Check out the calendar to stay up to date on our upcoming events. The governing organization of the first competitive team sport created for power wheelchair users is the United States Power Soccer Association. The USPSA is the country's governing organization for power soccer. It sets rules, determines competition formats, and awards championships.
The first national championship was held in 1986 in Chicago. Since then, more than 70 cities across America have hosted US Power Soccer Championships.
The number of people playing power soccer in America continues to rise thanks in part to better accessibility equipment and public awareness campaigns such as "Power Up Day" in April. In 2007, more than 3,000 players participated in events across the country. That's more than double the number from six years earlier.
In addition to setting standards for power wheelchair athletes, the USPSA also provides information on regional tournaments throughout the year. These events can help players earn cash prizes or qualify them for national competitions.
USPSA members receive the magazine Power Soccer and have access to online rankings, results, and news.
Players must be at least 14 years old to join a team. If you're under 18 but still want to play power soccer, check out the youth division called Powerade Playmakers. They provide opportunities for young players to develop their skills while competing against older and more experienced wheelchair athletes.
US Club Soccer, like US Youth Soccer, is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. Its aim is to establish, develop, and expand the greatest USSF-sanctioned organization to promote the growth and development of club soccer programs across the United States.
It does this by creating a network of clubs that share common values and aspirations and by providing services that meet their needs. These services include resources for coaches, players, parents, and administrators.
Both US Youth Soccer and US Club Soccer are responsible for organizing youth soccer in the United States. They do this by creating regional leagues that cover most of the country. These leagues either operate under the auspices of a local governing body or are supervised by professional organizations such as the Major League Soccer (MLS). The largest of these leagues is called the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). This league operates within regions where there are not enough players to support a separate league at the highest level. There are also semi-professional leagues at some sites. These include the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the United Soccer League (USL). There are also local adult amateur leagues that operate without affiliation with any other organization. These include the Brooklyn Italians and New York Greek Americans in the late 1940s/early 1950s, and today's Brooklyn Knights and New York Pancyprian-Freedoms.
The International Federation of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the ruling body that oversees the sport of athletics.
Its headquarters are in Monaco but they have offices all over the world. They are responsible for setting standards and banning drugs which are harmful to athletes. They also organize major championships such as the Olympic Games and World Championships in Athletics.
Their role is similar to that of the National Football League in American football or the European Athletic Association in sports like tennis or swimming. The IAAF has 187 members worldwide including Australia, China, India, Iran, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. North Korea and Sudan are associate members while Kosovo and Lebanon are observer states.
They were founded in 1921 with the aim of organizing international athletics competitions and promoting the sport worldwide. Since then they have been responsible for establishing the rules and regulations for athletics events from school kids races to the biggest ones in front of hundreds of thousands of people.
They also have a powerful role in deciding what countries can participate in their events. For example, no Iranian has ever won an Olympic medal in athletics despite the fact that the country has many talented athletes.
The Major League Soccer Players Association and Black Players for Change have announced funds to the Players Coalition to help them achieve social and racial equality. In "Taking a Stand for Democracy," the MLSPA joins other major sports unions.
The federation is a FIFA full member that administers American soccer at the international, professional, and amateur levels, including men's and women's national teams, Major League Soccer, youth organizations, beach soccer, futsal, and paralympic and deaf national teams. United States soccer is the most popular sport in the country with over 20 million people following the game. The Federation has been described as "the largest sports organization in the world without a major league."
American soccer has had many achievements over the years. It was originally believed that the United States would not be able to compete with the more established countries like England or Germany but today's players are expected to win international matches. The United States men's national soccer team has won the World Cup once in 1990 and finished as runners-up in 1974. The Women's National Team also has a record of success with three Olympic gold medals, one silver, and one bronze.
The United States has one of the top college programs in the world. There are currently over 250,000 students involved in American soccer with almost all male athletes competing in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship and most female athletes competing in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship. Many famous soccer players have come out of the United States including David Beckham, Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, and Eric Wynalda.