Visit The Soccer Sidelines and get the Show Notes There isn't an American soccer player who isn't already talking about and thinking about the World Cup in 2026. The excitement such a world-class event will bring to our continent is huge! There is a lot of thinking about not only how do we get our US team into the next World Cup, but what we have to do at home to bring our game to the next level. It's important to provide a good mix of structured and unstructured opportunities for kids to play. There is a time and place for each of the various training methods. There is even a time for zero training at all - just good old-fashioned street soccer - kids getting together and knocking the ball around together.