July 8, 2013
GSYSL announces partnership with US Club Soccer beginning Fall 2013
Beginning this fall GSYSL will affiliate with US Club Soccer. This affiliation with US Club Soccer will allow GSYSL to continue to grow and provide new and exciting programs for its member clubs.
This fall season all GSYSL Players & Coaches will register with US Club Soccer.
US Club Soccer will provide GSYSL with the expanded flexibility to provide member clubs with many expanded opportunities.
US Club Soccer is a National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
Among US Club Soccer’s guiding principles:
- US Club Soccer league sanctioning provides the flexibility for the league and its participating teams to make decisions in their own best interest.
- The following items are left to the discretion of the league/its participating teams:
- goals of league
- roster rules (up to a max of 26 players)
- game competition rules
- administration procedures
- geography flexibility
- discipline matters
There are no state boundaries.
Leagues may include clubs and teams from other states, and travel/other permissions are NOT required.
There are no age restrictions.
Youth teams may consist of players up to the U-20 age group, and adult teams may consist of players U-20 and older.
US Club Soccer liability and medical insurance covers all league administrators, member teams and participants.
Leagues and league teams may sanction tournaments through US Club Soccer at no fee.
Playing brackets may be based on the teams’ competitive level. Adult leagues may have co-ed brackets.
US Club Soccer believes small-sided games are important to player development, but leagues and clubs should decide this.
All players and staff register online.
Leagues may view rosters and other registration information and download addresses and other player data on their dedicated league admin Web portal. Checking proof of birth is optional for adult players.
If desired, league administrators may check player documentation and print their own passcards or e-mail the passcards directly to teams.
Players and staff that are registered may use their passcards in other competitions.
Clubs are the vehicle through which players are developed, and US Club Soccer should help facilitate club development throughout the country.
Clubs and their leadership should be the primary decision-makers in the structure and organization of soccer.
US Club Soccer should provide leadership and a vehicle for clubs and technical leaders to work together to elevate the game and player development environment.
A nine-member Board of Directors, all of whom must be experienced coaches with national licensing in member soccer clubs, make policy decisions for the organization.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – rec, youth competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer’s programming has all been developed with strong input from clubs around the country and with a minimum of rules and restrictions to allow efficient and innovative operations. An overview of some of these programs follows.
US Club Soccer also sanctions hundreds of leagues throughout the country of various age groups (youth and adult), competitive levels and geographic sizes and areas. Generally, these leagues include quality, local competition without significant travel or club commitments required. US Club Soccer affords the flexibility for decisions to be made that are in the best interest of the specific league, participating teams and players. US Club Soccer aims to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape.
US Club Soccer offers Cup-based competitions integrated at local, regional and national scales. Among them:
National Cup: US Club Soccer’s cup championship competition open to all members. The competition includes regional, state and other qualifiers, culminating in the National Cup Finals. National Cup Regionals are open to all US Club Soccer members in the U-11 through U-18/19 boys and girls age groups. Winning teams from National Cup Regionals and qualifying state cups in the U-13 through U-17 age groups advance to the National Cup Finals. For more information: usclubsoccer.org/nationalcup
State Cups & Open Cup: State-based or other geographic market-based cups that qualify for National Cup events. US Club Soccer’s state championship events allow hosting members the flexibility to develop an event that is formatted based upon the needs of each specific state or region.
PLAYER IDENTIFICATION AND DEVELOPMENT:
US Club Soccer offers a pair of integrated player identification and development platforms, both of which are Olympic Development Programs as recognized by the U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Olympic Committee.
id2 National Identification and Development Program: Established in 2004 and open to all players regardless of U.S. Soccer affiliation or lack thereof, the id2 Program provides opportunities for elite youth soccer players in targeted age groups to be identified and developed, and scouted for potential inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. A comprehensive national scouting and recommendation program is used to form a player pool from which top players are invited to attend an id2 Program Training Camp. The id2 Program is not fee-based. For more information: usclubsoccer.org/id2
Player Development Programs (PDPs): Regionally-based identification and developmental programs conducted under the id2 Program umbrella and centered around the NPLs in specific geographic areas. PDP invitations are based upon scouting within the NPL, scouting of NPL clubs and other nearby clubs, as well as recommendations from Directors of Coaching. Based upon this scouting and recommendation process, top players are invited to attend PDP events.
CLUB DEVELOPMENT & COACHING EDUCATION:
In order to aid soccer clubs in being the best possible vehicle for player development, US Club Soccer is committed to club development through coaching education and the establishment of club standards and guidelines to extend best practices to all member clubs. These standards and guidelines serve as the basis for eligibility in some of US Club Soccer’s top competitive platforms, such as the NPL and Elite Clubs National League.
US Club Soccer’s tournament sanctioning program allows both US Club Soccer teams and also those registered with other U.S. Soccer affiliates the ability to participate in competitions. Travel permissions are not required for US Club Soccer members and tournament insurance is offered for both members and non-members.
Major League Soccer
US Club Soccer is pleased to partner with Major League Soccer and its member teams. Make sure to check out www.MLSnet.com for the latest MLS news, including in-depth game reports, special ticket offers, player analysis and much, much more.
National Soccer Coaches Association of America
The NSCAA, the world's largest soccer coaches organization, and US Club Soccer also jointly conduct a Director of Coaching Diploma course, a coaching education and certification program addressing the issues that face soccer clubs in the United States.