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  • March 10, 2014


    Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, and POLITICO announced today that they will host the second annual Capital Soccer Classic at RFK Stadium in Washington on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

  • January 30, 2014

    U.S. Soccer Foundation Receives $1.9 Million Grant from Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation today announced that it has received an award of $1.9 million in funding over two years from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, an office within the U.S. Department of Justice. Funding will be used to support the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program in seven cities nationwide. The Foundation was one of three organizations selected to receive funding under the “Group Mentoring” category in fiscal year 2013.

  • January 13, 2014

    Hellas Construction, Inc. Joins the U.S. Soccer Foundation as National Partner for the Safe Places to Play Program

    Washington, D.C. (January 13, 2014) – The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced that Hellas Construction, Inc. has been selected as the National Partner for the Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program. The Safe Places to Play program focuses on creating or enhancing field spaces in underserved areas in order to provide safer places for children to play soccer. To date, the Foundation has helped create or improve over 1,000 safe places for children to play nationwide.

  • December 16, 2013

    U.S. Soccer Foundation Grants Benefit Over 18,000 Children in 20 States

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced that it has awarded 37 grants totaling more than $1.8 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved communities across the nation.

  • December 04, 2013

    Leighton Welch, President of Welch Capital Partners, Gives Significant Gift for Soccer Field-Building Initiative in Boston

    December 4, 2013 Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced today that, Leighton Welch, President of Welch Capital Partners and U.S. Soccer Foundation Board of Directors member has provided a generous donation to the Foundation. The donation will support the creation of a synthetic turf soccer field at LoPresti Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Welch’s donation, which is being matched by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, will help to provide 100% of the funds necessary to build the field.

  • October 18, 2013

    U.S. Soccer Foundation Awarded $100K Grant from the Safeway Foundation

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, and the Safeway Foundation are working together to provide free nutrition education and physical activity programming to children in the metro Denver and Seattle communities. The Safeway Foundation has awarded the U.S. Soccer Foundation with a $100,000 grant to enhance the efforts of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, a free afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and improve the well-being of children in underserved communities. This is the first time that the Safeway Foundation has provided grant funding in the area of childhood obesity prevention.

  • October 15, 2013

    U.S. Soccer Foundation Kicks Off Fall Season of Soccer for Success in 25 Cities Nationwide

    Washington, D.C. October 15, 2013 – The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, has launched its fall season of Soccer for Success. Through a network of 27 community- based partners and organizations, the program will serve approximately 18,000 children during the 2013-2014 program year.

  • September 26, 2013

    U.S. Soccer Foundation Receives Additional $2.6 Million Social Innovation Fund Award

    Washington, D.C., September 26, 2013 –The Corporation for National and Community Service announced today that the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, will be awarded $2.6 million in continuation funding over two years under its Social Innovation Fund (SIF), bringing the Foundation’s total multi-year award amount to $4.6 million. The Foundation, which first received a SIF award in 2011, will use the additional funding to support the expansion and replication of its Soccer for Success program.

  • June 25, 2013


    WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2013) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today announced the U.S. Soccer Foundation as the League’s exclusive charitable partner for the 2013 NWSL season. The NWSL will partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation throughout the season in support of their mission to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved communities.

  • April 17, 2013

    For One Week in April, the Soccer for Social Change Movement Takes Over DC

    Washington, D.C. – From April 22nd to April 25th, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, will hold a series of events around Washington, D.C. to highlight the sport of soccer and its impact on youth in urban communities.


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

  • 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

  • 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, - See more at:

  • 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

  • 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 Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, 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

  • 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.

  • 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 or contact our president, Mats Jonmarker, directly via email at

  • 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, 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

  • 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 Please contact Lauren Gillian at 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 or contact Mike Squire at / 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

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