Sports Field Complex Committee

Those who receive our newsletter have already heard of our news that Napa United has identified a 10-acre plot of land to develop into a soccer sports complex. We will need help from our community to help achieve this dream. If you're interested in learning how you can help, contact Peter at If you do not receive our newsletter and would like to be included in the news of Napa United contact Peter. 

Sports Field Complex Committee

Those who receive our newsletter have already heard of our news that Napa United has identified a 10-acre plot of land to develop into a soccer sports complex. We will need help from our community to help achieve this dream. If you're interested in learning how you can help, contact Peter at If you do not receive our newsletter and would like to be included in the news of Napa United contact Peter. 

Concussion Initiatives and Rules for Heading

Implementation guidelines for U.S. Soccer's Player Safety Campaign
Concussion initiatives & heading for youth players


CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 14, 2016) - US Club Soccer is clarifying the following implementation guidelines for U.S. Soccer's Recognize to Recover Player Safety Campaign, specifically as it relates to concussion initiatives and heading for youth players:

  • The Federation is recommending, and US Club Soccer is requiring immediately, new rules as it relates to heading, as follows:
    • Players in U-11 programs and younger shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games.
    • Limited heading in practice for players in U-12 and U-13 programs. More specifically, these players shall be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes of heading training per week, with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week.
    • Clubs should be aware of circumstances in which individual consideration is needed. For example:
      • A 10 year old playing at U-12 or older should not head the ball at all.
      • An 11 or 12 year old playing at U-14 or older should abide by the heading restrictions in practice.
    • Referees should enforce these restrictions by age group according to the specified rules. Referees will not be assessing the age of individual players on the field; they will enforce the rules for the age group.
  • Leagues and organizations are free to set their own standards, as long as the minimum requirements outlined above are met.
  • In adherence to these new requirements, referees have been instructed by U.S. Soccer of the following rule addition: When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
  • Modified substitution rules also took effect Jan. 1, 2016, as follows: Any player suspected of suffering a head injury may be substituted for evaluation without the substitution counting against the team’s total number of allowed substitutions during the game.
  • US Club Soccer strongly recommends that all coaches, staff members, parents and players watch U.S. Soccer's concussions in soccer overview video.

As previously communicated, other player safety guidelines and mandates have been implemented by U.S. Soccer, such as guidelines regarding the number of healthcare professionals at major tournaments. For more details, please review the resources linked below.

Napa United Welcomes: Gavin Taylor

We would like to give a very warm welcome out to Gavin Taylor. Gavin has joined forces with Napa United Soccer and Napa Soccer Academy to train our Napa soccer youths in the game of soccer. He has a very impressive bio and we are thrilled and lucky to have him. He and his family have relocated to Napa for the next few years to be a part of our soccer community. If you see him around please give him a warm welcome. This new relationship is very exciting for our players.

Gavin Taylor:

U18 coach at Fulham FC

·        Applied Coaching Science Degree. 2.1
·        UEFA U17 – U21 A license.
·        UEFFA Coaching B License
·        UEFA Coaching Level 2
·        FA Coaching Level 1
·        Basic Treatment and Management of Injuries
·        FA Youth Award (Age Appropriate) - Module 1
·        FA Youth Award (Age Appropriate) - Module 2
·        FA Youth Award (Age Appropriate) - Module 3
·        FA Player + Match Analysis Award
·        FA Academy Youth Coaches Award
·        NIKE SPARQ Instructor Course
·        Poliquin Strength & Conditioning Certificate
·        FA Fitness for Football Award  
·        FA Psychology Award  - Level 1 & Level 2
·        NVQ Key Stage Teaching 1, 2, and 3 Certificate in Education
·        Basic& Intermediate Treatment and Management of Injuries
·        FA Talent Identification Course
·        Community Sports Leaders Award

Fulham FC Under 18s Head Coach                                         

 Fulham FC Academy Performance Coordinator & Skills Coach                       

English Premier League Consultant for Athletic Development – Academy System                          

 Fulham FC Head of Football Movement Program & Skills Coach                                                     

 Fulham FC Academy Coach & Development Centre Coordinator                                                        

·        Academy under 9 + under 10s Skill Coach
·        Crowthorne Talent Centre Head Coach
·        Hounslow Talent Centre Head Coach
·        Reynes Park Talent Centre Head Coach

·        U18s English Premier Champions 2011/2012 and 2012/2013
·        Dallas Cup Champions (Super Group) 2012/2013­­
·        FA Youth Cup Runners Up 2013/2014
Example of players worked with:

·        Emerson Hyndman   
·        Luca de la Torre      
·        Patrick Roberts         
·        Marcus Betinelli     
·        Moussa Dembele     
·        Clint Dempsey   

Volunteers Needed

Why Volunteer?

Providing a quality soccer experience to all Napa Valley Youth is no small task. Incredibly, our soccer program has nearly doubled in the last three years. In 2016 we expect almost 2,000 kids to be registered at Napa United. Who handles this workload? Volunteers. Napa United is Napa Valley's largest youth sports organization and while many things have changed since we first started in 1978, we can only do what we do with the help of volunteers. Here's a brief bio of some the volunteers we need: 

The First-Time Coach

Filled with dread before the season begins. "I've never played soccer, how could I ever help? It's not like I don't care, it's just I don't want to look foolish." There are too many of these examples of parents out there who want to coach but think it's reserved for former Varsity Captains and Adult-League Superstars. The reality is most of our coaches are everyday parents that took the leap of faith to help out. What they find out is that Napa United helps every coach from moment they sign up. They receive lesson plans, coaching clinics from professional coaches, and constant support from the league. It's a process of nearly 40 years in the making, so we've got it down pretty well. At the end of the season, the coach has an end-of-year party, awarding all the players, and receiving many thanks from parents. The first-time coach looks back on it all and sort of wishes it never ended.

The Sponsorship Volunteer

The networking parent who knows that with a few phone calls can score a sponsorship. "I could totally get a few companies to donate money if only there was something to offer." This volunteer understands the power of corporate benevolence and how a few donations can make a significant difference to Napa United. The reality is sponsorships (monetary donations) provide supplemental revenue to help the league keep its assets up-to-date and registration fees lower. For 2016 we are updating our corporate sponsorship package to offer a great return on investment for businesses that donate. A team of volunteers that can spend a couple hours networking with other businesses can make all the difference. 

Registration Volunteer

A fast worker with terrific organizations skills who never volunteered is like high-speed internet access thumbing its nose at a desktop using dial-up. And when nearly 2,000 contacts need to be uploaded, just like a fast network, the need for volunteers is at its greatest. If you have the ability to sit down for a few hours to help input names, organize paperwork, or double-check for errors then we could really use your help. Registration volunteers truly are the brick and mortar to our organization and the more efficient our registration process runs translates to a happier experience for our players, parents, and coaches.     

These are just three examples of dozens of opportunities to help out our organization. If you have the interest in volunteering at any level, please let us know what you can do and we'll connect you to the right opportunity.    

Join us!

Contact Peter Weber for more information,








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