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Who is US Youth Soccer?

Why Does US Youth Soccer Exist?

To transform the lives of America's youth through the game of soccer.

Our Mission

US Youth Soccer is a non-profit and educational organization whose mission is to make soccer the preeminent youth sport in the United States.

Our Vision

To be the future of soccer and provide a path for every player.

Our Core Values

Respect- On and off the field (respect for the game, diversity, players, opponents, officials and supporters/fans).

Integrity- Strive for equity, consistency and fairness and deliver events and competitions under the laws of the game in an honest and transparent manner and be accountable to our members.

Teamwork- Our success requires a commitment to teamwork at all levels (Board, staff, membership). By working together and sharing knowledge, we can achieve greater results than by working as individuals.

Excellence- The Association strives to achieve excellence in all our interactions and decision-making.

The Environment

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 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.

A Path For Every Player

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.

Joining the Game

Our 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 10,000+ clubs or leagues within the jurisdiction of the various Member State Associations.

At a larger glance, each of the 55 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.


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.

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.