by Christian Araos
New York City FC will expand its academy to include girls in four age groups, the club said.
In conjunction with World Class FC, City’s girls academy will be a part of the United States Soccer Developmental Academy in the U14, U15, U16/17 and U18/19 age groups. They will begin play this spring at World Class’ Orangeburg, N.Y., training center before moving across the street to NYCFC’s training center once its completed. World Class’ director of coaching Kazbek Tambi — a former U.S. U17 women’s national team coach — will lead the academy.
“I’m very excited for the girls in the Metropolitan area to have NYCFC taking on the girls academy and entering into the girls arena,” Tambi told EoS. “Obviously, we’ve seen that the organization has been fantastic and I expect that they will be doing wonderful things for the top girls coming out of the area.
City’s Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said he hopes the academy will serve some of the 200,000 girls who play soccer in the New York metro area.
“We’re delighted to be launching this Academy which will provide high quality soccer coaching, and a genuine pathway to U.S. youth national teams and top collegiate programs,” Reyna said. “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.”
The launch of the girls academy is the latest step in a substantial investment made by City Football Group in the women’s game. It launched a Manchester City women’s team in 2014 and recently signed American international Carli Lloyd and also launched a women’s team at Melbourne City in Australia, which has won the W-League title in each of its first two seasons.
World Class had been announced as a member of the Girls Development Academy last July. City will simply replace them in those age groups when the season begins this fall. NYCFC said girls interested in registering or finding out more about the academy should inquire via firstname.lastname@example.org