DC Stoddert Soccer is a non-profit youth Travel and Recreational soccer club in Washington, DC, with over 6,000 players per season in the fall and spring. Players range from pre-kindergarten to high school, nearly half of whom are girls. DC Stoddert Soccer strives to make every program inclusive: 90% of participants play in programs that are open-registration, where every child that registers is put on a team and every player on a team gets to play.
The registration fee for open-registration recreational programming is kept as low as possible as the club offers "no questions asked" fee waivers, which we define as, "If you can’t pay the entire registration fee, pay what you can afford." The only required equipment for youth participants in our programs are cleats and shin-guards, and as such, each season the club organizes equipment exchanges so families can donate or swap footwear. Anything that is collected is then made available for $1 a pair.
All of DC Stoddert Soccer's programs are paid for by revenue collected from registration fees and tax-deductible contributions. The club receives no financial support from the District of Columbia government, and thus relies on the generosity of individual and corporate donors to cover its annual operating expenses. In addition, DC Stoddert Soccer invests in local charities and schools through its relationship with local PTA's and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, from which the club rents athletic facilities and provides in-kind soccer field equipment, field maintenance, and programmatic support.
DC Stoddert Soccer is able to provide high quality youth soccer programs at reasonable costs thanks to a large and devoted corps of 900+ volunteers. Throughout the academic calendar, our volunteers help organize and stage more than 4,000 soccer games - they coach and referee matches, order and distribute uniforms, prepare fields and equipment, create schedules and rosters, and adjudicate disputes.