The City Soccer model is a platform for improving community health through local programming. “Health” is not limited to physical-health, but includes numerous areas of Social Return On Investment in play-spaces.
Beyond SROI, programs in the model improve development of players and populations around the field.
The model provides a clear and obvious path for players and coaches to participate and develop. It’s easy to get started and continue through the programs and levels.
The model offers PLAYING & COACHING pathways, which are easy to use. Neither are cost-prohibitive.
A player can use programs in the model for a lifetime of play, graduating through levels as needed. A coach can participate on their own time, or land a full-time coaching role.
As a player or coach, participants help theirselves, have fun and move up. The pathway is clearly cut, convenient, and as challenging as needed.
The model is connects a diverse mix of people and paths at the field. Through these connections, people are able to meet and achieve virtually anything.
The field is a critical hub in the city. It’s all about how you use it.
How play-spaces are used is critical to a city.
A field is an important hub in the community, not just for exercising and socializing, but for the positive stir it can create in an area.
The City Soccer model improves the way playing fields provide service and impact a community. The programs allow for a lifetime of participation for all ages and stages of player and coach. There are many reasons that people play. The reasons change over time, even from day-to-day. Each program serves a different reason.
The model is unique because of the circumstances from which it came. Rebuilding a major city after a natural disaster means people need programming in all sorts of ways. We have a field…how can we help? Design & development has continued for over a decade.
There are many interests in local sport—clubs, players and families, but also community residents and associations, governing bodies and businesses. All of these stakeholders can be aligned by programs at a local field, designed with each in mind.
The model can work in any local area. It is adaptable. Mix and match programs along side a schedule of existing activities. The right local framework is found through the Planning process offered by Unite The Game Foundation.
When local play-spaces and people are maximized, benefits and impacts follow logically.
TEAM is a program focused on Performance.
The TEAM program is where the model meets a traditional club or academy team.
The TEAM program and the POOL program work well together. Using both solves many common problems suffered by competitive amateur and semi-pro clubs—where a livable wage is not being paid to the players. Elite programming often operates under tight constraints of time, space, and funding. This often hinders the development or assembly of players. Many hurdles exist at these levels. The TEAM program provides stability and sustainability for elite groups on a limited budget, or to simply improve the model or business of the club.
The programs under the TEAM program can be seen a complete infrastructure.
More can be grown at home.Program Details
Open Academy is a program designed for individual development in groups, as the game must be played. Technical, physical, mental conditioning are available and round out to leave a player prepared for tactics in the bigger game. Through Open Academy, education and graduation is made simple and accessible for all players and coaches.Program Details
Open Play allows players and coaches access to fun and free-flowing play, including dynamic warm up with a ball followed by games with other players of a similar level.Program Details
Open Out is outreach programming designed to offer benefit to participants, or to raise awareness and funds for a cause.
Pools is a program designed for advanced player development. Players are typically invited to join a Pool after showing good performance—either graduating from Core City Soccer programs (Open Academy, Open Play, Leagues, Schools) or after being seen somewhere in the community.Program Details
City Soccer Leagues is a program designed for amateur players and teams to get what they really want.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.Program Details
Sounds is a program designed for having fun and generating interest in the game, but also improving technical ability, coordination, and rhythm through music and a 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, starting with a uniquely valuable circumstance of total need, and assembling a model that can be adapted and used by others.
Developed with careful consideration and understanding many key stakeholders in local sport, arriving at simple program-designs that solve several problems from each perspective.
Researched through the lens of key areas of SROI: HEALTHCARE, ECONOMIC, EVIRONMENTAL, COMMUNITY, ORGANIZATION and, of course, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
It is an ideal approach for social determinants of health in communities, through sport.
The model is also highly effective for competitive player, club, and population development.
Open Academy, alone, is a force for players and coaches to learn and develop. By combining the programs with other opportunities, an incredible model for developing players and coaches becomes available across a local area.
When all have access and none are held back, the difference is powerful. The proof is on the field.