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2017 Youth Soccer Month


2017 YSM Main

Celebrate Youth Soccer Month this September!

Enter Youth Soccer Month Contests beginning Sept. 1
National Street Soccer Day Sept. 6
National Make Your Own Ball Day Sept. 21

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FRISCO, Texas (Aug. 30, 2017) — US Youth Soccer is excited to kick off the 15th annual Youth Soccer Month – Celebrating Soccer in America this September, and the celebration continues throughout the month promoting the benefits of soccer.

The purpose of Youth Soccer Month 2017 is to raise awareness of the game’s many advantages and encourage others to continue enjoying soccer, bringing kids and families together for a national celebration. Youth Soccer Month includes working with local leadership to organize grassroots public affairs campaigns, numerous local events and media relations initiatives.


During each week, Youth Soccer Month will focus on a different theme celebrating soccer. The four messages of Youth Soccer month are:

  • Fun: (Week of Sept. 3)
    • Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
  • Family: (Week of Sept. 10)
    • Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.
  • Friendship: (Week of Sept. 17)
    • The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.
  • Fitness: (Week of Sept. 24)
    • The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.

Stay connected on and social media to see how US Youth Soccer shares the messages of these four themes.


To kick off the fun, US Youth Soccer has set apart the first Wednesday, Sept. 6, to hold the sixth annual Street Soccer Day. To participate is simple. Organize a time and place for players to come together and play pick-up games.

“Soccer brings families together in a fun environment and this year, Youth Soccer Month hopes to encourage groups to enjoy the sport in a fun way with Street Soccer Day,” said Sam Snow, Director of Coaching for US Youth Soccer. “All are encouraged to join the celebration of Youth Soccer Month and see what we can do together to increase the number of people enjoying our game and furthering their own health and enjoyment.”


After a successful first year in 2015, US Youth Soccer is collaborating once again with the Make Your Own Ball Day initiative this September and encourages colleges, leagues, clubs, teams and families to set time aside on Thursday, Sept. 21 to join National Make Your Own Ball Day. 

The mission of Make Your Own Ball Day is to use a ball to help kids create, connect, give, appreciate and play. MYOBD promotes and supports the passions of kids for sport and uses soccer as a platform for change.


Throughout the month, in addition to promoting the benefits of being active through youth soccer, several chances to win soccer-related prizes will be available on the Youth Soccer Month website as well as social media. People will have the chance to win a soccer ball every day in the annual Ball-A-Day Giveaway or a sports bag full of US Youth Soccer items in the weekly Bag Bundle Contest.

Make sure you check out the Youth Soccer Month Calendar as several State Association and college events are scheduled across the country, where spectators will receive Youth Soccer Month freebies as they cheer on their team.

How can you celebrate?
Street Soccer Day
Make Your Own Ball Day
Youth Soccer Month Contests
Check out all the Youth Soccer Month Events

From ways to help grow the game to the fun giveaways to the different types of events taking place, follow the celebration online and show us how you’re getting involved using #YSM2017.

Learn more at on how to get involved and share your ideas. Please contact JoEllen DeLeon at with questions or to get your event added to our calendar.