Four major events were hosted by Soccer Support across two days including the Soccer Star – San Diego try outs, the NPSL cross-city clash between the San Diego Flash and San Diego Boca, the Future Of San Diego Soccer Forum and the establishment of the events legacy project – a new Street Soccer USA program based here in San Diego (The beach pick-up soccer game had to be postponed due to high winds).
Soccer Support CEO and #GrowTheGame Organizer, Ryan Ginard, noted that this was a small step forward in placing the future of the sport squarely in the hands of fans rather than administrators.
“Soccer’s number one consumer is that of its fans and players. If we want the sport to grow to the levels of the other ‘big four’ sports in this country, then it’s time to take a coordinated approach to growth from the bottom up.
“The most pleasing aspect of the weekend was that every #GrowTheGame event was organized with no financial outlay and a small team of passionate soccer fans. It goes to show that passion and drive are the most precious commodities grassroots movements have” Ginard said.
The next step for #GrowTheGame is to now make sure those that were involved in the weekend’s events keep connected to each other. It is important that an ongoing conversation occur between the local soccer community so that it can drive tangible outcomes for the sport across the city.
“Other cities have already shown interest in hosting their own #GrowTheGame activities and together with our ongoing projects with Soccer Support, the future looks bright for what is intended to be a new phase of grassroots driven growth for soccer in the U.S.
“And it all started right here in San Diego, the largest youth soccer market in the country!” Ginard said.
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#GrowTheGame is a national project that aims to bring people together to promote grassroots soccer.
Through the #GrowTheGame movement, Soccer Support USA will provide fun and simple ways to empower soccer fans to celebrate the game they love. A coordinated approach can help raise the awareness of soccer to the popular levels of other sports in the U.S.