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Who is US Youth Soccer?


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 3 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. For more information, visit

Why Should You Choose US Youth Soccer?

Read more about our organization and how we help every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play.


Players' Bill of Rights

Read more  about our efforts to focus on our most important asset -- the players.


2021 Year In Review

Read more about our accomplishments in the year 2021. 



To bring communities together through the power of soccer, making lifelong fans of the sport.



To provide world-class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play.




Soccer fields may be an incubator for success in life. Survive, and you’re likely agile, decisive, quick thinking and absolutely courageous. We strive for those characteristics in our staff.


Consistency is the difference between failure and success. The best teams are consistent across all skill disciplines. Even the best business plans will fail without a dedication to consistency.


We are committed to players of all levels: competitive, recreational, special needs, and from all backgrounds. We are the only youth soccer organization that is inclusive in this way.


USYS innovation refers to our intentional fostering of out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving within the youth sport landscape.


USYS demands that all staff cultivate positive and productive relationships with colleagues or constituents; building strategic relationships that extend the horizon of our business.


The process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a common purpose or goal. Having teamwork skills is dependent on your ability to communicate well, actively listen and be responsible and honest.


As forward thinking as we aspire to be at USYS, we must have the utmost respect for the past and the people, policies and traditions that put this organization where it is today.


Respect is a cornerstone trait within our sport and organization. It defines how you regard your teammates and opponents, recognize their qualities and traits, while treating them with appreciation and dignity.


A strong attribute of great players is the passion they have for the game. Our staff and volunteers bring that compelling dedication, emotion and commitment to USYS every day.


USYS aspires for honesty, transparency and alignment along strong moral principles. We do the right thing in a reliable way with responsibility and respect.


Being dependable means showing up on time every day while producing consistent work and applying USYS policies and business strategies evenly to each task and assignment.

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The benefits of our organization are many and our brochure here provides full details.


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

Our membership is divided into four regions: East, Midwest, South and West. 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.


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.

US Youth Soccer Strategic Plan

The 2020 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.

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