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THE CITY SOCCER MODEL

In any city, how a play-space is used is very important.

A field can be a critical hub. The City Soccer model makes better use of playing fields and offers a lifetime of participation for all ages, stages, and abilities to play, coach, and connect.

The model is unique because of the circumstances from which it came. The rebuilding of a major city after a natural disaster is an environment of total need. People need programs to do a bit more. Design & development has continued for over a decade.

There are many reasons that people play. Each program serves a different primary purpose. Working closely with the major stakeholders in local sport, various interests have been accounted for and built in to the design of the programs—from the point-of-view of players, families, coaches, clubs, communities, associations, and governing bodies. All of these stakeholders are aligned by at the field, by simply offering the programs to the community.

The framework is adaptable and transferable to any local area. A right mix is found through a Planning process offered by Unite The Game Foundation.

Local play-spaces are maximized; benefits and impacts follow logically.

City Soccer Team

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 programs work well together. Using both programs 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.

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Open Academy

Open Academy is a program designed for individual development in groups. Education and graduation is made simple and accessible for all—players and coaches. 

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Open Play

Open Play allows anyone access to play in fun, free-flowing games for with others of a similar level.

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Open Out

Open Out is outreach programming designed to offer benefit to participants, or to raise awareness and funds for a cause.

 

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City Soccer Pools

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. 

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City Soccer Leagues

City Soccer Leagues is a program designed for amateur players and teams to get what they really want.

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City Soccer Schools

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. 

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City Soccer Sounds

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.

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City Soccer Card

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.

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City Soccer Social

 

 

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SOCCER & SOCIAL IMPACT

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.

PLAYER & LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

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.