Press Releases and News

Project GOAL

Based in Rhode Island, Project GOAL’s mission is to facilitate the development of disadvantaged youth through after-school tutoring and soccer-related programs. The organization focuses on development through soccer with a main goal of establishing successful students rather than premiere athletes.

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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!

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Passback Star: Matthew Boden

If you’re wondering if Matthew Boden is a soccer fan, look no further than his dog. His name is Pelé. At age 13, Matthew is an eighth grader at Westland Middle School in Bethesda, MD and an active soccer player. When he’s not cheering for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles, playing tennis, or watching ESPN, he is most likely competing with his friends on the MSI Soccer Classic team, the Firebolts.

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Passback Star: Zach Wellwerts

Wellwerts, a 17-year-old from McHenry, Ill., organized a Passback collection at the Libertyville Cup, held by the Greater Libertyville Soccer Association (GLSA) earlier this summer. Over a three-day collection period, he received 300 pieces of equipment.

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Places to Learn: So. Cal. Youth Soccer Organization

Joe Supe knew that the “F” he saw next to several courses on the boy’s report card stood for failing, not fabuloso, as the boy had told his parents. Yet the parents, who could not speak or read English and were unfamiliar with the American school system, were none the wiser. That is until Supe and the Southern California Youth Soccer Organization (SCYSO) identified the problem and stepped in to remedy the situation.

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Passback Collection: MVP Healthcare

MVP Health Care was looking to add something special to their summer KidPower Soccer Series last year to teach children about the importance of giving back while they learned about healthy lifestyles from one of the best in the game, Abby Wambach. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program proved to be the perfect fit and soon there were Passback equipment collections at each event.

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Rundown Court Shines Again As Soccer Field

The blacktop court at Raintree Park in Vista, California was barren and lonely. All of the action was at the nearby soccer fields where children crowded the space and arrived early with the hopes of getting a chance to play.

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Soccer In (and Off!) the Streets

Soccer in the Streets – an Atlanta-based non-profit group that develops soccer, educational and life-skills programs for children in disadvantaged urban communities across the nation – recently installed FieldTurf on a previously hard-surfaced field (originally built in 2003) to create a “Mini-Pitch” in the City of Sandy Springs, Ga., thanks to a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

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