In recent months, clubs in California have continued their leadership in league structure innovation, expanding recreational membership significantly. Within the last month, several new recreational leagues and clubs, from both Northern and Southern California, have joined US Club Soccer.
One particular region of growth is the Sacramento area, where Granite Bay FC, Lincoln Youth Soccer Club, Loomis Youth Soccer Club, Rocklin Youth Soccer Club and Roseville Youth Soccer Club, boasting approximately 10,000 players, have sanctioned their recreation programs with US Club Soccer.
In Southern California, US Club Soccer’s recent sanctioning of the SCDSL has sparked similar conversations within leagues in the area about transitioning their recreational memberships.
As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, leagues across the country are reevaluating their previous operations structures in order to make decisions and implement necessary changes that will serve their memberships in the future. California-based clubs are beginning to see the benefits of this restructure by becoming fully integrated with US Club Soccer from top to bottom.
Administratively, starting with the 2021-22 registration year, clubs will have an efficient process for upgrading recreational players to competitive within US Club Soccer’s registration system (GotSport), while only paying the difference in cost.
“US Club Soccer’s efforts, along with existing competitive member leagues’, have provided California the opportunity to connect multiple clubs within the region,” said Gabe Rood, US Club Soccer Membership Service Representative. “By forging these connections, we are providing more players at all levels with like-for-like competition in a smaller travel area.”
Clubs and leagues have evolved over the years, and so has the definition of what being a club means. The growth of the recreational landscape in California can be attributed largely to club creation of grassroots programs. Clubs are offering a complete pyramid of player participation options, spanning the grassroots level to the most competitive level in each age group.
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