The U.S. Soccer Foundation was established in 1995 to manage the surplus funds generated by the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States. Over $51 million in grants, financial support and loans have been made to help develop coaches, players and referees, especially those in economically disadvantaged urban areas.
“To enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States with a special emphasis on underserved communities.”
Areas of interest:
* Places to Play – The Foundations works to help develop quality soccer fields so children can have safe places to play soccer.
* Places to Grow/Places to Learn – The Foundation supports soccer programs that feature an emphasis on youth development. Such programs include those that provide children with guidance on nutrition and ways to stay active; those that work with children to increase educational attainment; and those which guide children away from the negative influence of gangs and street violence.
* Soccer For Success
The Foundation’s innovative youth development program which uses soccer as a tool to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for children in low-income urban communities. Components of the program include physical activity, mentorship, nutrition and family engagement.
The Passback Program collects new and gently-used soccer gear and redistributes it to underserved communities around the world. To date, over 794,662 pieces of soccer gear have been distributed.
* Urban Soccer Symposium
The 2012 Urban Soccer Symposium will take place April 16-19, 2012 in Washington, D.C. at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center.
* 2012 Grants Program
The U.S Soccer Foundation offers grant opportunities to organizations around the United States. Learn about all of the Foundation’s grant opportunities here.
Ways to get involved:
* Make a donation
* Organize an equipment drive
* Planned giving
* Give through your workplace
* Be an advocate and support the Fit For L.I.F.E. Act