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2008 US Youth Soccer Grants Applications Now Available

February 15, 2008 08:00 PM
US Youth Soccer releases grant applications for TOPSoccer and Soccer Start program

Organization nears $2 million in total grant support

US Youth Soccer announces the 2008 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer and Soccer Start grant applications are now available on The deadline for both grants has been set for March 18, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. CT.

Last year, as a part of the 10th grant cycle and in partnership with adidas, US Youth Soccer awarded $85,000 in grants. Grants were first made available in 1998 with nearly $2 million given to date.  US Youth Soccer has issued 380 awards to groups of various sizes across the United States. Specifically for TOPSoccer and Soccer Start programs, these grants continue to assist in developing soccer programs and furthering The Game for ALL Kids!®.

US Youth Soccer's 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 Start provides soccer training and administrative guidance to players and organizations that might otherwise not be exposed to the sport.

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.

"We believe US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer and Soccer Start programs further our mission of fostering the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition," said Jim Cosgrove, executive director of US Youth Soccer. "These are two outstanding programs and each year we look forward to assisting the opportunities that are provided to youth across the country."

For further inquiries regarding these grants or programs, contact US Youth Soccer Membership Services Specialist, Matt Moran at

For information about beginning a TOPSoccer or Soccer Start program in your community, contact the TOPSoccer or Soccer Start Committees.

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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer -The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit

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