Target & U.S. Soccer Foundation National Safe Places to Play Partnership

FAQ

1.       What is Safe Places to Play?

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program brings safe soccer playing spaces to neighborhoods and communities that lack safe recreational spaces. Through the program, the Foundation transforms underutilized areas, by building safe soccer play spaces that all community residents can use.


2.      
What does it mean that Target is a national Safe Places to Play partner?

As a national Safe Places to Play partner, Target has committed to working with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to build 100 soccer play spaces by the end of 2020.


3.      
What types of soccer play spaces are Target and the U.S. Soccer Foundation building?

Target and the U.S. Soccer Foundation are building ‘mini-pitches’—small soccer play spaces that are designed to fit in areas where space is at a premium, and perfectly suited for both organized programs and pick-up games.

Each mini-pitch is a hard court, soccer-specific play space that is approximately 7,200 square feet in size, with an acrylic overlay surface similar to those utilized for basketball and tennis courts. Each mini-pitch will also include a pair of permanent goals secured into the surface with tamper-proof anchors, as well as fencing to ensure the safety of those using the pitch. See examples and learn more about mini-pitches.


4.      
How many play spaces will be built and over what time period?

One hundred soccer play spaces will be built in communities across the country over the next three years, with the project culminating at the end of 2020.


5.      
Where will these play spaces be built?

Target and the U.S. Soccer Foundation are currently doing a needs assessment to identify communities with play deserts that have an immediate need for safe playing spaces. Specific locations are still being determined by Target and the U.S. Soccer Foundation team.


6.      
How are sites being selected?

Once the team has completed its needs assessment, Target and the U.S. Soccer Foundation will work closely with community and city agencies in selected markets to determine specific site locations in historically underserved communities. Additionally, site selection will be based on considerations of the physical space, environment, proximity to potential programming partners and existing site conditions, among other factors.


7.      
How can I suggest a location where a play space should be built?

In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to suggest a mini-pitch location to the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Due to the number of requests, we will not be able to respond to each one, but your potential location will be kept on file as part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s national database, which is one tool that is used to determine locations for Safe Places to Play projects. When submitting your site suggestion, it is helpful for you to indicate if you are the landowner or have been in contact with the landowner of the potential site, as this is one of the considerations when determining mini-pitch locations.


8.      
Will the play spaces be open to the public?

Yes, the soccer mini-pitches are designed for public use, though final decisions on usage will fall on the landowners in each selected market. Additionally, the U.S. Soccer Foundation will work with each community to ensure that each mini-pitch offers scheduling priority for programming offered  free to youth participants. By working to develop shared-use agreements, the Foundation will also strive to ensure there are designated times that the mini-pitches are open for public use by all community residents.


9.      
How will the Target and the U.S. Soccer Foundation ensure the mini-pitches are available to the community?

Target and the U.S. Soccer Foundation will work closely with community partners to ensure that each mini-pitch offers programming free to participants, as well as serve as a community hub for years to come. The community—including school leaders, local government officials, and other community-serving organizations—will be involved in the project in an effort to ensure programming is available on each mini-pitch, as well as open access for all community residents when possible.


10.     
Where can I go to find out more information as new sites are selected and projects are completed?

To stay up-to-date on this partnership, and other exciting U.S. Soccer Foundation news, become a Foundation ‘Insider’ and sign-up to receive regular e-mail updates about our work. You can also follow the project on social media via the Foundation’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

11.      I’ve heard that Target also announced a youth soccer grant opportunity. What are those and where can I apply?

Target also recently committed $8 million over the next four years to launch a grant program to increase access to soccer for youth across the country, supporting player registration fees, player and field equipment, and professional development for volunteer coaches, with preference given to programs serving in-need communities. Through a national application process, Target will provide $1,000 grants to eligible schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations and non-profit regional/local soccer organization on behalf of each Target store and distribution center in the U.S. All eligible organizations can apply online at Target.com/grants through September 30. The first year of grants will be awarded in November 2017.

Our Partners

  • 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 adidas.com.

  • All Sports Enterprises, Inc.

    All Sports Enterprises, Inc. is the U.S. Soccer Foundation's preferred artificial turf supplier and installer. Whether you are building a new, or renovating an existing facility, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. has the materials and professional installation crews to outfit your entire complex. With over 30 different manufacturers to choose from, All Sports Enterprises, Inc. will assist you in selecting the right products for the right application. Its intallation crews are experienced, certified, and will work with you and your staff to make sure your project is a complete success.


  • APT

    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.

  • AstroTurf

    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

    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

  • Hunter

    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, lynda.wightman@hunterindustries.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

    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

    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

    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 mats@mtjsports.com.

  • 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 https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/ to learn more about the grant program and application process.

  • 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 scoresports.com.

  • Soccer.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.

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit sportcourt.com. Please contact Lauren Gillian at lgillian@sportcourt.com for any questions regarding Sport Court's corporate partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

  • Target

    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

    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 https://www.worldwidetgi.com or contact Mike Squire at msquire@worldwidetgi.com / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • 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.

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