South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, United States

Key achievement

Supporting over 1.3 million youth in nealy 50 countries

Grassroot Soccer

Network Member

At the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for an estimated 69 percent of all people living with HIV and 70 percent of all AIDS deaths. At present, AIDS continues to be the main cause of death among adolescents.


Founded in Zimbabwe in 2002, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) integrates the cross-cultural appeal of football to build confidence and resilience in young people so that they can take control of their lives and health, on and off the field.


The organisation uses football sessions and activity-based social learning to normalise concepts surrounding sexual and reproductive health and rights which are traditionally stigmatised.

Social Topics


Grassroot Soccer
Kirk Friedrich
kirk@grassrootsoccer.org; k.friedrich@grassrootsoccer.org

Latest From Grassroot Soccer

"Grassroot Soccer is restoring dignity and building self-esteem of young girls living in a challenging environment, transforming them into actors for the HIV prevention revolution."

Michel Sidibé
UNAIDS Executive Director
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