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Let soccer do what soccer does.

Together, we can give millions of kids from underserved communities safe places to grow, thrive and build confidence for life.

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We Transform Children's Lives

Through soccer, we help children living in underserved communities reach their full potential, improve their well-being, and live healthier lives.

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Dalila’s Story

During a challenging time, Dalila turned to her coach-mentor for support and found a safe place to play soccer and a way to improve her mental health. Now, she’s a first-generation college student with ambitions to get her PhD.

Learn About Her Story
A description of Dalila’s experience with soccer, her picture, and a link to her story on YouTube.

The Need

Children in underserved communities face significant barriers to reaching their full potential. One of the many barriers they face is missing out on the multitude of benefits that come from playing sports.

of predominately Black & Hispanic communities
lack recreational facilities.
of kids ages 6-17
do not get the recommended amount of physical activity.
of kids
aren't at a healthy weight.
1 in 3
lack a mentor in their lives.

Impact & Benefits

Our programs help children improve their physical, social, and
emotional skills and overall well-being.

  • 700,000+children engaged in our evidence-based programs
  • 600+mini-pitches opened to provide safe places to play
  • 98%say their community feels safer with a mini-pitch
  • 86%of kids show positive behaviors like staying in school


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Get Involved

Take action to make a real difference in the lives of children in underserved communities.

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Our Goals

We believe that, with a caring coach-mentor and a safe place to play, soccer can play a crucial role in a child’s life. That’s why we’re on a mission to increase the number of children in underserved communities in our programs and the number of safe places to play nationwide by 2026.

  • 1 millionchildren engaged in programs that improve their well-being
  • 1,000mini-pitches created that strengthen underserved communities
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More Than a Game

A place to be themselves. Role models. Free access to soccer. Just Ball League offers these things and more to youth living in underserved communities who otherwise might not have these opportunities.

Just Ball in Action

Program: Just Ball League

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Big Partners, Bigger Impact

Our work is made possible by a broad network of partners committed to social impact and underserved communities.

Soccer in Schools

Bringing Soccer into New York City Public Schools

Feb 14 2024

Nearly 20,000 students will have a Soccer for Success unit in their PE class thanks to a new partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and New York City Public Schools.

A group of PE teachers holding soccer balls pose for a photo in a school gym

Training Coaches in Social and Emotional Skills with AYSO

Feb 22 2024

We teamed up with the American Youth Soccer Organization to integrate our Coach-Mentor Training into its coaching education.

A group of AYSO coaches pose for a photo in a Coach-Mentor Training in Chicago.