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[Updated April 22, 2024]

Our mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing underserved youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. We envision a more inclusive and equitable world through soccer, where all youth reach their inherent potential.

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"From a shy, anxious and sad girl I've become something a lot stronger, someone who has confidence in them who can speak out and not be scared to just talk personally. I think I've grown so so much and I'm so proud of myself and I can tell all of my coaches are proud of me too."

- Alex, SWB Massachusetts Participant

Welcome Letter

Dear SWB Community,

2023 was a monumental year for soccer and Soccer Without Borders.

The year marked the FIFA Women’s World Cup that took place in Australia and New Zealand which, despite time zone challenges, locked up over 1.9 million in total attendance, a record number of 164 goals scored during the tournament (the highest of any World Cup ever), and an international television audience of approximately 2 billion viewers. Further, FIFA, in partnership with several United Nations agencies, created Football United the World, a global campaign that unites us all for: Inclusion, Indigenous Peoples, Gender Equality, Peace, Education for All, Zero Hunger, Ending Violence Against Women and that Football is Joy, Peace, Love, Hope & Passion.

In the United States, Detroit City FC launched the Impact League for adult women with a unique focus on social impact aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya received the 2023 Audi Goals Drive Programs Impact Award for his partnership with the Philadelphia Equity Alliance, an organization working towards reducing poverty and promoting inclusive and resilient economic growth by advancing collaborative solutions around educational equity, community safety, and growing Black and Brown jobs and businesses.

At Soccer Without Borders we are definitively expanding our reach and impact with underserved youth, registering almost 6,000 participants in our programs. Many of our youth self-report significant positive shifts in their own socio-emotional growth and development. Our financial standing is strong and we share typical nonprofit resource challenges like needing and wanting more professional development for staff while also needing and wanting to grow more robust financial reserves. Our Assist capacity building programs are reaching many coaches and creating sea change in gender equity and combating racism in soccer. Our team of nearly 600 full and part-time staff and volunteers expand our ability to deliver our mission every day and we are so grateful for every ounce of individual and institutional support YOU provide. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

2023 showed us that the world is catching on to the vision and mission of Soccer Without Borders and sharing our worldview that soccer creates a more equitable and inclusive world. This is demonstrated by FIFA’s Football Unites the World campaign, which aligns directly with our work. 

The 2026 World Cup is coming to North America and I hope that from now, until then, and beyond, we continue to work together and advance global unity, equity, inclusion, for all.

In solidarity,
Jennifer Tepper
SWB Executive Director

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Who We Serve

Soccer is  known as the "world's game" because of its ability to transcend language and culture and unite the global community around a shared passion. At SWB, each of our participants come to us with their own unique experiences and backgrounds. Regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, economic means, immigration status, or language spoken at home, our programs are designed to be a safe space where all participants feel welcomed and included. In Fiscal Year 2023, we had:


Registered Program Participants 

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TEAM Program


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Total Activities Held at Hubs & SWB Assist

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Countries of Origin


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TEAM Participants Identifying as Girls

Countries of Origin Represented by SWB Participants

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People & Culture

Both on the field and off, our passionate team brings a culture of welcoming and inclusion to life. Operating through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we strive to be authentic in all we do and by ensuring that our staff and volunteers understand, represent, and reflect the communities we serve. In Fiscal Year 2023, we had:

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Full & Part Time


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Countries of Origin Represented by Staff

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Average Coach Tenure

in Months

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Full Time Staff

Identifying as Women

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Full-Time Staff Tenure

in Years

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Coaches Identifying as an Immigrant, Refugee, Nicaraguan, or Ugandan

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Staff Members Who Are Program Alumni

Program Outcomes

Our evidence-based program design was born out of thousands of hours of programming, hundreds of conversations, and countless pages of research. We synthesized it all into a clear Theory of Change that puts young people at the center, surrounds them with supportive peers, coaches, and mentors, and draws a throughline from our inputs and activities to our vision of a more inclusive and equitable world, where all youth reach their inherent potential.

Our program model combines soccer practices and games with educational support and community-building activities focused on whole person youth development. Our programs are trauma-informed and designed to create a sense of belonging, build individual agency, and provide avenues for every youth to feel valued and contribute. Below, you will find program outcome statistics from FY23  that stand as examples of our Theory of Change in action.


In Maslow's hierarchy of needs, safety and belonging are essential basic needs. This means that in order to optimize education outcomes and personal goals, we must first make sure that youth feel safe, welcomed, and experience belonging. The data presented provides evidence of positive development, as demonstrated by responses to socio-emotional learning (SEL) themed surveys.*

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Respondents to Our

 Baseline Youth Survey


"I feel like I am part of the SWB community"


"I feel comfortable being myself while at SWB"


"I feel safe while at SWB"


"I make new friends from other cultures"

Connected to relationships skills, social awareness and self awareness domains of social-emotional learning skills. Leads to gender, racial and ethnic equity.


Team sports present endless opportunities to practice leadership skills. At SWB, we create opportunities for participants to develop their leadership through captainships, refereeing, coaching, public speaking, mentoring, service projects, and more. 

Connected to self awareness domain of social-emotional learning skills. Leads to gender, racial and ethnic equity.

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Youth Held Formal Leadership Positions




Increase in positive responses: "I know how I can use my interests and skills to make my community better."

Increase in positive responses: "I participate in activities that make my community better."

Increase in positive responses: "Practicing English at SWB helps me feel more confident using English in other places"

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HS Graduation Rate** at Our MD, CO, and Nicaragua Hubs (91% at MA; 89% at Oak***)


Agency – the sense of control that one feels in their life – is an essential outcome of our Theory of Change. To address this, as part of our holistic, evidence-based approach, we provide participants with academic and language support, college preparation, leadership development, and life-skills workshops.

Connected to self management, self awareness and social awareness domains of social-emotional learning skills. Leads to equity and community cohesion. 




Increase in positive responses: "I can stay calm even when things get tough or stressful."

Increase in positive responses: "I know how to deal with my emotions when I’m disappointed."

Increase in positive responses to questions about a respondent's' belief in the importance of championing equality for all.

About Our Data and Impact Collection Methodologies:

*Youth Survey: Over 1,300 respondents represent a 47% response rate across all six of our hubs in California (CA), Colorado (CO), Massachusetts (MA), Maryland (MD), Nicaragua (NI), and Uganda (UG) The data presented provides evidence of positive development, as demonstrated by responses to socio-emotional learning (SEL) themed surveys. Administered to a sample of over 640 participants at both the baseline and endline across all six SWB hubs, the surveys - with over 40 questions - employed a five-point Likert scale that tracked changes from the start to the end of FY23 across five SEL domains and SWB experience connected to outcomes named on the Theory of Change. This comparative approach highlighted shifts in participants' attitudes and perceptions within SEL at the intersection of their SWB experience, underscoring the impact of SWB. TEAM program participants from each hub respond to a standard set of questions, with some individualization by country context and target age group. Surveys are translated into the languages most spoken by SWB youth, for FY23 that included: Spanish, Arabic, Tigrinya, and Swahili.

**High School Graduation Rates: Tracked on SWB’s sites rubric where Coordinators and Coaches track the number of youth eligible for graduation in a program year as well as graduation data upon the end of the school year.  According to the California School Board Association, graduation rates for English-language Learners (ELL) in the United States was 71.8 percent in 2022, compared to a rate of 89.5 percent for non-ELL students and 87 percent for all students.


***Further context about graduation rates at a local level , by non-SWB participants, can be found here for Oakland and here for Massachusetts. For example, the graduation rate for SWB Oakland participants was 89% as compared to 41% for all newcomer students at Oakland International High School. Likewise, graduation rates for all ELL students in the state of Massachusetts stood at 72% as compared to SWB Massachusetts' rate of 91%.

High School Grad Context
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"SWB’s programming helped my kids so much because when they joined the program they could only speak French, they couldn’t succeed in formal school without getting the training from SWB and getting to learn the language spoken here [in Uganda]. They would surely fail on exams because they did not know the English language. SWB helped us a lot, may God bless you."

- Alice, SWB Uganda Parent 

What We Do

Our program hubs deliver holistic, youth-development programming throughout the year, and are designed to 'get them to the field'. We work to eliminate obstacles that too often keep under-served youth from participating in the game they love: all of our programs are free of charge, transportation is provided, and all of the necessary equipment is supplied.

TEAM Programs

TEAM is a "Spanglish" acronym that stands for "trabajando en equipo aprendemos más" or "working as a team we learn more." Our TEAM programs are our most comprehensive programs. Combining soccer, education, and community-building more than 36 weeks/year, each is uniquely tailored to meet the unique needs of the specific community and fill in gaps where there aren't other service providers. Whether school-based or community-based, TEAM program activities include soccer practices and games, tutoring, homework support, English language instruction, team-building trips, leadership groups, mentoring, and social-emotional learning to support each participant to reach their goals on and off the field.


TEAM Programs

Camps & Clinics

Our soccer camps and clinics are a condensed version of a typical SWB season or practice session, but often with extra surprises! Each camp has a specific purpose. Whether it be outreach to new communities, introducing soccer for the first time, supporting different age groups beyond our TEAM programs, or something else, all are designed to support the whole person. Our range of activities usually starts with soccer, but can also include art, dance, music, cultural celebrations, yoga, and more. Additionally, summer and school holidays can be an isolating and challenging time, especially for newcomer youth who may experience language loss when away from school.  Our summer camps and clinics combine soccer with English language instruction and academic support to keep youth engaged in learning and connected to a community of teammates throughout their time off.


Camps &


Leagues & Tournaments

Our leagues and tournaments are not about lifting trophies. Rather, they are designed to strengthen community cohesion, teach social-emotional skills, and raise awareness and knowledge about specific social issues. Creating our own leagues emerged as a priority as many of our participants and teams either couldn't access existing leagues due to transportation barriers and regulations for foreign-born players or, in the case of our girls' teams in Nicaragua and Uganda, because no leagues for girls existed.


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"To be part of the leadership team, to feel the desire to help, to be with the girls in the program, to share with them, to listen to their desires and dreams... SWB hasn't changed my life, it has formed my life."

- Natalia, SWB Alumna & Staff Member

Stories of Impact

The SWB Summit


What Happened

More than 50 SWB staff members representing all six of our hubs gathered together in Baltimore for the first-ever SWB Summit! We spent three days celebrating milestones and moments and bonding together as a team. The event included food, fun, lots of soccer (of course), and a momentous ribbon-cutting celebration for the opening of our new headquarters.

The Bigger Picture

More than just a time of fun and celebration, the SWB Summit was an important opportunity to bring together coaches, staff and board members from across all of our hubs to unite as a team, bond, and galvanize our collective passion for soccer, serving marginalized youth, and creating a more inclusive and equitable world. 

Did You Know?

Ever since SWB’s Stay at Home Season, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that started in 2020, there have been few opportunities for coaches and staff members from across hubs to connect in person. As an organization that champions community and belonging, the Summit was symbolic of strengthened bonds and new beginnings – a way to ensure that as SWB continues to grow, we will grow as a team united.

US Hub Highlights

FY23 by the Numbers:


Registered TEAM

Program Participants 

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Participant Retention Rate

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Total Group

Activiites Led

SWB Colorado

Our Colorado hub has been serving newcomer youth in the greater Denver area since 2011 and includes year-round programming in the cities of Aurora and Greeley.

>> Follow SWB Colorado on Facebook and Instagram for more stories of impact.

Afghan Youth Clinics 

SWB Colorado partnered with Muslim Youth for Positive Impact (MYPI) to host a series of clinics for newcomer Afghan youth. In January, approx. 40 participants aged 3 to 18 came together in a safe space to play games and make new friends. 

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Youth Leadership

37 youth leaders were hired to support camps for K-8th grade participants across our sites in Metro Denver and Weld County. These high school students learn resume writing, interviewing, basic professional skills, positive coaching techniques and more.

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Motivational Mondays 

A highlight at our Aurora-West site, participants have been visited by pro players Sophie Braun, Boubacar Keita and Abraham Rodriguez as well as SWB's own Hajar Abulfazl. They shared inspirational stories of hard work and resilience.

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FY23 by the Numbers:


Registered TEAM

Program Participants 

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Youth Leaders 

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High School 

Graduation Rate

SWB Maryland

Since 2009, our Maryland hub has operated in the city and county of Baltimore and delivers year-round middle school and high school programs, and summer programs for K-12. Additionally, Baltimore is home to our SWB global headquarters.

>> Follow SWB Maryland on Facebook for more stories of impact.

SEL Groups

SWB Maryland's Vanguard site launched brand new socio-emotional learning (SEL) groups for particpants. The groups focused on managing emotions, setting goals, showing empathy, building positive relationships & making responsible decisions.

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Photo Storytelling

SWB Maryland participants Fit, Roza, and Aya were featured in a special photo storytelling series by Goal Click designed to put a spotlight upon the refugee experience. Each used photos to tell their own stories while showing the power of soccer & community at SWB.

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Meeting Little Amal

In Sept, the SWB community in Baltimore met Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet representing a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl on a 6,000-mile journey across the US. Together, they shared a message of hope for displaced children. 

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SWB Massachusetts

Our Massachusetts hub has served newcomers in Greater Boston since 2012 and currently leads year-round programs in Chelsea, East Boston, and Somerville.

>> Follow SWB Massachusetts on Facebook and Instagram for more stories of impact.

FY23 by the Numbers:


Registered TEAM

Program Participants 

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High School Graduation Rate

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Camps and Clinics

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Building Bridges

For the first time, teams from all SWB Massachusetts sites played on a single field. Coaches drove participants from Springfield to join teams from Somerville, Chelsea and East Boston. The experience expanded participants’ sense of community while building new connections.

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Cheering for the Revs

In June, 50 SWB Massachusetts participants spent an evening watching the New England Revolution. Not only was it an opportunity to create lifelong memories, it also helped cultivate friendships, connect with the local community, and be inspired by pro athletes.

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Our Afghan Neighbors 

In collaboration with FIFA, SWB Massachusetts welcomed 

newcomers from Afghanistan during their Small Goals Big Change tournament with special soccer activities, a community resource fair, and by providing a platform for Afghan women soccer players to tell their stories via a special online event.

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FY23 by the Numbers:


Registered TEAM

Program Participants 

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Youth Leaders 

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Leagues Ran by

SWB Oakland

SWB Oakland

Since 2007, our Oakland hub has served newcomer youth across Alameda County, CA and are leaders and active participants in the Bay Area sports-based youth development community. 

Elementary League

In collaboration with Oakland Unified School District, SWB Oakland launched our first Elementary School League. Taking place over 10 weeks and serving over 250 participants from kindergarten to fifth grade, the league also  provided employment opportunities for 17 emerging youth leaders. 

Global Goal Five

SWB Oakland’s Tennyson High School Girls’ Team participated in and won the spring edition of the Global Goal Five League, in just their second semester participating! The league is a safe space for girls to learn and grow, and access a supportive community of peers and mentors.

Behavioral Health Program

The Behavioral Health Program, designed to support mental and behavioral health, was piloted in 2023 and guides coaches and players through an eight-session plan in self determination theory, seeking to facilitate autonomy, relatedness, and competency via goal-setting, “teammates”, and reinforcing strengths.

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International Hub Highlights

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SWB Nicaragua

Our Nicaragua hub has operated in Granada since 2008 and uses soccer as a way to build leadership, improve educational outcomes, and strengthen social-emotional skills for girls, ages 5-20.  Barriers to participation are addressed through holistic, long-term programming and a future-focused culture that invites girls to "dream big" and imagine their future

>> Follow SWB Nicaragua (Fútbol Sin Fronteras) on Facebook and Instagram for more stories of impact.

FY23 by the Numbers:

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Registered TEAM

Program Participants

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Tournaments Specifically for Girls (Only Such Tourneys in the Country)

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Education Program Scholarships Awarded

Coach Reyna Awarded 

Alumna coach Reyna Roblero was presented with an award for “Outstanding Female Athlete of the Municipality of Granada in Women’s Football.” The award honored her unwavering commitment to leadership and her promotion and delivery of soccer programs for girls in Granada.

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World Cup Tournament

In honor of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, SWB Nicaragua launched the Copa Mundial Infantil Feminina! The week-long tournament was designed to celebrate the women's game and brought together 12 girls teams, six from the hub and six from the local community and included an all-female referee team. 

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Empowering Leaders

SWB Nicaragua led a girls’ leadership camp in Leon, Nicaragua in partnership with Plan International. The camp, which was designed to strengthen female leadership by empowering girls within local communities, took place over two days and welcomed 50 participants!

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FY23 by the Numbers:

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Registered TEAM

Program Participants

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Girls Reached through the Kampala Girls League

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Students Reached by the SWB Uganda Edu. Program

SWB Uganda

With daily programs for out-of-school youth participants, community activities during school holidays, and youth-led soccer leagues, our Uganda hub serves approximately 250 participants daily and is a crucial resource to refugee youth in Kampala. As leaders in the soccer-for-good sector in East Africa since 2007, the hub also works to build capacity of partner organizations to build more equitable program spaces in the region.

>> Follow SWB Uganda on Facebook and Instagram for more stories of impact.

Kampala Girls League 

The 7th edition of the Kampala Girls League included 650 girls from 34 teams. The event has grown over the years, becoming a mainstay of programming at SWB Uganda due to its ability to advance gender equity on the pitch and provide girls a platform to play, compete, and develop leadership skills.

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Youth Leadership

Ensi Yona, “the whole world” in the Luganda language, is an interactive and educational program designed by SWB Uganda coaches to inspire participants to look at the Women’s World Cup from a new perspective. The program encouraged participants to celebrate fair play as much as impressive goals and trophies.

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Parent Workshop

94 parents and guardians attended an engagement workshop designed to provide newcomer and refugee parents with a platform to provide feedback, to learn important safeguarding information, and form a valuable network of support with one another and the local community. 

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SWB Assist Highlights

SWB Assist

Soccer serves as the perfect platform to engage youth from all backgrounds and identities. If designed with purpose, the sport has the power to create belonging, strengthen individual agency, and equip young people with the skills they need to reach their greatest potential and contribute to their local communities.


At scale, this approach has the power to transform society to become more inclusive and equitable, combating social isolation, intergroup conflict, discrimination, and systemic exclusion of marginalized identities.


SWB Assist is devoted to advancing inclusion and equity through sport worldwide. With over 16 years of on-the-ground experience serving newcomer youth and marginalized girls globally, we are uniquely equipped to leverage the skills of our most experienced program development experts – and the tools and best practices from our SWB hubs – to support likeminded partners to advance their own strategic goals.

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Switch the Pitch Chicago

Empathy, appreciation, safety, vulnerability, awareness, and authenticity – these are the focus areas of our Switch the Pitch inclusive coach training series. The latest installment of the training, launched by Common Goal and led by SWB, was held in October in partnership with the Chicago Fire Academy.


During our time in Chicago, we had the amazing opportunity to connect with the passionate and dedicated coaches of the Academy. They took part in fun and enriching activities, challenges, and games designed to spark meaningful discussions on how to make the game more inclusive and equitable for all. This included a deep dive into our Switch the Pitch Team Challenges, experiential learning opportunities built around six strategically-designed modules: identities & perspectives, allyship & collective action, power & policies, activism & leadership, the prevention & response to racism,

and access & resources.

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Global Goal 5 Accelerators

SWB creates inclusive and accessible soccer play for marginalized women in a variety of ways; one of which is our Global Goal 5 (GG5) Accelerators. Created in partnership with Common Goal and Women Win, SWB's GG5 Accelerators activates a community by using soccer as a tool for transforming gender equity. It is also a part of a global gender equity movement in soccer known as Equal Play Effect. Together, these actions contribute toward the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 5 which is to "Advance Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls."

The Global Goal 5 Accelerator takes a collaborative approach to advancing gender equity. As part of a regional cohort, organizational leaders and women coaches work to establish a baseline for their gender equality goals, identify priority areas and commitments to focus on, and create action plans to accelerate their progress toward their goals. Each Accelerator takes place over a period of months, with cohort-wide workshops that focus on areas of collective need and create opportunities to share best practices. Cohort members bring their learnings and action plans back to their organizations and communities, and are supported to activate their Goal 5 commitments.


Total SWB Assist 

Program Participants 

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Coaches Trained by

SWB Assist Trainers

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Activities Held

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Countries Where

SWB Assist Worked

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Training Hours

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Peer Organizations

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Looking Ahead

Throughout this Annual Report, you'll discover:

  • Statistics representing the remarkable impact that SWB has made over the past year 

  • Inspirational quotes from participants, staff, volunteers, and parents

  • Stories of inclusion and belonging on the soccer pitch. 

As we look ahead to 2024 and beyond, we celebrate the growth potential found across our direct service and SWB Assist programming – we know that the world's game can continue to make a major positive impact on thousands of newcomer youth and marginalized girls around the world. And, we all know that wherever there is growth, there will be change. Here are some areas of growth and change that we have identified and are working actively and intentionally to address so we can continue to serve in thoughtful, strategic, and evidenced-based ways.

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Across all SWB hubs, 49.3% of TEAM Program participants identify as girls. While we are extremely proud of this fact, there are still challenges that we are working to overcome. 

Across our US-based hubs, the percentage of TEAM Program participants identifying as girls currently sits at 38.7. Over 2024 and beyond, we are actively working to ensure that full gender parity is found across our US-based programs. 

Gender Equity

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We have an ever-growing, diverse staff team who come to us speaking  23 different languages. While such linguistic diversity is something to be valued and celebrated, it doesn't come without its challenges. This is especially true for our Nicaragua hub where, being fully Spanish-speaking, they have often found themselves without the ability to fully speak their mind.


As a first step to overcome the problem of language gaps, we have invested in tilde, a justice-oriented interpretation and translation service, to increase our organization’s access to and use of professional interpreters and translators to facilitate our work with such diverse newcomer populations. 

Language Justice


According to the 2023 UNHCR Global Trends Report, the worldwide number of displaced people grew to 108.4 million, up 19.1 million from last year. This is the largest ever increase. While children under the age of 18 account for 30% of the world's population, they make up 40% of displaced people.

Solutions to the crises driving displacement must be coordinated and come from the highest levels of global power, but this does not mean there is nothing we can do. On the ground and in communities, SWB must continue to align with like-minded orgs in strategic ways to welcome and support those most affected by these crises.

Global Displacement

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World Cup 2026

By the time the Men's FIFA World Cup kicks off in North America in 2026, we project that:

  • 50,000 youth directly will be served by SWB programming

  • 5,000 coaches will be trained by SWB Assist

  • 100,000 youth will be indirectly impacted by incl. coach trainings.


Accomplishing these goals will require the ongoing support of our partners, donors, and friends as well as continued focus around SWB’s Theory of Change


"I have had the immense pleasure to witness firsthand how the program benefits the kids it serves. I've seen the kids grow as leaders, make new friends, improve their English, improve their school grades, and just have fun with their friends on the soccer field."

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FY2023 Financials

As a Platinum Level participant on Candid: Guidestar, Soccer Without Borders upholds the highest level of transparency and integrity in our financial systems. In FY23, we continued our trend of reinvesting prior year surplus funds into expanded services and greater depth of programming on the ground, while maintaining a healthy reserve to ensure stability through uncertainty. In the last 6 years, SWB has invested nearly $15 million into free, holistic youth development programming for underserved youth.


Total Revenues: 


Foundations & Corporate:






$1,217,751  (27.9%)

$2,287,124 (52.5%)

$630,272  (14.5%)

$117,017  (2.7%)

$108,223  (2.5%)





& Corporate









Total Expenses: 


Direct Program:




$3,319,575  (85.8%)
$346,451 (9.0%)
$200,789 (5.2%)


Direct Program







Total Ending Net Assets:

Board Restricted:                    
Donor Restricted: 


$1,700,879 (64.3%)
$723,500 (27.4%)
$220,750 (8.3%)




Board Restricted


Donor Restricted



Total Liabilities:  

Total liabilities & net assets: 


$164,569 (38.1%)
$267,866 (61.9%)

On November 4, 2021, Soccer Without Borders purchased 3700 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, Maryland, USA to serve as a Youth Hub for local SWB Maryland participants and as organizational headquarters. The long-term liability of $267,866 represents the mortgage principal at fiscal year-end.

August 1, 2022- July 31, 2023
These financials were independently audited by Daniel Dennis & Co

Our Boards

Our Board of Directors serves as the governing body of the organization and our advisory boards bring their individual and collective expertise to support our leadership teams.

Board of Directors

Erin S. Cook

Martha E. Saavndra

Charlie F. Bustin

Toaha Ahmad

Gillian R. Cassell-Stiga
Sara Chehrehsa

Julio Chow-Gamboa
Skye S.J. DeLano
Christopher Grecco

Michael Littleton
Leila R. Milani

Adaobi Okafor

Tammy M. Reder

Michael R. Sack

(President) Director of Business Strategy, SuperDeep Studio

(Secretary) Associate Director, Center for African Studies, UC Berkeley

(Treasurer) Partner, Douglas C. Lane & Associates

Career Engineering Lead, Google

Partner, Director, Make It Real Foundation

Associate General Counsel, General Catalyst

Senior Manager, Educational Capacity, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Nonprofit Leadership Professional

Founder, Element Market Research

Certified Public Accountant

Global Policy and Programs Director, Futures Without Violence

Director of Finance, Trees for the Future

Chief Financial Officer, Horizons for Homeless Children

Senior Fellow, Jobs For The Future

National Advisory Board

Calen Carr 
Ann Cook
Naomi Girma
Greg Lalas
Simon Levett
Jeff McIntyre
Bill Price
Melissa Roth
Chris Sonntag

On-Air Host, Major League Soccer

Associate Head Coach, Penn State Women’s Soccer

Professional Soccer Player, San Diego Wave & USWNT

Chief Marketing Officer, United Soccer League

Retired Accountant, W-League Franchise Owner

Founder & President, Ruffneck Scarves

President & Founder, Driva Solutions

Vice President & General Counsel, Global Rescue

Head of Partnership Marketing, Chicago Fire FC

Regional Advisory Boards


Zach Kilimann, Afshin Sarvestani, Lisa Taylor, Jasper Verlaan


Ali Andrzejewski, Trey Greiser, Eloise Grose, Daniel Solomon, Rosina Koehn, Runit Kumar, Lindsay Monti, Abhishek Yonghang, Matthew Warner


Abdoulaye Balde, Allison Horwitz, Alanna Hughes, Natasha Hussain, Gabrielle Krause, Saf Momen, Daniel O’Connor, Shalini Patel, Amanda Tan, Mercedes Valdes, Taylor Willey, Candida Yanez


Omsri Bharat, Dan Chamberlain, Andrew Coleman, Mara Decker, Neha Desai, Richard Eichmann, Yohannes Harish, Kathryn Nagy, Mike Woitalla

Our Partners

In the face of complex challenges, no person, program, or organization can drive change alone. Local, national, and global partnerships with aligned organizations makes our work more impactful and sustaining. We are grateful for all of our outstanding partners whose resources, expertise, and contributions enable us to better accomplish our mission every day.

Beyond Sport
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Official Uniform Provider
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Regional Partners


Adams 12 Five Star Schools, African Community Center, AIMS Community College, Angus Held Foundation, Aurora Public Schools, Beacon Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Health Foundation, Colorado Refugee Services Program, Colorado Soccer Foundation, First Congregational Church of Greeley, Greeley-Evans School District, Greeley-Evans School District 6
International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Family Services, United Way of Weld County, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Weld Community Foundation, Women's Fund of Weld County, The Weld Trust


Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle, BGE
Blaustein Foundation, 
Crane Foundation, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Family League of Baltimore City, France-Merrick Foundation, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, JMI Equity, Mario I & Henry J Knott Foundation, Maryland Office for Refugees & Asylees, Meyerhoff Family Charitable, Funds, Schusterman Foundation, T. Rowe Price Foundation, Venable Foundation, Under Armour


Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Scores, Boston Dreams, Boston Spurs Supporters’ Club, Cabot Foundation, City of Boston - Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement, Robert & Joan Dircks Family Foundation, East Boston Ecumenical Council, East Boston Family Engagement Network, East Boston Neighborhood Health, Center/Let’s Get Movin’, East Boston Social Center, Everett Public School, Chelsea Public School, Excel Academy Charter School, Falmouth Road Race Charity Program, FIFA Human Rights Department, Highland Street Foundation, Jewish Family Services, International Institute of New England, La Colaborativa Chelsea, Nesworthy Charitable Trust, The Midnight Riders Loyal Supporters of the New England Revolution, MIRA Coalition, New Balance Foundation, Play Sports Coalition, Procter & Gamble, Rick Itzkowich Foundation, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Soccer Unity Project, Somerville Public School, The Donald McKay School, Up2US Sports, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Veronica Robles Cultural Center, Wellington Management Foundation, Women’s Sports Foundation, Women Win


Boreiko Family Foundation, Bristol Link UK, Federación Independiente de Granada, FENIFUT – Fútbol Federation of Nicaragua, Girls' Rights Project, Fundación selección Colombia, Global Rescue, Granada FC, Thomas H. Pope Memorial Fund, Together Women Rise, U.S. Department of State-Sports United, U.S. Embassy in Managua


Albany-Berkeley Soccer Club Bay Area, Wilderness Training, Bay Area Community Resources, Bustillo Family Foundation, Cal State East Bay, Capelli Sport, Castlemont High School, City of Oakland, Clif Bar, East Bay Asian Youth Center, East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum, Girls Inc., Fremont High School, Frick United Academy of Language, Hayward, Unified School District, Hayward Promise Neighborhood, Hellman Foundation, International Rescue Committee, La Familia Counseling Services, Mill Valley Soccer Club, MVLA Soccer Club, Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, Oakland High School, Oakland International High School, Oakland Public Education Fund, Oakland Roots Sports Club, Oakland Unified School District, Olympic Club Foundation, Senda Athletics Tennyson High School, Refugee and Immigrant Transitions, Rudsdale Continuation HS, Urban Promise Academy, Up2Us Sports, The Westly Foundation, Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)


Beyond Sport, British Council, Common Goal, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), FIFA Foundation, Federation of Uganda Football Associations, Global Girl Project, Premier League Premier Skills

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