The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is an American professional soccer club based in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois that participates in Major League Soccer. The team was founded on October 8, 1997, on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
The Chicago Red Stars is an American professional soccer club, founded in 2007, that is based in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois and participates in Women's Professional Soccer.
The International Federation of Association Football, commonly known by its acronym, FIFA, is the international governing body of association football. FIFA is responsible for the organization and governance of football's major international tournaments, most notably the FIFA World Cup, held since 1930.
Illinois Youth Soccer is an official State Association and charter member of the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer. Illinois Youth Soccer is the administrative body authorized to carry out the Federation's and US Youth Soccer's programs to amateur youth players in Illinois.
Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer). The league comprises 16 teams, 15 in the U.S. and one in Canada, which is scheduled to become 18 teams by the beginning of the 2011 season.
The United States Soccer Federation (also referred to as the USSF or, more commonly, U.S. Soccer) is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. Its headquarters are located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a member of FIFA and is responsible for governing amateur and professional soccer, including the men's, women's, youth, futsal and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer is also responsible for sanctioning referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United State
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is the main charitable arm of soccer in the United States. It was established in 1995 to manage surplus funds generated by the 1994 FIFA World Cup competition, which was held in the United States. The Foundation supports the development of U.S. soccer at all levels. It has provided over $45 million in financial support to help develop coaches, players and referees, especially those in economically disadvantaged urban areas.
The United States Youth Soccer Association (U.S. Youth Soccer or USYSA) is the youth affiliate and largest member of U.S. Soccer, the governing body for soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer is a non-profit organization whose stated mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through soccer at all levels of age and competition; to make soccer fun; and to instill in young players a lifelong passion for the sport.
Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) is the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States that began play on March 29, 2009. The league replaced the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), which folded after the 2003 season. The WPS is the highest level in the United States soccer pyramid for the women's game.