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Play Soccer Nonprofit International

PLAY SOCCER Nonprofit International (PSNI) is a 501 C 3 tax-exempt organization, (EIN # 22 37 10482) that is registered in New Jersey, New York and with the United Nations. Since 1999 when it was established, the mission of PSNI has been to broadly invest in the human capital of children, youth and communities, using the power of sport to support physical, emotional and socio-economic development, consistent with the United Nations human development goals.   


PSNI began its mission internationally in Africa in 1999.  It established a Network of national PLAY SOCCER organizations in different countries. Over time these organizations have achieved a sustainable capacity to operate on their own.  Though the Network organizations are now independent, they continue to share the mission, the Play Soccer logo and a Play for Fun, Learn for Life curriculum and to maintain Network communication through PSNI.

Trenton, New Jersey USA Program

PSNI opened the USA program in Trenton, New Jersey in 2015 It is now the only program that PSNI funds and operates.  Its mission is to:


  • Expand the sport of soccer in New Jersey’s capital city and access for children and youth to participation and training  

  • Promote public health and socio-economic development through the power of sport and Play for Fun, Learn for Life  programming 

  • Encourage City-wide policies and programs to promote wellbeing, resilience, education through recreational soccer

  • Serve all generations of Trenton’s diverse community


The USA program is a proud recipient of the I AM TRENTON award and has received  national TARGET Youth Soccer grants and a US Soccer Foundation Safe Places to Play grant in 2018.

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To achieve its mission, the Trenton, USA program coordinates and collaborates with the City's public sector--the Division of Recreation, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Board of Education/District Schools, the Trenton Housing Authority--and with community based organizations and other nonprofits in the private sector.
Children and youth are a key focus within the Trenton program. The Trenton Youth Soccer League (TYSL) which PSNI started in 2015 is a free, fun recreational soccer program, open to Trenton public school students--girls and boys--without regard to skill. The TYSL teaches the sport of soccer plus life skills that support resilence, health and wellbeing, education and community

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Above: The TYSL teams from Wilson Elementary and Martin Luther King
Elementary Schools at a 2020 Spring match.

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