Players First licensing

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Arizona Arsenal SCArizona Arsenal SC; Gilbert, Arizona
Arkansas United SC logoArkansas United SC; Little Rock, Arkansas
Ballistic United SC logoBallistic United SC; Pleasanton, California
Barca Academy CharlotteBarça Academy Charlotte; Charlotte, North Carolina
BEST FC logoBEST FC; Westborough, Massachusetts
Blaine SCBlaine SC; Blaine, Minnesota
CAPS FCCAPS FC; Cleveland, Ohio
Challenge SCChallenge SC; Houston, Texas
Classics EliteClassics Elite; San Antonio, Texas
Crossfire PremierCrossfire Premier; Redmond, Washington
East Meadow SCEast Meadow SC; East Meadow, New York
FC AllianceFC Alliance; Knoxville, Tennessee
FC StarsFC Stars; Lancaster, Massachusetts
FC Wisconsin GirlsFC Wisconsin Girls; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Florida Kraze KrushFlorida Kraze Krush; Oviedio, Florida
Houston Dash YouthHouston Dynamo/Dash Youth; The Woodlands, Texas
ISC Gunners FCISC Gunners FC; Issaquah, Washington
Lake Norman SCLake Norman SC; Mooresville, North Carolina
Liverpool FC International Academy America TexasLiverpool FCIA TX ; Dallas & Fort Worth, Texas
Lonestar SCLonestar SC; Austin, Texas
Manhattan SCManhattan SC; New York, New York
Marin FCMarin FC; Greenbrae, California
Match Fit AcademyMatch Fit Academy; Brick, New Jersey
Mustang SCMustang SC; Danville, California
North Carolina FC YouthNorth Carolina FC Youth; Raleigh, North Carolina
Ohio Elite Soccer AcademyOhio Elite Soccer Academy; Cincinnati, Ohio
Ohio PremierOhio Premier; Dublin, Ohio
Placer United SCPlacer United SC; Rocklin, California
Prince William SoccerPrince William Soccer; Woodbridge, Ohio
Sacramento United SCSacramento United SC; Sacramento, California
San Antonio City SCSan Antonio City SC; San Antonio, Texas
San Francisco Elite AcademySan Francisco Elite Academy; San Francisco, California
San Juan SCSan Juan SC; Rancho Cordova, California
Sockers FCSockers FC; Palatine, Illinois
Southern Soccer AcademySouthern Soccer Academy; Marietta, Georgia
Space Coast United SCSpace Coast United; Melbourne, Florida
STASTA; Randolph, New Jersey
Sting SCSting SC; Dallas, Texas
SUSASUSA; Suffolk County, New York
TSC HurricaneTSC Hurricane; Tulsa, Oklahoma
United Futbol AcademyUnited Futbol Academy; Cumming, Georgia
Virginia Soccer AssociationVirginia Soccer Association; Haymarket, Virginia
West Florida FlamesWest Florida Flames; Brandon, Florida
Western NY FlashWestern NY Flash; Buffalo, New York


  • Immediately gain important recognition in the respective marketplaces.
  • Special offerings, benefits and discounts from Players First partners.
  • Distinguished as Players First-licensed in member club directory (coming soon).
  • Increased exposure through US Club Soccer’s best-in-class search engine optimization.
  • Features on US Club Soccer’s Players First web page (logo, link, date of license).
  • Highlights in US Club Soccer emails and digital and social media.
  • Receive customized content from US Club Soccer (social media toolkit and promotional graphics).
  • Features through external media outreach by US Club Soccer (plus ensuing media coverage).
  • Access to use Players First logo for club promotion.
  • Philosophical Commitments of a Players First Club placement on club website.

ON WHITE - Players First logo (screened)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 providing an exceptional player development experience through the proper facilitation of relationships with their coaches, parents and players.



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.


Clubs should encourage their coaches to continually seek out new educational opportunities, and Players First provides resources to help coaches to grow.


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


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.


Players First provides resources to help clubs and coaches better ensure the health and safety of their players. US Club Soccer believes Player Health & Safety is its first and foremost responsibility to members.



APPLICATION PROCESS:  The application requires you to submit detailed information about your club. The application does not allow you to save your work and continue to edit later. This document shows each page of the application, so you can be prepared. If you are unable to submit all parts of the application at one time or would like to submit additional information, please send via email to [email protected]



Clubs must be in good standing, have at least three teams registered with US Club Soccer, and participate in a US Club Soccer-sanctioned league. Each application must be submitted by the Director of Coaching, Technical Director, President, or Executive Director of the club. The questions throughout the application apply to all players, teams, and staff members within the club, and not only to those that are registered with US Club Soccer. In order for a club to become licensed, it must fulfill all of the fields marked “Requirement” and at least 10 of the 14 “Additional Standards.” The questions are marked appropriately within the application.



The application consists of seven sections, as follows:

1. Club & Applicant Information
2. Club Leadership Expertise and Development
3. Staff Education and Development
4. Player Health and Safety
5. Training and Competition Structure
6. Staffing Structure
7. Parent Education and Engagement


FEE:  The licensing application requires a nonrefundable fee of $100. You will be prompted for payment with a credit card at the end of the application.


VALIDITY & RENEWAL: Licenses that are approved in 2018 will be valid until December 31, 2020. Licenses will be renewed through a reevaluation of the club.


Club search tool to find US Club Soccer members in your area, including Players First-licensed clubs

  • While the US Club Soccer club directory will include all member clubs, the clubs with a Players First logo next to their listing are distinguished as Players First-licensed. US Club Soccer is actively employing best-in-class search engine optimization to help the Players First movement – a technique that will increase the exposure of all Players First-licensed clubs.