ALL ABOUT UNITED STATES YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION (USYS)
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to provide world-class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play. US Youth Soccer registers nearly 2.5 million players annually. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 54 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches, and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. We Are Youth Soccer.
Through a democratic structure, the membership of US Youth Soccer is able to provide uniform rules and guidelines. These guidelines 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.
So come join the millions of kids having a ball. We have place for everyone. Call 1-800-4-SOCCER for more information on the programs offered by and benefits of belonging to US Youth Soccer.
USYS Mission Statement
To provide world-class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play.
USYS Vision Statement
To bring communities together through the power of soccer, making lifelong fans of the sport.
USYS Player’s Bill of Rights
Read more about our efforts to focus on our most important asset — the players.
USYS Strategic Plan
The 2023 USYS Strategic Plan: Dream Big – Think Bigger, is a living, breathing document that takes inspiration from the entirety of the youth sport community. We have created this collaborative roadmap to help us navigate to our common destination, but also made it flexible enough to allow for various modes and speeds of travel. The USYS strategy is meant to provide confidence to every soccer club in the United States that together we can move soccer forward and shape the future of the game we love for generations.
USYS by the Numbers
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The youth soccer environment
From its humble beginnings in 1974 with just more than 100,000 registered players to its current registration of nearly 3 million players, US Youth Soccer has always been recognized as a leader in national youth sports organizations. US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States, and is comprised of over 600,000 volunteers and administrators, and over 300,000 dedicated coaches, most of whom also are volunteers. US Youth Soccer provides a healthy activity through its recreational and small-sided game 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.
Joining the Game
Fifty-four member State Associations make up US Youth Soccer with one in each state, and two in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Boys and girls then register to play with one of the 10,000+ clubs or leagues within the jurisdiction of the various Member State Associations.
At a larger glance, each of the 54 State Associations across America are members of US Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer. 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.