Players First club spotlight: FC Wisconsin

Players First club spotlight: FC Wisconsin

Editor’s Note: On Dec. 18, US Club Soccer announced the first-ever class of Players First-licensed clubs, which featured 46 clubs from 19 states. In the weeks to follow, those clubs will be highlighted with Q&As from their directors

Question: Why did FC Wisconsin apply for Players First licensing?

Christian Lavers, Technical Director of FC WisconsinWe have always sought to create the best possible learning environment in our club, and to make decisions that are based first and foremost on what is best for the individual player.  This means taking a long-term viewpoint, seeking to educate both players and parents about the game and the development process, and helping players maximize their ability so that they succeed not only as senior youth players, but also when they move on to college or beyond. We chose to apply for Players First licensing because it is a program that aligns with and celebrates these priorities.  We hope the Players First concept will help more parents become aware of the importance of this philosophy.

Question: What does it mean for FC Wisconsin to now be an official Players First-licensed club?

Lavers: We are honored to be recognized as a Players First club, and will continue to do our best to provide a holistic, top-level development environment for every player in the club, at every age group.  Our club’s selection is a testament to the work of all the coaches in the club, the coaches that helped found the club and coached here in the past, and the parents and players that choose our club as the place they want to be every day.  We are grateful to everyone that has helped our club get better and that will continue to help us raise the bar moving forward.

Question: What makes Players First licensing different from other initiatives or programs your club has participated in?

Lavers: Players First is not a competition or league, and it is not based on results on game day.  Players First is a philosophical commitment to prioritize the interests and needs of the individual.  This is an important concept and these are important philosophies that more parents and players should be focused on – because not many clubs have this perspective.

Question: What would you like the parents of FC Wisconsin to know about what this means to them?

Lavers: FC Wisconsin was founded to serve the players in our state better, and to provide a better environment for them to reach their potential and fulfill their dreams in the game.  From the beginning, we have put the player at the center of every decision we make – whether it be regarding staffing, structure, methodology, programming, or more.  We will continue to do everything we can to provide a great environment for our players, to help them set, pursue and accomplish their goals in the game, and to help them develop as both players and people.


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