NYCFC Youth Programs along with Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association are excited to introduce a soccer program that makes the game more accessible while creating an environment for players to improve their game improvisation, creativity, decision making and leadership skills.

Presented in partnership with Fidelis Care, Free Football for All is designed to be casual play for youth soccer players in and outside the five boroughs each week from April – November. Fidelis Care is a mission-driven health plan offering quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. With more than 2.3 million members statewide, Fidelis Care believes that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit fideliscare.org.

The format of the program will be street style soccer that will be player lead and facilitated by NYCFC Youth Program coaches. Players will play in 3v3, 4v4, or 5v5 games. The program is coed and for players aged U7-U8, U9-U11 & U12-U14 with each age block participating in 1 hour of play per session.

Location:

The locations for the 2021 spring season will be announced soon. The delivery of this program will be on soccer fields on Long Island, New York City and Westchester County.

Registration:

Registration to the program will be completely Free. Registration is on a first come first served basis and will be limited to 40 players per hour. No walk ups will be allowed to participate. Pre-registration is required.

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Why Pick Up/Street Style Soccer?

Open-play, or street style soccer fosters an environment for players to showcase their skills and personality through an unstructured approach. Pick up play requires players to adapt to match conditions that take shape in a free playing environment. In accordance with US Soccer’s Play-Practice-Play Model (PPP), grassroots players learn through the game. Making their own decisions and discovering solutions to different situations on their own.

The structure of this program enables players to play as much continuous play as possible that will increase their touches on the ball and, in turn, creating an environment for players to improve their game improvisation, creativity and decision-making skills.

NYCFC Coaches:

Our coaches will be onsite to observe each session and provide a safe environment for players to play. Coaches will bring equipment and supervise and manage pitch rosters and participation flow. Coaches are instructed not to coach and allow for as much continuous play as possible.

It is important to note that this program is designed to be player lead. Having players take ownership of their play and make leadership decisions when organizing each game is a core principle of this program.

Structure:
Cost
Free
Format
3v3, 4,4, 5v5 Open play
Schedule
1 Friday per month per region
Players per Session
40 players x 3 session. 120 player per evening
Ages
U7-U8, U9-U11, U12-U14 CoEd
Registration
Pre-Registration is required
NYCFC Coaches
Player supervision, pitch management & equipment
2021 Regions
New York City, Long Island & Westchester County

Schedule:

The program will run during the outdoor soccer seasons in areas around New York (April – November).

Spring: April, May, June
Summer: July, August
Fall: September, October, November

*Guidelines & Protocols subject to change based off NYS & CDC guidance