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 Prince William Soccer apply for Players First licensing?
Mike Cullina, Executive Director of Prince William Soccer: Our staff is consistently focused on raising the standard in all aspects of the game with the intention of improving the experience of our membership. Having an objective measurement with the level of detail US Club Soccer has placed in the Player First licensing is both a tool we can use to consider our priorities aimed at development as well as provide our membership with a communication tool to report on our progress.
Question: What does it mean for Prince William Soccer to now be an official Players First-licensed club?
Cullina: We are incredibly fortunate at the level of talent and quality of people in our organization. The ability to recognize them for the commitment they give to our players, while also demonstrating that pledge to our membership is very rewarding.
Question: What makes Players First licensing different from other initiatives or programs your club has participated in?
Cullina: US Club Soccer has developed an objective tool designed to recognize clubs for their efforts, and more importantly, one that aids in our development individually and as an organization.
Question: What would you like the parents of Prince William Soccer to know about what this means to them?
Cullina: We want our families to be proud to be a member of Prince William Soccer. Being recognized with some of the top clubs in the country in the first group of US Club Soccer Players First-licensed clubs is an honor and demonstrates our promise to “make meaningful contributions to the community through the game of 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.