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 Advocacy Groups, the needs of our members are heard and brought to the Advocacy Council and Board of Directors. Our Advocacy Groups 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!
Connect with an Advocacy Group, add your voice to the conversation and advocate for issues that are important to you. The networking, sharing of knowledge, and leadership roles are great opportunities for personal development and career growth. These communities within the association will activate a network of coaches, and others, involved in the sport who will take responsibility for advancing soccer in the greater community. Together we will continue to unite all coaches for the love of the game.
A few examples of Advocacy in Action:
High School Coach of Significance-(Sponsored by the High School Coaches Advocacy Group) This award honors High School Coaches that coach with character and use the soccer field to teach life lessons and make an impact within their schools and communities far beyond wins and losses.
Play with Pride-(Sponsored by the LGBT & Allies Advocacy Group) Each year, United Soccer Coaches provides rainbow shoelaces for college and high school teams that register to participate in Play with Pride Week and is a celebration of Diversity & Inclusion in the game and in our membership
Convention-Each January, over 10,000 soccer coaches gather in one location for several days of learning, networking and celebrating all levels of the game. Advocacy Groups sponsor many events at the Convention: Advocacy Hour, Socials, Sessions and Panels. This is a great place to interact with coaches from around the world and to build your coaching knowledge.
Diversity Awards-In 2019, several of our Advocacy Groups presented the first annual Diversity Award to a member of their coaching community that represents their mission and is outstanding in the work they do on behalf of the community.
CoachesGive- The charitable arm of the United Soccer Coaches Foundation. This initiative supports charitable causes and assists coaches in gaining access to educational opportunities.
Commitment to Culture- An initiative by coaches for coaches to build a unique, positive soccer playing culture in America.
Women’s Education (See Video)-(Sponsored by the Women’s Advocacy Group) United Soccer Coaches believes that all coaches should have access to education and we want to encourage all of our members to take advantage of these opportunities to help further your career. This video was made to encourage our female membership to empower themselves through coaching education.