What Other Facets of Soccer Does the u.s. Soccer Federation Support?
We're more than just the national teams. See what other parts of the game we oversee...
- •Development AcademyFollowing a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 to provide education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition. Learn more- http://www.ussoccerda.com
- •Coaching EducationThe U.S. Soccer Coaching Department was established in the early 1970s by famed West German teacher and coach, Dettmar Cramer. Each level of the U.S. Soccer Coaching License Pathway is designed to meet the needs of coaches ranging from the coach who is inexperienced in soccer to the former professional player who desires to coach in amateur, professional or international competitions. Learn more- http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/
- •Referee ProgramU.S. Soccer is committed to producing a variety of referee education resources aimed at supporting the program's approximate 140,000 members across the country that service amateur games at the youth and adult levels. Learn more- http://www.ussoccer.com/referees
- •Paralympic National TeamThe U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team is an elite level program that selects players from across the United States in preparation for International standard competition. For players to be eligible, they must be ambulant (no requirement for assistive walking aids) and have a one of the following neurological conditions: have had a Stroke have Cerebral Palsy have had a Traumatic Brain Injury / Acquired Brain Injury Learn more- http://www.ussoccer.com/paralympic-national-team/
- •NWSLThe National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a ten-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States.
- •Beach SoccerBorn on the beaches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, beach soccer has long been played informally on sandy shorelines around the world. Despite its South American roots, the game was codified in 1992 by a group in Los Angeles and one year later the first professional beach soccer competition was held at Miami Beach with the USA hosting Brazil, Argentina and Italy. Learn more- http://www.ussoccer.com/beach-soccer-national-team/
- •FutsalFutsal is a sport that is a derivative of soccer and played with five-man teams on a basketball style court with no walls and a smaller, low-bouncing ball. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo and Neymar grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills. More info: http://www.ussoccer.com/futsal-national-team/