Soccer for Success


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Soccer for Success
is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities.

The Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley has partnered with the U.S. Soccer foundation to be the premiere leaders to bring Soccer for Success to Arizona.

We operate in ten branches around the valley—providing five hundred children with sponsored after-school physical activity, nutrition, mentorship, and family engagement programming three days a week.

Soccer for Success Program  Model
We run 75-90 minutes per session (60 minutes) with 3 sessions per week. There are 12 weeks per season and 2 seasons per academic year (Fall and Spring). The program is curriculum-based with lessons before each activity and game days on the third session.

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“Our goal at the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to grow the game of soccer and help create and provide children with quality programs that support both physical and personal development in communities nationwide,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

A new study released by the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Dr. Danielle Hollar of Healthy Networks Design & Research, found that children enrolled in the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success program experienced significant health improvements. 

Soccer for Success serves 55,000 youth in 30 cities and has over 2,500 coaches and mentors


Apache Junction Branch
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Compadre Branch - Chandler     
Monday Wednesday Friday
Gilbert Branch
Monday Wednesday Friday
Globe Branch       
    Friday only
Grant Woods Branch - Mesa              
Monday Tuesday Thursday
Ladmo Branch - Tempe
Monday Wednesday Friday
Mesa—Stevenson Elementary
Monday Wednesday Friday
North Tempe Branch
Monday Wednesday Friday
Queen Creek Branch
Monday Wednesday Friday
Thunderbirds Branch - Guadalupe
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Health Evaluations
BMI is the most common measurement associated with monitoring the health of a child. On average, children enrolled in Soccer for Success improved their BMI by three percentile points more than children enrolled in other programs.

Aerobic capacity, measured through the PACER Test, is an indicator of a child’s endurance and heart strength. The PACER Test tracks the number of laps compelled between beeps. As the test progresses, the time between beeps shortens. On average, children enrolled in Soccer for Success improved by 4 more completed laps than children enrolled in other programs.

Waist circumference is an indicator of centrally stored fat, which if too high, can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. On average, children enrolled in Soccer for Success improved their waist circumference size by 0.22 inches, while the waist circumference for children enrolled in other programs worsened by -0.21 inches.

Nutrition Education in Every Session, such as teaching about calories and healthy habits.

Soccer for Success Staff

Soccer for Success Program Manager
Mario N. Diaz

Soccer for Success Database Manager
Jessica Fletcher