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PLAYERS FIRST

PHILOSOPHY:

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.

In order to help members adopt Players First, US Club Soccer is providing a suite of best-in-class resources, which add value to clubs, coaches, parents and players.

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.

  • So, what does club development really mean?
  • At its core, US Club Soccer believes better clubs develop better coaches, and better coaches develop better players. Players First expands US Club Soccer's philosophy of empowering clubs.
  • As the vehicle for improving the game, clubs are critically important. So, put simply, improving club development has a domino effect to coaches, parents and players.

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

· Player Development: Players-First provides tools to clubs and coaches to encourage their players to individually invest in their own development.

· Parent Engagement & Education: 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.

PRINCIPLES:

Players-First will be the foundation upon which US Club Soccer achieves its mission to help soccer clubs throughout the United States create the best possible development environment for players of all ages.

Players First is a brand that reassures parents that their child is playing at a club which is committed to a holistic approach to the player and parent experience.

Players First provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace to those clubs which adopt its philosophy.

Players First provides best-in-class resources to clubs to help coaches continue to develop professionally throughout their careers.

Players First provides value to member clubs which they could not achieve on their own.

"We're on a mission to change the sport. In order to achieve our mission, we need a vision, courage, enthusiasm, resilience and a plan. The reason we should be attempting to embrace a Players First philosophy is not because it will be easy, but because it will be hard. I believe with a shared mission, we can accomplish this."
- Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO (August 2015)