City in the Community

City in the Community (CITC) NY – the 501 (c)(3) charity foundation proudly supported by New York City FC – was launched in New York City in December of 2014 and currently serves 5,000 young New Yorkers each year. 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.

CITC NY uses the power of soccer to promote health, education and leadership development and create safe community spaces, where programming is free of charge. CITC NY has received national recognition and has been selected twice as a finalist for ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award. In addition, NYCFC was named 2016 and 2019 MLS Community Relations Team of the Year and Young Leader Yasmine Sanchez was awarded the ESPN Billie Jean King Award.

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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.

Health Education

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.” Learn More.

Soccer Bloc

Soccer Bloc influences positive behaviors in underserved communities using the power of soccer. It connects youth from ages 6-14 across the city, where they will make friends and celebrates New York City’s diversity. This program, which impacts 300 youth each summer, is designed for youth by youth to address a lack of FREE community programming in parks and playgrounds during the summer months. 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. Learn More.

Young Leaders

CITC, alongside key partners, 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. Learn More.

STEM Focused Curriculum

In partnership with UB Tech, this RoboSoccer STEM curriculum introduces coding and digital competency while providing an alternative learning environment focused on soccer-specific activities.”


Our Global Community

We are proud to be part of City Football Group (CFG). With sister teams around the globe, it is important for us that our community work expands beyond New York City borders.

Through our Group-wide Cityzens Giving program, we are continuing to make an impact in cities around the world. Already, CFG and our partners have invested $1.8 million into youth-led community soccer projects in nine cities worldwide, with fans deciding how funds are allocated.

By placing our fans at the heart of the decision-making, we are helping to spread the soccer effect both locally and globally.




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