Each month, US Youth Soccer will be recognizing one male and one female player whose accomplishments on and off the field stick out among the rest. The players who are selected will represent a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Examples of these athletes' characteristics include:
- Impactful or notable in-game performance
- Displays good sportsmanship and the promotion of teamwork
- Community service
- Superior academic achievement
- Overcoming personal obstacles
While great performances in the game of soccer are appreciated, it's important to note that accomplishments off the field are valued just as much as those achieved on the field.
This month's honorees are...
Female Player of the Month
Emma from Coralville, Iowa
Emma completed her junior high school years as a Presidential Scholar and achieved a 4.0 grade point average. For her success in the classroom, she was selected to represent her school at the prestigious Belin-Blank Institute at the University of Iowa. Emma’s hard work and leadership can also be seen in her soccer pursuits. On the field, Emma has helped her club team to a pair of runner-up finishes in the Iowa State Cup and a trio of indoor state championships. She has also been a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Iowa state team since its inception. After seeing Emma play, Breidablik FC, a very successful women’s club from Kópavogur, Iceland, invited her to train with the squad.
Male Player of the Month