About the Author

 

img_4477Clint Brasher was born and raised in Vidor, Texas.  After graduation from high school, he served a two year voluntary church mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He attended Brigham Young University upon the completion of his two-year church mission and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  He met his beautiful wife the summer of 1995 in Washington D.C.  They were married shortly thereafter.  He and Wendy are the proud parents of five children — all of whom play soccer.

Clint attended the University of Texas School of Law, graduating in December 1998.  He began law practice in Beaumont, Texas in 1999.  The focus of his work is litigation.  He is Board Certified, has been named in Texas Monthly Super Lawyer editions as a Rising Star, a member of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40,  the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and is rated by his peers as AV Preeminent.  He is licensed in Texas,  Louisiana, and Oklahoma.  Since 2006, he is the owner of The Brasher Law Firm, PLLC.  For more information, you can visit his website:  www.brasherattorney.com. 

While he maintains a busy schedule with his law practice, he always makes time for soccer.  He can be found most evenings with various groups of youth kicking a ball around.  While he did not have an opportunity to play soccer as a youth or in school (there was no club or high school team), he was active in sports playing baseball, basketball, football, and competitive tennis.  He still enjoys flag football games with his friends.

Clint has held an E license since 2008, received a National D (USSF D) in 2013, and a National Youth License (2012).  In addition to his coaching licenses, he has also been Grade 8 Referee.

7 thoughts on “About the Author”

  1. I read your article on out-of-town tournaments being very expensive and I have to agree with you since i’ve seen a lot of traveling teams having to incur many costs to be able to participate in these tournaments

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  2. Hi

    I am football trainer at AIK football club in Stockholm, Sweden. I wrote this list, providing some points of advice to parents of young football (soccer players, sorry) and it has got a lot of attention on social media. Though some parent might benefit from it.

    Advice to parents on how to raise young footballers.

    1. Make them pack and prepare their own kit bag.
    2. Always be in time for training.
    3. Make them clean their boots
    4. Make them put their dirty kit in the wash
    5. Tell them to give 100% at training and matches.
    6. If possible, walk or cycle to training
    7. Teach them how to tie their shoe laces
    8. Play football with them, where they want and when they want to
    9. Make them wear kit until its falling apart. Then buy new kit.
    10. Buy them new boots when they need them, not when they want them
    11. Buy second-hand boots and save yourself a fortune
    12. Teach them not to hate other teams.
    13. Win or lose, love the game.
    14. Respect teammates, the opposition, respect the ref, respect other team’s coaches. If you don’t teach them this, the coach will have to do it.
    15. Let them dream that they can be a Lionel Messi, but don’t give them any expectations.
    16. Blaming teammates, blaming the ref, blaming anything is out.
    17. Let them play football at home with a tennis ball
    18. Take them to football matches and let them watch the pros.
    19. Tell them football is for fun. Training is for fun. If it isn’t fun for them, talk to the coach/club or move to another club
    20. Watch football training videos on youtube and let them try out and perfect some of the moves.
    21. Encourage them, support them, but never ever shout out instructions when they play on my team, or any team smile emoticon
    22. Play other sports
    23. If you are a football mum or dad, don’t try to train your kid. Take them out, ask what they want to do and let them do it.
    24. Tell your kid that you love watching them play (thanks Mark O Sullivan)
    That’s it.

  3. Mr. Brasher I work in the media relations department at the North American Soccer League.

    We are eager to reach beyond the normal sports media and place stories in other forums. To that end, I thought I would reach out to you with a proposal … as the high school and youth soccer seasons in most of the US and Canada near, we would like to offer out expert trainers as a resource to parents and coaches via your writing.

    They can address issues such as proper nutrition, smart training, prevention and treatment of injuries, and speak to myriad other issues that have a direct impact on young players, etc. In addition to our trainers, many of our players serve as youth coaches and mentors.

    I am eager to connect you with a professionals and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

  4. Hello Mr. Brasher,

    Love your blog and would like to hear your thoughts on how technology can play a role in player development?

    We are a company called Freestyle King, and one of our goals is to promote player development by bridging the gap from when a player leaves practice to when they return to practice. We recently came out with a mobile platform and would love to hear your thoughts or if you would be interested in reviewing the app.

    We can provide you with more information if needed. Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing back from you.

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