The Foundation was established in 1994 and serves as the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States. Thanks to support from donors, our Corporate Partners, and countless youth development organizations, the Foundation has provided over $51 million in grants, financial support, and loans to help fund programs and projects in all 50 states. Hundreds of thousands of individuals have benefited from the Foundation’s support and the need continues to grow.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation seeks to improve the health and well-being of children in urban economically disadvantaged areas using soccer as a vehicle for social change. By supporting the development of Places to Play, Places to Grow and Places to Learn, we work to ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.
Childhood obesity rates have increased sharply in the United States over the past 30 years. Today, nearly one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. By keeping our youth active we can reverse this pattern. In many urban communities, however, there is a lack of suitable recreation facilities and organized programming. Our Urban Soccer Programs provide inner-city children with safe havens to play soccer, stay active and develop important life skills.
We believe in the power of the game to make a difference. Every child should have a chance to play, to be a teammate, to build self-confidence and to live a healthy and active life.