The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth through trained coach-mentors. The U.S. Soccer Foundation partners with local communities to create cost-effective, long-term initiatives that meet each community’s youth-development needs and provide safe environments where kids thrive.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free after-school program, Soccer for Success, has been shown, via an evaluation study funded by the Social Innovation Fund, to help kids improve BMI, increase aerobic capacity, and reduce waist circumference, as well as establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills. The program is also proven to motivate kids to work harder in school.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation also offers a Safe Places to Play program which transforms abandoned spaces into state-of-the-art soccer fields, and a Passback program, which collects and redistributes soccer equipment to kids who love the sport but don’t have the resources to play.