Since its first year of inception in 1974, with membership numbers just topping 100,000, US Youth Soccer has grown to largest youth sports organization in the United States, counting more than 3 million members ages 5-19 or 85 percent of all registered players in the United States. US Youth Soccer provides a democratic structure to provide uniform rules and guidelines to its membership which comprises 55 member State Associations, 500,000 volunteers and administrators and 300,000 coaches, most of which are also volunteers.
US Youth Soccer is non-profit and educational organization whose mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.
Objective—The Game for All Kids!®
US Youth Soccer provides a fun, safe and healthy game for ALL KIDS...big kids, little kids, tall kids, short kids, young kids, older kids...kids who want to play for one season, kids who want to play for twenty seasons, kids who play strictly for fun, and kids who want to compete at the highest level possible. Kids are different, and because they are different their physical, social and psychological needs are different. US Youth Soccer recognizes this and the programs are aimed at meeting the different needs of ALL KIDS.
US Youth Soccer provides a healthy activity through its recreational and Small-Sided Games programs. These programs emphasize FUN, and de-emphasize winning at all costs. Every child is guaranteed playing time and the game is taught in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.
The guidelines provided under the US Youth Soccer bylaws facilitate intra-state, inter-state and international play. US Youth Soccer is also able to provide a structured appeals process, and its marketing and licensing programs help US Youth Soccer hold down player costs while providing revenue for increased services. The national administration of US Youth Soccer is conducted by a nine member Board of Directors consisting of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, four Regional Directors, and a Member at Large. Each of these board members are elected into office by delegates from the 55 member State Associations. A tenth position, that of Past President, is held by the past president for a single term of two years.
The US Youth Soccer membership is divided into four regions, each with a Director elected to the board. The regions are essentially East (Region I), Midwest (Region II), South (Region III) and West (Region IV). Each State Association has a Board of Directors, elected by delegates from their member leagues, clubs or teams.
US Youth Soccer is a member of a much larger soccer community, and therefore its players are members of this world community. Boys and girls register to play with one of the more than 6,000 clubs or leagues formed by their State Association. Each of the 55 State Associations across America are members of US Youth Soccer and US Soccer (there are two other divisions, US AMATEUR SOCCER for adults, and the professional division). US Soccer, along with over 197 other national soccer organizations, are members of FIFA, the Federation Internationale de Football Association. FIFA serves as the international governing body for soccer and US Soccer has been a member since 1913. Together, local, national and international organizations form a family of support for the young soccer players of America.