Our History

Volunteer-run, purpose-led.


Since our beginnings in 2008 under a different name, RIFA has grown from two volunteer coaches serving 10 youth participants to 10 volunteer coaches serving an average of 80 high-school aged boys in the past five years.

After many attempts to sustain a girls program, it was the establishment of a partnership with Ladies International United in 2017 that has allowed us to offer consistent programming for young women.

RIFA was associated with Soccer Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee via Memorandums of Understanding prior to our incorporation as an independent non-profit in 2017.

While program participants come from diverse countries and speak different languages, every one of them shares an enthusiasm for soccer and every one of them deserves a great experience.

Our volunteers will continue to work to strengthen our institutional foundation and are committed to providing more opportunities for youth participants by adding additional training sessions, further developing our girls team partnership with Ladies International United, and increasing civic engagement programming.