New York City Soccer Initiative (NYCSI) is supported by New York City Football Club, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, adidas, Etihad Airways, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. All five partners pledged to invest to build and maintain 50 mini-soccer pitches in all five boroughs over the next five years, and provide free programming for children focused on promoting healthy eating habits, active living, and mentorship.
These new soccer fields will be essential in keeping our young New Yorkers safe, active and connected with the community. With this partnership, we are tackling inequality in all its forms – including those in our parks and outdoor spaces.
The first 10 of 50 New York City Soccer Initiative pitches were opened in year one. These sites include:
|Irwin Altman Middle School 172, Queens||Frederick Johnson Playground, Manhattan|
|P.S. 083 Luis Munoz Rivera, Manhattan||I.S.49 Berta A. Dreyfus, Staten Island|
|P.S. 093 Albert G. Oliver, Bronx||P.S. 019 Marino Jeantet, Queens|
|P.S. 184 Shuang Wen, Manhattan||P.S.335 Granville T. Woods, Brooklyn|
|Triboro Bridge Playground, Queens||P.S. 66, Brooklyn|
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New York City FC, along with the Mayor’s Fund, funding partners, City agencies and with community input, will be selecting field locations in historically under-invested and under-resourced communities. Specific areas of focus consist of neighborhoods included in the Mayor’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, the Parks Department’s Community Parks Initiative, or the Young Men’s Initiative. Additionally, specific site selection will be based on considerations of the physical space, environment, geographic distribution and parity, proximity to potential programming partners and existing site conditions.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation will design and construct all 50 mini-soccer fields. Depending on the initial conditions of the site, construction is anticipated to take between 4-8 weeks per field.
Over the next five years, the Mayor’s Fund will raise and collect $3 million from the funding partners to invest in the construction and maintenance of the 50 mini-soccer fields across the five boroughs. Each funding partner will provide a capital investment of $750,000 over five years.
The first ten fields are now open for play.
Each mini-soccer field is a hard court, soccer-specific play space. Each field will be approximately 7,200 square feet in size, with an acrylic overlay surface similar to those utilized for basketball and tennis courts. The mini-soccer field will also include a pair of permanent goals secured into the surface with tamper-proof anchors, as well as fencing to ensure safety of those using the mini-soccer field.
All 50 acrylic mini-soccer fields will be open and accessible to the surrounding community for soccer-related programming. In addition to local programming, the New York City Soccer Initiative will utilize the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success afterschool program, which provides children in underserved areas across the nation with structured physical activity, nutrition education and mentoring by trained coaches-mentors. The U.S. Soccer Foundation, a recipient of an award from the Social Innovation Fund in 2011, has witnessed tremendous social, emotional and health improvements in the lives of Soccer for Success participants. An independent evaluation found that participants showed greater Body Mass Index (BMI) improvement and greater aerobic capacity improvement. Other findings revealed that participants showed increased nutritional awareness and choices and improved leadership skills. Approximately 10,000 youth will have access to soccer-related programs over the next five years.