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Statement from US Youth Soccer President on US Club Soccer participation and openness

December 16, 2010 08:00 AM

US Youth Soccer issues statement on clarification of US Club Soccer and its members' information and public statements regarding participation and openness

Over the past months US Youth Soccer has been negotiating with US Club Soccer regarding positions and statements by its members the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and Nor Cal Soccer Leagues (Nor Cal) regarding attempts to limit participation by stating that certain play, including games, leagues and programs sanctioned by US Club Soccer and its members ECNL and Nor Cal would be allowed only if the participants registered solely with US Club Soccer and its member leagues. This requirement for participation is a clear violation of the United States Soccer Federation Bylaws and Policies (Bylaw 603 and Policy 212-1) and is explicitly prohibited and unenforceable. 

As the largest National Association member of the Federation, US Youth Soccer works tirelessly to ensure fair play and opportunity within the youth soccer community while ensuring the benefits of membership in US Youth Soccer and the Federation are afforded and accessible to all players. When US Youth Soccer was made aware of the alleged violations, documentation and a request for a retraction was immediately sent to US Club Soccer's leadership to remedy the situation. After several discussions and seeking to avoid litigation with US Club Soccer, a formal letter of clarification was agreed upon by US Youth Soccer and US Club Soccer leadership.

US Youth Soccer is pleased with this result and that further legal action was unnecessary. US Youth Soccer strives to provide opportunities to further the game for youth players through programing such as the Kohl's American Cup, Presidents Cup, National League, National Championship Series and Olympic Development Program and invests millions of dollars toward these efforts annually. Avoiding litigation kept funds where they were intended.

The complete text of the letter is available here.

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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

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.




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