What is Advocacy?
United Soccer Coaches is the coaches’ voice and will advocate for issues that affect the membership at every level of the game. Through our Coaches Communities, Advocacy Council, and National Staff, the needs of our members are heard and brought to the United Soccer Coaches Board of Directors. Our Coaches Communities are led by volunteers (coaches like you) who want to give back to the game that has given them so much. By working with the United Soccer Coaches staff, Advocacy Council, and Board of Directors, these coaches are working to identify how we can help you be the best coach that you can be!
United Soccer Coaches pursues advocacy efforts that support our coaches in who they coach. United Soccer Coaches looks to advocate for coaches at every level of the game and support the ongoing efforts of our coaches in any way we can. Additionally, our Coaches Communities were created to accommodate the space of who you are as a coach. Our Coaches Communities bring forward a safe environment to network with fellow coaches, find mentorship and leadership opportunities, and advance the game of soccer in the great community.
Advocacy in Action
United Soccer Coaches is dedicated to building a better game for coaches and student-athletes alike, at the college level. Our College Programs Director works with all levels of college athletics to stay up-to-date on the needs and concerns of college coaches from NCAA Division I to the National Christian College Athletic Association. Recently advocating efforts include the Division I Men’s 21st Century Model and adding rest days in the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s championship format.
Additionally, we have a College Resource Page that offers coaches the latest updates and information regarding college soccer.
High School Advocacy
United Soccer Coaches has invested dedicated personnel, resources, and awards to high school coaches. Our High School Programs Manager works with State Association and high school coaches alike to advocate for their needs and offer resources. The association is currently working on a High School Resource Page that will offer up-to-date information, coaching resources, and more to high school coaches.
United Soccer Coaches is interested in serving the interests of our youth coaches and clubs through resources, education, and advocacy. The association’s Youth Programs Manager works to uplift the voices of our youth coaches and clubs and listen to their specific needs. United Soccer Coaches is dedicated to offering the tools needed for youth coaches to build a stronger program for their school and give their athletes the best possible experience.
Supplier Diversity Program
Created in 2023, the United Soccer Coaches Supplier Diversity Program is a vehicle for members to learn about business opportunities and/or market their goods and services.
Coaches Communities in Action
The role of the Advocacy Council is to advocate for issues in the game and association that affect our membership. The Advocacy Council will provide accountability and oversight for the Coaches Community. They will advise both the Board of Directors and the professional staff on the needs and the desires of the membership at large.
Play With Pride
Each year, our Play with Pride initiative, sponsored by the LGBTQ+ & Allies Coaches Community, provides rainbow shoelaces for college and high school teams that register to participate in Play with Pride Week and is a celebration of Diversity and Inclusion in the game and in our membership.
Awards of Excellence
In 2019, several of our Coaches Communities presented the first annual Award of Excellence to members of their individual coaching community that represents their mission and is outstanding in the work they do on behalf of the community.