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U.S. Soccer Business Plan Summary


Since 2000 U.S. Soccer has set its sights on establishing a strong base and building the sport of soccer in the United States. To achieve that goal, in October 2000 the Federation Board of Directors approved a five-year business plan that laid the groundwork for the player and facility initiatives coming to fruition today. Since then, the plan has been updated to reflect the dynamics within both the sports industry and the U.S. Soccer family.

Guided by this plan U.S. Soccer has successfully:

  • Identified both immediate and long-term challenges that U.S. Soccer must address to deliver on the promise of its mission
  • Created and refined a viable cost model that can deliver financial strength and sustainability to the organization
  • Re-organized and reduced staff by nearly a third
  • Increased efficiency and services provided to its more than four million members
  • Reduced expenses without affecting its player development initiatives and National Team programming
  • Achieved positive financial results and built the capital reserve necessary to support and foster the growth of soccer in the U.S.

The first objective of the business plan was to stabilize the financial position of the organization by creating an operating reserve. With the guidance of U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors, the USSF has largely satisfied the reserve requirement and expanded its efforts in soccer development.

Driving USSF’s business decision-making both five years ago and today is a single question: "Where does U.S. Soccer need to be in five years to successfully build the sport in the United States?"

The answers to the question identified the strategic needs and the resources necessary to fill them. For example, the Board determined that to launch an initiative, U.S. Soccer must have the financial resources to sustain it for at least five years, as well as sustain existing programs. In 1999 U.S. Soccer had six youth national teams and today it has 12 teams, all on a solid financial footing that assures they will be operating tomorrow as well as today.

Over the past four and a half years as the organization progressed, the business plan evolved considerably. At the beginning of Phase I, U.S. Soccer's resources were limited and the on-going funding of important programming was in jeopardy. Today, it is a financially strong organization with sustainable development programs. In between, USSF has become a lean, efficient organization that provides outstanding service to members and prudently invests in the future of the sport by emphasizing player and facility development.

Since 2000, the Federation has moved steadily and prudently, progressing on the seven initiatives that make up its mission:

  • Player Development
  • Facility Development
  • Coaching Development
  • Referee Development
  • Event Development
  • Staff Development
  • Quality Environment for National Teams

Now with its business plan well into the fourth phase, which extends from 2004 through 2006, U.S. Soccer has committed $30 million in addition to normal operations to invest in developing these initiatives further.

  • $14.5 million earmarked for Player Development
  • $13.6 million going into Facility Development
  • $1.9 million being reserved for referee, coach, and staff initiatives as well as attracting world-class events to the U.S. and enhancing the environment for the national teams

The USSF business plan will continue to evolve and support the long-term success of the sport in the U.S., but it can do so only as long as the organization continues to exercise the financial discipline necessary to assure a fundamentally strong framework for the growth of soccer in the United States.



The four phases of U.S. Soccer's Business Plan are available for download here.



  • Open Letter to Fans
  • Proposal Comparison Summary
  • Negotiation Chronology  
  • Player Payments
  • U.S. Soccer Reserve Summary
  • Facility Development Initiative
  • Press Releases
  • U.S. Soccer Leadership