Chris Moore steps down as US Youth Soccer's CEO

Chris Moore has resigned his position as US Youth Soccer's chief executive officer.

His resignation, effective Oct. 4, comes after almost five years with the country's largest youth soccer organization.

Like other organizations, US Youth Soccer has had to battle declining enrollments for youth soccer.

According to the latest Sports & Fitness Industry Association survey published by the Aspen Institute, the percentage of kids ages 6 to 12 who participated in soccer on a regular basis in 2018 declined 3.3 percent to 2.2 million. In the last decade, the percentage of children playing soccer on a regular basis declined from 10.8 percent to 7.8 percent.

In announcing Moore's departure to its members, US Youth Soccer's chairman, Dr. Pete Zopfi, noted some of the accomplishments during Moore's tenure, including bylaw changes in 2017 that resulted in the elimination of regional administrative and financial operations and an increase in player registration income for the first time in two decades.

In January, an increase in USYS fees from $1.00 to $2.25 per registered player was ratified for the 2019 fall season. In making the announcement to its members, one state association noted that "the fees paid to US Youth Soccer have not been adjusted for 15 years and as a result, US Youth Soccer has been reducing services and burning reserves in order to operate."

Moore came to US Youth Soccer, based in Frisco, Texas, in February 2015 after serving for four years as the president and COO of GENYOuth, a non-profit organization that worked with the NFL, National Dairy Council and three government agencies.

When he was given a contract extension in March 2018 through 2021, it was noted US Youth Soccer had added national brands CLIF Kid, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sun-Maid Raisins, Target and Yokohama Tires as sponsors.
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