Pleasanton RAGE is a US Club Soccer Players First Licensed Club

We’re honored to be nationally recognized at the forefront of raising the standards of youth soccer, as a Players First-licensed club. @ USClubSoccer, we’re ready to continue to grow the safest and most rewarding playing environment for all youth athletes and their families.

Players First is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.

The Players First license is created to differentiate clubs in the marketplace that are committed to providing an exceptional player development experience through the proper facilitation of relationships with their coaches, parents, and players.

When clubs apply to become Players First licensed, they’re extensively reviewed by US Club Soccer. Then, they’re either approved in the same term of which they applied, or their applications remain open for up to six months to allow them to meet any additional requirements necessary for licensing. About one-third of all approved clubs have been accepted after their initial evaluations required them to raise standards. This process – and the results – overwhelmingly prove that Players First licensing is elevating standards in youth soccer. US Club Soccer is currently detailing the various sections of the Players First club licensing application via an ongoing Facebook Live series.

Players First is built on a foundation of five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

BENEFITS OF PLAYERS FIRST LICENSING

  • Immediately gain important recognition in the respective marketplaces.
  • Special offerings, benefits, and discounts from Players First partners.
  • Invitation to the exclusive, annual Players First Summit.
  • Features on US Club Soccer’s Players First web page (logo, link, date of license).
  • Highlights in US Club Soccer emails and digital and social media.
  • Receive customized content from US Club Soccer (social media toolkit and promotional graphics).
  • Features through external media outreach by US Club Soccer (plus ensuing media coverage).
  • Access to use Players First logo for club promotion.
  • “Philosophical Commitments of a Players First Club” (available in the PDF below) placement on club website.

Philosophical Commitments of a Players First Club

  • Players First™ represents our club’s commitment to placing the long-term interests of each individual player at the heart of every decision in structuring, operating, and managing our club.
  • Players First™ represents our club’s commitment to providing a holistic approach in player development for all of our players, recognizing that the soccer experience must include lessons and opportunity both on the field and off.
  • Players First™ represents our club’s commitment as professionals in youth development to expect ongoing learning, education, and development from all of our staff members in order to ensure that our players have the benefit of best-in-class information and resources in teaching and training young athletes.
  • Players First™ represents our club’s commitment to engage with and educate parents to help them understand and embrace the appropriate expectations and roles for them in their child’s overall soccer and athletic development experience.