US Soccer kicking up a storm

As the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the US, US Soccer has helped chart the course for the sport in the that country for more than 90 years.

As the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the US, US Soccer has helped chart the course for the sport in the that country for more than 90 years.

In this time, the Federation's mission statement has been very simple and very clear: to make soccer, in all its forms, a pre-eminent sport in the US and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels.

To that end, the sports growth in the past two decades has been nothing short of remarkable.

In 1989, the US Men's National Team hadn't played in a World Cup in 40 years and the US Women's program was just four years old. US Soccer was playing games in small stadiums that were rarely filled to capacity.

There were few games being televised (and none without commercials during play). There were no soccer-specific stadiums, and there were no high-level professional outdoor leagues of which to speak.

Since that time, things have evolved significantly. The US MNT has qualified for their fifth consecutive World Cup, and advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2002 event.

US Soccer is a world leader in women's soccer at every level, and the team has won two Women's World Cups, along with two Olympic Gold Medals. The US has also hosted three World Cups with the support of its members and strong organisational abilities.

Professionally, Major League Soccer recently celebrated its 10th season of play and continues to further the development of the American player, along with the three-tiered developmental league, the United Soccer Leagues.

Perhaps most importantly of all, though, no fewer than five major soccer-specific stadiums are in place now coast-to-coast with more facilities en route.

Founded in 1913, US Soccer is one of the world's first organisations to be affiliated with Fifa, the Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's world governing body.

US Soccer has continued to grow in the 90-plus years since, and now has the largest membership among US Olympic Committee national governing bodies. - ussoccer

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