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David Wright Named Chief Commercial Officer at U.S. Soccer

David Wright has joined the U.S. Soccer Federation as its new chief commercial officer. Wright brings more than 20 years of strategic management and business growth leadership to U.S. Soccer, most recently working for Minor League Baseball. “David is an outstanding sales and marketing professional with an impeccable reputation,” said U.S. Soccer CEO and Secretary […]

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U.S. Soccer Announces Complete Return-to-Play Guidelines

U.S. Soccer has released the final phase of its five-step return-to-play guidelines for coaches, players, parents, referees and administrators, spelling out how soccer teams can return to competition. The latest phase comes with the caution that organizers should follow local health and safety rules before starting competition. In addition, it encourages social distancing when possible […]

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The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, is packed to the brim on July 17, 1994, before the final match of the World Cup between Brazil and Italy. (AP Photo/Lois Bernstein)

FIFA, U.S. Soccer Ready for 2026 World Cup Selection Process

After a COVID-enforced pause in the evaluation process, FIFA and U.S. Soccer will restart the venue selection process for the FIFA 2026 World Cup with a virtual workshop on Tuesday with representatives from 17 cities. “Six years seems like a long time but it’s really not,” said Colin Smith, FIFA chief tournaments and events officer. […]

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Sunday March 22, 2020: U.S. Soccer Federation CEO Will Wilson.

U.S. Soccer Names New CEO

William Wilson, a sports executive with 29 years of experience with a variety of leagues and as an agent, has been named the chief executive officer and secretary general of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Wilson, 52, joins U.S. Soccer from Wasserman, where he served as executive vice president and co-head of football for the last […]

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United States' Rose Lavelle, right, is congratulated by Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath, left, after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand on May 16 in St. Louis. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP Images

A World of Opportunity

Excitement is rising for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be staged June 7–July 7 in nine cities in France. As of March, more than 500,000 tickets had been sold, 23 percent to ticket buyers in the United States—and there’s good reason for the strong American interest. The 2019 tournament will mark the […]

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Volkswagen Named Automotive Partner of U.S. Soccer

Volkswagen will become the presenting automotive partner of U.S. Soccer through 2022 under a deal announced by Volkswagen of America Inc. and the national governing body. The agreement, facilitated by Soccer United Marketing, was announced during the Detroit Auto Show. “We are extremely excited to work together with Volkswagen to help us continue to grow soccer […]

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Two club soccer events generated $12.2 million for Westfield, Indiana. Photo courtesy of U.S. Club Soccer

Soccer Events Kick In Benefits

In Indiana, there is no doubt that youth sports is big business. Westfield, Indiana, played host to two U.S. Club Soccer national championships in 2017, generating an estimated $12.2 million in direct economic impact to the city of 37,000 in suburban Indianapolis. Through 12 days in July, the town welcomed the NPL Finals, with teams […]

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