Editor’s Note: Every quarter, US Club Soccer will announce the most recent class of Players First-licensed clubs. In the weeks to follow, those new clubs will be highlighted with Q&As from their directors.
Question: Why did KC Legends apply for Players First licensing?
Kyle Hogge, Executive Director of KC Legends: For 30 years, the Legends club has prided itself on being one of the premier developmental clubs in the country. Our belief that the main objective of the club should be to develop players who are brave, creative leaders - this is what fuels us. Through a rigorous 7-step application process, Players First licensing finally gave us an objective measure to confirm those beliefs.
Question: What does it mean for KC Legends to now be an official Players First-licensed club?
Hogge: It means that we’ve met the highest standards for overall club development in the country. For our players and families, it means that the trust they’ve placed in our club and coaches has been validated.
Question: What makes Players First licensing different from other initiatives or programs your club has participated in?
Hogge: It was the most thorough and encompassing review of our club that any other program or initiative has ever put us through. To be evaluated on areas as wide ranging as Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development to Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety made the process unique.
Question: What would you like the parents of KC Legends to know about what this means to them?
Hogge: Our unique curriculum, training facilities, and focus on developing brave, creative leaders has now been recognized on the national level. The Players First license and “Seal of Approval” differentiates our club and the overall experience from any other club in the state of Kansas and provides a platform for development that is rivaled only by a select few of the best clubs in the country.
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.