NASHVILLE - On Wednesday, Major League Soccer announced the launch of the 2nd annual Soccer For All Month. This month-long celebration will showcase the efforts taking part around the league to foster more inclusive communities.
MLS clubs will conduct various activities in their local communities throughout the month of June to support Soccer For All, including Special Olympics Unified Sports® Soccer Exchange Matches presented by MLS WORKS and ESPN, anti-bullying programming, girls and women leadership events, LGBTQ Pride Nights and parades, health and wellness activities, as well as soccer clinics and events for homeless youth, power soccer teams (soccer teams for power wheelchair users), displaced individuals and youth from underserved communities.
MLS players will wear Soccer For All shirts during the procession and national anthems throughout the month on the field. In addition, clubs will wear Adidas Pride training tops during warmups. Fans can purchase Soccer For All shirts right now at MLSStore.com.
“Soccer For All Month provides a unique opportunity to highlight our collective efforts to foster inclusion and diversity in our stadiums and communities,” said JoAnn Neale, MLS President & Chief Administrative Officer. “We are extremely proud of the deep commitment of our clubs to make everyone feel welcome at our games.”
Soccer For All was launched in March of 2018 through MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s social responsibility platform signifies that everyone is welcome to MLS, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status and emphasizes the League’s commitment to drive positive social change and end discrimination.
In addition to Soccer For All Month activations, Major League Soccer and its clubs are conducting initiatives season-long that provide inclusive opportunities for members of the local community, including sensory rooms in-stadium, first-team soccer experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities, mini-pitch builds and youth soccer programming, and support of commemorative awareness months including Black History Month, LGBTQ Pride Month and Hispanic Heritage Month.