UncategorizedMLS and US Youth Soccer Development Initiatives

May 16, 20208680

Major League Soccer and US Youth Soccer, the country’s largest youth sports organization, announced the development of a ground-breaking strategic alliance to promote and engage young soccer players and communities across the U.S. As an Elite Academy, Next Generation athletes may be considered for any possible area, regional or national team pools.

MLS and US Youth Soccer, with its soccer players of more than 3 million boys and girls will work together on:

  • Enhancements in the identification and tracking of players
  • Coaching and Scouting Education for Parents, Coaches and Volunteers
  • Regional Competitions
  • Engagement of Fans

The collaboration will pave the way for boys and girls to be seen and scouted with MLS bearing all costs for players attending and competing in national tournaments. It will available to specified age levels irrespective of venue or financial resources.

Regional Competition

The strategic alliance leads to a new regional competition channel to provide talented young girls and boys athletes with the opportunity to compete against professional league scouts. For this national competition platform, players who participate in high school programs, club teams or professional soccer leagues around the country will be recommended through a review process that will provide technical teams at the local level the chance to identify standout athletes.
“This is not a short-term vision, but rather one in which we realize the opportunity to truly connect the whole system of soccer in our country,” said US Youth Soccer CEO Skip Gilbert in a statement. “For too long the professional and youth systems have been working relatively independent of each other and with this MLS partnership, we start down the path of true collaboration. This will not only expand resources to grow the game at the grassroots level, but also reveal to players and families that there is a clear pathway to any level of soccer they want to achieve.”


Addressing Financial Restrictions

MLS will cover all costs for players attending and competing in national tournaments at select age levels as 
part of its commitment to providing exposure and reducing obstacles.
The removal of financial barriers for young players should ensure promising players can be seen and scouted in their formative years.