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alt Style Guidelines
Revised February 2012

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A

Age Group
Always capitalize the "U or Under" whether it is spelled out or abbreviated. Always use a hyphen between the word "Under or U" and the age specified.
 
Correct – Under-16 Girls or U-16 Girls
Incorrect – Under16, under16, u16 or U16
Never use an apostrophe when abbreviating the birth year.
Correct – SD Surf 93 Girls
Incorrect – SD Surf '93 Girls
 
All-American
Always capitalize and hyphenate. Never two separate words.
 
US Youth Soccer Awards Gala
Refers to the annual event held in conjunction with the US Youth Soccer Workshops. Also see Workshop.
 
          In any use:
                   First Mention – US Youth Soccer Awards Gala
                   Second Mention – Awards Gala or Gala

 
The following is the format acceptable for referencing each award.

First Mention – US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
Second Mention – Male Young Referee of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
Second Mention – Female Young Referee of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer Goal of the Year
Second Mention – Goal of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer Save of the Year
Second Mention – Save of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer Administrator of the Year
Second Mention – Administrator of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year
Second Mention – Volunteer of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer adidas Coach of the Year Boys Competitive
Second Mention – Boys Competitive Coach of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer adidas Coach of the Year – Girls Competitive
Second Mention – Girls Competitive Coach of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer adidas Coach of the Year – Boys Recreation
Second Mention – Boys Recreation Coach of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer adidas Coach of the Year – Girls Recreation
Second Mention – Girls Recreation Coach of the Year

First Mention – US Youth Soccer Excellence in Youth Coaching Education Award, "Dr. Thomas Fleck Award"
Second Mention – Dr. Thomas Fleck Award

First Mention – US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame
Second Mention – Hall of Fame
 
 
B

Boilerplates

All press releases from US Youth Soccer will include the following applicable boiler plates:
 
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer – "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
 
Media Request: When referring to the United States Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, please refer to the association only as US Youth Soccer, and never as USYS or USYSA. We appreciate your cooperation.
 
About US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) - US Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic development program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships, Interregional Training/Competition, Regional Camps and International play. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player identification and development. US Youth Soccer ODP is an approved program of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
 
Media Request: When referring to the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, the original elite player program in the United States, please refer to the program only as the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program or US Youth Soccer ODP, and never as USYSODP or simply ODP. We appreciate your cooperation.
 
About Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup – The largest recreational youth soccer tournament in the United States and boasts more than 65,000 participants and more than 175,000 attendees annually since its inception in 2000. US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations provide youth soccer players an opportunity to experience a high-quality statewide tournament in a fun, festival-like atmosphere.
 
Media Request: When referring to the Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup, please refer to the program only as the Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup in first reference and Kohl's American Cup in subsequent references. We appreciate your cooperation.

About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series: The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Adding to the excitement in 2009, the national championships will feature two teams from the newly formed US Youth Soccer National League in the U-15, U-16 and U-17 age groups. Overall, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
 
Media Request: When referring to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the most prestigious event in youth sports, please refer to the event as US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on first reference and National Championship Series on anything thereafter. Never refer to as NCS or USYS NCS. We appreciate your cooperation.

About US Youth Soccer National League - Formed in 2007, the US Youth Soccer National League was developed as a path of advancement for the top teams from the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. In addition to meaningful matches, development and identification, the league created a direct path to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.  League play features the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups for boys and girls who are seeking to advance their college, professional and U.S. National Team aspirations.  Learn more at www.USYouthSoccer.org/National_League/
 
About the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup - The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to US Youth Soccer teams from the state to regional to national level.  The Presidents Cup gives players an additional opportunity to compete against teams from across the country at a high level for the joy and the challenge of the game.  It provides the chance to experience a unique US Youth Soccer event with camaraderie, community and competition through sport. .
 
 
 
C

Coaches Connection
 
coach or head coach
Lowercase as a job description, not a formal title. Capitalize only when substituted for a name as a term of address.
 
Commas in a series
Never use a comma after the second to last word in a series of three or more.
 
Correct – At US Youth Soccer we provide a fun, safe and healthy game for all kids!   
Incorrect
– At US Youth Soccer we provide a fun, safe, and healthy game for all!
 
CONCACAF
Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football. Full name should be used somewhere in the story, CONCACAF is acceptable on all other references.

 

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D
 
Dates
Always use Arabic figures, without st, nd, rd or th.
 
          Correct – January 1, 2009 or Jan. 1
          Incorrect – January 1st, 2009
 
Datelines
Should contain a city name, entirely capitalized, followed in most cases by the name of the state, county or territory where the city is located. Always bold the dateline.
 
Cities that can stand alone without a state:
ATLANTA
MILWAUKEE
BALTIMORE
MINNEAPOLIS
BOSTON
NEW ORLEANS
CHICAGO
NEW YORK
CINCINNATI
OKLAHOMA CITY
CLEVELAND
PHILADELPHIA
DALLAS
PHOENIX
DENVER
PITTSBURGH
DETROIT
ST. LOUIS
HONOLULU
SALT LAKE CITY
HOUSTON
SAN ANTONIO
INDIANAPOLIS
SAN DIEGO
LAS VEGAS
SAN FRANCISCO
LOS ANGELES
SEATTLE
MIAMI
WASHINGTON
 
Example: MIAMI (January 1, 2009) –

Stories for all other U.S. cities should have both the city and the state name in the dateline. Spell out Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah. Use the following abbreviations for each state; ZIP code abbreviations are in parenthesis:
 
Ala.
(AL)
Kan.
(KS)
Nev.
(NV)
S.C.
(SC)
Ariz.
(AZ)
Ky.
(KY)
N.H.
(NH)
S.D.
(SD)
Ark.
(AR)
La.
(LA)
N.J.
(NJ)
Tenn.
(TN)
Calif.
(CA)
Md.
(MD)
N.M.
(NM)
Vt.
(VT)
Colo.
(CO)
Mass.
(MA)
N.Y.
(NY)
Va.
(VA)
Conn.
(CT)
Mich.
(MI)
N.C.
(NC)
Wash.
(WA)
Del.
(DE)
Minn.
(MN)
N.D.
(ND)
W.Va.
(WV)
Fla.
(FL)
Miss.
(MS)
Okla.
(OK)
Wis.
(WI)
Ga.
(GA)
Mo.
(MO)
Ore.
(OR)
Wyo.
(WY)
Ill.
(IL)
Mont.
(MT)
Pa.
(PA)
Ind.
(IN)
Neb.
(NE)
R.I.
(RI)

 

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E

email

Never hyphenate.
 
F
 
FIFA
Federation International de Football Association, FIFA acceptable as first reference, refer to as the international soccer football governing body rather than spelling out the French acronym.
 
G
 
Gender
Always capitalize Boys and Girls when referring to a specific gender-age group or when mentioning a gender associated with a US Youth Soccer program.
 
          Correct – Under-16 Girls or US Youth Soccer National League Boys and Girls
          Incorrect – Under-16 girls or US Youth Soccer National boys and girls
 
Goalkeeper
goalie or keeper is acceptable, but goaltender is not

 

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H
 
I
 
J
 
K
 
Kickoff
Always one word, never hyphenate or use as two separate words.
 
Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup
Kohl's Department Stores is the title sponsor of Kohl's American Cup; therefore, the program should never be referred to as the American Cup.
 
In any use:
First Mention – Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup
Second Mention – Kohl's American Cup
 
When referring to a specific Kohl's American Cup:
 
In any use:
First Mention – (Host Location) Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup
Example: Portland Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup

Second Mention – (Host Location) Kohl's American Cup
Example: Portland Kohl's American Cup
 
 

 
L
 
Left foot (n.) left-footed (adj.) left-footer (n.)
 
 
M
 
MLS
Major League Soccer – MLS is acceptable on first reference. Also see sponsor.
 
Months
Capitalize the names of months in all uses. When a month is used with a specific date, abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. Spell out only when using alone or with a year. When a phrase refers to a month, day and year, set off the year with commas.
 
Example:      
March 2007 was a cold month.
Jan. 2 was the coldest day of play for the US Youth Soccer National League.
The US Youth Soccer Regional Championships begin on June 9.
She said Friday, Sept. 1, is the first day of Youth Soccer Month.
 
US Youth Soccer National League
Always capitalize US Youth Soccer National League as it is a proper name.
In any use:

First Mention – US Youth Soccer National League
Second Mention – National League or the league
 
US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
Always capitalize US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Never abbreviate National Championship Series.
 
In any use:
First mention – US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
Second mention – National Championship Series or Series
 
US Youth Soccer National Champions
The US Youth Soccer National Championships are the final leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. For information on each specific trophy, see Trophy.
 
In any use:
First Mention – (Age) (Gender) US Youth Soccer National Champion
Example: Under-16 Girls US Youth Soccer National Champion
 
Second Mention – (Age) (Gender) National Champion
Example: Under-16 Girls National Champion or national champions
 
US Youth Soccer Regional Championships
The US Youth Soccer Regional Championships are the second leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
 
Always capitalize the word region when referring to a specific US Youth Soccer Region, Region I, Region II, Region III or Region IV. When referring to a specific region, always use roman numerals; never use Arabic numerals. For more information about each specific region, see Region.
 
                  US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships
Second Mention – Region I Championships
 
                   US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships
 
In any use:             
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships
Second Mention – Region II Championships
 
 
                   US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships
 
In any use:                      
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships
Second Mention – Region III Championships
 
 
                   US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships
 
In any use:                      
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships
Second Mention – Region IV Championships
 
 
                   US Youth Soccer Regional Champions
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer (Age) (Gender) Region (insert region number) Champions
Example: US Youth Soccer Under-14 Girls Region III Champions
 
Second Mention – Region (region number) Champions
Example: Region III Champions
 
US Youth Soccer State Championships

The US Youth Soccer State Championships are the first leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer (State Association) State Championships
Example: US Youth Soccer Florida State Championships
 
Second Mention – (State Association) State Championships
Example: Florida Youth Soccer Association State Championships or Florida State Championships
 
                   US Youth Soccer State Champions
 
In any use:
First Mention – (Age) (Gender) US Youth Soccer (State Association) State Champions
Example: Under-14 Girls US Youth Soccer Florida State Champions
 
Second Mention – (State Association) State Champions
Example: Florida State Champions or state champions
If the specific state is not mentioned, lowercase state champions
 
 
 
O
 
Offseason
One word, no hyphen.
 
Offside
One word, no hyphen.
 
US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP)
Second Mention – US Youth Soccer ODP
 
Regional Level US Youth Soccer ODP
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) (Gender) (Age) (Region)
Example: US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls 1993 Region III
 
Second Mention – US Youth Soccer ODP (Gender) (Age) (Region)
Example: US Youth Soccer ODP Girls 1993 Region III
 
 
Gender Specific:
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) (Gender)
Example: US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls

Second Mention – US Youth Soccer ODP (Gender)
Example: US Youth Soccer ODP Girls
 
          State Level US Youth Soccer ODP
 
In any use:
First Mention – (State) US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program ("State" US Youth Soccer ODP) (Gender) (Age)
Example: Florida US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls 1993
 
Second Mention – (State) US Youth Soccer ODP (Gender) (Age)
Example: Florida US Youth Soccer ODP Girls 1993
 
US Youth Soccer ODP Championships
           
Never use the word "national" in the title.
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Championships
 
Second Mention – US Youth Soccer ODP Championships
 
 
P
 
Play off (v.) playoff, playoffs (n. and adj.)
 
US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup
Never use an apostrophe ('). Never refer to as a national championship; the culminating event will be referred to as Finals.
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup
Second Mention – Presidents Cup

Culmination of the event should be referred to as the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Finals.
 
US Youth Soccer Region I Presidents Cup
In any use:
First Mention - US Youth Soccer Region I Presidents Cup
Second Mention – Region I Presidents Cup
 
US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup
In any use:
First Mention - US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup
Second Mention – Region II Presidents Cup
 
US Youth Soccer Region III Presidents Cup
In any use:
First Mention - US Youth Soccer Region III Presidents Cup
Second Mention – Region III Presidents Cup
 
US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup
In any use:
First Mention - US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup
Second Mention – Region IV Presidents Cup
 
US Youth Soccer (State Association) State (Presidents Cup)
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer (State Association) State Presidents Cup
Example: US Youth Soccer Florida Youth Soccer State Presidents Cup or US Youth Soccer Florida Presidents Cup
 
Second Mention – (State Association) Presidents Cup
Example: Florida Presidents Cup
 
US Youth Soccer Programs
See individual program listing for more information.
 
Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup, US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, US Youth Soccer National League, US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup, US Youth Soccer Soccer Across America, US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer and Youth Soccer Month.
 
 
 
Q
 
R

Referee

Always lowercase referee. When referring to the grade in which a referee is ranked, capitalize the word grade and use the appropriate Arabic numeral to accompany it.
 
Example:       Grade 8 referee
 
US Youth Soccer Regions
US Youth Soccer is comprised of four regions, which are composed of the 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations. Always capitalize each specific region and use roman numerals. See State Association for breakdown and listing of each state.
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Region (I, II, III or IV)
Second Mention – Region (I, II, III or IV)
 
Right foot (n.) right-footed (adj.) right-footer (n.)
 
Rosters
When all information is provided, the following format should be followed for rosters:
 
Format:        Jersey Number | First Name | Last Name | City | State | Club Team

Example:
3
Nivan
Chowattukunnel
Marion
IN
Marion Lightning
5
Zach
Dedman
Noblesville
IN
Indianapolis Premier
8
Michael
Granitz
Goshen
IN
Indiana Invaders
9
Clint
Hoffar
Kendallville
IN
Carmel United

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S
 
Scores
Always follow AP Style.
 
Format:        Winner X, Loser X
                    Goal Scorers: Winner: Player (XX:00)
                    Loser: Player (XX:00)
Example:    San Diego Surf 92-93 (CA-S) 2, FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA) 1
                 Goal Scorers: Surf: Jane Doe (33:00), Sally Jones (49:00)
                 Strikers: Shannon Smith (55:00)
Semifinal
Always one word, never hyphenate or used as two separate words.
 
The US Youth Soccer Show
The monthly program which airs on Fox Soccer Channel should always be capitalized.
 
In any use:
First Mention – The US Youth Soccer Show
Second Mention – The Show
 
Small-Sided Games
Always capitalize Small-Sided, always hyphenate.
 
In any use:             
Correct – Small-Sided Game(s)
Incorrect – small sided game, smallsided game, etc…
 
When noting the size of a Small-Sided Game, use the following format: 1v1, 8v8, etc…
 
Soccer Across America
Formerly known as Soccer Start, the program name should always be capitalized and never be shortened or abbreviated.
 
In any use:
Correct: Soccer Across America
Incorrect: Soccer America, SAA, S.A.A., etc…
 
 
Sponsors*

Baymont Inn & Suites – The official hotel of US Youth Soccer
Degree - The official deodorant and antipersperant of US Youth Soccer
Fox Soccer – The official television partner of US Youth Soccer
Kohl's – The official department store of US Youth Soccer
Kwik Goal – The official goal and field equipment supplier of US Youth Soccer
Liberty Mutual Insurance – The official auto, home, life and workers compensation insurance sponsor of US Youth Soccer
Merck - Official Vaccines
National Guard - Official Armed Forces Branch
SKLZ - The official player performance training sponsor
Sports Authority - The official sporting goods retailer of US Youth Soccer
* Subject to change.

 

US Youth Soccer State Associations 

In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer State Association(s)
Second Mention – State Association(s)

 

The following format should be followed when referencing any of the following US Youth Soccer State Associations. The abbreviation in parenthesis is to be used when identifying the State Association a club, team or player belongs to.

US Youth Soccer Region I
Connecticut Junior Soccer Association
(CT)
Delaware Youth Soccer Association
(DE)
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
(E-NY)
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association
(E-PA)
Soccer Maine
(ME)
Maryland State Youth Soccer Association
(MD)
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (or Mass Youth Soccer)
(MA)
New Hampshire Soccer Association
(NH)
New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association
(NJ)
New York State West Youth Soccer Association
(NY-W)
Pennsylvania West State Soccer Association (or PA West)
(PA-W)
Soccer Rhode Island
(RI)
Vermont Soccer Association
(VT)
Virginia Youth Soccer Association
(VA)
West Virginia Youth Soccer Association
(WV)
 
US Youth Soccer Region II
Illinois Youth Soccer
(IL)
Indiana Youth Soccer Association
(IN)
Iowa Soccer Association
(IA)
Kansas State Youth Soccer Association
(KS)
Kentucky Youth Soccer Association
(KY)
Michigan State Youth Soccer Association
(MI)
Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
(MN)
Missouri Youth Soccer Association
(MO)
Nebraska State Soccer Association
(NE)
North Dakota Youth Soccer Association
(ND)
Ohio South Youth Soccer Association
(OH-S)
Ohio Youth Soccer Association – North
(OH-N)
South Dakota State Youth Soccer Association
(SD)
Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association
(WI)
 
US Youth Soccer Region III
Alabama Youth Soccer Association (or Alabama Youth Soccer)
(AL)
Arkansas State Soccer Association
(AR)
Florida Youth Soccer Association
(FL)
Georgia Soccer
(GA)
Louisiana Soccer Association
(LA)
Mississippi Youth Soccer Association
(MS)
North Carolina Youth Soccer Association
(NC)
North Texas State Soccer Association
(N-TX)
Oklahoma Soccer Association
(OK)
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association
(SC)
South Texas Youth Soccer Association
(S-TX)
Tennessee State Soccer Association
(TN)
 
US Youth Soccer Region IV
Alaska State Youth Soccer Association
(AK)
Arizona Youth Soccer Association
(AZ)
California Youth Soccer Association – North
(CA-N)
California Youth Soccer Association – South (or Cal South)
(CA-S)
Colorado State Youth Soccer Association
(CO)
Hawaii Youth Soccer Association
(HI)
Idaho Youth Soccer Association
(ID)
Montana Youth Soccer Association
(MT)
US Youth Soccer Nevada (or United States Youth Soccer Nevada)
(NV)
New Mexico Youth Soccer Association
(NM)
Oregon Youth Soccer Association
(OR)
Utah Youth Soccer Association
(UT)
Washington Youth Soccer
(WA)
Wyoming State Soccer Association
(WY)

Stickley
Always capitalize as it is the name of US Youth Soccer's mascot.

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T
 
The Game for All Kids! ®
 
TOPSoccer
"The Outreach Program for Soccer" Soccer is the only word that is spelled out.
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer, The Outreach Program for Soccer
Second Mention - TOPSoccer
 
US Youth Soccer National Championship Trophies

Boys

Under-14: William J. "Billy" Goaziou Cup (formerly US Youth Soccer Cup)
Under-15: adidas® Cup
Under-16: Larry Harmon Cup (formerly D.J. Niotis Cup)
Under-17: Don Greer Cup
Under-18: Andy Stone Cup
Under-19: James P. McGuire Cup

Girls
Under-14: Elmer Ehlers Cup
Under-15: Kristine Lilly Cup
Under-16: US Youth Soccer Cup
Under-17: Laura Moynihan Cup
Under-18: Francis J. "Frank" Kelly Cup
Under-19: Ross Stewart Cup

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U
 
U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching License
 
In any use:
First Mention – USSF "letter" License
Example: USSF "A" License
         
Second Mention – "letter" License
Example: "A" License
 
US Soccer Federation National Youth License
 
In any use:
First Mention – USSF National Youth License
Second Mention – National Youth License
 
US Youth Soccer
Never use periods to separate "U" and "S". "United States Youth Soccer Association" or "U.S. Youth Soccer Association" is only used in documents that directly affect the organization's nonprofit status.
 
In any use:
Correct – US Youth Soccer
Incorrect – U.S. Youth Soccer, United States Youth Soccer Association, USYS or USYSA
 
USYouthSoccer.org
Always capitalize where stressed.
 
In any use:
Correct – USYouthSoccer.org or www.USYouthSoccer.org
Incorrect – usyouthsoccer.org or USYOUTHSOCCER.ORG
 
 
 
V

Versus
When listing a game, always use a single "v" to denote versus. The "v" should never be followed by a period.
 

Correct - San Diego Surf 92-93 (CA-S) v FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA)
Incorrect - San Diego Surf 92-93 (CA-S) vs. FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA)

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W
 
US Youth Soccer Workshop
Should never be referred to as the US Youth Soccer Workshop and Coaches Convention.
 
In any use:
First Mention – US Youth Soccer Workshop
Second Mention – The Workshop
 
website
Never capitalize, always one word.
 
 
X
 
Y
 
Youth Soccer Month
The national Youth Soccer Month campaign is held annually each September, with US Youth Soccer leading the initiative.
 
In any use:
First Mention – national Youth Soccer Month
Second Mention – Youth Soccer Month
 
Z

* The US Youth Soccer Style Guidelines are subject to change.