Youth Program

Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders

Open Field’s youth programs aren’t just about scoring goals; they’re about building strong, resilient young leaders through intentionally designed programs that leverage the transformational power of sport.

Sports Based Youth Development

We champion the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, helping youth thrive holistically.

Through our Girls’ Program, we push for gender equality, challenging societal expectations.

We reward academic success and promote post-secondary education through our College Program.

We provide on-the-job training and employment opportunities with our Youth Leader program and the Global Soccer league.

Active soccer participation bolsters physical well-being, emphasizing health’s pivotal role for youth.

Our Programs

Open Field’s youth programs are rooted in Positive Youth Development (PYD). Through the lens of team sport, we apply evidence-based practices to achieve results that create positive impact on and off the field.

Spring League (ages 6-14)

  • Nearly 100 refugee youth involved
  • Community-based programming 4 nights per week
  • Transportation, jerseys, and equipment provided
  • Healing-Centered / Trauma-Informed Coaches Clinics
  • Teenagers employed as assistant coach mentors and referees
  • Everyone welcome to participate! REGISTER-LEARN MORE link

Summer & Partner Programs

  • After-school activities at Mooncrest Neighborhood
  • Program and with Latino Community Center
  • Social and Emotional Learning + Soccer
  • PRYSE Academy – Summer Program for 100+ youth
  • Summer camp with Steel City FC

Fall League (ages 9-14)

  • Nearly 50 refugee youth between the ages of 9-14 playing alongside another 50+ American born youth
  • Transportation, jerseys, and equipment provided
  • Healing-Centered / Trauma-Informed Coaches Clinics
  • Teenagers employed as referees
  • Everyone welcome to participate! REGISTER-LEARN MORE link

Winter Program

  • Two community-based HS teams in CitiParks Futsal League
  • Indoor soccer training sessions
  • Teenagers employed as referees
  • Expansion into Global Soccer League


Sport-Based Youth Development is an emerging model that uses sport as a vehicle to provide opportunities for young people to succeed on and off the field.

Open Field is committed to taking an evidence-based approach to our programs. Utilizing a trauma-informed coaching, we support participants through interactive play and youth-centered training. We use best practices and utilize data to evaluate 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.


Gender Equality



Why youth?

Youth in poverty face similar challenges across the world – from Western PA to West Africa.

Disadvantaged youth are unable to access educational resources, safe spaces to play, and positive role models. These factors compound the negative effects of housing and food insecurity, violence and instability, and systemic inequity. Needless to say, life is hard growing up in 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

Our Impact


Youth reported Open Field coach mentors help them feel safe and supported


Youth ages 6-18 engaged in Social Emotional Learning on the soccer field in 2022.


of youth reported Open Field coach mentors support them to envision their future


Student athletes enrolled at Community College of Allegheny County

Who Plays & Learns

We’re actively building a global community of youth from all around the world.
Here is a snapshot of the countries of origin of youth in our programs.

Countries Represented at Open Field
Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Guatemala, Honduras, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, and the United States