Editor’s Note: On Dec. 18, US Club Soccer announced the first-ever class of Players First-licensed clubs, which featured 46 clubs from 19 states. In the weeks to follow, those clubs will be highlighted with Q&As from their directors.
Question: Why did San Francisco Elite Academy apply for Players First licensing?
Joe Dugan, President & Executive Director of San Francisco Elite Academy: We believe in professional standards and want to be an example club that others aspire to join.
Question: What does it mean for San Francisco Elite Academy to now be an official Players First-licensed club?
Dugan: To be audited by a very reputable third party and an authority in youth soccer, it reinforces we are working intelligently.
Question: What makes Players First licensing different from other initiatives or programs your club has participated in?
Dugan: It is a select group of clubs who have proven methodologies and efficient organizational structures to enable players’ success.
Question: What would you like the parents of San Francisco Elite Academy to know about what this means to them?
Dugan: Parents should know that they are placing their children into a very professionally run club, where everything we do is in the best interest of our players.
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.