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Donald Greer

Founder

Department: US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame

Donald Greer (1927-1998) was truly dedicated to the sport and aspired to influence its growth and organization at all levels. In 1968, he founded the California Youth Soccer Association where he served as president until 1975. Greer's vision wasn't limited to the borders of California as he set to make an impact at a national level. He served as the United States Soccer Federation vice president from 1972-1984. During this time, Greer founded US Youth Soccer in 1974. He served as its Chairman until 1984. Greer's vision launched the James P. McGuire Cup, the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program and established regional and sub-regional youth programs for member State Associations. Under Greer's leadership, the number of players participating ballooned from 32,000 to over 1.3 million. Today, US Youth Soccer is the largest youth sports organization in the nation with over 3 million registered players annually. In 1992, Greer received the US Youth Soccer Founder's Award and in 1993, the US Youth Soccer Under-17 Boys National Championship was named "The Don Greer Cup" in his honor. Click here to read the full biography.

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