We believe soccer is the most powerful tool in the world to connect with people.
Impact City FC is a global soccer organization that exists to help players find their purpose by offering elite youth teams, pro chaplains, and international experiences that develop leaders who will change the world.
Youth Teams provide exceptional soccer training in a healthy culture where every player is known by their name and challenged to live for more than their next performance. Impact City FC teams have a unique family feel with coaches who care deeply about player development and players spiritual growth. Our teams compete in the highest levels of youth soccer across the country.
Pro Chaplains provide environments for players to be cared for in difficult times, find wisdom for daily life, ask spiritual questions, and grow in their faith. Impact City FC is a member of the Pro Chaplains Network and serves teams across MLS, USL & NWSL.
International Experiences give players a chance to use their gifts and talents to serve others outside of their normal context. So often, this change of place and pace provides an entirely different perspective for their future. From South America to the South Pacific, we send players out to the ends of the earth to love those who are hurting and in need.
In 2019, we officially began as Impact City FC under the direction of our Founder and President, Aaron DeLoach. Aaron was a former pro soccer player with the Charlotte Eagles winning the 2008 USL Regular Season Championship and were the National Finalists in 2009. He has a college career record of 46-23-5 as the Head Coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University and an Assistant Coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he helped earn a top 10 national ranking while coaching the National Player of the Year. Aaron became a pastor at Christ Fellowship, and spent 9 years serving the local church in that way. He now serves as a Chaplain in Major League Soccer and holds both a USSF B License and a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty University. Under his direction, we are on a mission be actively developing 10,000 players in 10 cities over the next 5 years.
For more information on Aaron, visit: aarondeloach.com
IMPACTING THE SOCCER CULTURE IN CITIES EVERYWHERE
Tyler grew up in Minnesota and played college soccer at St. Louis University before being drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps. Tyler ended up signing with Saint Louis FC and found himself in a group hosted by our chaplain. It was a place where he could ask tough the questions of life. Over a period of months Tyler was deeply impacted by the group and signed a new contract in Hartford, Connecticut. His transformation gave us favor with the expansion team in Hartford. We now have the ability to offer chaplaincy for that club for years to come.
Dan is now an assistant coach with one of our youth teams. His daughter made one of our teams and he offered to help our Head Coach. Our Head Coach welcomed Dan to volunteer. When our Team Talk time came at practice Dan would always walk away to pick up cones because he hated the principles we were sharing. Over the last year Dan has come to love this time, even saying that it is now his favorite part of practice. His daughter is growing as a leader and their team finished top of the league in the spring and has won two tournaments this fall.
Fred is from Congo, and came to the United States as a refugee. He saw the need to serve his people by bringing an experience that felt like home. He has begun soccer programming in the community and we have given him tools to make his programming more effective. This includes our collection of Team Talks, soccer equipment, friendly tournaments, and providing scholarships for refugees to participate in our summer camp program. These youth players are memorizing truth and growing up to be the leaders in their community.
On our pro player mission trip to Bolivia, one of our players was so deeply impacted as we loved and served those in need that he now documents the trip as the most life-changing event of his life. Since then he has gone on to share what he has learned with others and continue to grow as a leader.
We recently took 10 of our St. Louis coaches on a trip and trained 60 coaches in Cap-Haitien, Haiti to develop young leaders. When we came back one year later, a man from the training named Rodne and 4 other men from his church had developed a soccer program for 282 kids every Friday keeping them from abuse, teen pregnancy, and drug and alcohol use.
Over the next 12 months we seek to refine our model and replicate it to impact the soccer culture in cities everywhere.
In order to do this we need to raise $20,000 in monthly commitments. Begin changing the world with us.