Soccer for Success

Soccer for Success is the free soccer-based after-school program developed by the U.S. Soccer Foundation (USSF) that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children. Detroit has partnered with the USSF since 2011 serving more than 6,000 participants in 5 years.

The Soccer for Success Program at Detroit PAL is for girls and boys in elementary and middle schools. Soccer for Success meets three days a week in numerous schools across the city.

Learn more about Soccer for Success in our Soccer for Success Jamboree video below.

Core Components

Physical Activity: Children participate in 90-minute sessions, 3 days a week to ensure they receive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.

Nutrition: Soccer for Success staff deliver relevant educational activities where participants are taught the basics of nutrition, the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits.

Mentorship: Each site is staffed by caring coaches who serves as mentors that are invested in the successful development of each child. Mentors stress the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and violence.

Family Engagement: Soccer for Success strives to turn parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program’s teachings by applying them in their homes. Family members are provided with information on nutrition, health, and public services that will aid them in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.

Partner Schools in Detroit
Academy of Americas

Bennett Elementary

Caesar Chavez Elementary

Carstens Elementary

Dossin Elementary-Middle School

Earhart Elementary-Middle School

Escuela Avancemos

Gesu Catholic School

Hamilton Academy

Old Redford Academy

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy

Roberto Clemente Academy

STARR Academy

Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Academy

University YES

For more information about the Soccer for Success program, please email at Shamari Hamlet at


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