NEWS | September 4, 2019

Street soccer championships begin Friday

Competition highlights community empowerment and social change

Editor's note:

Register to play online. Fans can watch for free.



For the second year, UC Davis Health and Sacramento Republic FC have teamed up to sponsor the Street Soccer USA National Cup. The Sept. 6-8 event brings participants from throughout the U.S. to Sacramento’s Capitol Mall between 8th and 9th streets to compete in fast-paced matches on specially-made pop-up soccer fields.

The community is welcome to the Street Soccer USA championship games this weekend on Capitol Mall. The community is welcome to the Street Soccer USA championship games this weekend on Capitol Mall.

Players will compete in Youth, Corporate and Open Cup divisions. The highlight is the Social Change National Cup, where homeless or formerly homeless players represent their cities and compete to play for the U.S. at the 2020 Homeless World Cup in Finland.

Street Soccer USA has transformed soccer from a sport into a vehicle for fighting poverty and building community. The organization has programs in low-income areas of 17 cities, including Sacramento. A year-round pop-up street soccer field opened this year in Oak Park.

UC Davis Health staff will be at the championship to offer health information and chances to play games and win prizes. The UC Davis Health-Elica Health mobile clinic also will be available to provide basic health services.

2019 Street Soccer USA
National Cup Sacramento
Dates and Times

Friday, Sept. 6: Noon-6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Detailed schedule.

“We are proud to be a part of a movement that gives everyone who loves soccer places to play and opportunities to compete,” said Khanh-Nhat Tran-Viet, director of community partnerships and affiliations with UC Davis Health. “Soccer is clearly more than a favorite sport. It is a way to overcome tough circumstances and find a path to health.”

More information about UC Davis Health's commitment to the community and improving access to health is online.