U.S. Soccer Foundation and Fox Soccer Channel Announce Partnership

BY foxsports • October 14, 2009

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the U.S., and Fox Soccer Channel today announced a one-year partnership that designates the television company as the Foundation's Official Media Partner for Sports Television.

As a result of this partnership, Fox Soccer Channel will provide extensive on-air and online promotional support for the Foundation. The network will post-produce a :30-second PSA, provide valuable air time to show the Foundation's PSA, and run text "squeezebacks" during its telecasts to promote the Foundation's work in urban communities.

Fox Soccer Channel has been a long-time supporter of the Foundation's work, providing support to its Annual Fundraising Campaigns, 2008 Streets to Fields Banquet and Soccer United Recovery Fund. They also play a critical role each year in promoting the Foundation's Annual Online Holiday Auction which features soccer jerseys from some of the world's top club teams.

"We are thrilled to partner with Fox Soccer Channel and continue working with them to raise awareness about the U.S. Soccer Foundation and our work in urban communities," said Ed Foster-Simeon, President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. "It's a natural partnership. Fox Soccer Channel is a premier soccer programmer in the U.S. that reaches a huge audience of people who share a passion for the game and understand its ability to be a powerful tool for youth development."

"In addition to showcasing the biggest leagues and tournaments on our network, Fox Soccer Channel remains committed to supporting the sport's charitable organizations," said David Sternberg, Fox Soccer Channel Executive Vice President and General Manager. "The U.S. Soccer Foundation has done an outstanding job of promoting soccer at its most grassroots level and encouraging disadvantaged youth to embrace the world's game. We are proud to serve as the Foundation's Official Media Partner for Sports Television and provide a national platform to communicate the organization's invaluable work in our community."

To learn more about the Foundation and its programs, please visit the Foundation's website at http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org. To learn more about Fox Soccer Channel, http://www.foxsoccer.com.

About the U.S. Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation was established in 1994 to manage the surplus funds generated by the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States. As the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the U.S., the Foundation has invested more than $51 million in the game, supporting hundreds of projects in every state in the country. The Foundation provides grants focused on developing players, coaches and referees and building or enhancing fields and soccer complexes, with a special emphasis on economically disadvantaged youth in urban communities. For more information, or to donate online, please visit http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org.