Girls Program

Empowering Girls and Young Women

Fostering empowerment, leadership, and self-worth in every young girl through the spirit of soccer.


Mentorship is a powerful tool that provides youth with guidance, support, and the wisdom of experienced individuals. Women who serve as coach mentors in our programs create a strong connection with girls who participate.

Through these meaningful connections, girls gain insight, build confidence, and navigate challenges with the reassurance that they’re not alone on their journey.

Inspiring Leaders

Inspiring leaders serve as beacons of hope, showcasing what’s possible with determination, resilience, and vision.

Through their stories and actions, they light the way for others, encouraging young women to dream big, take initiative, and believe in their potential to create positive change.

Why Girls and Young Women?

Girls and young women, especially those from marginalized communities, often encounter unique obstacles that hinder their confidence and self-esteem. With cultural humility and through a gender-equity lens, we aim to provide them with essential life skills they need to navigate challenges and grow into strong, self-assured leaders.

Our Goals


Increase in self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-compassion.

  • Foundation for Success: Higher self-esteem empowers girls to tackle challenges head-on and believe in their capabilities.
  • Positive Self-Image: Encouraging self-compassion aids girls in handling setbacks and promotes a healthy self-image.
  • Continuous Feedback: Regular interactions and feedback mechanisms ensure consistent growth in self-worth and confidence.

Increase in their sense of leadership and feel empowered.

  • Role Models and Mentors: Exposure to strong female mentors and leaders helps shape their perception of leadership.
  • Active Participation: Leadership skills are honed through active roles in team activities, decision-making, and peer interactions.
  • Building on Strengths: Each girl’s unique strengths are recognized and nurtured, fostering a sense of empowerment.

Earn a paycheck as assistant coaches and referees.

  • Practical Experience: Girls are provided with hands-on training and opportunities to apply their skills in real-world scenarios.
  • Financial Independence: Earning a paycheck not only provides economic independence but also boosts confidence and self-worth.
  • Professional Growth: Through refereeing, girls develop communication, decision-making, and leadership skills essential for their future careers.

Positive feelings toward their daughter’s playing soccer and participating in Open Field programs.

  • Engaging Parents: Open communication channels ensure parents are involved in their daughters’ activities.
  • Trust Building: By consistently deliver quality programs and show tangible benefits, trust is built with parents over time.
  • Community Outreach: Regular workshops and feedback sessions help in addressing parental concerns and showcasing the positive impact of soccer on their daughters’ lives.

More than a Game

In 2020, only three teenage girls participated in our programs. By 2023, Open Field expanded our girls programs to engage 20+ teenage girls and provide support and access to mentoring relationships in Pittsburgh – all through the global game of soccer. Check out the video learn more about the importance of the program.