Soccer on the Mat ™ registration is open!

Soccer on the Mat ™ registration is open!


Soccer on the Mat will be held at Artemis Yoga in Watertown, MA.

Artemis Yoga

639 Mt. Auburn Street

Watertown, MA 02472

Soccer on the Mat ™ registration is open!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

First session starts Nov 9th and 10th – register by Oct 1st for early bird pricing.

Soccer on the Mat ™ is an innovative soccer and yoga program developed by Boston College Women’s Soccer Head Coach, Alison Foley, and hosted exclusively at Artemis Yoga in Watertown. Each class is designed to:

  • Improve soccer fitness and footwork technique while decreasing soccer-specific injuries
  • Build and celebrate physical and emotional growth with drills, poses and conversation
  • Strengthen both the body and mind of the soccer athlete
  • Grow confidence and body awareness through teamwork and mindfulness focused activities


Soccer on the Mat – 2016-2017 Schedule

  • Eight-week series starts in Nov 2016 and Jan 2017
  • Classes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons
  • Student may sign up for 1 or 2 classes a week
Session 1 Wednesday or Thursday 4:00 to 5:30pm November to January

Nov 9/10– Jan 11/12

8 weeks—$200


Session 2 Wednesday or Thursday 4:00 to 5:30pm January to March

Jan 18/19 – Mar 15/16

8 weeks—$200


*no class during public school vacation weeks


  • Save 20% with Early Bird Pricing*
  • *Register by Oct 1st for Session 1, by Dec 1st for Session 2
  • Student may sign up for 1 or 2 classes a week


  • Class held at Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street (Rt. 16), Watertown, MA – a beautiful new facility
  • Located right next to Belmont & Cambridge – near Deluxe Town Diner, Red Lentil, Sevan
  • Convenient parking



Should young soccer players be banned from heading the ball?

Should young soccer players be banned from heading the ball? From The Guardian

Should young soccer players be banned from heading the ball?

As part of a legal settlement in November, US Soccer now recommends that players shouldn’t head the ball at age 10 and under. From 11 to 13, players may be allowed to head the ball during matches but have only limited exposure in training.

The rationale behind limiting headers for pre-teens is simple: coaches might be able to speed up soccer development, but they can’t speed up the development of kids’ brains and necks, likely leaving younger players more vulnerable to subconcussive blows that can accumulate.

Still, the medical community isn’t unanimous. Chris Koutures, lead author of an American Academy of Pediatrics report on youth soccer injuries, sees reason in a ban on heading for 10-and-under players but questions the guidelines for the next three years.

How Yoga Keeps Jermaine Jones on Top of His Game

From Stack

“Jermaine Jones, a soccer star for the New England Revolution and the United States National Team, has built his career on being physical. A defensive midfielder, the 6-foot, 180-pound Jones considers it his main duty to stifle opposing attackers before they reach his team’s last line of defense. In every game, he does the dirty work of jostling for position with forwards, banging into midfielders to win headers and diving to poke the ball away from the feet of threatening attackers. As if that weren’t demanding enough, the 34-year-old Jones never stops moving. During the 2014 World Cup, he covered an average distance of 7.5 miles per game.

With all of that running and pounding, Jones is drained by the time he steps off the field—which is why values recovery so much.”If you want to have a long career, you have to be careful about how you treat your body,” he says. And in recent years, he has taken up a special practice to accelerate his recovery and boost his on-field performance—yoga.”

U.S. Soccer: No Heading for Kids Under Age 10

U.S. Soccer Provides Additional Information About Upcoming Player Safety Campaign

U.S. Soccer: No Heading for Kids Under Age 10


The statement also provided information on specific initiatives that will be implemented soon, including modifications to substitution rules in relation to concussions, eliminating heading for children 10 and under, and limiting the amount of heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13.

These are recommendations for youth members because some of the youth members joining in the initiative do not have direct authority at the local level to require the adaption of the rules. Although these are only recommendations, they are based on the advice of the U.S. Soccer medical committee, and therefore U.S. Soccer strongly urges that they be followed.


The full article here.

When Athletes Become Yogis from Wanderlust

Yoga is a useful tool for mental clarity, injury prevention, sports recovery, and physical rehabilitation.