New York City FC Academy
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The New York City FC Academy is the youth and development program for Major League Soccer club New York City FC. The program currently consists of only one age group: under-13/14s, competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league. Below this level, the academy also operates a Youth Development League serving age groups under-9, -10 and -11, serving effectively as a feeder system to the bottom of the academy proper.
When New York City FC was founded they did not immediately launch an academy, but instead cultivated relationships with local youth academies and kids' clubs, eventually announcing an initial partnership agreement with eight clubs in April 2014. Adding three additional affiliates in January 2015, the first actual step towards building their own youth development program came with the announcement of the New York City FC Youth Development League in early February 2015, announcing that the focus of the NYCFC academy program would start at under-9 level, several years below the scope of any other MLS club academy, and observing that the creation of an entire youth league of their own was further than any other club had ever taken their development program.
Riding on the back of this announcement, barely a week later the club announced the formal creation of their academy proper, though they announced that the academy would be built in stages, from the bottom up. With the launch of the academy they announced the creation of an under-13/14 level team which would be populated partly from the ranks of the youths picked from their youth affiliates and partly from other players recruited from further afield. No further teams were announced, though it was indicated that further teams at higher age groups would be added in the future as the academy system developed.
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Affiliate Development League
The New York City FC Affiliate Development League covers age categories 9, 10 and 11 year olds and is participated in by the youth member affiliate clubs of NYCFC.
Focusing on the development of skills in young players, the Affiliate Development League will encourage players to put a positive attitude before achieving victory on the field. On each game day, every youth affiliate member club will bring a pool of players who will be arbitrarily assigned to one of two teams within their youth member club to create a balanced and competitive competition against their opponents. 9 and 10 year olds will play 7v7 and the 11 year olds will play in a 9v9 format.
There are no standings or points tables collected for the Affiliate Development League.
Affiliate Member Clubs
|Beachside CT Soccer Club||20x17px Norwalk, Connecticut||2015|
|Blau-Weiss Gottschee||23x15px Queens, New York City||2014|
|Downtown United Soccer Club||23x15px Manhattan, New York City||2014|
|Long Island Rough Riders Soccer Club||23x15px Nassau County, New York||2015|
|Manhattan Soccer Club||23x15px Manhattan, New York City||2014|
|Metropolitan Oval||23x15px Queens, New York City||2014|
|New York Soccer Club||23x15px Westchester County, New York||2014|
|South Bronx United||23x15px Bronx, New York City||2014
Starting in ADL 2016
|Staten Island United||23x15px Staten Island, New York City||2014|
|TSF Academy||23x15px Lincoln Park, New Jersey||2015|
|World Class FC||23x15px Orangeburg, New York||2014|
- "New York City FC to Provide Local Youth with World-Class Training and Resources, Appoints Paul Jeffries to Lead Club’s Community Outreach Efforts". April 17, 2014. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
- "New York City FC announce three new Youth Affiliate Clubs". January 20, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
- "New York City FC announce ground-breaking Youth Development League". February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
- "New York City FC launching Youth Academy". February 17, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2015.