|192 E. Bay St., Ste. 301
Charleston, S.C. 29401
Phone: (843) 614-4140
CEO: Kevin Payne
Executive Director: Kevin Payne
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
US Club Soccer has been a good standing affiliate of the U.S. Soccer Federation since 2001. A nine-member Board of Directors, all of whom must be experienced coaches in member soccer clubs, makes policy decisions for the organization.
US Club Soccer’s local and national programs have been developed with strong input from clubs around the country and with a minimum of rules and restrictions. This allows US Club Soccer to effectively foster the growth and development of clubs throughout the United States, creating the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club.
Among these programs are the National Premier Leagues (NPL), which include 19 leagues throughout the country to provide high-level competition, and to elevate and change the competitive youth landscape based upon US Club Soccer’s fundamental principles. These leagues extend developmental principals espoused by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy into younger age groups and additional clubs, providing a platform for long-term player development.
While the NPL provides meaningful league-based competition culminating yearly with the NPL Finals, US Club Soccer also offers national championship aspirations to clubs through the National Cup, a cup-based competition consisting of state cups, Regional events and the National Cup Finals.
The popular id² Program is an Olympic Development Program approved by the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Soccer Federation. Annually, the id² Program consists of four id² Training Camps in various locations around the country and National Selection programming for boys (id² National Selection International Tour) and girls (Nike National Training Camp, powered by id² and ECNL). Targeted age cycles are coordinated in conjunction with U.S. Soccer. The id² Program consistently identifies and develops players ready for youth national team training camps and beyond.
US Club Soccer is also committed to the development of coaches and administrators. Currently, it co-hosts Director of Coaching Diploma courses with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and believes the key to player development is coaching development – better coaches develop better players and better coaches are developed by better clubs.
||9220 World Cup Way
Frisco, Texas 75034
President: John Sutter
US Youth Soccer offers both recreational and competitive programs. The recreational programs offer great opportunities for players primarily interested in fun, fitness and friendship. Small-sided games are encouraged for players under the age of 10. For more advanced players, US Youth Soccer offers highly competitive or select leagues including the National Championship Series, Olympic Development Program, Regional Leagues and the National League.
In addition, US Youth Soccer offers TOP Soccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) for young athletes who are mentally or physically challenged and Soccer Across America for young people living in underserved or economically disadvantaged areas.
Every year the organization also stages the National Youth Championship with different national titles up for grabs in boys and girls soccer for youth players from Under-13 through Under-19. The Under-19 Boys’ James P. McGuire Cup is the most prestigious of the competition’s trophies, dating back to 1935. First competed in 1980, the J. Ross Stewart Cup for Under-19 Girls is the oldest women’s youth trophy.
In the summer of 2005, US Youth Soccer moved their national headquarters to Frisco, Texas, where they share office space with FC Dallas of MLS.
|American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
19750 S. Vermont Avenue, Suite 200
Torrance, CA 90502
National Executive Director: Ian McMahon
Founded in 1964, the AYSO is a national association affiliated with U.S. Soccer and operates soccer programs with more than 500,000 children participating throughout the U.S. AYSO operates programs so young people can learn to develop a positive self-image, self-confidence and other character traits through their interest and participation in the sport.
AYSO’s success has been based on the philosophies of “Everyone Plays®” and “Balanced Teams,” ideas originated 50 years ago by founder Hans F.W. Stierle. AYSO requires every player to play at least half of every game and that individual teams are balanced every year to assure fair play. Other AYSO tenets include open registration, positive coaching and good sportsmanship.
AYSO is a volunteer-driven organization of more than 225,000 parents and friends who serve as coaches, referees and team administrators. A full-time staff administers AYSO from the organization’s National Office in Torrance, California.