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 United Futbol Academy apply for Players First licensing?
Iggy Moleka, Executive Director of Soccer of United Futbol Academy: The Players First philosophy goes along with the UFA motto of "Skills for Soccer, Skills for Life." Putting the player first and making sure they know how to educate themselves and learn from a holistic approach is hand-in-hand with what UFA believe in.
Question: What does it mean for United Futbol Academy to now be an official Players First-licensed club?
Moleka: Being a part of the the Players First-licensed clubs reiterates our main objective as a club. That focus is on long-term development of players through top-notch education.
Question: What makes Players First licensing different from other initiatives or programs your club has participated in?
Moleka: Having the ability to continue to innovate through programs provided by Players First to educate our coaches, players and parents will help keep us on the cutting edge of the game.
Question: What would you like the parents of United Futbol Academy to know about what this means to them?
Moleka: For us, being a premier club in the country, we like to compete on the field, but player education is our main concern. So, the education that can come through the football piece, the health and safety piece and becoming good people, are very important. We look forward to taking advantage of these resources provided by Players First. It will only help our players, families, coaches, staff and the club continue to grow in a positive manner.
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.