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.

New York City Soccer Initiative

Through the first partnership of its kind, we created 50 mini-pitches in all five boroughs of NYC and expanded access to free soccer programming for thousands of New York City youth.

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Initiative Impact

Throughout the three-year partnership, we made significant strides to improve access to the game.

  • 50mini-pitches created in all five boroughs
  • 5,000+youth in programming on mini-pitches

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

City Soccer

What happens when you bring 50 mini-pitches to all five boroughs of New York City?

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Aerial view of children playing soccer on a blue mini-pitch
  • “These soccer pitches are a tremendous contribution to the mental and physical fitness of our young people. The skills they learn and the games they play provide opportunities for them to learn teamwork and empathy.”

    First Lady Chirlane McCray

    NYC Mayor’s Fund

  • “We have been working to build a Club that will leave a lasting, tangible and positive impact across the five boroughs. We’ve made a significant step in realizing this vision by completing this ambitious 50-pitch project that will provide safe spaces for all New Yorkers to learn and play soccer.”

    Brad Sims

    president, NYCFC

  • “Sport has the power to change lives. Everyone should have a safe place for sport in their communities and we are incredibly proud of our partnership with the New York City Soccer Initiative.”

    Skate Noftsinger

    director of soccer sports marketing, adidas

  • “Etihad Airways is proud to be part of this initiative, and we hope these pitches will continue to bring to the children of New York City the joy of soccer and the valuable life lessons team sports teach for a long time to come.”

    Vincent Frascogna

    Etihad Airways

Before & After

  • Empty space before creation of a mini-pitch in New YorkNew York City Soccer Initiative mini-pitch

Find a Mini-Pitch

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

Initiative Partners

  • adidas logo
  • Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City logo
  • New York City Football Club logo
  • Etihad Airways logo