City in the Community

City in the Community (CITC) – the 501 (c)(3) charity foundation proudly supported by New York City FC – was launched in New York City in December of 2014. With the support of fans, CITC uses the power of soccer to promote health, education and leadership development and create safe community spaces, where programming is free of charge for more than 4,000 young people each week.

This builds on City Football Group’s long-standing tradition of community initiatives in NYC. In 2010, Manchester City FC and the UAE Embassy built a rooftop soccer pitch at PS72 (East Harlem’s Lexington Academy), and in 2013, New York City FC was officially launched on that same pitch. Since then, the first-of-its-kind, synthetic grass pitch has provided hundreds of young people a safe place to play soccer, and City has proudly served more than 30,000 young people across the five boroughs.

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New York City Soccer Initiative

A public private partnership with Mayor's Fund, adidas, Etihad Airways , US Soccer, CITC NY and New York City FC which aims to build 50 mini-soccer pitches throughout the five boroughs in the next five years. Learn More.


Using our Healthy Hat-trick curriculum promoting healthy lifestyles, CITC delivers free in-school and after-school programming to over 50 public schools and community-based organizations across New York City, serving over 3,000 youth each week. CITC, alongside key partners, also coordinates the Annual City Schools Cup where kids, selected based on their athletics, academics, attitude and attendance records, participate in a citywide school soccer tournament.

Soccer Bloc

Soccer Bloc uses street soccer to bring together young people in safe spaces across the city, where they will make friends and celebrate New York City's diversity. Programs are designed and delivered by our young leaders to address a lack of free community programming in parks and playgrounds across New York City in the summer and impact 500 youth each year. Learn More.

Saturday Night Lights

Saturday Night Lights is a safe space program in partnership with the District Attorney’s Offices designed to provide young people, aged 11-18, in underserved communities high quality sports training and academic enrichment during times when crime rates are their highest—namely Friday and Saturday nights.

Young Leaders

The Young Leader program aims to identify, train, and empower young leaders in the community to support the growth and development of programs. CITC supports this program by running youth leader training courses, mentoring services, and opportunities to participate in the CITC Youth Leadership Council.


CITC has launched a partnership with UB Tech to deliver a RoboSoccer STEM curriculum in classrooms across New York City. UB Tech Robots enables students to learn coding from a young age. This new project will introduce coding and digital competency while providing an alternative learning environment focused on soccer-specific activities.


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