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Encyclopedia > United States Soccer Federation
Founded 1913
FIFA affiliation 1914
CONCACAF affiliation 1961
President
Sunil Gulati
Coach
Bob Bradley interim (2006-) (Men's)
Greg Ryan (2005-) (Women's)
Jay Hoffman (2002-) (Paralympic)

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) (trademarked as "U.S. Soccer Federation") is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. The headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois. Download high resolution version (701x800, 37 KB) This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA, French for International Federation of Association Football) is the international governing body of association football. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) is the continent-wide governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Sunil Kumar Gulati (born July 30, 1959, in Allahabad, India) is the current president of the United States Soccer Federation or USSF and President of Kraft Soccer for the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer. ... Bob Bradley (born March 3, 1958 in Montclair, New Jersey) is the current United States National Soccer Teams coach and the all-time winningest coach in Major League Soccer history. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Greg Ryan (born January 21, 1957) is the current head coach of the United States womens national soccer team (US WNT). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hoffman, James (Jay) A. Jr. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... A sport governing body comes in several forms. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...


It is a member of FIFA, and is responsible for governing amateur and professional soccer, including the men's, women's, and Paralympic national teams. The USSF is also responsible for sanctioning referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA, French for International Federation of Association Football) is the international governing body of association football. ... Look up amateur in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A professional is required to possess a large knowledge derived from extensive academic and practical training. ... First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada (Newark, NJ, USA; November 28, 1885) Official: Sweden 2 - 3 USA (Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916) Biggest win USA 8 - 1 Cayman Islands (Mission Viejo, CA, USA; November 14, 1993) USA 7 - 0 El Salvador (Los Angeles, CA, USA; December 5, 1993) USA... First International Italy 1–0 USA (Jesolo, Italy; 18 August 1985) Largest win USA 12–0 Mexico (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991) USA 12–0 Martinique (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 20 April 1991) Worst defeat Norway 4–1 USA (Lagos, Portugal; 19 March 1998) Canada 3–0 USA... The United States Mens Paralympic Soccer Team is operated by the United States Soccer Federation. ... A referee presides over a game of association football (soccer). ... This is a list of articles about the football (soccer) competitions past and present for international teams and for club football, in individual countries and internationally: // World National teams FIFA World Cup FIFA Womens World Cup FIFA Confederations Cup Rous Cup (extinct) National youth teams FIFA World Youth Championship...

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History

What is now the United States Soccer Federation was originally the US Football Association, formed in 1913 by the merger of the American Football Association and the American Amateur Football Association and became one of the earliest member organizations of FIFA. The governing body of the sport in the US did not have the word soccer in its name until 1945, when it became the US Soccer Football Association. It did not drop the word football from its name until 1974, when it became the US Soccer Federation. Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...

United States Soccer Federation Building
United States Soccer Federation Building

The USSF had the honor of hosting the Men's FIFA World Cup in 1994, the Women's World Cup in 1999 and 2003, and the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1996. Its Women's national team has also had the distinction of winning two Women's World Cups in 1991 and 1999 (placing third in 1995 and 2003); the Olympic Gold Medal in 1996 and 2004; and the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup in 2000 and 2002. The US Men's National Team (USMNT) has had a less stellar history. The USMNT was invited to the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and qualified for the World Cup in 1934, finishing a respectable 3rd in 1930 out of 13 teams participating. In 1950 the US scored their most surprising victory with a 1-0 win over heavily favored England, who were amongst the world's best sides at the time, which has been documented in the book and now movie The Game of Their Lives. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 1038 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 1038 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The FIFA World Cup Trophy, which has been awarded to the world champions since 1974. ... Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 15th staging of the World Cup, was held in the United States from June 17 to July 17. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup is the most important championship in international football competition for women. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup 1999 was held in the United States and won by the host team. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup 2003 was held in the United States and won by Germany. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup 1991 was held in the China and won by the United States womens national football team. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup 1995 was held in the Sweden and won by Norway womens national football team. ... Qualifying countries The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the first World Cup tournament ever staged. ... Qualifying countries The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the second World Cup staged, and was hosted in Italy from May 27 to June 10. ... Qualifying countries The 1950 FIFA World Cup was the only one not decided by a knockout final. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... The Game of Their Lives is a 2005 drama film, directed by David Anspaugh. ...


The US failed to reach another World Cup Final until an upstart USMNT made an unlikely qualification for Italia 1990 with the "goal heard around the world" scored by Paul Caligiuri against Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain on 19 November 1989 which started the modern era of soccer in the United States. The 1990 USMNT team was quickly disposed of at the World Cup. The Women's World Cup was inaugurated in 1991, and the US WNT became the first team to win the prize after beating Norway in the final. The Women's World Cup demonstrated the high caliber of play in women's soccer. That set the stage for the US to host the men's 1994 FIFA World Cup, the world's biggest sporting event, drawing 94,194 fans to the final game. The USMNT made a surprising run to the second round with a shocking "own goal" victory over Colombia which saw Andrés Escobar, the player responsible for the own goal, later shot to death in his homeland. 1998 saw another disappointing addition to the history of US men's soccer as the team finished dead last (on goal difference) among the 32 teams that qualified for the World Cup. This embarrassment, which included total collapse of team chemistry, led to the sacking of the once considered promising head coach Steve Sampson and the hiring of Bruce Arena, who has since gone on to become the most successful USMNT head coach in history. Paul David Caligiuri (born May 9, 1964 in Westminster, California) is an American soccer player and coach, currently the head coach of the Cal Poly Pomona college soccer team. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup is the most important championship in international football competition for women. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup 1991 was held in the China and won by the United States womens national football team. ... Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 15th staging of the World Cup, was held in the United States from June 17 to July 17. ... Andrés Escobar Saldarriaga (March 13, 1967 - July 2, 1994) was a Colombian football player, who was shot and killed in Medellín. ... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France, by the FIFA decision in July 1992 beating a bid by Morocco to host the event. ... Steve Sampson (born January 19, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is a soccer coach, the current head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. ... Bruce Arena was a winning college soccer coach at the University of Virginia for 18 years, ultimately achieving five NCAA Championships there (in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994). ...


The next year, the U.S. hosted the Women's World Cup for the first time. During their tournament run, the WNT established a new level of popularity for the women's side of the sport, climaxing with a final against China that drew 90,185 fans—an all-time attendance record for a women's sports event—to a sold-out Rose Bowl. After neither team scored in regulation or extra time, the final went to a penalty shootout, which the WNT won 5-4. The celebration by Brandi Chastain after she converted the winning penalty, in which she took off her shirt, revealing her sports bra in the process, is one of the most famous images in the history of women's sports. The FIFA Womens World Cup 1999 was held in the United States and won by the host team. ... The Rose Bowl is a stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, California. ... Penalty shootouts (officially referred to as kicks from the penalty mark) are a method sometimes used to decide which team progresses to the next stage of a tournament (or wins the tournament) following a draw in a game of association football. ... In football (soccer), a goal celebration is a practice that is almost always performed by a particular player once they have scored a goal. ... Brandi Chastain (born July 21, 1968) is a former soccer player who was on the U.S. womens national soccer team from 1991 to 2004 and also the San Jose CyberRays of the WUSA (2001-2003). ...


In 2002 Bruce Arena led a mix of veterans and youth to a quarterfinal appearance after dispatching the then considered contenders Portugal in the first round and archrivals Mexico in the round of 16 before ultimately falling to runners-up Germany in a controversial loss. Bruce Arena looked to match or surpass that feat in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany but faced one of the toughest draws with Italy, the Czech Republic and Ghana in the first round. The U.S. lost to the Czech Republic 3-0 in their opening game with Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky scoring 2 memorable goals. The U.S. drew with Italy 1-1 in their second game. The match finished with only 19 players after 2 U.S. and 1 Italian player received red cards. However, they would lose 2-1 to Ghana in their next match, preventing them from advancing from the group stage. In the wake of the World Cup, Arena was told that his contract would not be renewed when it runs out at the end of 2006. Qualifying countries The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... Qualifying countries The Italian team celebrating with the cup, July 9 2006 The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th staging of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football world championship tournament. ... Group of death is an informal sobriquet used in football (soccer) to describe a situation that often occurs during the group stage of a tournament (such as the first round of the World Cup), where all the teams present in one group are considered to be roughly equal in skill...


In recent years, USA has become known for producing world-class goalkeepers;[1] three U.S. keepers started in the English Premier League in the 2003-04 season. Two of the three combined to win back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Year awards, as voted by the players, with Brad Friedel in 2002-03 and Tim Howard in 2003-04. The third, Kasey Keller, now starts for German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach. A football goalkeeper leaves the ground to parry a shot on goal In many team sports, a goalkeeper (termed goaltender, or goalie in some sports) is a designated player that is charged with directly preventing the opposite team from scoring by defending the goal. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... The 2003-2004 season was the 124th season of competitive football in England. ... Bradley (Brad) Howard Friedel (born May 18, 1971 in Lakewood, Ohio) is an American international football (soccer) goalkeeper who plays for Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League. ... For other persons named Tim Howard, see Tim Howard (disambiguation). ... Kasey Keller (born November 29, 1969 in Olympia, Washington) is an American football (soccer) goalkeeper, four time World Cup participant and one of the first American goalkeepers to become a starter in the English FA Premier League. ... The official Bundesliga logo. ... Borussia Mönchengladbach, often shortened to Gladbach, is a German football club that plays in the Bundesliga, is based in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia and is one of the countrys most well-known, best-supported, and successful teams. ...


Players

For more details on famous current and past players for the United States Men's National Team see United States men's national soccer team. First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada (Newark, NJ, USA; November 28, 1885) Official: Sweden 2 - 3 USA (Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916) Biggest win USA 8 - 1 Cayman Islands (Mission Viejo, CA, USA; November 14, 1993) USA 7 - 0 El Salvador (Los Angeles, CA, USA; December 5, 1993) USA...


For more details on famous current and past players for the United States Women's National Team see United States women's national soccer team. First International Italy 1–0 USA (Jesolo, Italy; 18 August 1985) Largest win USA 12–0 Mexico (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991) USA 12–0 Martinique (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 20 April 1991) Worst defeat Norway 4–1 USA (Lagos, Portugal; 19 March 1998) Canada 3–0 USA...


National Training Center

In 2003, U.S. Soccer opened their National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson. The $130 million facility includes a soccer-specific stadium, home to the MLS teams, Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA. The Home Depot Center is a multiple-use sports complex located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City  498. ... Carson is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Columbus Crew Stadium opened in 1999 as the first of a growing number of American stadiums built for soccer Soccer-specific stadium (SSS) is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada. ... Year founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Nickname Galaxy, The Gs, The Green and Gold, Los Galacticos de Los Angeles Stadium The Home Depot Center Carson, CA Coach Frank Yallop, 2006— Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group First Game Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 MetroStars (Rose Bowl; April 13, 1996) Largest... Year founded 2004 League Major League Soccer Nickname Chivas USA, Red-and-White, Chivas, Goats Stadium The Home Depot Center Carson, CA Coach Preki Owner Jorge Vergara First Game Chivas USA 0–2 D.C. United (The Home Depot Center; April 2, 2005) Largest Win Chivas USA 5–1 Real...


Professional leagues

Major League Soccer is a first division soccer league in the United States. A separate organization, the United Soccer Leagues, operates two other men's professional leagues, the second division USL First Division and the third division USL Second Division. Another third division league, the National Premier Soccer League also exists. The major men's indoor league is the MISL. Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... The United Soccer Leagues (USL) is directly affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). ... The United Soccer Leagues First Division (often referred to as simply, USL-1) is a professional mens soccer league in North America. ... The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional mens soccer league in North America, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. ... The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is an American soccer league recognized by the USSF and FIFA as a Division III league. ... Misl refers to a fighting clan. ...


Today, there are two first division, professional development women's leagues; the WPSL and the USL's semi-professional W-League. A top-level full-time professional league, Women's United Soccer Association, suspended operations in 2003. WPSL re-directs here; an alternate meaning is WPSL (AM) The Womens Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is a national amateur womens soccer league. ... The W-League is the first modern womens soccer league in the United States pyramid. ... WUSA logo The Womens United Soccer Association formed in 2001 as a soccer league for women in the United States. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The USSF has also, since 1914, sponsored a nationwide tournament open to all USSF affiliated clubs, now known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an American soccer competition open to all United States Soccer Federation affiliated teams, from amateur adult club teams all the way to the professional teams of Major League Soccer. ...


Associations affiliated with USSF

Adult level

  1. United States women's national soccer team
  2. United States men's national soccer team

First International Italy 1–0 USA (Jesolo, Italy; 18 August 1985) Largest win USA 12–0 Mexico (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991) USA 12–0 Martinique (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 20 April 1991) Worst defeat Norway 4–1 USA (Lagos, Portugal; 19 March 1998) Canada 3–0 USA... First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada (Newark, NJ, USA; November 28, 1885) Official: Sweden 2 - 3 USA (Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916) Biggest win USA 8 - 1 Cayman Islands (Mission Viejo, CA, USA; November 14, 1993) USA 7 - 0 El Salvador (Los Angeles, CA, USA; December 5, 1993) USA...

Youth Teams

  1. United States U-21 women's national soccer team
  2. United States U-23 men's national soccer team

The United States Under-21 womens national soccer team competes for the Nordic Cup held in Norway. ... The United States U-23 mens national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of the United States Soccer Federation. ...

Leagues and Organizations

  1. Major League Soccer
  2. United Soccer Leagues
  3. National Premier Soccer League
  4. Major Indoor Soccer League
  5. United States Adult Soccer Association
  6. US National Soccer Team Players Association
  7. United States Club Soccer

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... The United Soccer Leagues (USL) is directly affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). ... The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is an American soccer league recognized by the USSF and FIFA as a Division III league. ... The Major Indoor Soccer League is the top professional indoor soccer league in the USA. The league is a member of both the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA. // In the summer of 2001, the National Professional Soccer League disbanded. ... USASA is the United States Adult Soccer Association. ... The US National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA) is the players union for the members of the mens US National Soccer Team. ...

Youth level

  1. Under 21, 18, 16 National Teams
  2. Super Y-League
  3. Divisional Teams
  4. United States Youth Soccer Association


The Super Y-League is the highest form of american and canadian youth soccer. ... US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States. ...

United States Youth Soccer State Associations

National: AYSO | USYSA | USSF |
State: Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California North | California South | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York West | New York East | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio North | Ohio South | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania West | Pennsylvania East | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas North | Texas South | Utah | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is a national, non-profit organization which provides soccer development and instruction for children between the ages of 4 and 19 in all fifty states and some territories of the United States. ... US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States. ... Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) is the state organization for the USYSA in Illinois. ... North Carolina Youth Soccer Association NCYSA is the state organization for the USYSA. The program provides quality soccer play for all levels of youth in the state of North Carolin. ... The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) is the official youth soccer organization in Virginia. ...

See also

First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada (Newark, NJ, USA; November 28, 1885) Official: Sweden 2 - 3 USA (Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916) Biggest win USA 8 - 1 Cayman Islands (Mission Viejo, CA, USA; November 14, 1993) USA 7 - 0 El Salvador (Los Angeles, CA, USA; December 5, 1993) USA... First International Italy 1–0 USA (Jesolo, Italy; 18 August 1985) Largest win USA 12–0 Mexico (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991) USA 12–0 Martinique (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 20 April 1991) Worst defeat Norway 4–1 USA (Lagos, Portugal; 19 March 1998) Canada 3–0 USA... The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year is given by the United States Soccer Federation to the American soccer players judged best in the calendar year. ...

External links

  • USSF Main Site
  • United States soccer terminology
  • United States Youth Soccer
  • Bert Patenaude's hat-trick, the first ever hat-trick scored in the FIFA World Cup
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The following is a partial list of American soccer stadiums by capacity. ... // Structure of mens soccer There are three professional leagues of soccer teams sanctioned by the Professional Division of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF or U.S. Soccer). ... The American Soccer Pyramid is a term used in soccer to describe the structure of the league system in the United States. ... Columbus Crew Stadium opened in 1999 as the first of a growing number of American stadiums built for soccer Soccer-specific stadium (SSS) is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada. ... The American soccer champions are the annual winners of the highest soccer competitions in the country. ... Youth soccer in small-town Indiana. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ... The United Soccer Leagues First Division (often referred to as simply, USL-1) is a professional mens soccer league in North America. ... The United Soccer Leagues Second Division (often referred to as simply, USL-2) is a professional mens soccer league in North America, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. ... The USL Premier Development League (PDL) is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada, forming part of the American Soccer Pyramid. ... The United Soccer Leagues Super-20 League is an American-Canadian soccer league for players 17 to 20 years of age. ... The Major Indoor Soccer League is the top professional indoor soccer league in the USA. The league is a member of both the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA. // In the summer of 2001, the National Professional Soccer League disbanded. ... The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is an American soccer league recognized by the USSF and FIFA as a Division III league. ... WPSL re-directs here; an alternate meaning is WPSL (AM) The Womens Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is a national amateur womens soccer league. ... The Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) is a soccer league for men and women based out of the Pacific Northwest. ... The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an American soccer competition open to all United States Soccer Federation affiliated teams, from amateur adult club teams all the way to the professional teams of Major League Soccer. ... The W-League is the first modern womens soccer league in the United States pyramid. ... An NCAA tournament game between Indiana University and the University of Tulsa in 2004 College soccer is a term used to describe soccer that is played by teams operated by colleges and universities as opposed to a professional league operated for exclusively financial purposes. ... The Super Y-League is the highest form of american and canadian youth soccer. ... 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The FIFA World Player of the Year is a football award given annually to the male and female player who are thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams. ... This is a list of the mens national football (soccer) teams in the world. ... FIFA assigns a three-letter code (dubbed FIFA Trigramme) to each of its member and non-member countries. ...

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CAF Logo The 53 member Confederation of African Football (CAF; French: Confédération Africaine de Football) represents international football in Africa, and organises the African Cup of Nations as well as the African Champions League. ... The African Cup of Nations is the main international football competition for CAF nations. ... CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) is the continent-wide governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. ... The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main national football (soccer) competition of the CONCACAF nations. ... CONMEBOL or CSF (CONfederación sudaMEricana de FútBOL, South American Football Confederation) is the governing body of football in South America. ... The Copa América is the main national football competition of the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF confederations. ... Oceania Football Confederation logo since 1998 The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is one of the six continental confederations of international football. ... OFC Nations cup logo The OFC Nations Cup is the biennial football competition held among the Oceania Football Confederation member nations. ... The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh) or ), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the mens national football teams governed by the UEFA. Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the European Nations Cup, changing to the name European Football... The NF-Board (Nouvelle Fédération-Board, unofficially Non-FIFA-Board) is a football association established for national teams that are not — and usually may not become — members of FIFA, usually because the participating nations do not have internationally recognised sovereign state status. ... The VIVA World Cup is an international football tournament organised by the New Federation Board, an umbrella association for nations unaffiliated to FIFA, planned to be held every two years. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1357x628, 19 KB) Summary This image is copy of World Map FIFA.png I added divisions in UK - England, Scotland & Wales. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Map of Central America Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. ... West Indian redirects here. ... CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) is the continent-wide governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. ... The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association is the governing body of football in Antigua and Barbuda. ... The British Virgin Islands Football Association is the governing body of football in the British Virgin Islands. ... The Cayman Islands Football Association is the governing body of football in the Cayman Islands. ... The Federación Costarricense de Fútbol is the official football (soccer) organization in Costa Rica and is in charge of the Costa Rican national team. ... The Federación Dominicana de Fútbol is the governing body of football in the Dominican Republic. ... The Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol is the official governing football (soccer) organization in El Salvador and is in charge of the El Salvador national football team. ... The Ligue de Football de La Guyane Française is the governing body of football in French Guyana. ... The Nederlands Antilliaanse Voetbal Unie is the governing body of football in the Netherlands Antilles. ... The Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol is the governing body of football in Puerto Rico. ... The St. ... The St. ... The Comité de Football des ÃŽles du Nord is the official football (soccer) federation of the French half of the island of Saint Martin. ... The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) is the governing body of football in the island state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. ... The Sint Maarten Soccer Association is the governing body of football in Sint Maarten. ... The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) is the governing body of football in Trinidad and Tobago. ... The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association is the governing body of football in the Turks and Caicos Islands. ... The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Federation is the governing body of football in the United States Virgin Islands. ...


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As the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, U.S. Soccer has helped chart the course for the sport in the USA for 90 years.
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