U.S. Soccer to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013

In commemoration of its 100th anniversary, U.S. Soccer is embarking on a year-long celebration honoring the history and setting a path for the future of the sport throughout 2013.

The Centennial will be marked by a number of different initiatives, including the creation of a commemorative book featuring articles, interviews and photos from U.S. Soccer’s archives, historic content on ussoccer.com with rare photos, unique videos and engaging interviews, and several unique grassroots activities in conjunction with its membership to help celebrate the milestone.

Fans can also look forward to specific Centennial events in 2013, including a celebration of the Federation’s 100th anniversary on April 5, 2013, and a weekend this summer that will include a U.S. Men’s National Team match, U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting and a number of activities for supporters. Overall, the Centennial will be a focus during all of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s matches, and the U.S. Men’s National Team’s campaign to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“There is an incredibly rich and varied history of soccer in the United States in the last 100 years, and the Centennial offers a wonderful opportunity to honor the achievements of so many and to look forward as we continue to grow the game,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The passion, commitment and vision of our membership has been the bedrock of all that has been accomplished here, and we are excited about bringing into focus the stories and people that have contributed so much to our success.”

Founded in 1913, U.S. Soccer is a non-for-profit, governing body of soccer in the United States and has helped chart the course for soccer in the USA for 100 years. During this time, the Federation’s mission statement has been clear and simple: to make soccer, in all its forms, a pre-eminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. To that end, the sport’s growth in the past 25 years has been nothing short of remarkable as U.S. Soccer’s National Teams have continually succeeded on the world stage while also growing the game here in the United States with the support of its members.