NCYSA Becomes First State Association to Partner with Soccer Resilience®

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA (10/3/22) – We are beyond excited to announce that North Carolina Youth Soccer Association and Soccer Resilience® are officially partnering to bring an array of impactful mental skills resources and training to the more than 64,000 youth soccer players currently playing with NCYSA, plus their coaches and parents!

NCYSA was founded in 1976 and is the official State Association and governing body for youth soccer in North Carolina. They offer play for all levels of the game in North Carolina: Recreation, Challenge, Classic, NC Youth Academy, Olympic Development, USYS National League and Elite 64.

“NCYSA is thrilled to be joining forces with Soccer Resilience® and start the process of empowering our players, coaches and parents to build a foundation of mental skills that will not only help them perform better on the field, but live a happier, healthier, more balanced life. Soccer Resilience® is leading the way in the mental fitness space and we want to be right there alongside them, prioritizing the mental piece of the game and setting an example for others by being the first state association to partner with Soccer Resilience®. We all are well aware of the importance of mental health and are very excited to be taking this tangible step and making these resources available to our members.”

Kathy Robinson, Executive Director of NCYSA, NC Soccer Hall of Fame 2018

Over the course of the next two years, Soccer Resilience® and NCYSA will work together to bring an abundance of content to all NCYSA members. Mental fitness training sessions will be provided, giving players, coaches and parents the tools they need to enhance their mindset and wellbeing. NCYSA members will also be given the opportunity to learn from Soccer Resilience® ambassadors who will be sharing their firsthand experiences and expertise via live presentations and question & answer sessions. In addition, Soccer Resilience® will be producing a monthly video series exclusively for NCYSA, covering a range of topics including mindset, affirmations, visualization, resiliency, sleep, hygiene and nutrition for brain function.

“By joining forces with Soccer Resilience®, NCYSA is taking a major step that will positively impact thousands of lives by introducing players, coaches and parents to new concepts, tools and resources that will help them cultivate a healthy mindset, learn how to navigate performance anxiety, bounce back from setbacks, and build their mental fitness. As someone who played his entire youth career for a NCYSA Club, it’s an honor and joy to give back to an organization that gave me so much! We’re so thankful to Kathy for her thought leadership and belief in us as an organization!”

Wells Thompson as a youth player
(Soccer Resilience® Founder & former Professional Player)

Brad youth player

“Having started my youth soccer career shortly after the NCYSA was established, I have been amazed at the growth and development of this organization. Having the opportunity to support the NCYSA and its members is very special to me. Can’t wait to make an impact and start strengthening the players’, coaches’ and parents’ Soccer Resilience®!”  

Dr. Brad Miller as a youth player
(Soccer Resilience® Founder and Clinical Psychologist)


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