NYCFC Girls Academy: Frequently Asked Questions

Program FAQs

 What is the NYCFC Girls Academy?

The NYCFC Girls Academy provides the highest level of competition available for our brightest young talent. As part of NYCFC’s commitment to developing soccer in NY, the club has added a girls academy.

The NYCFC Girls Academy program is by invitation only. Please address evaluation inquiries for the Development Academy to info@nycfcgirlsda.com. Include full name, date of birth, soccer resume and playing video (if available) for review. In addition, please click this link to pre-register for player trials.

 What is the goal of the NYCFC Girls Academy?

To support the growth of girls soccer in the NY area and to provide a pathway for the most talented players to move to the US National Team and top level collegiate programs. 

 How many MLS Clubs have Girls Academies?

NYCFC is one of five MLS clubs supporting the new Girls initiative and hosting their own NYCFC Girls Academy. Other MLS clubs involved are FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, and Orlando SC.

 What age groups will the NYCFC Girls Academy have?

The NYCFC Girls Academy will provide an elite training environment for girls across four age groups: U-14 (2004), U-15 (2003), U-16/17 (2001 & 2002) & U-18/19 (1999 & 2000).

 When will the NYCFC Girls Academy begin and what are the season dates?

The first year of competition for the Program will begin in the fall of 2017. The season will likely begin in September and end in July. Player trials will be held in March and early April. To register for player trials, click here.

 What are some of the benefits of playing in the NYCFC Girls Academy?

The Academy's elite training environment promotes increased technical standards and allows for greater accountability for players and coaches. Coaches can devote more time to these areas in training. Both players and coaches must learn to deal with and manage the challenges of playing in games using international rules, which is what players will experience at the highest levels.

 How do I get more information about the NYCFC GIrls Academy?

For more information on the NYCFC Girls Academy, email info@nycfcgirlsda.com

Participation FAQs

 How do I join (tryout for) the NYCFC Girls Academy club?

Girls U- 14 to 19 years old who are interested in playing for NYCFC Girls Academy should inquire about registration by emailing info@nycfcgirlsdc.com and include full name, date of birth, soccer resume and playing video (if available) for review. Click here to pre-register for player trials.

 How many players will be on a roster?

As a combined age group, players are encouraged to play up and clubs will have groups of players that they will move up and move freely among age groups within their Academy program. The projected pool would equate to approximately 18 players per age group for a total of 72 full-time players amongst the four age groups: U-14, U-15, U-16/17, U-18/19. 

Scheduling and League FAQs

 How many games are played and how long is the Academy season? How many showcases are hosted per year?

Each NYCFC Academy team plays approximately 25-30 league games, with an additional 6-9 games played at Showcases. Teams that advance from the Academy Playoffs could expect to play up to an additional 3 games. The season will likely begin in September and commence with Championships in July. Clubs will break from league play for periods of rest (including inactivity due to weather), during a winter break (December/January) and/or following the end of the regular season (July).

 How much are Academy clubs required to travel?

Academy clubs can expect approximately 15 away games in a given season, some of which will require overnight travel. Exact travel distances will vary between clubs depending on their geographic proximity to their conference opponents and Academy events.

 Does the NYCFC Girls Academy Program offer players financial assistance?

If a player is selected to take part in the NYCFC Girls Academy but has a financial hardship, assistance will be made available to the player.

 Where does the NYCFC Girls Academy Play?

NYCFC Girls Academy will practice out of World Class Soccer located in Orangeburg, NY. The facility is across the street from the future NYCFC first team facility. The facility is one of the best soccer specific complexes in the US, which includes a full-service clubhouse facility. 

 Who is in charge of the Coaching staff for the NYCFC Girls Academy?

Kazbek Tambi, Director of Coaching

He will be using his passion for the game and significant experience as a coach and player at the national and international levels to develop one of the top-tier programs in the region.

His coaching and training experience includes:

  • United States National Team Head Coach – U17 Women (Finalist - 2008 World Cup)
  • Head Coach Women’s Team and Assistant Men's Coach – Seton Hall University (coached Sacha Kljestan)
  • Head Coach USL W-League – New Jersey Stallions
  • United States Soccer Federation “A” coaching license.
  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • New Jersey Olympic Development Program.
His playing experiences include:
  • New York Cosmos during the final NASL season in 1984 and then captained the Cosmos during their post-NASL international schedule in 1985.
  • Played professionally for New Jersey Eagles in ASL and with Minnesota Strikers in MISL.
  • Member of the USA 1984 Olympic Team
  • Captain of the U.S. 1983 Pan American Team
  • Captain, Columbia University – 4-time Ivy League Champions
  • NCAA Final Four
Players he has coached:
  • Morgan Brian
  • Crystal Dunn
  • Lindsey Horan
  • Yael Averbuch
  • Amber Brooks

"Kaz played a major role in my youth development and I'm sure he will do the same for the players coming through the NYCFC Girls Academy" - Morgan Brian

Additional coaches will be announced at a later date and time. 

 Are the rules & regulations exactly the same as the boys' DA?

The NYCFC Girls Academy program has been developed to create the ideal everyday environment for player development. The vast majority of the Girls Academy rules and regulations will be the same as the boys. The NYCFC Girls Academy staff will create or modify any rules or regulations as deemed necessary and comply with US Soccer Academy guidelines.


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