U.S. Soccer Connect is the largest commitment of technology and support resources to any project in American sports history and will improve the soccer experience for everyone in the game.
BACKGROUND & TIMELINE
In January 2015, a worldwide registration program called FIFA Connect was announced to FIFA's members. Already recognizing the need for better data and a stronger connection between Member Organizations, leagues, clubs, referees, and players, U.S. Soccer began vetting technology companies to create a national database. In the summer of 2016, Blue Star Sports was selected to build the first-ever U.S. Soccer National Data Center (NDC) and U.S. Soccer Connect, an integrated online sports management tool created to support the day-to-day operations of U.S. Soccer Member Organizations and the thousands of affiliated leagues, clubs and referees across the country.
Combining the best individual solutions in the marketplace into one integrated platform has created efficiencies of administrative functions and optimized resources of its users. In close cooperation with members, U.S. Soccer Connect will continue to develop and create relevant feature functionality as the first-ever National Database is launched in time for registration for the 2018-2019 season.
CLUBS AND LEAGUES
MAKE BETTER DECISIONS BASED ON DATA INSIGHTS
Understanding your data will give you valuable information to make better decisions in areas such as allocating resources, understanding membership trends, and developing marketing proposals.
HIGH LEVEL OF DATA SECURITY
Data protection and data security are of tremendous importance to U.S. Soccer. Permission rights are determined by a sophisticated authorization system using role-based and organizational criteria. User administration can be handled centrally or locally — each restricted to one's own field of responsibility.
DEVELOP COMMON STANDARDS AND COMMON LANGUAGE
Why re-create the wheel? Using best practices, U.S. Soccer connect seeks to create a common language to facilitate standard processes so that anyone, experienced staff or new volunteer, can easily understand the platform quickly.
COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION
U.S. Soccer has invested in Connect with the intention of providing it as a more affordable benefit to their members. A robust, feature-rich, integrated platform with many dedicated full-time staff and resources may not be possible without such investment. Reinvest savings back into your program.
CONNECT WITH YOUR MEMBERS
Improving your members' online experience will jumpstart growth and engagement. The more value you bring to them, the more likely both the game and your membership grows.
U.S. Soccer Connect was developed for users who do not have any IT experience. It is used by both voluntary staff at recreational clubs and by U.S. Soccer officials who run our national teams and competitions like U.S. Soccer Development Academy and major events like the Lamar Hunt Open Cup.
Regular updates and new product versions are installed centrally and immediately available to all users, without them having to do anything themselves. U.S. Soccer Connect is continuously developed to ensure that the functionality constantly increases and new technological requirements are taken into account. All affiliated associations benefit from these further developments.
Accessing your data in one, integrated platform eliminates the need for utilizing multiple systems for different functions, resulting in enormous time and cost savings. Data is saved and maintained only once and is instantly available to all authorized users at any time. This avoids duplicate, inconsistent and contradictory entries.
SEAMLESS INTEGRATION & ISSUANCE OF U.S. SOCCER ID #
Connect is the only platform that offers full integration with the National Data Center, Digital Coaching Center, learning center, the referee platform, and International Transfer Clearance requests. Users of U.S. Soccer will automatically receive their player ID # using U.S. Soccer Connect, while users of other technology platforms may see a delay in receiving their ID #.
DIGITAL ROSTERS AND PLAYER CARDS
The days of a player sitting out because someone forgot or misplaced a player card will soon be forgotten. Similarly, a little rain will no longer ruin your paper roster.