The term 20/20 is often associated with visual acuity. The year 2020 is giving us a painfully clear view of the extraordinary challenges faced by children in underserved communities and the pressing need for our collective help. Many school buildings in underserved communities are not equipped to adopt the new safety measures needed to host […]

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down […]

You may have noticed that you didn’t hear from us last week. We paused our communications to do our part to create space and elevate the voices of people who need to be heard. But we’ve been listening. We know that our communities are suffering. Suffering from systemic racism and racial inequities. Suffering from the […]

It’s Time to Double Down in Support of Sports-Based Youth Development Programs and the Children at Greatest Risk When I reached George Weaver on the phone, he was at a storage shed in the South Los Angeles community served by his organization, Brotherhood Crusade. He was organizing equipment to distribute to kids at home so […]

A childhood friend and I were speaking on the phone about how much life has changed in the face of COVID-19. The grocery stores and markets in the middle-class neighborhoods where we live had been stripped bare of many essential items as people stocked up to prepare for weeks of shelter-at-home orders. It got us […]

We hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy. During this time of uncertainty, know that you are not alone. We are united in facing this challenge. We wanted to share with you what we are doing to help kids and families stay safe, healthy, and active during this time. On the […]

Twenty-five years ago, with the excess proceeds from the ’94 World Cup and the vision of Founder Alan Rothenberg, the U.S. Soccer Foundation was born. Since our inception, we’ve helped propel the tremendous growth of the game across the country—from the grassroots to the professional leagues. We did it by awarding grants to state associations, […]

As the world watched France defeat Croatia on soccer’s largest stage on Sunday, the conversation around the sport in the United States quickly shifted to a troubling issue at the other end of the spectrum—a reported decline in the rate of youth soccer participation here at home. Youth sports in general have struggled to keep […]

Washington, DC (June 13, 2018) – Today, Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and United Bid Committee Board Member, released the following statement on the 2026 FIFA World Cup™: “We’re excited that the United States, alongside our neighbors in Canada and Mexico, will host the FIFA World Cup in 2026. This […]

The first signs came immediately on the heels of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s failure to qualify for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup. Suddenly, there was an intense change in narrative on social media and in the broader soccer community: a vibrant discussion about the downside of pay-to-play. Of greatest interest to me, however, […]