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Innovate to Grow



The Innovate to Grow Fund was recently introduced by the U.S. Soccer Federation in pursuit of its mission to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States. The initiative aims to help develop underserved soccer communities, with an overall focus on building the sport at the grassroots level.

The Innovate to Grow Fund grants were awarded to U.S. Soccer Federation Members whose innovative programs show promise in building the sport of soccer at the grassroots level. NJ Youth Soccer is very excited to announce its acceptance of an Innovate to Grow Fund grant from U.S. Soccer as on those Federation Members.

As part of the Innovate to Grow initiative, NJ Youth Soccer has been meeting with recreation departments and community programs around the state to communicate its member benefits. These benefits focus on improving player abilities and confidence both physically and socially, risk management solutions, insurance solutions, improved coach knowledge, support from professional staff and increased parent engagement.

For more information about Innovate to Grow, please contact David Ricca, NJYS Innovate to Grow Consultant, at [email protected].

About the Innovate to Grow Fund

Recognizing the vital role that Federation Members play in the growth of soccer in the U.S., the Innovate to Grow Fund was established in 2017 to help U.S. Soccer member organizations launch new and innovative programs designed to grow participation in their markets. To be considered for grant funding, Members’ proposed programs must meet certain criteria as part of a comprehensive application process, including:

  • The program must be new and different from current efforts.
  • The program must demonstrate capability to grow participation.
  • The program must demonstrate potential to scale in other markets.
  • The program must align with U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.
  • The member must also be financially invested in the program.

NJ Youth Soccer's plan focuses on the following:

  • Increasing membership and participation amongst youth and adults by reaching out to multiple sport organizations, municipal Parks & Recreations and non-affiliated clubs to determine the barriers to affiliation with State and National Organizations.
  • Provide Grassroots License Coaching Courses to develop coaches.
  • Incorporate solutions for Risk Management to assist new programs increase their safety procedures and best practice.
  • Alignment with US Soccer Philosophies (Player Development, Coaching, Player Safety) and delivering a holistic, realistic, and experiential curriculum that includes the Play-Practice-Play methodology.

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New Jersey Youth Soccer

569 Abbington Dr, Suite 5
East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

Phone: 609-490-0725
Email: [email protected]

New Jersey Youth Soccer

569 Abbington Dr, Suite 5
East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

Phone: 609-490-0725
Email: [email protected]
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