Soccer for Success Is More Than Just Soccer

The most critical part of a child’s day begins after the final bell rings. Soccer for Success is an after-school program, offered free to participants, that is proven to help kids establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through trained coach-mentors and community engagement.

To address some of the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted our Soccer for Success program. Our partners now have access to the Soccer for Success curriculum that provides coach-mentors with training, tools, and practice plans to run virtual or in-person socially distanced sessions. 

To bring elements of our program to all children and families, we created Soccer for Success at Home which incorporates the program’s five components. This free online hub includes videos, activities, and resources.

Typically Provided for Each Child:
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1 Uniform
+ 1 Ball
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75-90 Mins
Of Play Per Day

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3 Days Per

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24 Weeks
Per Year

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Kids attend Soccer for Success after school three times a week throughout the academic year. Participants learn about eating right and other ways to stay healthy, and they gain important decision-making and relationship skills from their interactions with coach-mentors and peers. 

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Soccer for Success coaches are also mentors. They teach kids the fundamentals of soccer, but also strive to help children build confidence and recognize the value of hard work, teamwork and persistence in achieving personal goals. By learning what it takes to play a team sport, kids are also being prepared to be productive citizens.

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The lessons Soccer for Success teaches don’t stop on the field. Coach-mentors meet with families regularly to educate parents and guardians about how to embrace an active and healthy lifestyle and nurture their child’s personal growth.

More than 190 organizations run 1,500 Soccer for Success sites across the country. See a list of our awesome community partners and locations. Learn more about bringing Soccer for Success to your community.

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Support Us

Kids in underserved communities need a safe outlet. Your support can help a child join Soccer for Success, learn from a positive coach-mentor, and give him or her a sense of belonging. Donate today and change a child’s life.

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The U.S. Soccer Foundation is an affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and an official Technical Assistance Provider of the National Mentoring Resource Center, a project of MENTOR and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.