Buffalo Soccer for Success Program


Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s after-school youth development program that is proven to help kids establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills. Soccer for Success is offered free to participants by the Independent Health Foundation, supported by Algonquin Sports. 

Soccer for Success pairs soccer drills with nutrition education, both of which are taught by consistent, caring coach-mentors whose primary focus is to provide children living in underserved communities with the opportunity to develop positive physical and social skills. Participants exercise for 75-90 minutes a day, at least three times per week, for up to 24 weeks in the academic year.

A key component of the program is mentorship. Each site is staffed by caring coaches who serve as mentors to the children who participate. These nationally trained coach-mentors are invested in the successful development of the participants. They take the time to get to know each child, their family and what motivates them.

The coach-mentors stress the importance of doing well on-and-off the field by avoiding the negative influences of drugs, alcohol and violence. They also use program success as a model for successful problem-solving in other life situations.

Nearly 3,000 children in grades K-8 are expected to participate in the 2019-2020 academic year. More than 6,000 youth and more than 300 coach-mentors have participated in Soccer for Success since it was first launched in Western New York in May 2012. The Independent Health Foundation’s Soccer for Success program is provided through generous support from the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.


Independent Health Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that focuses on providing the Western New York community with the support and resources people can use to lead healthy lifestyles – today and in the future.

To learn more about the Independent Health Foundation visit us here.