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At a Glance

US Youth Soccer at a Glance
  • 3 million members, ages 5-19.
  • The largest youth sports organization in the United States
  • A national association, comprised of 55 member State Associations
  • The largest member association in the United States Soccer Federation
  • 85% of all registered players in the United States are US Youth Soccer members
  • More than 500,000 volunteers and administrators
  • More than 300,000 coaches, the majority of which are volunteers
  • Players: male 52%, female 48%, median age 11.5 years old; Annual fees - $1.00 per player
  • Celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2009; incorporated in 1974 in Tennessee
  • A 501(3)(C), nonprofit corporation
 
Coaches Connection is an outgrowth of the Coaching Education program, developed to bring educational opportunities to the grassroots level and beyond. 

Coaching Education trains coaches to improve the methods of teaching the game, while providing coaching development resources for member associations and individuals.

KIDSAFE/VolunteerSelect educates on the necessity to protect the players and organization as a whole, via background checks for volunteers. 

Kohl's American Cup provides recreational players the opportunity to compete in a large scale, championship format event.
 
US Youth Soccer National Championship Series begins at the grassroots level, with state winners advancing to regional tournaments and ultimately the National Championships. 

US Youth Soccer National League is an expansion of the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, offering additional exposure for the nation's top teams as they vie for the title of National League champion and a direct path to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program identifies and develops elite-level players, while providing elite and international competition. 

US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to US Youth Soccer teams from the state to regional to national level.

Soccer Across America (formerly known as Soccer Start) is designed to introduce the sport of soccer to youngsters living in communities not yet served by existing clubs and leagues.

US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer - The Outreach Program for Soccer – is a community-based program for young athletes with disabilities.
 
USYouthSoccer.org is THE destination for soccer information. USYouthSoccer.org holds information for everyone involved in the game and offers a number of resources.    

US Youth Soccer adidas® Workshop is an annual gathering of youth soccer volunteers and professionals working to learn from one another. 

US Youth Soccer by the Numbers
US Youth Soccer is the recognized leader for youth soccer in the United States, with registration numbers swelling to an all-time high in 2003. Dating back to its inception in 1974, US Youth Soccer registration numbers have continued to raise to its present mark of over 3 million players making it the largest youth sports organization in the United States. 
 
Registration By Group
3,000,000 - Registered players
6000 - US Youth Soccer participating clubs
1200-1500 - Sanctioned tournaments per year
300,000 - Registered coaches
95,000 - Registered referees
100,000 - Olympic Development Program players
           
Breakdown of US Youth Soccer's 3 million registered players:
18 to 19 - 3%
15 to 17 - 12%
10 to 14 - 48%
Under 10 - 37%
85% are under the age of 14
52/48 male/female ratio
 
Comparison of US Youth Soccer's registration to other youth organizations in the United States:
US Youth Soccer - 3,000,000
Boy Scouts - 2,912,039
Girls Scouts - 2,504,965
Little League - 2,600,000
AYSO - 600,000
Pop Warner - 425,000