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Creating belonging
through soccer,
& community

Three participants - one older girl and two young boys - smile and stand with their arms wrapped around each other.

Our Mission:

To use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing underserved youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.

Ways to Get Involved

We believe in a team approach at every level to achieve our mission. Whether on the field, on the sidelines, or behind the scenes, positive change comes from the collective actions of many individuals contributing their skills, resources, networks, and passions every day. 


Join us in activating our mission on the ground and growing our global community through one of these avenues, or contact us with other ideas. Be sure to read our FAQs first before inquiring about donations of equipment or opening new programs.

Our Program Model

Soccer Without Borders envisions a more inclusive and equitable world, where all youth reach their inherent potential.


Our adaptable program model includes three pillars: soccer, education and community. Our activities combine these pillars into a holistic experience where youth develop their own agency, a sense of belonging, and the skills to contribute, building a healthy identity and the social capital they need to reach their personal goals.



We proactively work to eliminate financial, social, logistical, and cultural barriers for participants to get to the soccer field. Each year, approximately:

42 sites

directly implement SWB programs across 5 U.S. states and 3 countries.

18 league seasons

are designed and led by SWB, with adjustments for experience levels, socio-economic barriers, gender identities, and cultural backgrounds. 

29 camps

provide an intensive version of our TEAM program over the course of a week, with activities to build confidence, battle isolation, and create belonging. 


As part of our holistic, evidence-based approach, we provide participants with academic and language support, college preparation, leadership development, and life-skills workshops. On average:


Participants held formal leadership positions with SWB. We create opportunities for participants to develop their leadership through captainships, refereeing, coaching, public speaking, mentoring, service projects, and more.

8-12 hours

of weekly, out-of-classroom English language practice is available to SWB participants. 


of participants report that practicing English at SWB helps them feel more confident while speaking English in other situations.  

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A participant at SWB Uganda writes in a notebook as she looks up in focus.


Our programs are community-embedded and designed to strengthen community cohesion and create belonging. We partner with schools and other local agencies to meet youth where they are and connect participants to valuable local resources. Last year:


refugee and immigrant youth and marginalized girls, aged 5-20, participated in SWB direct services.  

82 countries

of origin and 46 unique languages were represented by our SWB participants across all sites. 


total 1-on-1 meetings between coaches and participants took place across 2,800 hours.

Awards & Recognition

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FIFA Diversity Award

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Impact Award

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RWJF Sports Award

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Collective Impact Award

5th Global Entreps Awards

Podcasts & Panels