Launched in 2022, Soccer Unity Project grew from over 14 years of equitable, inclusive and successful soccer programs and events in the City of Boston. Soccer Unity Project was created from a two-year strategic planning process that identified the incredible potential of joining South End Soccer, Boston Unity Cup, and additional programming in order to deepen the impact of soccer.
We see soccer as a powerful tool that can be used to bring together our global city and shift our history of inequity, polarization, disconnection and bias across race, ethnicity, age, income, and industry. For our youth programs, we believe every child should have the opportunity to engage in sport. We work to change the culture of youth soccer from a pay-to-play model with a history of systematic racism and gender inequality to one that welcomes and develops urban youth regardless of background or experience. Our methodology utilizes the soccer pitch as a "hub" of connection, intersection, inclusion, and community building.
WHY WE'RE UNIQUE
WE PROMOTE REPRESENTATION & CULTURAL APPRECIATION
As the world's most popular sport, soccer has an incredible potential to bridge cultural divides. At Soccer Unity Project, we provide free programs to drive inclusion and engage communities that have been historically excluded from the game.
WE UNITE THE COMMUNITY TO BUILD TRUST & COMPASSION
Our unique model does not target specific populations; instead, we see the power of celebrating differences. Our inclusive programming intersects across income, race, age, background and identity to promote connection and respect beyond the pitch.
WE CREATE SAFE SPACES TO GROW THE GAME
We create safe spaces to play, develop, and learn. Pay-to-play models have hindered the growth of soccer across income levels and zip codes. Our youth and adult programs focus on accessibility, inspiring a love of the game, and elevating urban soccer.