Soccer for Success: Independent Evaluation of Program Impact 2013-2014

Program/Intervention: 
Soccer for Success
Implementing Organization: 
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Intermediary(s): 
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Summary: 

Soccer for Success is a sports-based youth development program that serves children in grades K to 8 in underserved, urban communities. The program uses soccer as a tool to combat obesity, promote healthy eating and exercise habits, and foster positive youth development. The program consists of soccer activities that incorporate nutritional lessons. Evaluation of Soccer for Success found that the program participants showed:

  • greater improvement towards healthy BMI and waist circumference categories than participants in other similar programs in the same neighborhoods; and,
  • greater improvement in aerobic capacity compared to participants in similar programs. 

In addition, the study found that Soccer for Success had statistically significant and consistent results across different locations, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds supporting the conclusion that if the program were replicated as designed (i.e. with fidelity) in other urban communities, similar results would be likely.

CNCS Program(s): 
Social Innovation Fund
CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Healthy Futures
Age(s) Studied: 
0-5 (Early childhood)
6-12 (Childhood)
Focus Population(s)/Community(s): 
Urban
Low Income
Outcomes Category(s): 
Obesity and Food
Study Type(s): 
Impact
Study Design(s): 
Quasi-Experimental (QED)
Level of Evidence: 
Strong
Evaluator: 
Healthy Networks Design & Research
Year Published: 
2014
Date Posted Online: 
September 14, 2015
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