Soccer Across America
Soccer Across America (SAA) introduces the sport of soccer to youth living in communities not yet served by existing clubs and leagues. Focused on making soccer available to lower-income children in under-served communities in Indiana, SAA provides soccer training and administrative guidance to players and organizations that might not otherwise be exposed to the sport. In addition, it helps new programs find the funding and equipment to begin and later, expand their activities. Over the past several years, Indiana Youth Soccer’s Soccer Across America program, through the Indiana Soccer Foundation has donated thousands of dollars in financial support, equipment and administrative assistance to programs across the state of Indiana.
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer)
TOPSoccer is a community-based program that provides special needs athletes the opportunity to participate in soccer-related activities. There are thousands of special athletes with special needs that can be provided the opportunity to play soccer through the TOPSoccer program. This program is for any athlete that has an exceptional need whether physical, mental or emotional. Fun for the athletes and the volunteers is highly emphasized! The Indiana Soccer Foundation goal is to provide funding that will enable thousands of young athletes with special needs to integrate as successful members in their community and of Indiana Youth Soccer family.
Values Through Sports Program
The Values Through Sports Program (VTS) is a program designed to intentionally incorporate values into elementary age, rec level sports programs. The program, a collaboration between Ball State University and New Resource Group, has 5 different components: Youth Serving Organization Support, Curriculum, Coach Role, Parent Role and Assessment. For more information, see this web page.
Rachael Fiege Memorial Fund
Rachael Fiege was a young lady who was passionate about soccer. After she passed away, her family created a Memorial Fund in her name. This fund will be used to assist programs that were near to Rachael’s heart, like TOPSoccer and Soccer Start.
Other Beneficiary Programs
The Indiana Soccer Foundation, through additional donations from individuals, teams, clubs and corporations, also supports:
Kidsafe is a special US Youth Soccer program that allows Indiana Youth Soccer access to cost-effective risk management tools. Kidsafe promotes the health, safety and protection of soccer players. The program’s goal is to foster safe circumstances for every player who participates in any activity affiliated with Indiana Youth Soccer or US Youth Soccer. The Indiana Soccer Foundation has adopted sponsorship of this program in order to exclude from participation in its activities all persons who have been convicted of felonies, crimes of violence or crimes against persons.
Olympic Development Program
The Indiana Soccer Foundation is committed to providing financial support for those athletes who have earned the opportunity to participate in Indiana’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) and have demonstrated financial need.
The Indiana Soccer Foundation Tournament Assistance Program (TAP) helps supply clubs for their soccer tournaments. Clubs can borrow items for their tournament, in exchange for publicizing the Soccer Foundation.
Tournament Assistance Items Available
The ISF has a number of items available, including:
- Walkie Talkies
- Concession Sign (3′x6′)
- First Aid Sign (3′x6′)
- Registration Sign (3′x6′)
- Security Sign (3′x6′)
- “Tournament Volunteer” Vests
- “Field Marshall” Vests
- Forms: Registration, Waiver, Emergency Contact, Medical Release
In borrowing these items, the club agrees to:
- Fulfill the ISF publicity requirements outlined in the TAP Letter of Agreement
- Pay for shipping costs to and from the tournament
- Return the items borrowed promptly
- Pay a charge for items that are damaged while being borrowed