Best of 2017

2017 was an exciting year for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. From announcing new partnerships and bringing Soccer for Success and Safe Places to Play to new communities to launching our national campaign, It’s Everyone’s Game, the Foundation has continued to grow and positively impact underserved communities across the country. Join us in looking back on some of our favorite moments from 2017.

A Refreshed Look

After more than 20 years, the Foundation unveiled an updated logo that included a new font and colors, but still maintains the elements of our original logo. Our updated logo launched at the beginning of our spring event season – beginning with the Urban Soccer Symposium. 

Stars Align at the Urban Soccer Symposium

The 11th annual Urban Soccer Symposium was held in April and featured U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis, and former U.S. National Team stars Shannon Boxx, Jay DeMerit, Joy Fawcett, and Carin Jennings-Gabarra as keynote speakers. Each shared stories about successes and challenges from their professional careers, and emphasized the importance of making the game accessible to all kids.

The Classic Scores Again

The 5th annual Capital Soccer Classic was held on May 23rd, under the bright lights of historic RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

During the Congressional Soccer Game, Democrats and Republicans faced off on the pitch and showed how Congressional staff from both parties, and the greater community, can come together for a fun, friendly game of soccer. The event also showcased the support of the life-changing youth development programs offered by the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

The Foundation and FC Barcelona Head to Capitol Hill

In July, FC Barcelona joined us on Capitol Hill for our panel discussion, “How Access to Sport Revitalizes Communities.” The event, co-hosted by the Congressional Soccer Caucus, included Ed Foster-Simeon, our President & CEO, Jordi Cardoner, First Vice President of FC Barcelona, Juliano Belletti, former FC Barcelona star and current club Ambassador, and Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute. Participants shared how their organizations are using sports to enhance communities.

New York City Soccer Initiative Opens First 10 Pitches

In July 2016, the Foundation announced the launch of the New York City Soccer Initiative (NYCSI), a public-private partnership that will build and maintain 50 soccer fields and expand afterschool programming for thousands of youth in underserved neighborhoods across all five boroughs.

In October, the Foundation celebrated the opening of the first ten NYCSI fields. The Foundation was joined in New York City by First Lady McCray, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, New York City Football Club, adidas, and Etihad Airways for the ceremonial ribbon cutting and soccer scrimmage to break in the new field at P.S. 083 Luis Munoz Rivera in Harlem. Throughout the afternoon, New York City FC and partners hosted local soccer festivals at additional NYCSI pitches, one in each of the five boroughs. 

Soccer for Success
Continues to Grow

Throughout 2017, the Foundation worked with over 50 program partners across the country to run Soccer for Success in 180 communities. Together, we provided Soccer for Success to more than 40,000 youth across the country. 

Jérôme Boateng Visits Soccer for Success

Soccer for Success participants, coach-mentors, and parents from our program partner, El Monte Community Building Initiative, received a special visit from German National Team and Bayern Munich star, Jérôme Boateng, during a Soccer for Success practice. Boateng participated in the Soccer for Success practice with the kids and then shared his advice on the importance of learning how to stay motivated.

Sporting Responsibility

In November, our President & CEO, Ed Foster-Simeon, was featured at The Atlantic’s Power of Purpose: The Corporate Responsibility Summit and discussed the impact companies make when they invest in the field of sports-based youth development.

Did You Hear? It’s Everyone’s Game

On December 6th, the Foundation launched It’s Everyone’s Game – our national campaign to build 1,000 mini-pitches and provide soccer programming to 1 million kids annually by 2026. It’s Everyone’s Game will dramatically expand the Foundation’s nationally recognized after-school program, Soccer for Success, and create new Safe Places to Play for youth and community members living in underserved communities.

To kick off the campaign, the Foundation was joined in Chicago by our national and local partners, former U.S. National Team stars, and Foundation supporters who committed their support to help the Foundation provide access to the game for all children. 

What a year 2017 was. We look forward to reaching more communities and creating further opportunities to access the game of soccer in 2018. Sign-up now to stay up to date with the latest Foundation news, programs, and events.


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation

    The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation

    DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation believe that participation in sports makes people better. Since 2014, DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation have pledged more than $100 million to support youth sports teams and leagues in need.  Through our Sports Matter initiative we strive to increase awareness for underfunded youth athletics nationwide and provide much-needed support through equipment, uniform and monetary donations. For more information on Sports Matter, visit

  • Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson, the Foundation’s grant partner, is dedicated to supporting the next generation of female leaders by providing greater access to girls’ youth soccer programming in underserved communities nationwide. As the world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson strives to create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. For more information, please visit

  • Kwik Goal

    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



    MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, is dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. MLS WORKS is committed to improving the communities where we live and play our games by executing national programs and legacy projects, charitable giving campaigns, and undertaking various initiatives in underserved communities.

  • Musco


    As a proud corporate partner of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Musco is dedicated to helping the major charitable arm of American soccer create new opportunities through high-quality sports lighting. Their Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology is engineered as a system with lighting, structural, and electrical components designed to work together for streamlined installation and long-term reliability. TLC for LED delivers superior field lighting while eliminating glare and spill from impacting surrounding neighborhoods. And Musco’s long-term warranty covering parts and labor means U.S. Soccer Foundation partners don’t have to handle any maintenance on their system, or pay for it, for 25 years. Visit to learn more about the grant program and application process.

  • SCORE Sports

    SCORE Sports

    SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit

  •, 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. embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit




  • Target


    Target announced a national partnership with Safe Places to Play in 2017, along with a $6 million commitment to build 100 new soccer play spaces with the U.S. Soccer Foundation by 2020. This is the latest initiative in the Minneapolis-based retailer’s multi-dimensional approach to the sport of soccer, bringing the game to more kids and families across the country, and unlocking access and increasing involvement at all levels.

  • TGI Worldwide

    TGI Worldwide

    TGI Worldwide, the Foundation’s National Partner for Visual Branding (Signage, Event Décor, Pageantry, Sponsorship Activation), Perimeter Field Board Systems, Creative Services and Event Operations is proud to support a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the United States. Headquartered in the U.S., TGI is an internationally recognized sports marketing company delivering high profile Visual Branding, Live Event Management, LED, and cutting edge Digital Sports Applications to enrich the experience at major events and deliver commercial impact for sponsors and partners. The company has a 20-year history in providing its various solutions for many top-tier domestic and international events, organizations, teams and companies, with proven success and turn-key solutions across 1000+ events, 160+ cities and 50+ countries globally.

    For more information on our services, please visit or contact Mike Squire at / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • World Soccer Shop

    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


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