Passback in South Africa

If you are traveling to the World Cup – don’t forget to bring a second bag of soccer gear to donate! The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program has partnered with on-the-ground organizations in South Africa to ensure your equipment is going to a good cause. Check your airline’s baggage policies – some allow a free second bag!

If your World Cup schedule includes match-viewing at Soccer City Stadium, Ellis Park Stadium, Durban Stadium, Tshwane/ Pretoria and/or Cape Town: Green Point Stadium we have arranged for nearby Passback drop-off sites! Details are below.

By identifying a Passback location and donating soccer gear during your World Cup trip, you are helping the youth of the world play the game we love – one piece of equipment at a time.

We want to hear about your experience! Be sure to report the number of items you donated and send us any donation-related pictures you’d like to share. E-mail this information to

Share the Equipment. Share the Game!

I. Johannesburg: Soccer City Stadium

Passback Recipient/ Donation Drop-Off Information:

Organization: Naledi Youth Soccer Academy
Drop-off site: TRUE NORTH Restaurant and Bar

Columbine Crossing Shopping Mall
Cnr Columbine Ave & John Masefield Rd
Mondeor, Johannesburg 2091
GPS Coordinates:
26° 16’ 12.30” S, 27° 59’ 14.03 E”
(10 minute drive from Soccer City)

Primary Contact: Sibu Langa (Program Director)
Telephone Number: +27 72 265 6443

Secondary Contact: Arthur Mabasa (Restaurant Owner)
Telephone Number: +27 76 420 9210


II. Johannesburg: Ellis Park Stadium

Passback Recipient/ Donation Drop-Off Information:
Organization: Thusanang HIV/ AIDS Relief Project
Drop-off site: Soweto TV

8270 Vilakazi Street
Orlando West, Soweto 1804
(3 min drive from Ellis Park)

Primary Contact: Bongani Mthombeni (Donation Coordinator)
Telephone number: +27 11 931 5555
Cell phone number: 083 204 9350

Secondary Contact: Percy Langa (Station Manager)
Telephone number: +27 11 939 1120 or 1117
Cell number: 082 747 6144


III. Durban: Durban Stadium
Passback Recipient/ Donation Drop-Off Information:

Organization: WhizzKids/ Coaches Across Continents
Drop-off site: WhizzKids Office
40 Clarence Road
Greyville, Durban 4001
(5 min drive and 15 min walk)
Office Number: +27 0 31 303 8236

Primary Contact: Oli Walsh
Telephone Number: +27 0 78 114 6979


IV. Tshwane/ Pretoria: Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Passback Recipient/ Donation Drop-Off Information:

Organization: Peace Corps
Drop-off Site: The Fields in Hatfield

Burnett Street 1066, Hatfield, Pretoria
GPS Coordinates: S25 45.043 E28 14.072, altitude- 4511
(5 min drive or 10 min walk from Loftus Versfeld Stadium)

Primary Contact: Sanett Dawson (Center Manager)
Telephone Number: +27 12 362 4473
Cellular Number: +27 82 466 3527
Note: Open from 09:00 to 17:00 Mondays – Fridays, Saturdays 09:00 to 13:00, and closed on Sundays

Organization: Peace Corps

Drop-off Site: Li-Bel
Address: Corner of Johnston and Jorrisen Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria
GPS Coordinates: S25 45.442 E28 12.814, altitude- 4468
(5 min drive or 10 min walk from Loftus Versfeld Stadium)

Primary Contact: Robert Denton (Owner)
Telephone Number: +27 12 343 8277
Cellular Number: +27 82 531 6141
Note: Open from 09:00 to 15:00 Mondays – Sundays, but closed on World Cup match days
V. Cape Town: Green Point Stadium

Passback Recipient/ Donation Drop-Off Information:

Organization: Grassroot Soccer
Drop-off Site: Grassroot Soccer Headquarters

38 Hout Street, 5th Floor
Cape Town, South Africa 8000
Phone: +27 21 426 5154
Fax: +27 21 426 5175
(20 minute walk from Green Point Stadium (Downtown Capetown)
About Naledi Youth Soccer Academy (NYSA): NYSA is the youth academy of youngsters in South Africa committed to playing soccer and becoming responsible citizens and future leaders of South Africa. NYSA is focused and dedicated to the physical, mental, and spiritual development of the aspiring soccer players and future business leaders of South Africa. The vision for NYSA is to create an environment that fosters the development of teamwork and winning attitudes through Sports and Education. The NYSA works very closely with Lead Africa Schools League and South African Democratic Teachers Union in partnering in education programs for the youth. Over and above soccer skills, we focus on teaching youth the following values: Great attitude, Collaborative skills, Communication, Competency, Discipline, Enthusiastic, Preparedness, Relationships, Character, Responsibility, Tenacious and Vision.

About Thusanang HIV/ AIDS Relief Project: Thusanang is a charity organization registered with the Department of Social Development in January 2006. The organization focuses on people directly affected and/or infected with HIVAIDS. The services of Thusanang includes nine programs, namely home-based care, entertainment, skills development, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT), education/awareness, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programs, poverty alleviation, farming and support groups.

About WhizzKids United (WKU): WKU was developed in response to the staggering high numbers of HIV infection amongst youth in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The HIV prevalence rate in KwaZulu-Natal is estimated at 16.5%, with ante-natal clinics in some areas reporting prevalence rates above 60%, making this province the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS crisis both nationally and globally. From their experience working with youth, WKU realized that children learn and respond best when they are motivated and when the method of learning is appropriate, dynamic, goal orientated and delivered in a language that kids speak and understand. WhizzKids United recognizes that football is the perfect tool with which to teach, as it speaks a universal language that transcends culture and background. Their three pronged approach: Comprising Life Skills, Peer Education and WKU Health Academies, deliver effective HIV / AIDS prevention, care, support and treatment to youth worldwide through the medium of football. Please go to for more information.

About Coaches Across Continents (CaC): Coaches across Continents partners with existing programs in developing communities worldwide to train teachers/coaches on how to effectively use football (soccer) as a vehicle to educate children on critical life issues. The result is the development of a new generation of community leaders, both teachers and children, who are able to respectfully examine local traditions and make informed choices about their futures. Since its inception, CaC has worked with over 300 teachers, adult community members, and 30,000 children in Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, and Tanzania.

About Peace Corps South Africa: The United States Peace Corps has been working in South Africa since 1997. The overall purpose of Peace Corps/South Africa’s program is to build capacity at the individual and organizational level in the rural primary schools and in civil service organizations that are dedicated to addressing the needs of people affected by HIV/AIDS. Each year, Peace Corps Volunteers reach close to 3,000 men, women, and children in five provinces in South Africa. Currently, 125 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) are in-country, 63 Education Volunteers teaching students or training teachers in Math, Science, and English mostly in rural primary schools in South Africa. We have 61 Health Volunteers working with local Non-Governmental Organizations and Community-Based Organizations to strengthen appropriate services for Orphan and Vulnerable Children; People Living with HIV and their families; and promote awareness and prevention education. Nearly 900 Volunteers have served in South Africa since the program began in 1997.

About Grassroot Soccer: Founded by former professional soccer players in 2002, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) trains African soccer stars, coaches, teachers, and peer educators in the world’s most HIV-affected countries to deliver an interactive HIV prevention and life skills curriculum to youth. Translating research into action and leveraging the excitement around the 2010 World Cup, GRS attracts and engages young people through schools, community outreach, and social multimedia (e.g. magazines and TV). GRS has educated more than 270,000 kids via its ‘Skillz’ curriculum, and is a leader in the sport for development movement.


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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

  • 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

  • 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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