(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – US Club Soccer – a prominent member of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the leading organization developing soccer clubs across America – celebrates 13 clubs recently designated Players First licensed.
The 13 clubs from eight states have proven their commitment to providing a holistic club soccer experience for players and parents. They emphasize the development of each player to his or her full potential, and help parents make better choices about where their children should play. As youth soccer’s “Good Housekeeping Seal,” the clubs immediately take this newfound recognition into their communities and nationally, standing out as pioneers in improving the club soccer experience.
Nationally, there are 59 organizations across 21 states that have received this distinction.
Meeting a rigorous Players First standard is required, which includes comprehensive Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
Newly-licensed organizations include:
“We are changing the way clubs are developing youth and it starts with setting a rigorous standard of excellence,” says Kevin Payne, CEO of US Club Soccer. “Our Players First-Licensed Clubs all have demonstrated a commitment to providing the proper structure and optimum environment for developing young athletes. Players First is the cornerstone of US Club Soccer and we commend these clubs for spearheading this movement of change in youth sports.”
These 13 clubs enjoy Players First licensing status through March 31, 2021, at which time there will be a renewal opportunity. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and approved clubs will be announced quarterly. Entities not meeting the standards and requirements will receive a detailed letter explaining deficiencies with suggestions and resources to correct those.
The application includes seven sections, in which clubs must demonstrate their commitment to the Players First pillars:
US Club Soccer prides itself on fostering the safest environment for players in youth sports. They’ve implemented best-in-class background checks for all registered staff, and require personnel to complete a Sideline Sports Doc/US Club Soccer online injury recognition course, as well as SafeSport online training.
About US Club Soccer
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.