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Join us virtually for the 2021 Urban Soccer Symposium, presented by Soccer Shots, on March 25 and 26! 

Sport has the power to heal, transform, and enhance the lives of young people and their communities. However, not all young people have had equal access to the benefits of sport – a stark reality that has been highlighted during the pandemic.

The Urban Soccer Symposium provides a unique crossroads for youth sports practitioners, administrators, coaches, and community members to envision a world where all young people have the same access to high-quality sports programming. Through a blend of virtual workshops, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities, attendees will walk away with tangible tools they can use immediately to enhance their programming, and ultimately the lives of all young people.

For questions, please email Jess Nance at jnance@ussoccerfoundation.org.

 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

We strive to make this event inclusive for all individuals and organizations and are proud to offer the 2021 event at no cost to attendees.

2021 SCHEDULE IS HERE

From how to create safe spaces to using restorative practices to transform youth soccer, there are sessions for everyone.
"I was a first-time presenter and first-time attendee and it really was a youth development conference, for one. The themes were really consistent with all the areas of positive youth development where kids are viewed as having strengths that we can build upon through sport participation."
Michael Hemphill
UNC Greensboro
"There's a big focus on diversity and inclusion in this event and breaking down those barriers…we’ve gone to a lot of symposiums and forums throughout the years and that conversation is front and center here where it might not be at other events... In general, we want to try to move from being a more reactive society to a lot of these social issues…This is really where it starts. If we can provide some sort of intervention at this level, it could really pay dividends in the future."
J.P. Capote
Institute for Sport and Social Justice
"They do a really good job of forming a community of people versus it just being a conference where you’re coming in and sitting in sessions. The presenters and the Foundation are really intentional about making sure people are actually getting to know each other and each other’s stories and connecting at the conference, but also connecting when you leave."
Sara Shanley
Kids Play International

TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE 2019 URBAN SOCCER SYMPOSIUM

Soccer symposium speakers
The 2019 Urban Soccer Symposium, presented by Soccer Shots, took place March 15-17, 2019 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event attracted 287 participants representing 183 unique organizations from 31 states.

2019 URBAN SOCCER SYMPOSIUM​

Read the event recap on our blog.
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There were over 75 presenters with workshop topics ranging from trauma-informed sports programming, developing partnerships and collaboration to increase organizational capacity, and tailoring program delivery to varying needs and abilities, among many others.

2019 EVENT SCHEDULE

Check out the previous speaker and workshop lineup.
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