open goal project

leveling the playing field for US Soccer

here’s how we’re creating access and opportunities for talented youth soccer players nationwide

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our challenge

the cost for a talented youth soccer player to compete can exceed several thousand dollars per year, a price tag many players simply cannot afford. in addition to the youth pay-to-play system pricing players out, lack of parental knowledge and involvement and transportation challenges act as hidden barriers to entry to players from low-income and immigrant homes. after seeing these barriers first hand, we at Open Goal Project have developed a model that empowers talented players from low-income families to make the most of their natural potential on and off the field.

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our mission

to create opportunities for young players from low-income families and underserved communities to access high-level soccer and grow with the game, on and off the field, to provide resources that empower those players and families to navigate the costs and overcome hidden barriers associated with playing, and to use soccer as a vehicle for cultural enrichment, higher educational opportunities, and greater life experiences.

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what we do

we work to create opportunities for young soccer players from low-income families and underserved communities to access high-level soccer, empowering our student athletes to overcome barriers that have traditionally kept them sidelined.

using soccer as a vehicle for growth and greater life experiences, we provide paths for the young men and women we work with, on and off the field.

 

our work

since launching in 2015, we’ve been able to compile data to demonstrate the obstacles we’re helping our players overcome. look through these infographics to get a sense of that work:

 
 

open goal project news

Open Goal Project ESPN.com Aspen Institute Cost of Youth Sports

'Kids aren't playing enough sports. The culprit? Cost’: Open Goal Project featured in ESPN.com article

our Open Goal Project mission to level the playing field for talented young soccer players from underserved communities as well as two of the players we work with, the Chicas brothers, were featured in an ESPN.com article on the cost of youth sports and barriers to entry.

Chevron Soccer Academy By Open Goal Project

Open Goal Project partners with Chevron, pro teams to bring free, high-level programming to California youth

partnering with Chevron and professional teams Los Angeles Football Club and the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) and Fresno FC (USL) we’re bringing free, high-level programming to hundreds of boys and girls in California in the form of the Chevron Soccer Academy by Open Goal Project.

Women's World Cup

Precious and Thelma get experience of a lifetime, attend Women's World Cup Final in France

we couldn’t have been more thrilled to connect Precious and Thelma with the opportunity to go on a once-in-a-lifetime sponsored trip to travel to France this summer to attend the semifinals and final matches of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, empowering them to think bigger.

 

Open Goal Project featured on Major League Soccer’s ‘The Movement’