First-Time Soccer Parents
New to soccer? Please click below for some advice for first-time soccer parents:
What Parents Can Expect From Their First Soccer Experience - US Youth Soccer
We also suggest taking US Youth Soccer’s Parents Guide and Introduction to Youth Soccer. This free, online education course is designed to assist parents new to the game of soccer in growing the spirit without limiting the child. Chapters cover information from the basics of youth soccer and making a positive impact on children to roles of coaches and referees to lending support to your child.
Please click below to learn about six things to keep in mind when attending your child’s match:
How Soccer is Organized
From top to bottom throughout soccer in the US, there are numerous acronyms for the many leagues, divisions, and sanctioned affiliate groups. Here is a guide that will help you better understand the organization and structure of the sport within the United States.
FIFA - The world of international soccer is governed at the highest level by The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). FIFA’s membership now comprises of 211 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the soccer world is divided.
CONCACAF - The United States belongs to FIFA’s regional confederation known commonly as CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. It includes governance of international soccer in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean region.
US Soccer - The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as US Soccer, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, it governs amateur and professional soccer, including national teams. US Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States.
US Youth Soccer - The United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), commonly referred to as US Youth Soccer, is the largest youth affiliate member of US Soccer. It registers over 3,000,000 boys and girls in 55 state youth soccer associations.
Mass Youth Soccer - The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA), commonly referred to as Mass Youth Soccer, is the official representative of US Soccer and US Youth Soccer in Massachusetts.