Source: Soccer Shots
Partnership creates soccer enthusiast pipeline that begins with Soccer Shots’ curriculum-based program and continues through local US Youth Soccer Clubs
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 12, 2017) – Soccer Shots, an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development, recently announced that it has been named the official two to five-year-old soccer program of US Youth Soccer – the largest youth sports organization in the country with over 6,000 local clubs in 55 state associations.
This new partnership enables local Soccer Shots Operators and local member clubs to form alliances and share resources to create a participant pipeline that begins with Soccer Shots’ curriculum-based program. Once participants age out of Soccer Shots – which currently has more than 110 franchise operators across nearly 40 states and Canada – they can move on to the club level for more competitive play.
“Soccer Shots is thrilled to partner with US Youth Soccer and be endorsed as the official provider of soccer programming for children ages two to five-years-old, an age group we’ve served since our founding in 1998,” commented Soccer Shots CEO, Justin Bredeman. “This mutually beneficial partnership will offer our operators an opportunity to build their existing programs or launch new ones, and help build USYS club membership. Most importantly, this partnership lays the foundation to increase participation in the sport among young children across the country.”
US Youth Soccer selected Soccer Shots to be the official provider of programming for this age group due to its curriculum-driven program that focuses on both skill building and character development. Soccer Shots’ program aims to impact children’s lives on-and-off the field through best-in-class coaching, communication and age-appropriate curriculum designed by childhood education experts. Ninety percent of Soccer Shots participants are within the two to five-year-old age group.
“Soccer Shots is one of the fastest growing franchisors in the nation and a recognized leader in child development soccer for boys and girls ages 2-5,” US Youth Soccer CEO Chris Moore said. “Both of our organizations share a common mission, which is to impact and foster the development of youth through soccer. Therefore, there is a great opportunity and potential within this partnership to continue to spread the impact of soccer to an even larger group of people.”
About Soccer Shots
Located just outside Harrisburg, Pa., Soccer Shots is an international franchise program that provides children ages two through eight with a developmentally appropriate soccer and character development experience under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches. The curriculum-based program is offered through 112 franchises operating in more than 180 territories across nearly 40 states and Canada. Soccer Shots was founded by two professional soccer players who identified a need for quality and engaging soccer programs to children under age eight. For more information or to find a program near you, visit www.soccershots.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer)
US Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!®” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.