Players First


Players First is a philosophy that guides US Club Soccer, its leadership, and member clubs and leagues to establish the optimal environment for player development and member experiences.

Players First was founded on the following five pillars:

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

US Club Soccer encourages coaches to continually seek out educational opportunities. As one of its founding pillars, Players First provides resources and opportunities to help coaches grow.

Player Development

Players First provides tools to clubs and coaches to encourage their players to individually invest in their own development.

Parent Engagement

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.