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Who is US Youth Soccer?


Our Mission

US Youth Soccer is a 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. Our job is also to make it fun, and instill in young players a lifelong passion for the sport.

The Environment

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.

From its humble beginnings in 1974 with just more than 100,000 registered players to its current registration of more than 3,000,000 players between the ages of five and nineteen, US Youth Soccer has always been recognized as a leader in 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 made up of over 600,000 volunteers and administrators, and over 300,000 dedicated coaches, most of who also are volunteers.

Meeting the Needs of Every Kid

At US Youth Soccer, we provide a fun, safe and healthy game for all kids. This includes 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. We at US Youth Soccer recognize this, and our programs are aimed at meeting the different needs of all kids.

For the player with advanced skills and greater ambition, highly competitive leagues are offered. This player might have his or her sights set on a college soccer scholarship or playing for the U.S. Olympic or National teams.

Joining the Game

The US Youth Soccer membership is divided into four regions: East, Midwest, South and West. 55 member State Associations make up US Youth Soccer with one in each state, and two in California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Boys and girls then register to play with one of the 6,000+ clubs or leagues formed by their State Association.

At a larger glance, 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.


Administrative Structure

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.

Each State Association has a Board of Directors, who are elected by delegates from their member leagues, clubs or teams. The national administration of US Youth Soccer is conducted by an eleven-member Board of Directors, consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, four Regional Representatives, a Member at Large and two Independent Directors. Each of these board members are elected into office by delegates from the State Associations. There is also a twelfth position called Past President, which is held by the past president for a single term of two years.

So come join the millions of kids having a ball. We've got a place for everyone in The Game for All Kids!® Call 1-800-4-SOCCER for more information on the programs offered by and benefits of belonging to US Youth Soccer.