As SI.com reported last week, U.S. Soccer has started talks to use part of its surplus in excess of $100 million toward building a new national training center. U.S. Soccer certainly won’t spend all of its nest egg on new projects, but additional initiatives are in the works.
In another project, SI.com has learned that U.S. Soccer will use up to $3 million total on a new program called the “Innovate to Grow Fund.” The federation is asking its members to come up with innovative programs to stimulate growth among their membership. Once the proposals are in, applications will be reviewed and recipients will be notified by September 1.
The initiative is only open to non-professional members who register players. One hypothetical idea, for example, could be state associations creating a program to increase the number of coaches with a grassroots coaching license.
An official announcement is expected to come soon.
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