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May 20 2016

NextGen & USSSA Partner to Create National Talent Identification & Leadership Development Platform

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -May 20, 2016-Two leading youth development organizations announce collaboration to provide exciting new developmental pathways for promising young players across U.S.

NextGen & USSSA have announced they will join forces to identify and develop promising young players through a long term youth development partnership that will provide world class educational opportunities for both players and coaches across the country.

USSSA is the largest Multi-Sport Association in the world with over 4.1 million participants playing on 265,000 teams in 16 Nationally Sanctioned Sports Programs. NextGen is a values based youth development platform providing club neutral talent identification and development opportunities that help accelerate the growth of promising players who aspire to play College, Professional or International Soccer.

As the Official Youth Development Program of USSSA Soccer NextGen will appoint a national network of District Development Directors who will be responsible for implementing local talent identification and development models across the country. The most promising players from these local development districts will then participate in The NextGen USA Elite Select Program with District, State, Regional & National Development Squads being created to provide a progressive “Best with Best” domestic and International competitive platform.

Tony Williams, NextGen’s Director of Youth Development, said, “We are very excited about our partnership with USSSA which will be aimed at inspiring, educating and empowering promising young players to strive for excellence both on and off the field. The United States has the potential to be a global leader in the development of exciting, educated young soccer players. We will only reach that potential if like-minded organizations work together in a more coordinated long term, player centered approach.”

Off the field the two organizations will collaborate to develop sports based educational initiatives that develop character and leadership through inspirational in person and innovative technology based programming. These initiatives will be initially focused on Soccer with potential to be expanded to other USSSA Sports.

A comprehensive Coaching Support Program will also be created to provide USSSA members with relevant coaching resources and continuing professional development opportunities that will be easily accessible and conveniently delivered locally.

Craig Scriven, USSSA’s Vice President of Soccer, said “This is an excellent opportunity for our members and we are excited about launching the program with NextGen. Soccer is going through some major transitions at this time with development being the reason behind these moves. Our goal here at USSSA has always been to provide our members with services and programs which benefit each organization, league, club, team and individual player. In creating this program, we are continuing to make sure development and chances of opportunities for our players are available.”

To nominate your players or learn how you can benefit from about NextGen USSSA opportunities contact

Tony Williams or visit

To learn more about the benefit of your organization registering with USSSA visit or contact

NextGen Emerging Talent Centers

About USSSA: USSSA is headquartered in Osceola County, Florida. USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit Also be sure to visit for the latest USSSA.

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