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The Urban Soccer Symposium, presented by Soccer Shots, hosts community leaders and speakers from across the nation who are dedicated to improving the field of sports-based youth development. The Symposium features three days of interactive workshops focused on sharing best practices and maximizing organizations' impact in the community.

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Register now to secure your spot! In order to continue to support the growth of the grassroots soccer movement, we are committed to ensuring that the Symposium remains accessible to smaller organizations. Therefore, we offer tiered registration fees based on your organization's annual operating budget. Spots are filling up, so register now! Also, don't miss out- reserve your room with our group rate of $189 today! This rate will end on April 10, 2017.

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Our full line-up of presenters has been announced. View this year's schedule and check back for updates as we continue to announce this year's keynote speakers. 

This year we will be offering the Youth Module Coaching Course, conducted by US Youth Soccer! If you are interested in the Youth Module Coaching Course, please follow these steps to complete the mandatory pre-course work:

1. Click this link and create a log-in.
2. Once logged-in, click the “Course Search” button.
3. Toward the bottom of the page under the “Available Courses” section, select “6U-8U Youth Module.” 
4. Follow the steps to register for the event. This is also where you will find the pre-course work that must be completed prior to the Symposium. 

View This Year's Schedule

 join our 2017 keynote speakers 

Shannon Boxx

Former U.S. Women’s National Team Star

2004, 2008, & 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion

Lupus Foundation of America Advocate

Jill Ellis

U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion

2015 Women's Soccer FIFA World Coach of the Year

2015 CONCACAF Female Coach of the Year

Joy Fawcett

Former U.S. Women's National Team Star

1996 & 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist

1991 & 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion

2009 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee

Tony DiCicco

Former U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach

1996 Olympic Gold Medalist

1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion

2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee

Jay DeMerit

Jay DeMerit

Former U.S. Men's National Team Star

MLS All-Star

Captain of Premier League club Watford

Watch Jay's TEDTalk here

Adam Foss

Adam Foss

Former Assistant District Attorney

Juvenile Division of Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

Advocate for Juvenile Justice Reform

Watch Adam's TEDTalk here

Urban Soccer Symposium Awards

The 2017 Symposium marks the first year of the Urban Soccer Symposium Awards! This is an opportunity for you to recognize and honor organizations and individuals who are making a positive impact through sport.

The award categories include Influence, Innovation, and Impact. Click here to learn more and to submit a nomination form! All submissions must be submitted by March 3, 2017.

special topics urban soccer Diploma

The Urban Soccer Diploma is the product of a unique and exciting collaboration between the U.S. Soccer Foundation, and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).  This "Special Topics" Diploma is youth development focused, providing tools to coaches working in non-traditional soccer settings.  

Diploma sessions include "Understanding the Youth We Serve," "Designing and Implementing Lessons in an Urban Setting," "Best Practices in Youth Development," and on-the-field training.

Participants will receive:

- NSCAA recognized Special Topics Diploma
- Access to NSCAA's online resources
- Entrance to the Symposium's Networking and Happy Hour Event
- Breakfast and lunch
- Participant swag
- 8 hours of great soccer and youth development content!

Diploma Cost: $60

Sign Up Here


A LOOK BACK AT THE 2016 Urban Soccer Symposium

Presented by Soccer Shots, the 10th annual Urban Soccer Symposium was the largest Symposium to date. Approximately 275 attendees gathered in Washington, D.C. to hear keynote speakers, including NBA star Muggsy Bogues, and learn from representatives of notable organizations including Athlete Ally, Clinton Foundation, Soccer Across America, and Soccer Without Borders. Follow this link to view a recap of the event.

Symposium Huddle

Supporting the Urban Soccer Symposium

The 2017 Urban Soccer Symposium is presented by Soccer Shots

Supporting Partner Sponsor


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Urban Soccer Symposium, please contact Patricia Arty.


Our Partners

  • adidas

    adidas, the Foundation's Safe Places to Play - Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit

  • APT

    APT (Advanced Polymer Technology), the Foundation’s Partner for Acrylic Coating Products, is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces. APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches. For more information on APT, please visit

  • AstroTurf

    For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, - See more at:

  • CHA

    CHA Sports, the Foundation's Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport's full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit

  • Hunter

    Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields.  Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Kwik Goal

    Kwik Goal, the Foundation’s Official Supplier for goals, seating, boundary equipment, training equipment and coaching accessories, will be supporting a variety of Foundation programs and initiatives including: Soccer for Success, National Training and the Safe Places to Play program. Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information, please visit

  • Musco

    Musco Lighting, the Foundation's National Partner for Sports Lighting, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years.  Musco’s newest innovation, Light-Structure GreenTM, offers significant advantages for your budget and the environment — operating costs are cut in half, spill light is reduced by 50%, and 100% of your maintenance costs are covered for 25 years. To request your free copy of Sports Lighting: Answers to 7 Common Questions, please visit Please contact Mike Shindler at with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Nike

    NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s National Partner for Athletic Apparel, supports the Foundation and its programs by providing Nike apparel to kids in underserved communities. Nike believes in the power of sport to unlock human potential and is committed to providing access to sport and physical activity  for kids to help set them up for success for life. For more information, please visit

  • SCORE Sports

    SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit

  •, the Foundation's National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit Please contact Joel McCausland at for any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • TGI Worldwide

    TGI Worldwide, the Foundation’s National Partner for Visual Branding (Signage, Event Décor, Pageantry, Sponsorship Activation), Perimeter Field Board Systems, Creative Services and Event Operations is proud to support a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the United States. Headquartered in the U.S., TGI is an internationally recognized sports marketing company delivering high profile Visual Branding, Live Event Management, LED, and cutting edge Digital Sports Applications to enrich the experience at major events and deliver commercial impact for sponsors and partners. The company has a 20-year history in providing its various solutions for many top-tier domestic and international events, organizations, teams and companies, with proven success and turn-key solutions across 1000+ events, 160+ cities and 50+ countries globally.

    For more information on our services, please visit or contact Mike Squire at / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • World Soccer Shop

    Launched in 2001, World Soccer Shop is an online soccer retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama. It carries one of the world’s widest selections of officially-licensed products from the sport’s top brands and teams. World Soccer Shop is passionate about soccer and endeavors to spread the beautiful game around the world, especially to those in areas of need. For more information, please visit

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