City or County Officials
Thank you for your interest in Soccer for Success. City and County leadership is key to delivering transformative change at the community level. By making Soccer for Success part of your strategy, you will leverage evidence-based sports programming and build neighborhood play spaces to achieve critical municipal goals and create pathways to success for children and families.
Soccer for Success helps foster safer neighborhoods, provides community members with youth employment opportunities, and is proven to deliver positive health and youth development outcomes. The U.S. Department of Justice cited the program’s unique ability to engage and retain at-risk youth who may not enter or stay in a traditional mentoring relationship. Additionally, 83% of children at greater risk of developing diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease showed improved health outcomes by participating in the program.
We’ll work with you to tailor innovative solutions that address the specific needs and priorities of your community.
Turn-key solution successfully implemented in cities across the country.
Evidence-based programming recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the federal Social Innovation Fund for health and youth development outcomes.
Revitalizes neighborhoods and changes safety perceptions by transforming abandoned courts, empty schoolyards, or small vacant lots into state-of-the-art play spaces.
Youth employment platform providing
18-24-year-olds with training and part-time employment opportunities as an initial gateway to the workforce.
Proven community engagement model that builds neighborhood cohesion and strengthens community bonds.
Public-Private partnership design that attracts community investment from different sectors.
The process is simple & we will guide you through it
State Your Interest
Simply fill out the form and we will contact you to get started.
Develop A Strategic Plan
The U.S. Soccer Foundation will work with your team to identify key stakeholders. Together, we will develop a strategic plan, which includes: creating a community needs assessment that estabilshes Soccer for Success goals; scheduling an announcement around the partnership; indentifying a timeline and funding needs; and determining the roles of different partners within the public-private partnership.
Implement The Program
We will work with you every step of the way to build pitches, roll out the program, provide eight hours of high-quality training for your staff, and reach as many youth as possible through the initiative.
Receive Ongoing Technical Assistance
Once programming has begun, we will provide members of the partnership with ongoing training and technical assistance. We will also provide reports that demonstrate the impact the initiative, programming and play spaces are having on the community.
Join the movement and help all children in your city reach their
potential by having access to a place to play and a trained coach-mentor.
Cities that have expressed interest
- Baltimore, MD
- Chicago, IL
- Columbus, OH
- Hendersonville, TN
- Houston, TX
- Kansas City, MO
- Louisville, KY
- Miami, FL
- Nashville, TN
- Newark, NJ
- New York City, NY
- North Miami, FL
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Orlando, FL
- Philadelphia, PA
- Reno, NV
- Rochester, NY
- San Bernardino, CA
- Stockton, CA
- Tucson, AZ
- Washington, DC
NYC Case Study
NYC Soccer Initiative
In partnership with the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, adidas and the New York City Football Club, the U.S. Soccer Foundation will enhance underserved communities by creating 50 new Safe Places to Play mini-pitches across New York City's five boroughs between 2016 – 2020. The Initiative will also develop partnerships with local organizations to provide or expand programming on the pitches.
- The New York Times
“Project Commits $3 Million to Build 50 Soccer Fields in New York”
At New York City Parks, it's our job to make sure that New Yorkers – our children especially – have the chance to get involved in sports and fitness activities. Thanks to the Mayor's office, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the New York City Football Club, and adidas, those opportunities have now expanded.Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Parks Commissioner, New York City
Can I just build fields, or just run programming, or do I need to do both?
You do not need to do both. Every city is different. The U.S. Soccer Foundation will work with you to develop a model to address the specific needs of your city- whether it be access to safe playing spaces, evidence-based programming, or both.
Can Soccer for Success programming happen on fields other than Mini-Pitches?
Yes. Soccer for Success can take place in any location where there is a safe space to play.
My budget is tight; will the Foundation cover the cost of Soccer for Success?
To ensure sustainability of the work, it is important that the community contributes to the work. The U.S. Soccer Foundation will work with you to identify any gaps to achieve the initiative. From there, together, we will work to get additional investments from different sectors.
When can I start?
It usually takes 6-12 months to prepare for the season’s kick-off. However, we can work with you to develop a quicker timeline on a case-by-case basis.
Are there any prerequisites?
Potential partners should keep in mind that the insurance is required and all coach-mentors must complete a background check.
Does the Foundation provide the coach-mentors?
No, but the Foundation takes great pride in training your staff to run the program.
Does the Foundation provide equipment/uniforms?
The Foundation has several great vendors for equipment and uniforms who provide low-cost options. The cost of these is incorporated into the overall cost of the program.
What is the cost of the program?
Please reach out to us directly to learn more.
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 adidas.com.
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 www.sportsbyapt.com.
For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, www.astroturf.com/soccer. - See more at: https://ussoccerfoundation.org/article/astroturf-partners-with-the-u.s.-soccer-foundation-as-a-national-partner-for-field-building-program#sthash.FL8E8bAM.dpuf
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 chacompanies.com.
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 0 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 SportsMatter.org.
Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields. Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit hunterindustries.com. Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, email@example.com with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.
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 www.jnj.com.
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 Kwikgoal.com.
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.
MTJ Sports is honored to be a corporate partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and its Safe Places To Play program. We believe in working with our customers as a true business partnership. We cultivate & drive healthy relationships through our core business values and provide premier turnkey services for sports surfaces & equipment from design & manufacturing all the way through the installation process. For more information please visit our website at www.mtjsports.com or contact our president, Mats Jonmarker, directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/ to learn more about the grant program and application process.
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 scoresports.com.
Soccer.com, 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. Soccer.com embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit soccer.com.
Target announced a national partnership with Safe Spaces to Play in 2017, along with a 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, 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.
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 www.worldsoccershop.com.