United States Soccer Federation
The United States Soccer Federation, commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is a 501 nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, the FIFA member governs U.S. amateur and professional soccer, including the men's, women's, youth, beach soccer, futsal, and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation also administers and operates the U.S. Open Cup, which was first held in 1914.
Youth national and men's and women's national team programs - the 21 national teams managed by the federation range from the under-14 boy's and girl's teams to the under-23 men's and women's teams and the men's and women's senior national teams. All teams participate in domestic and international matches. Included in this amount are all expenses related to player development.
Trains experienced and new referees in the latest techniques and rules of soccer. Depending on the classifications, referees officiate at all levels of soccer matches ranging from youth to professional international soccer.
Trains coaches in the latest techniques. Interested individuals may gain certification in the six progressive levels of coaching. The curriculum for the six levels is authorized by the federation. The federation runs schools throughout the country for A and B license certification. state associations run schools for C, D, and E certification. F license certification is done online.
These include sponsorship and marketing, COPA
America Centenario Tournament, and Open Cup.