20 episodes

Soccer Unplugged is a lighthearted soccer podcast hosted by Mark Pulisic and Dan Visser. The show covers topics ranging from youth development in the United States and overseas (including ideas for age-specific training sessions), college soccer, professional soccer and international competitions.

Soccer Unplugged with Mark Pulisic Mark Pulisic & Dan Visser

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Soccer Unplugged is a lighthearted soccer podcast hosted by Mark Pulisic and Dan Visser. The show covers topics ranging from youth development in the United States and overseas (including ideas for age-specific training sessions), college soccer, professional soccer and international competitions.

    Episode 20: The Grand Finale

    Episode 20: The Grand Finale

    On Episode 20, Mark and Dan bid farewell to Soccer Unplugged. Thanks for listening! We hope you enjoyed it!

    Episode 19: Participation Trophies

    Episode 19: Participation Trophies

    On Epsisode 19, we talk about 'participation trophies.' Are they good? Bad? Does it matter?

    Episode 18: Parenting Youth Soccer Players (feat. Gary Vaynerchuk)

    Episode 18: Parenting Youth Soccer Players (feat. Gary Vaynerchuk)

    On Episode 18, we welcome special guest Gary Vaynerchuk to talk about parenting youth soccer players -- and really, parenting in general. If you're not familiar with Gary, he's not a soccer guy; he's an entrepreneur, best-selling author, sought after speaker and the standard when it comes to social media and internet marketing. You can read more about him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyvaynerchuk/. Before listening, be warned that Gary is a passionate and fiery guy who uses a bit more colorful language than you're used to hearing on Soccer Unplugged.

    Episode 17: A Mishmash Of Topics (Mark’s Trip To London, How To Make Your Child More Aggressive On The Soccer Field, The USWNT, VAR & Racism On Social Media)

    Episode 17: A Mishmash Of Topics (Mark’s Trip To London, How To Make Your Child More Aggressive On The Soccer Field, The USWNT, VAR & Racism On Social Media)

    On Episode 17, we discuss Mark's recent trip to London, a listener question about how to make your child more aggressive on the soccer field, the USWNT's lawsuit against US Soccer, VAR and racism on social media.

    Episode 16: Soccer Shots (feat. Jason Webb)

    Episode 16: Soccer Shots (feat. Jason Webb)

    On Episode 16, we welcome Jason Webb, co-founder of Soccer Shots -- the country’s leading intro-to-soccer program for kids 2 to 8 years old. Jason provides some background about Soccer Shots and as well as a few dos and don’ts for parents of young soccer players.

    Episode 15: Balancing the Success of One Child with the Needs of His or Her Siblings

    Episode 15: Balancing the Success of One Child with the Needs of His or Her Siblings

    On Episode 15, we welcome listener Charles Miller, father of two, to discuss balancing the athletic success of one child with the needs and interests of his or her siblings.

Customer Reviews

Amy_xray ,

Enjoying the Pod!

Mark,
Always enjoy your podcast. Your last one I think has been may favorite I think so far. My son Colin is 12 and was kicking the ball around as soon as he could walk basically because of my love of the game and I wanted to share that with him. So when he started to play organized soccer he was far and away one of the best kids because most of the kids had never touched a ball before. This continued for a few years and I began to be approached by coaches and parents about this training and that club and this coach and you know the rest. Needless to say I drank the cool-aid and thought well my son would be the next, well your son. At nine years old my son purposely threw a travel soccer tryout because he was afraid he was not good enough to play on the team and would not get to play in the games if he made travel. And in turn make his dad mad who could not understand that even though he had the skills to play against any of those kids that he just seemed to not want to put in the effort. That was my wake up call. I realized that all I ever wanted was for him to love the game like I did if that made him happy which he really does. Diehard Chelsea supporter even though his dad supports that other team in Fulham. And I realize I’m lucky in that because not every kid does love what there father is into and I realize too that might change as he gets older. After that my wife, and I and I mostly am referring to me, decided to take a new approach to my son and his youth soccer career. We talked to him and let him decide what he wanted to try out for and supported him positively and realistically with what ever decisions he made. We let his coaches coach and just play the role of soccer parents watching their son on the weekends doing something he really enjoys. After that he did make a travel team and has progressed nicely up the ranks in his club. It’s not always been easy but we talk about adversity and failure and learning from them in a positive way a lot. He’s moved up to a new team with a new coach and is playing as a CDM for the first time this year when he’s always played and had success in attacking roles on previous teams. It’s been a challenge but I have faith in him and his coach that they will figure it out. The most important thing is that he’s loves what he’s doing and I’m loving spending time with my wife watching him do that. I came really close to completely ruining that for my son and that’s why I have really enjoyed what you are doing on your podcast. There are so many parents out there I see who are making all the same mistakes I was making and it makes what you are doing so important. Keep up the good work and keep doing more podcast like this last one. You are doing a good thing.
Bryan Lake
Recovering crazy soccer parent

PS-My wife and I are taking my son to London for the first time this Christmas to see Chelsea vs Southampton on Boxing Day and a stadium tour of Stamford Bridge the following day. Can’t wait to get to share that with him. And of coarse I’m going to take him to the Cottage to see the best team in Fulham as well.

Charlene Haugsven ,

Slow, rambling and boring.

I want to like this podcast but it is slow and rambling without ever really getting to the point from Mark. Prepare for more ummmss... and uhhsss... than actual words in the podcast. Side note: the women’s soccer league in the United States is called the NWSL not the WPL. 🙄 The USWNT players are given a salary from US soccer because the NWSL can not afford to pay their salaries. They can’t take more lucrative contracts overseas to play because they are needed domestically to attract crowds in the NWSL. Please educate yourself. Also they are women not girls. Funny you don’t refer to the men’s national team as boys. Think about that. Last I would ask you if $100,0000 a year plus a few bonuses would be acceptable for your son? Is it enough that he gets that money and gets to play the sport he loves and should just shut up and be content with that? What if a condition of his play on the USMNT was to be in the MLS at the mean salary they offer? Should he just be grateful he gets to play soccer? What happens when he does get injured or retires and has no savings due to the low pay and very few future opportunities?

Sesame5150 ,

Very Informative

Mark,
Love the pod. As a parent of a (u-12) boy, good to know some, if not all of what we face is somewhat universal. Also, good info on what to look for as he gets older.

We are getting to the point in his development on whether or not to move him after spring season. About a third of the boys left last spring (various reasons), and rumors of a mass exodus this year.
We’ll be moving to 11 a side, so everyone is needed, especially for a team that struggles with numbers to begin with.

Continued success and look forward to next episode!

Matt

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