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]
ELIGIBILITY & APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:
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.
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