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US Club Soccer expands Players First partnership with Soccer Sphere, Powered by TopYa!

By US Club Soccer, 05/12/21, 2:00PM EDT

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US Club Soccer is excited to announce it has renewed its Players First partnership with TopYa!, which has rebranded to Soccer Sphere, Powered by TopYa! The two-year renewal extends the agreement until 2023.

Soccer Sphere is a mobile video-based development program going beyond at-home technical or tactical skill training. Players are embraced by their very own footy community with access to skills and drills, mindset preparation and cultural soccer immersion every week. In one safe, mobile app, players unlock weekly training plans, fan following, soccer news and a unique Coach Connect experience.

This high-engagement Players First partnership dates back to 2015, shortly after the game-changing TopYa! Soccer app was launched. Over the past five years, thousands of US Club Soccer players have used the TopYa! Soccer platform to level up their game. In late 2020, TopYa! then unveiled a new rebrand for the soccer market: Soccer Sphere, Powered by TopYa!. With a commitment to growth, having fun and making soccer more accessible, Soccer Sphere becomes the official training app of US Club Soccer.

"Our US Club Soccer partnership is one of the longest standing and highest engaged partner programs in TopYa! company history,” said Soccer Sphere General Manager Cory Nadler. “We are confident that this expanded commitment under our new brand for the soccer market, Soccer Sphere, will provide substantially more engagement and development opportunities for everyone in the US Club Soccer community: from players and parents, to coaches, to clubs, leagues and tournaments. I speak for the entire TopYa! team when I say how proud we are that our technology platform and content curriculum have evolved to keep up with the evolution of technology, the sport and our number one audience - the players."

The partnership played a key role in US Club Soccer members staying active and keeping up with their skills development during the spring of 2020. TopYa! launched an extremely successful virtual skills contest for Players First-licensed clubs, which encouraged players to train on their own, including contests, juggling club and fundraising. The concept caught fire with dozens of clubs participating and more than 3,000 players submitted more than 20,000 skill videos in just 30 days.

“Since becoming a Players First partner, TopYa! has continued to be a cutting-edge mobile app development program resource for our members,” said Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO. “Taking the position with its new brand of Soccer Sphere, TopYa! shows its continued commitment to taking mobile development opportunities to the next level. We look forward to expanding this partnership and working with Soccer Sphere to provide fun training options that align with Players First pillars of player development, coaching development, and parent engagement and education.”

To celebrate the partnership, all US Club Soccer members can enjoy the access to Soccer Sphere platforms at a discounted rate. Individual players get access to the weekly Soccer Sphere training program at 10% off retail price. Clubs and leagues are eligible for significant discount for package plans. 

Contact Soccer Sphere General Manager Cory Nadler at cory.nadler@topya.com to customize your league or contest package and indicate your club affiliation and US Club Soccer membership.

Soccer Sphere is part of a group of 13 other best-in-class partners in advancing the Players First philosophy, as well as supporting a movement across youth soccer that has significantly elevated standards since the initiative was formed five years ago. More than 100 clubs from 30 states have passed a rigorous application process to become Players First licensed.

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. 

Soccer Sphere, Powered by TopYa! is advancing the Players First pillars of Coaching Development, Player Development, and Parent Engagement and Education.

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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