FRISCO, Texas (June 7, 2022) - US Youth Soccer (USYS) and MOJO Sports announced today the launch of a national player development curriculum to be used by recreational soccer coaches across all of US Youth Soccer’s 400,000 volunteer coaches and 2 million recreational players. The new digital curriculum, the first of its kind, will be delivered exclusively through MOJO’s mobile app and will ensure youth soccer players across the country have age-appropriate, engaging, and inclusive playing experiences.
MOJO’s mobile app, the trusted grassroots coaching app of the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, FC Barcelona, and NFL Flag Football, among others, will provide practice plans and educational content for youth coaches, players, and families that are tailored specifically for their teams. The MOJO app, which launched in early 2021, has shown powerful early results in improving player satisfaction and retention for youth athletes, and received last year’s Webby Award as the best app in all of sports.
“Providing consistent, high-quality playing experiences for every one of our youth players is our primary goal at USYS,” said Skip Gilbert, CEO of US Youth Soccer. “Our collaboration with MOJO allows us to make sure every youth coach is equipped with a proven tool to help their players learn the game, and every grassroots player has a consistently excellent experience, regardless of their playing history or access to great facilities.”
“From the time MOJO launched just over a year ago, US Youth Soccer has been a tremendous partner and supporter of our mission,” said Ben Sherwood, CEO of MOJO. “Their national player development curriculum is a significant and ambitious step forward for youth soccer. We’re so honored to bring it to life through MOJO so that every kid has the opportunity to become the very best he or she can be.”
US Youth Soccer will make its national player development curriculum available to its member state associations, leagues, clubs, and teams beginning this fall season. Starting then, USYS recreational coaches across the country will be able to download and use the MOJO app to access a week-by-week developmental curriculum created specifically for their teams. The custom practice plans, which utilize MOJO’s award-winning videos and decades of USYS coaching expertise, are accessible to coaches with just a couple taps. The practice plans will exist alongside the scheduling, chat and youth sports content that is already built into the MOJO app.
“This is such an important step for USYS and all of its members,” said Evan Dabby, Executive Director of New Jersey Youth Soccer. “Our state association is laser focused on supporting the grassroots and volunteer coaches to make their role easier and more successful, since they are the key to helping new generations of kids develop a love of the game. We partnered with MOJO to pilot a recreation curriculum this past season and we continue to be excited by the impact we’re making together on the experience of our coaches and players.”
The MOJO app is available on iOS and Android platforms. To learn more about MOJO, visit mojo.sport or follow MOJO on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. To get MOJO for your youth sports organization, visit https://www.mojo.sport/organizations.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to provide world-class support, resources, and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play. US Youth Soccer registers nearly 3 million players annually. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 54 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches, and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. We Are Youth Soccer.
MOJO is on a mission to make youth sports more fun for everyone – one kid, one coach, one team at a time. Launched in February 2021, MOJO is a robust digital platform that empowers parents who coach youth sports to bring world-class training to the largest pool of players in the world – kids aged 13 and under. Supporting more than 250,000 families in its first year, MOJO believes that youth sports has the power to transform lives, not just for the kids on the field but the coaches and parents on the sidelines. MOJO is committed to equity, inclusion and helping to level the playing field for kids everywhere. MOJO’s partnerships include MLB, the NBA, NFL FLAG, FC Barcelona, US Youth Soccer, SAY Soccer, Positive Coaching Alliance and more. For more information, visit www.mojo.sport.