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Inaugural Players First Summit coming to Miami in December

By US Club Soccer, 10/29/19, 2:00PM EDT


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US Club Soccer is hosting the inaugural Players First Summit, Dec. 12-14 in Miami Lakes, Florida. The Summit is an educational and collaborative experience for directors of Players First-licensed clubs. Lectures, panel discussions, a field session, keynote speech and various presentations focused on the five pillars of Players First – Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety – will make up the Summit schedule.

The Players First initiative has come a long way since it was launched in August 2015. In the past year alone, 82 clubs have been approved as Players First licensed. Thirteen best-in-class partners are sharing their resources to back the initiative. And ultimately, this Players First movement has achieved a more fulfilling environment for youth soccer players – supporting players of all levels and different ambitions.

“The Summit is an exciting, new component of Players First, and we expect this to be an incredible atmosphere of learning and inspiration for these licensed clubs,” said Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO/Executive Director. “The Players First philosophy is moving clubs away from reliance on game results, and instead, giving them a holistic review of the entire club. These directors will leave the Players First Summit with the leadership necessary to continue that movement.”

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. This is youth soccer’s “Good Housekeeping Seal” and these clubs – of which the next group of licensed clubs will be announced before the Summit – stand out locally and nationally as improving the club soccer experience.

The next group of Players First-licensed clubs will be announced in early December, and those clubs’ directors are eligible to attend the Summit. All current licensed clubs’ directors received their exclusive invitations this past week.

You can view all currently licensed clubs on this Players First licensing web page.


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.

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