ABOUT THE FUND

+ WHAT IS THE U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT FUND?

The U.S. Soccer Development Fund is your platform for supporting U.S. Soccer’s mission: to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. Fans of the beautiful game can show their passion by donating or joining a giving Circle. Your gift will help grow the game in the United States and have a meaningful impact on the organization and sport you love. Learn more about your impact here.

+ HOW CAN I GIVE A GIFT?

Donate online, mail or call in your gift. Click here for more information about how you can support U.S. Soccer.

+ WHAT WILL MY GIFT SUPPORT?

Your support will help develop more world-class players through need-based scholarships and improving the everyday environment for the elite youth athlete, more and better coaches by establishing a national network of coach educators and high-quality programs at the National Coaching Education Center, and National Teams that consistently succeed on the international stage through better scouting, more training opportunities, and a new High Performance Department maximizing technology and innovated sports science. Learn more about these impact areas here.

+ IS MY GIFT TO THE U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT FUND TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes. U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 13-5591991) The tax-deductibility of your gift varies depending on your giving choice. Should you choose to join one of U.S. Soccer’s Circles, you will access exclusive benefits which alter the total tax-deductibility rate. You can also choose to give a fully tax deductible gift by waiving benefits, or providing a unique giving amount. Upon receiving your donation, U.S. Soccer will send you a formal letter for tax purposes, indicating the amount considered tax-deductible by law.

+ CAN I DIRECT MY GIFT TO ONE PROGRAM – SUCH AS THE WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM?

At this time, the Development Fund is set up as a general fund, with resources supporting projects of greatest funding need at the time of your gift. Please email the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at fund@ussoccer.org to explore options related to direct funding.

+ CAN I DEDICATE MY GIFT TO SOMEONE OR SOMETHING?

Yes, we would be happy to recognize your gift as a dedication. In addition to the formal thank you letter, we can also send out a letter notifying the third party (“in honor of”) of your generous contribution. If you would like to dedicate your gift, please email the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at fund@ussoccer.org for more information.

+ CAN MY COMPANY PROVIDE A MATCHING GIFT TO U.S. SOCCER?

Yes. Thank you for considering doubling your impact on U.S. Soccer through a matching gift from your workplace. Please be sure to check with your company’s matching gift policy. Contact the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team with questions at fund@ussoccer.org.


ABOUT THE CIRCLES

+ WHAT IS A DEVELOPMENT FUND CIRCLE?

Circles are a network of passionate donors who enjoy special opportunities around the National Teams and Federation. Your Circle membership is your step closer to U.S. Soccer. By joining a Circle, you gain access to a range of exclusive benefits while making a tax-deductible donation to support the sport. Click here to learn more about Circle memberships and corresponding benefits, or email the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at Circles@ussoccer.org with questions.

+ WHAT ARE THE TAX-DEDUCTIBILITY RATES FOR CIRCLE DONATIONS?

A gift is considered tax-deductible when no goods or services were provided to you as a result of your donation. Obviously, Circles come with a range of exclusive benefits. Each level has a unique tax-deductibility amount, outlined below. Upon receiving your donation, U.S. Soccer will send you an official thank you letter for tax purposes. Read more about Circle benefits and their associated value in the “Circle Benefits Breakdown” later in the FAQs.

  • Supporters Circle: 100% tax deduction ($500)
  • Captains Circle: 80% tax deduction ($798)
  • Coaches Circle: 91% tax deduction ($4,548)
  • Presidents Circle: 93% tax deduction ($9,348)

+ CAN I DONATE WITHOUT JOINGING A CIRCLE?

Yes, you can absolutely donate without joining a Circle. You can do this in three ways:

  • Write-in your exact gift where it says “other” on the online giving page.
  • When making a donation with an amount that matches a Circle, simply check the box to waive your benefits to make your gift 100% tax-deductible.
  • Call U.S. Soccer to speak directly with a member of the Development Fund Team or mail in your gift, indicating that your gift is not related to a Circle.

If you have questions about joining a Circle, please email the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at Circles@ussoccer.org.

+ HOW CAN I UPGRADE MY CIRCLE LEVEL?

You can upgrade your Circle level at any time. To do this online, go to the giving webpage, and manually input the amount representing the difference between your current Circle membership, and the Circle membership to which you’d like to upgrade. U.S. Soccer will cross reference your gift with your current Circle membership, and recognize and upgrade your benefits after receiving your donation. If you have questions about upgrading your Circle membership level, please email the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at Circles@ussoccer.org.

+ HOW DO I RENEW MY CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP?

To renew your Circle membership, simply go to the online giving webpage, select or upgrade your Circle and complete the page. U.S. Soccer will see your gift and recognize your renewal in its system, and you will receive your corresponding benefits. Feel free to contact the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at Circles@ussoccer.org with questions.

+ CAN I CANCEL MY CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP?

You can cancel your Circle membership at any time by contacting The U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at Circles@ussoccer.org. However, please be advised that your donation is an important and nonrefundable gift to U.S. Soccer.

+ I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT CIRCLE MEMBERSHIPS. WHO CAN I CONTACT?

The U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team is here to help. Email Circles@ussoccer.org with any questions, or click here for more contact details.

+ WHAT IS THE U.S. SOCCER MEMBERSHIP?

The U.S. Soccer Membership is a basic fan rewards program. Fans enter the program through an annual program fee ($55) and earn “status” to gain benefits and milestone opportunities. Similar to an airline rewards program, status and benefits increase based on more participation - renewals and event/match participation. Circles automatically receive the highest level status - GOLD - in the Membership program through their support. Click here to read more about the Membership and benefits.

+ WHAT UNIQUE GOLD BENEFITS IN THE REGULAR U.S. SOCCER MEMBERSHIP DO I QUALIFY FOR?

Click here to read about your GOLD status in the U.S. Soccer Membership program, including priority ticketing, upgrade opportunities and exclusive event invitations.

+ HOW DO I LOGIN TO MANAGE BENEFITS AS A GOLD STATUS MEMBER?

U.S. Soccer is currently working to roll out new websites and technology to allow you to manage your benefits. In the meanwhile, we are working carefully to communicate important deadlines and opportunities by email. Please be sure you have added ussoccer.org email addresses to your safe-senders list in order to receive those important announcements. Should you have any questions related to GOLD status benefits, please feel free to contact the U.S. Soccer Development Team at Circles@ussoccer.org.

+ I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MY GOLD STATUS. WHO CAN I CONTACT AT U.S. SOCCER?

Feel free to contact the Membership team directly at membership@ussoccer.org with any questions regarding your GOLD status.

+ DO I GET TO MEET THE PLAYERS THROUGH MY CIRCLE BENEFITS OR DONATION?

No, Your Circle does not entitle you to meet & greets or formal interactions with U.S. Soccer National Team players.

+ DO I RECEIVE TICKETS AS PART OF MY CIRCLE DONATION?

While your Circle does entitle you to top benefits – such as priority pre-sale access to purchase ticket or concierge ticketing services– you do not receive tickets directly through your contribution to U.S. Soccer. You must purchase your tickets to U.S. Soccer matches in order to attend. If you have any questions regarding purchasing tickets, please reach out to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at Circles@ussoccer.org.

+ CAN I WATCH THE TEAM TRAIN AS PART OF MY CIRCLE BENEFITS OR DONATION?

U.S. Soccer National Teams occasionally host “Public Trainings” around matches. However, this is entirely at the discretion of the National Team coaches, whose first priority is to create the optimal training environment for their players. You will be contacted should a Public Training be announced and you will receive bench-side field-level access to watch training. However, there is unfortunately no guarantee that a Public Training will take place.

+ I WOULD LIKE TO RENEW MY CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP. DO I NEED TO RENEW MY REGULAR U.S. SOCCER MEMBERSHIP AS WELL, TO CONTINUE TO RECEIVE GOLD STATUS BENEFITS?

No. You do not need to renew your regular Membership. The U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team will work with the general Membership to ensure your Membership is active and your GOLD status is up-to-date.

+ HOW DO I ACCESS MY CIRCLE MEMBER BENEFITS?

Please contact Circles@ussoccer.org if you have any questions about your benefits. Click here for a full listing of Circle benefits or review later in this FAQ, with information about activating each opportunity.

+ I WOULD LIKE TO STEP UP FROM THE CAPTAINS CIRCLE, BUT I’M NOT READY FOR THE COACHES CIRCLE. IS THERE AN IN-BETWEEN STEP I CAN TAKE TO SHOW MY SUPPORT?

Thank you so much for your generosity and interest in supporting U.S. Soccer further. Please contact Circles@ussoccer.org to discuss your support level and what is possible related to your membership.

+ I AM NOT PART OF A CIRCLE BUT WOULD LIKE TO ACCESS A CIRCLE MEMBER BENEFIT. WHAT CAN I DO?

Circle member benefits are exclusive opportunities for our top supporters to get closer to the National Teams and Federation. Unfortunately, those benefits are not available to fans outside the Circles.

+ I NEED TO UPDATE MY PERSONAL DETAILS TO CONTINUE RECEIVING MY BENEFITS. HOW CAN I DO THIS?

Please contact the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at Circles@ussoccer.org with any updates that may be helpful to ensure you receive your full benefits.

+ HOW MUCH COMMUNICATION WILL I RECEIVE FROM U.S. SOCCER REGARDING MY CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP?

Please know that during your Circle year, you will be receiving emails from both the Development Fund Team and the Membership Team, to help manage your benefits and ensure you have the best experience possible. Expect to receive a higher volume of emails when U.S. National Team games are announced or approaching. Please add @ussoccer.org to your spam filter to ensure you receive all emails from the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team and Membership.

+ DOES MY NEW CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP HAVE THE SAME EXPIRATION DATE AS MY OLD MEMBERSHIP?

Yes. Your new Circle membership has transitioned directly from the old Supporters Club, and includes your same expiration date. U.S. Soccer will reach out ahead of your membership expiration to remind you to renew your support in order to continue receiving communications and benefits.

+ CAN I STILL ACCESS BENEFITS FOR WHICH I ORIGINALLY JOINED?

Yes. Your support matters. U.S. Soccer will honor all original benefits for the duration of your membership year.

+ I SHOULD HAVE GOLD STATUS THROUGH MY CIRCLE, BUT I AM RECEIVING INFORMATION ABOUT A LOWER BENEFIT LEVEL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

We are so sorry for any issues you may experience while the organization goes through this transition. We absolutely want to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to enjoy. Rest assured that as an active member of any Circle, you do receive automatic GOLD status. Please contact the U.S. Soccer Development Team at Circles@ussoccer.org immediately should you receive any communication with incorrect information. We will work carefully with the Membership Team to remedy the situation.

+ I AM CONFUSED ABOUT THE MEMBERSHIP. HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

This is a big change and we understand that it has caused some confusion. Please go to membership.ussoccer.com to read more about the new Membership, or feel free to contact the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team member directly at Fund@ussoccer.org. We are here to help.


FOR CIRCLE MEMBERS TRANSITIONING FROM THE OLD SUPPORTERS CLUB

+ DOES MY NEW CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP HAVE THE SAME EXPIRATION DATE AS MY OLD MEMBERSHIP?

Yes. Your new Circle membership has transitioned directly from the old Supporters Club, and includes your same expiration date. U.S. Soccer will reach out ahead of your membership expiration to remind you to renew your support in order to continue receiving communications and benefits.

+ CAN I STILL ACCESS BENEFITS FOR WHICH I ORIGINALLY JOINED?

Yes. Your support matters. U.S. Soccer will honor all original benefits for the duration of your membership year.

+ I SHOULD HAVE GOLD STATUS THROUGH MY CIRCLE, BUT I AM RECEIVING INFORMATION ABOUT A LOWER BENEFIT LEVEL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

We are so sorry for any issues you may experience while the organization goes through this transition. We absolutely want to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to enjoy. Rest assured that as an active member of any Circle, you do receive automatic GOLD status. Please contact the U.S. Soccer Development Team at Circles@ussoccer.org immediately should you receive any communication with incorrect information. We will work carefully with the Membership Team to remedy the situation.

+ I AM CONFUSED ABOUT THE MEMBERSHIP. HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

This is a big change and we understand that it has caused some confusion. Please go to membership.ussoccer.com to read more about the new Membership, or feel free to contact the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team member directly at fund@ussoccer.org. We are here to help.


CIRCLE BENEFITS BREAKDOWN

+ AUTOMATIC GOLD STATUS IN THE U.S. SOCCER MEMBERSHIP (SUPPORTERS CIRCLE AND ABOVE)?

Congratulations! As part of your Circle membership, you receive automatic top status in the U.S. Soccer Membership program. Over the coming membership year, you will be receiving correspondences from the U.S. Soccer Membership Team, with instructions on how to enjoy your special benefits. These benefits include priority ticketing, upgrade opportunities, exclusive event invitations, a 10% discount at U.S. Soccer’s online store and more. Go to membership.ussoccer.com to read more about this program and your benefits as a GOLD level member. For questions about your GOLD status, contact the Membership Team at membership@ussoccer.org.

+ ACCESS TO U.S. SOCCER LEADERSHIP TELECONFERENCES (SUPPORTERS CIRCLE AND ABOVE)?

The Leadership Teleconference is a special telephone conference call for top supporters. You will have the opportunity to dial in and hear directly from a U.S. Soccer leader, luminary or decision-maker about important activities, matches and development work happening now and on the horizon. At the end of each discussion, you can personally ask questions to learn more. Calls are generally 45 minutes and happen between 10am and 1pm central time on a weekday. U.S. Soccer works to organize Leadership Teleconferences two to four times a year, and shares call-in details by email about one week in advance of the call. To participate, simply RSVP and follow the directions to call-in. For questions about the Leadership Teleconferences, please contact the Development Fund Team at fund@ussoccer.org.

+ VIP ACCESS TO U.S. SOCCER EVENTS (SUPPORTERS CIRCLE AND ABOVE)?

We look forward to presenting you with special opportunities around the National Teams and Federation. U.S. Soccer hosts events throughout the year across the United States. Opportunities will vary per event. However, the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team will regularly reach out with invitations and directions about exciting activities happening in your area or around matches Circle members attend. Should you have any questions about upcoming events, please contact the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team directly at Circles@ussoccer.org.

+ PERSONALIZED U.S. SOCCER JERSERY (CAPTAINS CIRCLE AND ABOVE)?

As a passionate supporter of U.S. Soccer, we want you to be wearing our crest proudly. A U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team member will reach out to you directly upon receiving your Circle donation to welcome you to the Circle and receive your jersey information. Please be prepared to provide your style (Men’s/Women’s),style (WNT 3 -star/MNT), type (Home/Away), Size (S/M/L/XL/XXL) and personalized details (name/number). The Development Fund Team will personally request your jersey from the National Training Center or store, and have it sent to you in as timely a fashion as possible. You are an important member of our team and we are honored to have you in uniform. If you have any questions regarding your personalized U.S. Soccer Jersey, feel free to reach out to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team directly at Circles@ussoccer.org.

+ 2 PRE-GAME HOSPITALITY PASSES PER MATCH* (CAPTAINS CIRCLE AND ABOVE)?

At each U.S. Soccer-hosted match, all members will have access to the pre-game Members Lounge. However, as a Captains Circle member, you will receive two passes for complimentary hospitality – food and beverage – in the Lounge. The U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team will contact Captains, Coaches, and Presidents Circles directly to ensure you receive the passes you need to enjoy yourself ahead of the match.

+ ACCESS TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN THE PRIVATE CIRCLE SUITE EACH MATCH* (CAPTAINS CIRCLE AND ABOVE)?

For each U.S. Soccer hosted-match, Circle members can purchase up to four tickets in the private Circle Suite. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other Circle members from across the country who are as passionate about the beautiful game as you are, and to enjoy the match in a unique and comfortable environment. Suite sizes and prices vary per stadium. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the official priority pre-sale begins. To purchase your suite ticket for an upcoming match, please contact the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team directly at Circles@ussoccer.org.

+ CONCIERGE TICKETING SERVICES FOR U.S. SOCCER-HOSTED MATCHES (COACHES CIRCLE AND ABOVE)?

Elite supporters in the Coaches and Presidents Circles enjoy concierge ticketing opportunities. Upon receiving your donation, U.S. Soccer will reach out to you with your direct ticketing telephone line. At any time, you may call and speak to a U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team member to reserve or purchase tickets for a match. Some limitations may apply (example: your preferred ticketing level may be sold out; restrictions on the number of tickets for a match which you can purchase), but Development Fund staff will work with you personally to find the best solution so you can be there to cheer on the team at the match.

+ 2 FIELD-LEVEL ACCESS PASSES TO WATCH WARM-UPS PER MATCH (COACHES CIRCLE AND ABOVE)?

Coaches and Presidents Circle members can get as close as possible to the Team prior to kickoff. For any match you attend, you are entitled to two field-level passes to watch warm-ups. Please contact the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team if you are attending a match and would like to activate this opportunity. Warm-ups will take place an hour before the posted kick-off time. You will be provided with directions on where to receive your credentials and access field-level. Please note that field-level access will only be granted for U.S. Soccer-hosted matches. You must alert the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team at least 48 hours in advance to confirm. Please reach out to Circles@ussoccer.org to confirm your attendance.

+ 2 VIP PRE-GAME TOUR PASSES PER MATCH (PRESIDENTS CIRCLE ONLY)?

Presidents Circle members can enjoy a special behind-the-scenes opportunity ahead of each match. You will receive two passes for a pre-game stadium tour, including locker-room access, a photo opportunity on the field, the press box and more – including, of course, field-level access to watch warm-ups. Your U.S. Soccer guide will meet you two hours before kick-off at a prearranged gate or private stadium entrance. He or she will provide you with your VIP credential and assist in your game-day experience. Please note that the pregame tour will only be available for U.S. Soccer-hosted matches and you must alert U.S. Soccer Development Fund staff at least a week in advance to confirm. Please reach out to Circles@ussoccer.org to confirm your attendance.

+ RIGHT TO PURCHASE A SUITE (PRESIDENTS CIRCLE ONLY)?

President Circle members should alert the U.S. Soccer Development Fund Team directly at Circles@ussoccer.org related to suite needs for U.S. Soccer-hosted matches.