What is Players First?

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.​

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league and cup based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

Players First is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.

The Players First license is created to differentiate clubs in the marketplace that are committed to, and currently provide, an exceptional player development experience through the proper facilitation of relationships with their coaches, parents and players.


  • Club Development: Soccer clubs are the foundation on which American soccer will maximize growth and long-term success on the field. Players First provides an array of resources to aid in the growth and development of clubs.
  • Coaching Development: Clubs should encourage their coaches to continually seek out new educational opportunities, and Players First provides resources to help coaches to grow.
  • Player Development: Players First provides tools to clubs and coaches to encourage their players to individually invest in their own development.
  • Parent Engagement & Education: Players First provides a framework for parents to understand how to value their child’s soccer experience, replacing the reliance on match outcomes, which has served to hinder proper player development methodology.
  • Player Health & Safety: Players First provides resources to help clubs and coaches better ensure the health and safety of their players.


Players First will be the foundation upon which US Club Soccer achieves its mission to help soccer clubs throughout the United States create the best possible development environment for players of all ages.

Players First is a brand that reassures parents that their child is playing at a club which is committed to a holistic approach to the player and parent experience.

Players First provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace to those clubs which adopt its philosophy.

Players First provides best-in-class resources to clubs to help coaches continue to develop professionally throughout their careers.

Players First provides value to member clubs which they could not achieve on their own.

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Licensed Clubs

Licensed Clubs