As the Men's National Team opens its final round of qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Under-20 and Under-17 Men's National Teams set their sites on World Championship events of their own, and the landscape of women's soccer in the United States changes with the inaugural season of the Women's United Soccer Association, there are many exciting developments going on across the nation in the 2001 soccer year. www.us-soccer.com will bring fans closer to the action than ever before with expanded game-related content, as well as giving fans an opportunity to interact with the personalities behind U.S. Soccer via the exclusive online community represented by the new USSoccerFan area of the web site.
In addition to the improvements that will make the site more enjoyable to fans, other groups will benefit from the added convenience of the new format. U.S. Soccer has placed an emphasis on making the Federation more accessible to the organizations affiliated with it. The improved web site will serve as an important communication tool to facilitate that process. Referees, coaches and administrators involved in organizations throughout the soccer community will see more services for them placed online in the upcoming months as U.S. Soccer implements its web site strategies.
"While soccer has seen its presence increase as both a recreational and commercial sport in the United States over the past 10-15 years, the demands on U.S. Soccer as the National Governing Body have also seen a significant growth," said U.S. Soccer secretary general Dan Flynn. "As we move forward to meet the challenges of serving the demands placed upon us by the growing number of participants, fans, media, and corporate interests now involved in the game, we will look to technology such as the internet to help us meet these challenges efficiently and effectively. The introduction of this redesigned web site is an early step in a process that will continue to utilize technology to meet the needs of the people who rely on U.S. Soccer for information and services."