In the summer of 2015, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) became the official education partner of Major League Soccer (MLS). This groundbreaking partnership would allow both athletes and staff to gain access to higher education. Then, in 2016, the U.S. Soccer Foundation teamed up with adidas, MLS, and SNHU for the 20-for-20 Mini-Pitch Initiative in honor of […]

Coach Natalia has always led an active lifestyle, particularly as it relates to soccer. Surrounded by soccer-crazed cousins, Natalia first touched a soccer ball when she was in elementary school. As an adult, her love of the game brought her into coaching. Last year, a high school friend told Natalia about a different kind of […]

Safe Places to Play Grants Did you know that our spring Safe Places to Play grant cycle is open? Submit your letter of interest now for field-building or enhancement grants before the deadline on January 31. SUBMIT NOW Transforming the Landscape U.S. Soccer Foundation President & CEO Ed Foster-Simeon recently sat down with Soccer America‘s […]

Thanh Thanh is a lot like a lot of kids in the Syracuse North Side. She’s got her friends, she studies, she started sixth grade this year.  But if you wanted to see her in her element over the last few years, you would have found her at Franklin Elementary School playing soccer. Thanh Thanh […]

In 2012, the Utah Development Academy (UDA) was formed with a mission to provide all youth – regardless of economic circumstance – with an opportunity to play soccer. Libby Stockstill, volunteer coordinator and girls program director at UDA, notes that soccer plays an especially important role at the club, creating pathways for all youth by […]

Building Futures in OKC We’re helping Oklahoma City Public Schools transform school playgrounds into 10 Safe Places to Play mini-pitches. These new spaces will host after-school soccer programming and be open for free play. Together with our partners, we’re making soccer everyone’s game. CHECK IT OUT Creating Safe Places to Play Looking to enhance your […]

Girls in the Game To combat the alarming drop-off rate of female participation in soccer, we launched United for Girls. Through our new initiative, we’re aiming to double both the number of young girls impacted by our programming and the number of female coach-mentors who lead them. SUPPORT THE CAUSE Redefining How Sports Can Shape […]

Each year, the U.S. Soccer Foundation hosts coach-mentors from across the country for National Training. From July 11 to July 14, 2019, these coach-mentors learned the new Soccer for Success curriculum through a combination of on-field demonstrations, activities, presentations, and classroom-style learning. At the end of the weekend, these individuals became certified to train other […]

According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, more than 38% of U.S. girls – compared to 25% of boys – don’t participate in sports. By age 14, girls are two times more likely to drop out of sports than boys. These disparities persist as girls enter high school. For children between eighth and twelfth grade, female […]

On May 21st, 2019, the U.S. Soccer Foundation hosted the 7th annual Congressional Soccer Match at D.C. United’s Audi Field. The event brought together embassy employees, Hill staffers, Members of Congress, professional athletes, and soccer fans to support the Foundation’s life-changing programs that help children in underserved communities thrive. Photo credits to Jose Argueta and […]