ADVOCACY

Giving Soccer a Voice

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., leads advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, the Executive branch, and federal agencies for the entire soccer community.

The Foundation’s advocacy efforts focus on mentorship, preventing juvenile delinquency, and using sport as a vehicle to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in underserved communities. The U.S. Soccer Foundation partners with community organizations across the nation, focusing on the core components of physical activity, mentorship, nutrition, preventing youth delinquency, and family engagement to help provide youth with safe and accessible places to play - a critical need particularly in underserved communities.

Your voice is needed. Join us in the effort to give soccer a voice on The Hill and change the lives of youth nationwide.

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Federal Funding Priorities

Soccer initiatives around the country have received federal support in recent years from the Social Innovation Fund (funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service) and Youth Mentoring Funds (funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention).  On behalf of the U.S. youth soccer community, we continue to advocate for a continuation of these competitive, merit-based funding streams and other relevant funding. 

We also support funding for field-building initiatives, as well as after-school programming serving at-risk youth.  We know after-school sports programs can be a vehicle to address critical societal needs, such as gang and juvenile delinquency prevention, improved academic performance in school, mentoring, volunteerism and service-learning, and, character and career development opportunities.

 

Congressional Soccer Caucus

We work collaboratively with members of Congress who have established and support the Congressional Soccer Caucus. The mission of the bipartisan Caucus is to encourage funding, legislation, activities and events that promote the game of soccer, and issues affecting the soccer community.

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Capitol Hill Day

As the national advocate for the game of soccer, the U.S. Soccer Foundation assists urban and other local soccer programs from across the U.S. to develop and deepen relationships with their elected leaders and key decision-makers in Washington, D.C. Each year, we host a “Capitol Hill Day” in conjunction with our Urban Soccer Symposium. During this event, our coach-mentors, youth development practitioners and others educate members of Congress about the tremendous work being done by U.S. Soccer Foundation grantees and the overall soccer community to improve the lives of children and youth, and their broader communities, through our soccer programs and the establishment of new fields and mini-pitches.

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Capital Soccer Classic

The U.S. Soccer Foundation hosts the annual Capital Soccer Classic featuring members of Congress and former professional soccer players. This event supports soccer-based programs that help children in underserved communities get off the streets and into safe environments that encourage physical activity and promote positive life skills.

Encourage your Member of Congress to participate in the Capital Soccer Classic!

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Our Partners

  • adidas

    adidas, the Foundation's Safe Places to Play - Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit adidas.com.

  • APT

    APT (Advanced Polymer Technology), the Foundation’s Partner for Acrylic Coating Products, is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces. APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches. For more information on APT, please visit www.sportsbyapt.com.

  • CHA

    CHA Sports, the Foundation's Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport's full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit chacompanies.com

  • Hellas

    Hellas, the Foundation's National Partner of the Safe Places to Play program, is one of the largest sports construction contractors in the United States. While specializing in the general construction of sports facilities and synthetic surfaces, Hellas also champions innovative artificial turf manufacturing, base construction, field, track and tennis planning, installation and maintenance. To learn more about Hellas Construction, Inc. and their quality artificial surfaces for field sports, visit www.hellasconstruction.com

  • Hunter

    Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields.  Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit hunterindustries.com. Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, lynda.wightman@hunterindustries.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Kwik Goal

    Kwik Goal, the Foundation’s Official Supplier for goals, seating, boundary equipment, training equipment and coaching accessories, will be supporting a variety of Foundation programs and initiatives including: Soccer for Success, National Training and the Safe Places to Play program. Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information, please visit Kwikgoal.com.

  • Musco

    Musco Lighting, the Foundation's National Partner for Sports Lighting, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years.  Musco’s newest innovation, Light-Structure GreenTM, offers significant advantages for your budget and the environment — operating costs are cut in half, spill light is reduced by 50%, and 100% of your maintenance costs are covered for 25 years. To request your free copy of Sports Lighting: Answers to 7 Common Questions, please visit www.musco.com. Please contact Mike Shindler at mike.shindler@musco.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Nike

    NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s National Partner for Athletic Apparel, supports the Foundation and its programs by providing Nike apparel to kids in underserved communities. Nike believes in the power of sport to unlock human potential and is committed to providing access to sport and physical activity  for kids to help set them up for success for life. For more information, please visit http://about.nike.com/pages/community-impact

  • Soccer.com

    Soccer.com, the Foundation's National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. Soccer.com embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit soccer.com.

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit sportcourt.com. Please contact Joel McCausland at jmccausland@sportcourt.com for any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • World Soccer Shop

    Launched in 2001, World Soccer Shop is an online soccer retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama. It carries one of the world’s widest selections of officially-licensed products from the sport’s top brands and teams. World Soccer Shop is passionate about soccer and endeavors to spread the beautiful game around the world, especially to those in areas of need. For more information, please visit www.worldsoccershop.com.

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