Major League Soccer is providing added benefits to youth programs that affiliate with their clubs as part of its sponsorship agreement with adidas.
The MLS Youth Affiliate Network will
provide opportunities for players to participate in development and talent identification programming and coaches to take part in coaching education opportunities.
The first MLS Youth Affiliate Coaches Summit will be held at the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Baltimore.
“Major League Soccer is committed to growing the game
of soccer in the United States and Canada from the youth level to the pros,” said Fred Lipka
, MLS's vice president of development. “The launch of The MLS Youth Affiliate Program,
with the support from adidas, allows us to strengthen our ecosystem by casting a wider net at the youth level.”