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US Club Soccer, NorCal Premier announce long-term sanctioning extension

By US Club Soccer, 06/05/20, 9:45AM EDT

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US Club Soccer and NorCal Premier Soccer are thrilled to announce an extension of their sanctioning agreement, as the leading soccer organizations continue their strong partnership first bonded in 2004.

This signifies further commitment between US Club Soccer and NorCal Premier to grow the sport in California. NorCal Premier has set an admirable example of implementing US Club Soccer programming and opportunities for both youth and adult members. The league has been a true partner to US Club Soccer on and off the field: fostering the growth of more than 200 clubs; leading in coaching education, player identification and development; expanding resources to underserved communities; hosting a highly successful, annual state cup; and taking a Players First approach to improving communities in the region.

“NorCal Premier is an outstanding soccer organization, which has been part of US Club Soccer since its founding,” said US Club Soccer CEO/Executive Director Kevin Payne. “We are thrilled we are aligned for another five years and look forward to working together to find new ways to move our game forward.”

“NorCal Premier Soccer is pleased to extend our partnership with US Club Soccer,” said NorCal Premier President Benjamin Ziemer. “During these difficult times, we believe continuity is vital for our member clubs. This agreement provides continued resources, sanctioning, club membership, player and staff registration, NPL, id2, LaLiga educational opportunities and, importantly, insurance for our club members.”

US Club Soccer’s mission is to foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the country to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club. The primary vehicle for accomplishing that ambition is Players First: 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.

That Players First philosophy is supported by best-in-class partners and resources, including LaLiga, and is anchored by five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety. In particular, Player Health & Safety is the emphasis, as US Club Soccer prides itself on fostering the safest environment for players in youth sports. US Club Soccer has stringent requirements for all staff registration/eligibility and also provides a variety of safety-related resources and recommendations to members.

ABOUT NORCAL PREMIER SOCCER:

A California Nonprofit Benefit Corporation, NorCal Premier Soccer is the top organization for developing players, clubs, coaches and referees in the passionate soccer region that is Northern California. Through affiliations with roughly 250 different clubs, NorCal Premier Soccer provides an unmatched level of quality programs assisting the development of the overall soccer structure in Northern California.

ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

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.

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