This morning, NYCFC revealed its plans for a Girls Soccer Academy that will launch over the coming weeks and months. Teams will compete at the Under-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19 levels, operating out of the Orangeburg, New York facilities of World Class FC, a current affiliate in New York City FC’s youth system.
Last year, Orangeburg was named as the future site of a permanent NYCFC training facility. The senior club currently trains at SUNY Purchase.
Additionally, NYCFC stated plans for a relationship between the Girls Academy and the US Soccer Development Academy.
“This is a significant moment in the history of our club as NYCFC make a commitment to girls soccer and announce an Academy which we believe will contribute to the bright future of the women’s game in the tri-state area,” Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said in today’s official press release.
World Class FC Director of Coaching Kazbek Tambi will lead the Academy. He brings experience as a head coach with the US Women’s U-17s, as well as the women’s team at Seton Hall University.
Added NYCFC President Jon Patricof: “City Football Group has demonstrated its dedication to the women’s game with the launch of Manchester City Women in 2014 and Melbourne City Women in 2016. Both teams have since gone on to win their league titles, and we are so happy to build on that success with the launch our own girls Academy program.”
We’re excited about today’s news for a lot of reasons. Most importantly, it provides one more way for our favorite club to serve the community that supports it. Further down the line, however, you’ve got to think that this announcement is the seed that will grow into City Football Group’s very own NWSL club.
We’re trying not to get ahead of ourselves here, but it’s hard no to. Who doesn’t want more soccer to watch? Who doesn’t want more games to go to? More tifos, more #ComeOnNewYork, and (hopefully) more chicken buckets?
Whew. I gotta say, today is a good day.