An International Initiative of Girls Helping Girls Through the Game of Soccer

Goals for Girls connects girls from different countries and backgrounds with their peers around the world in a forum that addresses social and health challenges through cultural exchange and soccer. Since 2007, Goals for Girls has used this unique platform to help disadvantaged girls across the globe by providing access to health and education programs taught through the game of soccer. It gives girls an opportunity to break down cultural and socio-economical barriers to create change through addressing common challenges.

Why Soccer?

In the U.S. soccer is providing healthy, engaging team environments for young girls across the country. Soccer teaches important lessons on and off the field that help young people develop discipline, commitment, healthy behaviors, and peer communication among others. In disadvantaged communities across the globe soccer is more than just a game: it is an important and innovative tool that provides a vital outlet to girls who need creative ways to overcome obstacles.


June/July 2012 - "Chicas Dinamicas" Peru

Cusco & Pacca, Peru

  • Participants
  • 200 Peruvian girls, 10-14 years old
  • 15 American girls, 13-14 years old from Chapel Hill, NC
  • U.S. Women's National Team Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA World Cup winner Cindy Parlow
  • Partners & Stakeholders
  • GirlSportWorks
  • Peruvian Football Federation
This program was centered on enhancing the work of GirlSportWorks whose mission it is to improve the lives of adolescent girls in Cusco by teaching life skills through a free after-school athletics program. Goals for Girls brought together U.S. and Peruvian girls around five central themes: leadership, goal-setting, teamwork, self-confidence, and healthy living.

A grant was awarded to GirlSportWorks to begin working in a new school and to support one of its current schools for another year.

June/July 2011 - SportsUnited Tajikistan


Goals for Girls coaches Ian Oliver and Jackie Skinner travelled to Tajikistan for the U.S. State Department to train 40 Tajik coaches on coaching methodology, life skills, leadership, and gender in sports.

April 2010 - "Girlz Got Skillz" South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

  • Participants
  • 21 Namibian girls, 14-19 years old from AED's HIV prevention program in northern Namibia
  • 21 South African girls, 14-19 years old from Grassroot Soccer's street soccer HIV prevention program in Khayelitsha, Cape Town
  • 11 American girls, 14-19 years old from two youth select soccer teams in North Carolina and Washington, DC
  • Members of Namibian and South African Women's National Soccer Teams
  • U.S. Women's National Team Olympic medalists and FIFA World Cup winners Danielle Slaton and Cindy Parlow
  • Partners & Stakeholders
  • Academy for Educational Development (AED)
  • Grassroot Soccer
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • U.S. Department of State, ECA/IV
  • U.S. Consulate, Cape Town
  • South African Airways
  • Namibian Ministries of Education, Health, & Youth
  • Helen Zille, Premier of Western Cape
  • South African Women's National Soccer Team
Fifty female soccer players from Namibia, the U.S., and South Africa gathered in Cape Town for a leadership summit on soccer and girls' health in collaboration with Grassroot Soccer. The girls engaged in a sunup-to-sundown regimen of cultural, leadership, and life-skills activities that challenged to the core everything they knew about health and gender issues, and turned them into role models, able to pass along their newfound skills to their peers at home.

Media coverage
International media outlets provided substantial coverage of the Summit including Seventeen Magazine and journals and radio in Namibia and South Africa.

June/July 2009 - Goals for Girls Uganda "Every Girl Should Have a Goal"

Kampala, Gulu Uganda

  • Participants
  • Sixteen soccer players from Provo Utah
  • Jackie Skinner, head coach and former Uganda Country Director, Help International and BYU research team leader with Ministry of Education, Uganda
  • War-affected young girls from Kampala and Gulu Uganda
  • Partners & Stakeholders
  • Timpview High School, Provo Utah
  • Uganda Football Association
  • The Kids League Uganda
  • Help International
  • United States Soccer Foundation
  • Calle U.S. Soccer Retailer
  • BYU Women's Soccer

Partnered with HELP International and The Kids League in their work with war-affected young people. Goals for Girls designed a camp curriculum that stressed the importance of goal setting in relation to overcoming harsh experiences and challenges many young participants had faced.

Grants were awarded to:
The Kids League Uganda to carry on their work with girls through street soccer
Local orphan homes to support their work with girls.

June/July 2007 - Goals for Girls South Africa, "Using the power of soccer in the fight against HIV/AIDS"

Cape Town, Richmond, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Participants
  • Select soccer team from Washington, DC
  • Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup winner Tiffany Roberts, U.S. Women's National Team
  • South African girls who participate in Grassroot Soccer, Hope for Richmond, and Ubuntu Education Fund programs
  • Partners & Stakeholders
  • Grassroot Soccer
  • Ubuntu Education Fund
  • Hope for Richmond
  • U.S. Consulate, Cape Town
  • United States Soccer Foundation
  • The Washington Post
Partnered with Ubuntu Education Fund and Grassroot Soccer in fighting the spread of HIV. Participants explored differences and similarities around HIV and gender norms through life skills and HIV prevention activities during a custom designed life skills camp.

The Washington Post covered this program in a daily feature online, in print, and through audio and video coverage. This included two major pieces on the program in its "Health" section and daily reports and analysis of impact from the field.

Grants were awarded to:
Grassroot Soccer to carry on girls street soccer league
Ubuntu Education Fund to carry on its work supporting girls with HIV prevention and care activities.



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Join the team and help us make Goals for Girls a true success! With your tax-deductible sponsorship you will join our active partner community that is helping make Goals for Girls a sustainable program that will continue having impact on girls around the world for years to come.

Contributing companies and institutions will be recognized in all media and at all official Goals for Girls events including fundraising activities in the U.S. and activities in project countries. Supporters will also be prominently recognized through various program media including the web, Facebook, Twitter, and the Goals for Girls blog. For more details about becoming a contributing partner to Goals for Girls, please contact: Ian Oliver, Founder, Goals for Girls ian@dcsoccer.com