
 Director of Coaching 
Youth Soccer is a great way for kids to PLAY...and make FRIENDS.  The Soccer Institute.... Summer Camp provides instruction and FUN !! 
Parents Guide...            
Welcome to youth soccer ! 

The Soccer Institute is developing a complete A-Z Parent's Guide.

Here's a sample of the content...beginning with the letter "A"

  Parents Guide to YOUTH Soccer...

          Assist....your child by being an active engaged Parent.
your child to PLAY...don't yell from the sideline.
 a good role model.  Kids pattern what they see.     Topics for Youth SOCCER Parents:     Go to Parent Page
  •         Developing a positive parenting philosophy.
  •         Tips for assisting your child's development.
  •         WHY do kids PLAY Soccer?  HINT:  Keep it Fun.
  •         Learn the rules in 20's a simple game
  •         How to Choose a competitive club program.
  •         How to identify a good coach or trainer. 
  •         How to work WITH your child's COACH. 
  •         Game day diet, nutrition, timing of meals. 
  •         Best fluids for game days...Gatorade..Water ?
  •         Preparing for High School or College Soccer.        

Nutrition for Soccer Players:

Nutrition for soccer players is unique...with food and fluid intake levels determined by body weight, weather, training and competition schedules.

So SOCCER PLAYERS....need a balanced diet to provide the fuel required to meet the demands of their training regime.

Soccer requires high levels of endurance and the ability to sprint frequently which burns energy !

You are what you eat....

Most athletes know and understand the importance of eating correctly. Nutritional needs for soccer players include meeting the essential dietary elements to cover your Basal Metabolic Rate (amount of  energy required to keep your body functioning properly) as you grow and train.

Fatigue leads to mistakes in performance....

Poor diet can result in these symptoms:

fatigue, lack of concentration, muscle cramps, shortness of breath, tiredness, and dehydration.

Adequate nutrition for athletes is a key component of sports performance.  It only makes sense that if you are training and competing you will need to increase the number of calories in your diet you have fuel to burn during the game.

A healthy nutritional program for soccer players involves being responsible about what you eat and drink before, during and after performance.

Stored muscle glycogen provides a great deal of the actual energy required in soccer training and competition.

Soccer players and meals...

Before:  It is important that you have high muscle glycogen levels before you begin the game.

So Eat a good meal about 2-3 hours before the game.  Typically pasta and carbohydrate foods are recommended pre-game because they break down easier than proteins (ie. steak) and provide the first fuel source during competition.

During: Staying hydrated is the key concern during games and training...especially in the summer.

It is not recommended to drink products like soda or sugar sweetened drinks.   WATER works fine.

GATORADEThere are also sports drinks like Gatorade that provide electrolytes to replace what's lost from sweating.

After: After a match, glycogen levels are quite severely depleted (as high as 84%) and players can lose 1-5% of body weight through sweating which can result in impaired endurance performance. If insufficient post-exercise carbohydrate consumption takes place then the glycogen levels may not be restored. This means that performance may be affected for the next match or training session.

Research done on world class soccer players indicates that about 55-60% of the total calories consumed to be carbohydrates. 

Soccer players at every level can improve the chances of playing at peak performance levels by eating a varied and healthy diet and consuming plenty of drinks.

A soccer player diet includes adequate quantities of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water or sports carbohydrate drinks (during competition and intensive training).

Check out the USDA Daily Guidelines for a healthy diet.

USDA Dietary Guidelines -   Click here to go to the :


Getting TSiSoccerFit will require regular endurance training like bicycling, swimming, jogging, or better yet...dribbling a soccer ball for 20-30 minutes at least 3 times per week.