NYCFC Boys Academy: Frequently Asked Questions

 What is NYCFC Academy?

The New York City Football Club Academy is where the best local, tri-state area talent come to train and play with the ultimate goal of signing a professional contract with NYCFC.

 How is NYCFC Academy different than other clubs in the area?

Unlike other clubs in the New York City metro area, we are a professional soccer club that competes at the highest level in the USA and as such can offer the following: A chance to earn a professional contract with NYCFC. Coaching, guidance, evaluation and direct contact with NYCFC 1st team staff and coaches. Invitations to top level international tournaments with some of the world’s best clubs. Importantly, we are a free-to-play program for all Academy levels.

 What teams will NYCFC Academy have?

Beginning in the Fall 2017, NYCFC will have 6 teams: U-12 (2006), U-13 (2005), U-14 (2004), U-15 (2003), U-17 (2001-2002), and U-19 (1999-2000)

 Is NYCFC Academy free?

The Academy is free for all selected players and has many additional benefits. Such benefits include a comprehensive, experienced and qualified staff, equipment package for all full-time players (including full uniform and the latest adidas footwear).

 Where will NYCFC Academy train?

NYCFC has been built around being the only soccer team in New York City. For the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 season, the Academy will train at St. John’s University (Belson Stadium) and Orangeburg, NY.

 How are players selected to NYCFC Academy?

There are multiple ways players can be selected for NYCFC Academy:

  • Recommendation from NYCFC Youth Programming: Talent Centers, Camps, Clinics
  • Recommendation from NYCFC Youth Affiliates
  • Scouting through other soccer related means
 What competition do NYCFC Academy teams play?

All Academy teams participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League. The season runs from September – June and includes local matches, domestic tournaments and select international trips.

 Can players participate in high school or other club programs?

Players who are full-time with the Academy are not permitted to participate with other clubs. However, players will be permitted to participate in high school.

 Does participating in NYCFC Academy mean I lose NCAA eligibility?

No, players in NYCFC Academy will still be able to continue to pursue their college interests.

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