Soccer Across America
The Soccer Across America program is designed to introduce the sport of soccer to youngsters living in communities not yet served by existing clubs and leagues. The program is focused on making soccer available to the target population of children in communities where there is not an existing soccer "footprint." Soccer Across America provides soccer training and administrative guidance to players and organizations that might otherwise not be exposed to the sport.
Through the assistance of the South Texas Youth Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer, the Soccer Across America program also helps new programs find the funding and equipment to begin and then to expand their services. In the past several years, US Youth Soccer has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial and material support to programs across the United States. Programs in South Texas continue to grow and reach new players across all corners of our Association.
Goals of the Soccer Across America program
- To reach out to children in under-served and socio-economically disadvantaged places in order to offer them an on-going program of positive sports activities through soccer.
- To increase participants self-esteem through participation in an organized and supportive program of team activities.
- To build positive social and life skills.
- To provide important opportunities for exercise and increase awareness of one’s own health through sports.
- To provide the players with positive, cooperative and enjoyable after school and spare time activities.
The Soccer Across America program targets disadvantaged children, boys and girls, from the ages of 6 to 18 years old. These children may be classified at-risk due to:
- Low household income
- Exposure to crime and drugs
- Language and cultural barriers (Soccer Across America is an excellent means of assimilating children of 1st generation Americans into the mainstream culture)
- Children of single parent homes
- Children with learning disabilities
- Children without any organized after school supervision (latchkey)
- Children who score low on TASP state testing and need additional motivation to excel in school
To learn more about the US Youth Soccer Across America program please visit the US Youth Soccer Soccer Across America page.
More information about the Soccer Across America program in South Texas, including recommendations for how to establish a local program and STYSA program application can be found on our STYSA Program Support page.
For assistance or questions regarding Soccer Across America in South Texas, please contact the State Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.