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US Youth Soccer Grants Program

Since 1998, US Youth Soccer has made over $2 million available for the growth of the game of soccer through grants and other financial support to member organizations of all 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations. Outlined below is the mission and criteria of each program grant.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive - Community Grant


The Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ program was created to encourage good sportsmanship. We believe there’s much more to youth sports than just the final score. When parents and coaches play positive, focusing on teaching life lessons and building character – everyone wins.

Join the movement. Take the Play Positive Pledge today to promote good sportsmanship and help your organization earn $2,500 to use towards creating a better youth sports experience.

More on the Play Positive Pledge:
During each Pledge period, youth sports teams from around the country compete to recruit their supporters to pledge to promote good sportsmanship. At the end of the period, the five Large Division teams and the five Small Division teams with the most Pledges will each earn $2,500 to help support their team. In the past, teams have used the monies to fund player scholarships, purchase new uniforms or equipment, pay for team travel expenses, or create opportunities for underprivileged kids in the area who want to play.

Take the Pledge at PlayPositive.com/Pledge

Earn $2,500 in three easy steps:
SELECT – pick the team you would like to support
PLEDGE – to promote good sportsmanship
CONNECT – recruit others to join in and help

**The US Youth Soccer grants programs below have been suspended until further notice. Please check back for updated status or sign up for the Common Goals e-newsletter for updates.


Recreation Grants Program

US Youth Soccer established a grants program to help recreation programs of US Youth Soccer State Associations and other organization members, in existence at least three years that are in need of assistance to maintain and grow their recreation programs.  Applications from non-member organizations or members for less than three years will not be accepted.
 
  • Grants will be awarded annually on the basis of expressed and illustrated need, with emphasis on assisting recreation programs that serve players under the age of 12.
  • TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs are eligible for the Recreation Grant provided that they meet all other criterion. This includes being a good standing member for at least three years.  New programs are not eligible for the Recreation Grants, but are strongly encouraged to apply for the Soccer Across America Grant.
  • Intend to operate a soccer-specific program in the United States that coincides with US Youth Soccer's mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels.


Soccer Across America Grants

Soccer Across America Grant History

US Youth Soccer's Soccer Across America (previously Soccer Start) is designed to introduce the sport of soccer to youngsters living in communities not yet served by existing clubs and leagues. Focused on making soccer available to lower-income children in underserved communities, Soccer Across America provides soccer training and administrative guidance to players and organizations that might otherwise not be exposed to the sport.
 
  • Grants will be awarded annually on the basis of expressed and illustrated need, with emphasis on assisting new programs in underserved communities.
  • Intend to operate a soccer-specific program in the United States that coincides with US Youth Soccer's mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels.


TOPSoccer Grants

US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability.
 
  • Grants will be awarded annually on the basis of expressed and illustrated need.
  • Intend to operate a soccer-specific program in the United States that coincides with US Youth Soccer's mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels.