Kids play on the new LEGO mini-pitch in Albuquerque, NM
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.

Chicago Soccer Initiative

In the second public-private mini-pitch partnership of its kind, we created 50 new mini-pitches in parks across Chicago.


Initiative Impact

With all 50 mini-pitches created a full year ahead of schedule, we made significant strides to improve access to the game.

  • 50mini-pitches created at park sites across Chicago
  • 13,500+community members using the mini-pitches

1 million kids. 1,000 places to play. We're making soccer everyone's game.


We sat down with Jessica Yavitz, Executive Director of the Chicago Fire Foundation, on the Chicago Soccer Initiative's impact.

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Two blue and red mini-pitches in Chicago
  • “These new soccer pitches will give young people across Chicago state-of-the-art places to play and learn one of the world’s most exciting and popular games.”

    Rahm Emanuel

    former Chicago mayor

  • “I’ve enjoyed soccer for over 30 years, first as a player and more recently as a coach, where I’ve seen the game teach children the importance of teamwork, the benefits of practice and the joy of competition.”

    Ken Griffin


  • “We are thrilled to work together to give local youth access to state-of-the-art soccer practice facilities. The 50 mini-pitches are more than just an investment in our parks, it’s also an investment in our kids, local communities, and city.”

    Rosa Escareño

    Chicago Park District

  • “This initiative emphasizes the importance that our Club and partners place on providing a safe place for the community to play soccer, create friendships and instill an active, healthy lifestyle.”

    Jessica Yavitz

    Chicago Fire Foundation

Before & After

  • Empty lot before creation of mini-pitch in ChicagoTwo blue and red mini-pitches in Chicago

Find a Mini-Pitch

Use our interactive map to locate a mini-pitch near you.

Initiative Partners

  • Chicago Fire logo
  • Chicago Park District logo
  • Citadel logo