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Extreme Ownership

By Joe Ulm

I was introduced to the concept of “Extreme Ownership” a while ago via a book written by two Navy Seals. The concept is built on a set of leadership principles that drive a specific mindset. Essentially, it’s a way of thinking that leads to better results more often. The idea is that it’s all on you. No excuses. You take responsibility for results, even when things happen that are beyond your control, even when things aren’t fair, even when things get hard. It’s a concept I believe our players could benefit from tremendously. Here’s why:


  • It drives achievement (and therefore, success)
  • It eliminates any type of victim mentality
  • It teaches players a different way to think about their problems and goals
  • It helps prepare players for an incredibly unfair world
  • It fosters creative problem solving
  • It helps players understand how great their influence on their environment can be

In a world where “extreme ownership” is becoming ever more rare, this type of mindset can really set kids apart, giving them advantages that help fuel their lifelong success. Hard to ask for more than that.

street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!


Fall Details

  • Fridays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex


  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.