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2009 US Youth Soccer Grants Applications Now Available

February 3, 2009 09:00 PM
US Youth Soccer releases grant applications for TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs
Organization has awarded over $2 million in total grant support
Online Questionnaire for 2009 Grant Applications [Closed for 2009]

US Youth Soccer announces the 2009 US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America (formerly known as Soccer Start) grant applications are now available on The deadline for both grants has been set for March 17, 2009.

Last year, as a part of the 11th grant cycle and in partnership with adidas, US Youth Soccer awarded $85,000 in grants. Grants were first made available in 1998 with over $2 million given to date.  US Youth Soccer has issued 408 awards to groups of various sizes across the United States. Specifically for TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America programs, these grants continue to assist in developing soccer programs and furthering The Game for ALL Kids!®.

US Youth Soccer's Soccer Across America 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.

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 Across America 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, please first complete the online questionnaire [Closed for 2009] and the application will be sent to you by email from Matt Moran, US Youth Soccer Member Services Specialist. For questions, contact Matt Moran at

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

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