About the Jacmel United Football Club

Founded in the Fall of 2011 by Diane Metcalf-Leggette, the Jacmel United Football Club (JUFC) strives to change the lives of impoverished children through the means of the beautiful game of soccer. JUFC is a structured soccer league for children ages 5-17 living in Jacmel, Haiti. We currently have 20 teams and over 300 players in the league with new kids coming to our practices every week asking to tryout.

Our playing conditions are rugged and the poverty is prevalent, but that has not deterred the kids' enthusiasm. The children arrive early, anxious to play. Many are barefoot or with worn shoes. Most of the children eat only one meal that day. Yet these kids step onto the playing field, a small uneven patch of land covered mostly in dirt and rocks, and come alive! Their sheer joy in playing soccer and their passion for the game reverberate.

Using the children's love for soccer, JUFC teaches them the importance of looking beyond the net. The players learn qualities such as discipline, leadership, teamwork, dedication, and citizenship. By using the skills they develop in the league, they are able to grow into individuals who find success on and off the field.

With your help, we can continue to offer these children the joy of soccer. Please visit our Donations and Sponsorships Page to learn more about opportunities to sponsor a player or team or to help us with our field fund.

Education is a cornerstone of the Jacmel United Football Club and Goals Beyond The Net (GBTN). It is through education that opportunities are created. We require that each player be enrolled in school and achieve good grades. Children that are unable to attend school for financial reasons are sponsored by GBTN. Players are required to submit their report cards to their coaches for review.

Please visit our Education page to learn more about education in Haiti, our sponsorship program and opportunities to change the lives of these children living in poverty.

Goals Beyond the Net
P.O. Box 231475
Centreville, VA 20120