Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and its popularity in Philadelphia is growing fast. Hundreds of youth and adult soccer leagues practice on Parks & Rec fields. But years of heavy use have worn-down many of these fields. Over the next five years, mini-pitches will be built at 15 sites across the city. Two sites will receive full-size, state-of-the-art fields. This $3.5 million project will allow thousands of soccer players to practice and compete on quality fields in their neighborhood.
These improvements are the result of a partnership among:
Here are five things every soccer fan should know about this historic investment in Philadelphia soccer:
  1. Two Philadelphia parks will receive new, state of the art, full-sized turf soccer fields. The first signature field will be built in Southwest Philadelphia. This area is home to many of the top performing teams in the Philadelphia International Unity Cup.
  2. 15 mini-pitch sites will be built over the next 5 years.
  3. A mini-pitch is a small, customized area designed for four-a-side organized soccer programs and pick-up games. You can build a mini-pitch almost anywhere. Old tennis or basketball courts, or turf or grass fields are potential sites.
  4. We’ll build the first mini-pitch at Capitolo Playground. The site is home to three youth soccer leagues that serve over 600 young people each year.
  5. If you’re interested in bringing a mini-pitch to your neighborhood park, email
Parks & Rec's handy Finder app offers information on soccer and other activities throughout the year.