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OUR IMPACT

We partner worldwide to make a global impact

Through our approach, we are making an impact across multiple globally recognized problems.

Our work touches four key areas that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Health

Gender Equality

Education

Employment

Our mission is to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport.

Our sport-based programming creates a safe space for youth to play and learn, with an educational topic connected to every practice and game. Youth participants take on leadership roles as coaches, referees, and methods to their peers. Youth emerge from our programs with new skills to succeed in school and in the workforce.

Why Youth?

Similar Situation

Youth living in poverty face similar challenges across the world. The same barriers to achievement stacked against youth in Pittsburgh and across the United States look very much like those confronted by youth in Cameroon, Africa and the developing world. Lack of access to educational resources, safe spaces to play, and positive role models and mentors compound the negative effects of housing and food insecurity, violence and instability, and systemic inequity. Life is hard growing up in an environment like this. Open Field aims to support youth with skills to overcome these challenges and create a better life for themselves and their families 

Why Sport?

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire… to unite people in a way that little else does”

– Nelson Mandela

All across the globe, the #1 sport is football (soccer). We utilize the international passion for the global game as a magnet to attract youth. The Open Field model is fun and engaging, so once youth come they don’t want to leave. The more involved participants get, the more skills and knowledge they gain. Parents connect with sport and see the benefits when their children participate. We engage all community members in activities on and around the field.

Where we work

Open Field Soccer Nonprofit Cameroon

Cameroon

Since 2010, Open Field has implemented year-round sport-based youth development programming for thousands of youths in the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameroon.

Open Field Pittsburgh Soccer Nonprofit

Pittsburgh

In 2019, Open Field expanded our programs to Pittsburgh to engage youth from immigrant and refugee communities, and their American-born neighbors, in year-round programming.

Open Field Soccer Nonprofit Guinea

Guinea

In 2020, we partnered with Chris Nedelcovych Soccer Foundation (CNSF) to collaborate on programming in Guinea, West Africa and hosted our first tournament in Conakry in 2022.

Open Field Soccer Nonprofit Liberia

Liberia

Open Field partners with Kpo’ma Women to support programming in Bong County, Liberia to address UN Sustainable Development Goals in Education through the game of soccer. 

We envision a world where youth succeed

Your financial support allows Open Field to scale our impact. Find ways to get involved here or click below to learn how you can contribute towards the mission.