Dick’s Sporting Goods announced a multi-year, strategic partnership with US Youth Soccer, the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, and its Dick’s Team Sports HQ youth sports platform.

As the Official Sporting Goods Retailer and Soccer Management Technology Partner, Dick’s and Dick’s Team Sports HQ will provide next generation technology to US Youth Soccer and its members in streamlining, operating and increasing participation.  In addition, Dick’s will support the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series as its presenting sponsor through onsite activations to increase participant engagement.  The partnership also includes the creation of the first-annual US Youth Soccer State Association Leadership Summit, which will be held in San Diego in September.

“We’re excited to welcome US Youth Soccer to the rapidly-growing Dick’s Team Sports HQ family of youth sports governing body partners,” said Ed Plummer, SVP, Dick’s Team Sports HQ. “At Dick’s, we believe that sports matter and our Team Sports HQ platform provides unparalleled digital capabilities allowing coaches to focus on developing young athletes and not worrying as much about the logistics and administration.”

The partnership with US Youth Soccer expands Dick’s Team Sports HQ’s community and technology support of youth soccer nationwide to nearly four million players, volunteers, coaches and their families.  The Dick’s Team Sports HQ platform will manage most of US Youth Soccer’s operations, communications and relationships with its affiliate State Associations.  In addition, Dick’s Team Sports HQ provides club affiliates with online registration, web sites, mobile apps for scheduling and communications as well as Fan Wear shops and access to donations and sponsorships.

“With all the entertainment options available to young people such as video games, TV and social media, organized sports are challenged to provide a better experience to grow the game,” said US Youth Soccer CEO Chris Moore. “Therefore, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to partner with Dick’s, whose strong brand will not only help elevate and enhance the player experience at our ‘crown jewel’, the National Championship Series, but will enable our members to better administer the sport through the Dick’s Teams Sports HQ platform.”

Dick’s Team Sports HQ currently serves youth sports governing bodies representing over nine million young athletes including US Youth Soccer, PONY Baseball and Softball, and National Police Athletic League, among others.

More information on Dick’s Teams Sports HQ can be found by visiting dicks.com/TSHQ.

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