The City Soccer model is an athletic platform for methodically improving the health in communities in many ways.
The programs are highly effective for helping all stakeholders in the local game, but also to land larger social-impact and resolve solve common issues at and around a facility offering the programs.
Outcomes are proven, and deliberately achieved through use of play-spaces to aid in the areas of Individual & Family Development; Organizational Development; Community Development & Well-being; Economic Development; Healthcare and Mental-healthcare
Two pathways of participation allow players and leaders to get involved and increase their level of activity.
The model offers two pathways of participation and development: PLAY or LEAD.
Moving upward, a player can have fun, graduate, and prepare to exit for outside options. Moving downward, a leader can get involved on their own time, improve professional skills, and work toward a full-time role.
A comprehensive experience is always available for a Player or Leader. Part-time and full-time positions make education over time easy and unavoidable. Talent can help itself, emerge and continue. The path is clear-cut and convenient, ideal for anyone aspiring to PLAY or LEAD.
Beyond obvious pathways, model is a diverse connector of people and opportunities. Through the universal gathering place of the field, a critical social node in a community, people are able to meet and achieve virtually anything.
The City Soccer model is a collection of well-designed programs that improve common issues in soccer, sport, an society. The model offers a continuous pathway useful for a lifetime.
The model is unlike other programmatic solutions. The most notable difference is the way in which the programs have been developed in circumstances of widespread need, during the rebuilding of a major city.
The pilot locations are operated for the Research & Development, to improve programs for the purpose of sharing with cities and organizations who would benefit. Setting up others to use the programs takes place through Unite The Game Foundation, via the local Planning process.
Programs meet different needs and purposes—many reasons for participating. Each has been shaped over time by working very closely with all major stakeholders in the local game: participants, families, coaches, teams, organizations, communities, associations, and governing bodies. The ability of the model to align of all these groups is a very powerful tool to solve problems on all scales.
Since 2005, this work has considered the problems and perspectives of all interests in the game. The design of each City Soccer program, as well as how each program can fit and flex together, has been developed for all people in a city.
The adaptable framework makes the model transferable and useful in any set of local circumstances. The Planning process ensures the right mix, and that a local operator is able to operate the programs successfully.
With the City Soccer model, Unite The Game has produced this formula for an athletic community to serve and align people in critical ways. Local play-spaces are maximized; broad benefits and impacts follow naturally.
City Soccer Team is a program focused on performance against local or non-local opposition, accommodating friendlies, tournaments, or league play.
The TEAM program bolster the traditional club or academy model, or replace the traditional approach. TEAM brings a drastic improvement to operating a high-amateur or semi-pro side, elite levels where a livable wage is not possible. Elite grassroots teams often operate under tight constraints of funding, space, and time. Outreach is seldom considered for the area’s elite, while major hurdles often make an elite local programs. TEAM is a way to build and sustain an elite team on a low-budget of cost, commitment, attendance, and space.
The design of the TEAM program brings several solutions, beyond sitting at the top of the City Soccer pathway. Seasoned adults and promising young talent can line up together, whatever their goals, while the program covers them all.
Using the TEAM program-design when operating the City Soccer model locally, stability and sustainability is found for the club. More can be grown at home.Program Details
Open Academy is a program designed for individual development and concept education for all levels—of player, coach, volunteer, or parent.
While needs change over time, the need for development never ends. Open Academy makes a quality environment and proper instruction available, affordable, and convenient. Staff on hand serve to guide, explain, and demonstrate.
The format has been rigorously tested. It is highly effective to resolve several epidemic issues in the game—to do with under-service, attrition, expense, education, and space—particularly in urban areas. Graduation is unbounded and connected to the pathway while playing in other programs.
Through Open Academy, a promise of the future to any participant is always in the right hands—their own. Simply turn up and get with the program.Program Details
Open Play is a program designed to provide a few simple touches on an old favorite: pick-up soccer.
Without compromising the reason people love to get together and play—easily and informally enjoy the game, create, and socialize—Open Play is an ideal supplement alongside other programs. The playing experience keeps moving in a quality environment. Guidance from trainers is always on hand, if desired, as is an extra ball! The connection of Open Play to other programs makes opportunities available for any player. Days and times allow families, organizations, and associations to realize some major benefits from an old classic.
A few small additions make a massive win-win-win…for everyone involved.Program Details
Open Out is outreach programming designed to offer benefit to participants OR to raise awareness and funds for a cause.
City Soccer has identified three approaches to outreach. One of the three approaches will apply to any existing outreach programming taking place in a community. This way, adding the City Soccer model can work well (or be built around) programs that are already successful in the community.
To ensure the City Soccer model works well with any existing successful outreach effort or program, design has taken place alongside many great initiatives—including US Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success, America Scores, Special Olympics, and Autism All-Stars—around New Orleans, New York, California, Washington DC as well as cities in Europe.
The City Soccer model is guaranteed to enhance any good and existing effort!Program Details
Pools is a program designed for advanced player development.
Mastering a craft means doing it often, but also having the ability to do it often in a suitable environment. The more a player or group improve, the fewer environments are available to push their ability. Traditional local and state formats are just not enough, and maintaining an environment and lifestyle for elite development and play can become expensive. Outreach programming for advanced players often goes unconsidered, particularly for latter-teens and adults. For elite talent at the high-amateur or semi-pro level, teams on a budget without livable wages, the design of the Pools program solves many notable dilemmas. Pools makes way for the top Team to shape itself in a stable and sustainable format, designed expressly for options and an uninhibited local developmental path for advanced players and coaches.
Pools fills in where low-cost, quality programs are needed for elite players, because improvment should never be expensive, let alone cost-prohibitive.Program Details
City Soccer Leagues is a program designed for amateur players and teams to get what they really want.
Consumer preferences and lifestyles are always changing, as technology plays an increasing role. Products, services, and experiences, and behaviors reshape across all industries. Customization brings an increasing desire for ﬂexible alternatives and immediate results, sometimes on an individual level. As things change, consumers are often less willing or able to commit. Leagues are no different. Enrollments shift—more individuals needs to make a team—and often fall. It is a trend clearly observable in traditional approaches to league-style play.
Players and teams no longer attend in the same way. New behaviors— “Game tonight at 7:30…Who’s in?…IN…IN…OUT…IN…OUT” — bring new considerations for league and teams management. Unite The Game Research shows how consumers are changing and participants are falling oﬀ—at what points and why. However, many also enjoy a format of League which better suits what the adult amateur player wants in a program.
League management becomes far easier. Trends of attrition and poor attendance are reversed. Along side more suitable formats for some purposes for playing, the traditional formats clean up and improve!Program Details
City Soccer Schools is a program adapted from careful studies of school soccer program at all ages and over a long period of time, both at and away from City Soccer facilities. The program is designed to address many major barriers.
Schools aids in several ways schools tend to ﬁnd diﬃculty in providing soccer and sport activities to students. It is designed to address many major problems, faced not only by the school itself, but for families to establish connection to soccer and to continue growing the game. The problems commonly faced by teams, coaches, players, refs, and organizers are removed. The result is a simple means for schools to oﬀer the game and for players and families to establish connection with the local pathway, in order to continue enjoying and growing the game. Any school near a City Soccer Schools program now has an easy way to offer a quality soccer experience to students and families.Program Details
Sounds is a program designed for demonstration, generating interest in the game and improving technique in a fun way through music, rhythm, and skill with a ball.
Moving with rhythm means total control of the body and ball. Coordinating an orchestra of players in thought and action is not only great fun and exercise, but lays the groundwork for properly playing the game. Inclusive sessions and impressive demonstrations anyone can enjoy. Impromptu or planned, at school or in the street…anywhere in the city…
Catch eyes, ears and the spirit of the game by soundly moving the body, mind, and ball.Program Details
Connecting the Field to Residents & Resident-businesses
City Soccer pulls together a community around the game; incorporating community organizations and businesses, as well as residents who may not have an interest to play.Program Details
Designed over fifteen years and in circumstances of total need; developed with understanding by taking the view over years in many key roles; arriving at the shape of programs to solve major problems and align interests; connecting a model for service can be adaptively and practically applied for impact in five major areas: HEALTHCARE, ECONOMIC, COMMUNITY, ORGANIZATIONAL, & PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Research at Unite The Game Foundation — through studies and projects around the United States and internationally — has aligned the City Soccer model with the UN framework for social service and Sustainable Development Goals; with the WHO/UEFA joint study of Social Return On Investment in community football programming; with numerous national and municipal frameworks for social service and community well-being.
“The (City Soccer) model is an ideal approach to social determinants of health in communities…planning, delivering, and measuring interventions through sport…”
The model solves many soccer and social problems, particularly in ways which traditional models of clubs tend to struggle. But don’t let all the do-gooding fool you—the model is also highly effective for competitive player and team development.
Open Academy, alone, is a force fo learning and development that moves players smoothly through intro-to-high level concepts. Everything needed is available in the same place. Graduation is fluid; feedback is built-in; no one can hide. To show up is to be seen and developed in the ways which are needed by the individual playing in a group.
To combine the program with other playing opportunities, in the City Soccer model or elsewhere, an incredible model for developing players becomes available to any player or club across an area. When all have access and none are held back, the difference is powerful…and obvious on the field.