Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to a few of the questions prospective members often have. You should also note the other information on the website, especially Online Registration, Youth Soccer Issues, and How to Apply.
What are US Club Soccer’s rights as a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation?
As a National Association member of U.S. Soccer, US Club Soccer registers players and staff, provides insurance coverage, provides and sanctions competitions and events as well as a variety of other programming for its members.
What are the minimum requirements for a US Club Soccer member?
Clubs must have at least three competitive teams in different age groups and be organized as a soccer club. Soccer academies may apply as non-voting affiliate members if they conduct training programs for a minimum of 50 players. Individual league teams can join if they are members of a US Club Soccer-sanctioned league. See more information on membership requirements.
Can I still register my team with other U.S. Soccer organization members?
Clubs have a right to register teams with multiple organizations. U.S. Soccer Bylaw 603(2) states in part: "An Organization Member (other than a Professional League) shall not discriminate against the participation of players, teams, coaches, or clubs on the basis of that player, coach, team, or club's membership in, or affiliation with, another organization."
What is the 100% rule?
The so-called 100% rule is a U.S. Soccer requirement that all players in a club or league be registered with the appropriate U.S. Soccer member. It cannot be interpreted to mean that if some teams want to play in state cup, for example, that all the club’s teams have to register with the state association whether they play or not, as long as they’re registered with another U.S. Soccer member. A U.S. Soccer member can only require that the players that are participating in its programs register with them, as long as the other players are registered with the U.S Soccer via another member.
U.S. Soccer further clarified the "100% rule" at its Nov. 12, 2005, Board Meeting and unanimously adopted the new Policy 212.
Can I travel to non-US Club Soccer-sanctioned events as a US Club Soccer member?
You can attend any unrestricted event; that is, an event that is not limited to the members of an organization other than US Club Soccer.
Is travel permission required?
State boundaries make no difference in participating with US Club Soccer. If you are traveling as a US Club Soccer team to any soccer event in the country sanctioned by a U.S. Soccer-affiliated organization, no travel permission is required, and US Club Soccer's insurance applies. International travel requires U.S. Soccer approval.
What are the requirements for US Club Soccer sanctioning a league?
Requirements are minimal: at least four teams and a commitment to allow players to "play up." Competition, schedule and roster rules are submitted for approval. There is no additional league sanctioning fee, and US Club Soccer insurance applies.
What are the roster and competition rules for US Club Soccer-sanctioned events?
Participants abide by the rules and roster requirements established by the competition itself, which submits proposed rules for review with the sanctioning application. In all competitions, however, it is expected that players will be allowed to "play up" into an older age group if the club so chooses.
If US Club Soccer sanctions my tournament, can I invite teams that are not members?
Yes. US Club Soccer, as well as the U.S. Soccer, encourage that competitions be open and non-discriminatory. A team from a U.S. Soccer-affiliated member may need travel permission from their state association. US Club Soccer insurance applies for the tournament hosts and for all US Club Soccer member participants. If the state association does not provide insurance coverage for their team, it can be obtained from us for an additional fee. See more information on tournament insurance.
What is the US Club Soccer position on small-sided games?
We believe that small-sided games are important in the training of young players, and encourage all programs to incorporate small-sided rules. However, a certain format is not mandated. We feel clubs and leagues are in the best position to implement these programs for themselves.
What is the US Club Soccer registration year?
To avoid confusion, especially where clubs register with both us and their state association, US Club Soccer has adopted the same registration year as other soccer organizations (August through July). Eventually, we feel utilizing the calendar year for registrations and age brackets makes sense.
How does the club registration process work?
Clubs first register with US Club Soccer, using the online club registration form. If accepted for membership, they will then receive a password to access the "Members Only" section, and will complete the online registration of their players and staff. See more information on how to apply.
How can I find more information on player registration?
See more information on online player registration. Also, detailed instructions on player registration are located in the "Member’s Only” section.
What are the US Club Soccer passcards like?
The player passcard will be issued by us after you register your players. We will return them to the club (either via the mail or an emailed .pdf file) and the club will affix each player's picture to his/her card and laminate it. Also, the back of the passcard states: "In all US Club Soccer competitions, this pass is valid for any team in this club at or above the player's age group."
Do coaches and administrators need to register and obtain cards?
Yes. This is required by U.S. Soccer, and by our insurance carrier. Staff must also comply with the US Club Soccer Risk Management Program.
Is the registration process the same with sanctioned leagues?
It depends on the league. Some leagues review their own proof of birth date, collect the registration fees directly, and print the US Club Soccer cards locally. You should check the rules of the league you are joining.
Can players be dual registered with two US Club Soccer members at the same time?
Only in limited circumstances, such as between an academy and club, or a league select team, with the permission of the club. In all cases, however, the player’s first commitment should be with his club.
How can I keep in touch?
If you are not ready to register as a member at this time, but want to keep informed, continue to visit the website for updates, and also complete the form on the contact us page so you can be placed on our mailing list.