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Players First Licensing

Benefits of Players First Licensing

  • Immediately gain important recognition in the respective marketplaces.
  • Special offerings, benefits and discounts from Players First partners.
  • Invitation to the exclusive, annual Players First Summit.
  • Features on US Club Soccer’s Players First web page (logo, link, date of license).
  • Highlights in US Club Soccer emails and digital and social media.
  • Receive customized content from US Club Soccer (social media toolkit and promotional graphics).
  • Features through external media outreach by US Club Soccer (plus ensuing media coverage).
  • Access to use Players First logo for club promotion.
  • "Philosophical Commitments of a Players First Club" (available in the PDF below) placement on club website.

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.

The Players First license is created to differentiate clubs in the marketplace that are committed to providing an exceptional player development experience through the proper facilitation of relationships with their coaches, parents and players.




The application requires you to submit detailed information about your club. The application does not allow you to save your work and continue to edit later. This document shows each page of the application, so you can be prepared. If you are unable to submit all parts of the application at one time or would like to submit additional information, please send via email to

We are now accepting applications for the June 2021 term.


Clubs must be in good standing, have at least three teams registered with US Club Soccer, and participate in a US Club Soccer-sanctioned league. Each application must be submitted by the Director of Coaching, Technical Director, President or Executive Director of the club. The questions throughout the application apply to all players, teams and staff members within the club, and not only to those that are registered with US Club Soccer. In order for a club to become licensed, it must fulfill all of the fields marked “Requirement” and at least 10 of the 14 “Additional Standards.” The questions are marked appropriately within the application.


The application consists of seven sections, as follows:

1.)  Club & Applicant Information
2.)  Club Leadership Expertise and Development
3.)  Staff Education and Development
4.)  Player Health and Safety
5.)  Training and Competition Structure
6.)  Staffing Structure
7.)  Parent Education and Engagement


The licensing application requires a non-refundable fee of $100. You will be prompted for payment with a credit card at the end of the application.


Any licenses issued receive a two-year term. Licenses are renewed through a re-evaluation of the club.

Players First in the news:

Advice from Players First-licensed clubs: