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Iowa Soccer e-Sports

Iowa Soccer e-Sports Competitions
Iowa Soccer has partnered with Global Digital Sports (GDS) to help us develop an e-Sports program for our youth players ages 12-above.  We are expanding into this pathway so that our players have a complementary way to be engaged in soccer outside of the physical competition.  E-Sports competition is a great way for players to compete against others from across Iowa.  There are numerous benefits to players participating in Iowa Soccer’s e-Sports platform.
90% of children are digitally engaged and play video games on a regular basis. When channeled appropriately, an e-Sports soccer option can be a good thing.  Within the GDS platform, children, coaches, and parents can engage in a fun, competitive environment.
Benefits of e-Sports competition
Studies have shown that e-Sports provides many of the same benefits of grass sports, minus the physical exertion. There is teamwork, communication, strategy, and sportsmanship learned through participating in organized e-Sports. For our players, the addition of a digital e-Sports and gaming club can only help them further develop the cognitive understanding we currently pursue during their play on the grass/indoors.
  • Cognitive and social development
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Collegiate scholarships
  • Academic excellence
  • Future job market
Digital Safety and Risk-Management
The GDS Platform is supported by GYO Score and is an online gaming community platform that is built to help connect players with gaming opportunities, tournaments, e-Sports scholarships, and more. Unlike many platforms, GDS Platform is also built to allow for parental registration and oversight of child accounts in order to help parents monitor and understand their child's gaming habits and to take advantage of potential college opportunities for e-Sports.  Because GDS is the only platform that has placed an emphasis on child safety and parental involvement, Iowa Soccer selected GDS as our vendor to help facilitate online gaming leagues for our players to participate during downtime from soccer.  
  • GDS’s offering is unique in that it places the players’ health and safety as a top priority at all times. 
  • Risk-management through a player verification system and COPPA compliance
  • A “Safe Space” for parents to allow their children to engage digitally
  • Parental accounts to allow parents to participate in the process
  • Coaching oversight & education
  • Promotion/relegation to develop parity in play
  • A profit center for states and clubs
  • Collegiate scholarship opportunities for e-Sports scholarships
  • Intra/Inter Club competitions
  • Multiple Title Support
  • Future international expansion

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