NYCFC announces expansion for club’s academy system

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New York City FC has made significant strides with the club’s first-team in its brief Major League Soccer history, and now the team is looking to expand its youth ranks.

The club announced on Saturday that it will be adding four teams to its youth academy, which currently houses an Under-14 and U-16 side.

Joining the two pre-existing youth teams will be U12, U13, U15 and U19 levels of competition. All four new club teams will begin play ahead of the 2017/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season.

“The Development Academy is extremely excited to announce our second largest expansion to date, welcoming 165 new teams across all of our age groups,” Development Academy Director Jared Micklos said. “This expansion is a direct reflection of the commitment from existing Academy clubs and the permeating effect of the Academy influence on additional clubs across the country that are adopting the Academy philosophy.