Like a Girl Soccer and Futsal Program Minneapolis St. Paul MN Soccer Showcases

About Us

Our eyes were opened to the Invisible Pitch.

Our Mission

Our mission is to embrace and celebrate the diverse communities of girls who play the game.

Like a Girl works with girls who aren’t being seen by the mainstream soccer system. Largely immigrant, refugee, and low-income girls who love to play and can play. Our girls are effectively invisible. We exist to change that.


Our Story

The pitch brought us together. It united 3 coaches and a great group of girls. We come from very different backgrounds, but what brought us together was a ball, a pitch, and a passion for the game.

Our Beliefs

Our "Way-to-Play Model" means that any girl who wants to play has a way to play. We celebrate all ways of playing, whether between trash cans or on a new turf field. And, it means that whenever a girl tries, we encourage her with a supportive cheer: “Way to play!!”.


The Invisible Pitch

 Amazing young women and the places they play are often unseen by the mainstream soccer system. Girls who play on these invisible pitches tend to be girls of color, immigrants, refugees, low-income, and or city-based. We believe that these pitches and the girls who play on them deserve to be seen by others and themselves as ‘real’ soccer players. 

Noticing the Beauty

The Founders

What started as a love for coaching turned out to be much, much more. After coaching an inner city girls soccer team in St. Paul we decided to take our mission further.


Kyle Johnson

Executive Director


Jennifer Larrick

Youth Development Director


Risa Luther

College and Career Director

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a great combination of business executives, former soccer players, youth development professionals and high school players to make up a diverse group of talented individuals.


Britt Carlson Oase

Professional Sports


Matea Wasend

PhD Student
Sport Sociology


Kara Kawakami

Events & Hospitality Manager
Minnesota United FC


Taw Bee

Junior Board Member


Eh Re Noh Say

Junior Board Member

Our Supporters

Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters. Our efforts are with a the help of collective community that supports our mission.