Giving back to the community through the beautiful game
The Austin Soccer Foundation (ASF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports underserved and economically disadvantaged residents in Austin and the surrounding five county area through the beautiful game. We focus on player and referee development, academic achievement, and field development while partnering with like-minded organizations that use soccer as the primary vehicle for giving back to our community.
* The Austin metropolitan area includes five counties: Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Hays, and Caldwell.
Board of Directors
Austin Soccer Foundation is led by volunteers to support our core value of fiscal responsibility. Funds raised through events and donations support our mission statement by directly impacting our community. Only five percent of funds raised have been used to cover administrative costs.
Our foundation relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations who share our vision of serving those that are less fortunate in our community. If you would like to change lives through the beautiful game of soccer, you may donate via your PayPal using the button provided or contact us via email.
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Foundation events provide an opportunity to support your community while having fun with friends and meeting other soccer enthusiasts. Our Events page includes information on upcoming events as well as photos from some of our past
Friends of the Foundation
If you share our vision and want to stay informed of the programs that support our mission, simply sign up to the right to receive our quarterly newsletter. We may also email as special needs and opportunities arise but will not share your information with partner organizations.
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ASF is proud to partner with the Texas School for the Deaf in development of a women’s soccer club. The Lady Rangers played their inaugural games in the 2017 spring semester in uniforms donated by the foundation. ASF used funds from the inaugural Austin Soccer Awards Banquet to purchase a pair of goals which will further assist their coaches and players in their training and development.
We are also proud to partner with Upper Ninety soccer foundation in the launch of their youth development program for teens in low-income neighborhoods in Austin. Visit Upper Ninetyfor more info.
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ASF’s annual academic scholarship program assists graduating high school seniors from the Austin soccer community with their college education. We believe every participant needs to have an education to prepare them to be contributing members of our community, during and after their soccer careers. The scholarships may be used at any college or university, and are based on need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Award recipients are recognized at the annual Austin Soccer Awards Banquet. Past recipients include:
- Sam Carr, Stephen F. Austin High School, Texas A&M University
- Cristina Montealvo, Stony Point HS & Round Rock HS, Huston-Tillotson University
- Emily Goulet, McCallum High School, Abilene Christian University
- Merek Byckovski, Stephen F. Austin High School, University of Texas at Dallas
- Dayln Gillentine, Liberal Arts & Science Academy, Smith College
- Ana Marsh, Liberal Arts & Science Academy, California Polytechnic State University
ASF is excited to partner with the Austin Independent School District and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders to help refurbish their soccer field. The field is used for practices for middle school and high school teams as well as middle school games. Following completion of this project, we will foster additional opportunities to improve distressed fields and partner with other organizations in the creation of new fields in low-income neighborhoods.
The Austin Soccer Foundation supports other registered non-profit organizations who use soccer as the primary means to give back to the Austin soccer community, and Austin-based organizations impacting the world through the beautiful game. Additionally, we have affiliations with national organizations where we may exchange best-practices and programming. Partner non-profit organizations include:
A positive youth development program for teens in low-income neighborhoods around Austin, providing out-of-school programming that helps students successfully transition from middle school to high school.
Harvey Penick Footgolf
A non-profit business, owned and operated by The First Tee of Greater Austin, an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people.
It Starts with Soccer
Non-profit organization based in Austin that combines soccer with community outreach projects to promote lasting change in impoverished African communities.
US Soccer Foundation
National organization helping young people embrace an active and healthy lifestyle, using soccer to cultivate critical life skills that pave the path to a better future.
The Sanneh Foundation
A holistic youth development program in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) area, empowering youth by promoting educational attainment, strengthening physical health and social and emotional development, and uniting communities by advancing diversity, equity, and community well-being.
Austin-based organization helping underserved, deserving youth (age 7-11) participate in well-organized soccer leagues, diversifying and strengthening the players and families.
Sunshine Soccer of Central Texas
A free, adaptive soccer program, serving kids with special needs by allowing youth to be active using their unique abilities and interact with peers in a team sport.
Professional athletes enhancing the lives of America's youth by maximizing their soccer potential and giving back to local and national charities, including Austin.
ASF has formed strategic partnerships with allied organizations, corporations, donors and community leaders to provide unique opportunities, financial assistance, and recognition to our soccer community. Please contact us if you would like further information on partnership opportunities.
- South Congress Hotel
- Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
- The Austin Winery
- Lustre Pearl East
- ATX United
- Austin Gooners
- Austin Soccer Hall of Fame
- Austin American-Statesman
- Austin Chronicle
- The Horn 104.9 FM
- Emergo Group
- HA Architecture
- ML&R Wealth Management
- Sommers Marketing
Foundation events provide an opportunity to support your community while having fun with friends and meeting other soccer enthusiasts.
Austin Soccer Awards – The annual Austin Soccer Awards banquet provides an opportunity to celebrate significant achievements and contributions through the game of soccer. Awards include recognition of ASF scholarship award recipients, the Austin American-Statesman players and coaches of the year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include:
- Wolfgang Suhnholz – Wolfgang’s numerous accomplishments include 2x national champion with Bayern Munich, NASL Champion and 1976 Soccer Bowl MVP, 1st team All-NASL, 1988 USYSA South Texas Coach of the Year, U-16 Men’s National Team Assistant Coach (1996-1999), Head Coach of Austin’s 1st professional soccer team (Austin Lone Stars, 1997-1999), U-20 Men’s National Team Head Coach (1999-2001), Head Coach of 2004 US Club National Champion, 2008 USL PDL Coach of the Year. He is currently continuing his legacy of giving back to the community by coaching youth with the Georgetown Force.
- Brian Young – In 15 seasons as Men’s Head Coach at St. Edwards University, Coach Young has accumulated a record of XXX-XX-X, led the team to 3+ Heartland Conference titles, and coached 62+ All-Conference players and 7+ All-Americans. Brian has been recognized as Heartland Conference Coach of the Year on three occasions, and NSCAA South Central Region Coach of the Year. In six years as an assistant at Brown University, he helped lead the team to four Ivy League championships. Playing at the University of New Hampshire, Brian received All-North Atlantic Conference Tournament honors in 1993 and 1994.