New York City FC Teams Up with Eight Local Youth Soccer Organizations, Names New Head of Community Development

New York City FC and Manchester City FC to Provide Local Youth with World-Class Training and Resources, Appoints Paul Jeffries to Lead Club's Community Efforts

NEW YORK, NY (Tuesday, April 15th, 2014) - New York City FC announced today that eight youth soccer organizations throughout greater New York City will serve as New York City FC's official affiliate clubs. The affiliations with New York City FC will provide a clear pathway for the local youth soccer community to reach the highest level of competition, providing each with access to the invaluable resources and expertise of Major League Soccer's 20th team and sister-club Manchester City FC.

The Club also announced that Paul Jeffries, former director at Downtown United Soccer Club, will be named Director of Community Development. Jeffries will oversee all New York City FC's community engagement efforts, managing the Club's Community Soccer programs including coaching sessions, clinics and camps, as well as New York City FC's ongoing relationship with local youth and adult leagues across the five boroughs.

Forming official ties with these youth soccer organizations and appointing Jeffries to lead ongoing engagement efforts stays true to New York City FC's core mission of being committed and connected to the New York City community.

Through New York City FC's relationship with Manchester City FC, the eight affiliate organizations will have the opportunity to work with renowned soccer coaches and training staff, providing expertise and resources from both organizations. From community programs, to youth development, scouting, coaching, sports science and first team football operations, the New York City area's youth soccer community will have an unprecedented level of access to world-class soccer expertise. Affiliates will also have the opportunity to travel and train at Manchester City's new state-of-the-art facility, receiving the structured coaching and renowned curriculum of the Manchester City Academy, and playing alongside some of the world's best up-and-coming talent.

The eight affiliate clubs are:

  • Blau-Weiss Gottschee
  • Downtown United Soccer Club
  • Manhattan Soccer Club
  • Metropolitan Oval
  • New York Soccer Club
  • South Bronx United
  • Staten Island United
  • World Class FC

Each affiliate organization was chosen based on its strong quality of players, dedicated coaching staff and commitment to the New York City community. The selection of these eight clubs marks the first step in New York City FC's ongoing effort to deepen its connection to local youth organizations and to grow the Club's local affiliate network throughout the tri-state area.

Claudio Reyna, Sporting Director of New York City FC, added, "Through our affiliations with each of these organizations, we will play an integral role in the development of the area's most talented youth. After previously serving as Youth Technical Director for U.S. Soccer, I'm passionate about youth development and know firsthand what a critical role these programs can play in improving and advancing the level of coaching and talent across the country. Just as Manchester City is active in their community, we will be active participants in communities throughout the New York City area and are thrilled to have a veteran like Paul at the helm of our efforts."

Speaking of the recent news, Tim Pernetti, Chief Business Officer of New York City Football Club said, "With millions of residents watching soccer every week, and nearly two million people actively playing the game, the New York City area is one of North America's most vibrant and proud soccer communities. As the only professional soccer club within the five boroughs, we have a unique opportunity to engage with this community and to provide our resources, knowledge and training, on-and-off the pitch. We couldn't be more excited about beginning to work with each of our eight affiliate clubs and welcoming Paul Jeffries as he continues his great legacy of community and youth development."

Paul Jeffries commented "I'm honored to join the New York City FC family and lead the Club's efforts to give back to the New York City community. Throughout my time at Downtown United Soccer Club and City Soccer in the Community, I've seen the critical role that soccer can play in improving the lives and opportunities for young people. I look forward to continuing my work, bringing soccer-based development programs to more youth across New York City and helping New York City FC deepen their ties with local communities across the five boroughs."

"Our mission is to educate, train and inspire youth soccer players of all ages and abilities in a positive, respectful, supportive environment," said Tom Frambach, General Manager at Downtown United Soccer Club. "Our affiliation with New York City FC will help us fulfill this mission by fostering a community in which local children can develop a lifelong love for the beautiful game of soccer and realize their full potential as both players and people."

This announcement follows major announcements from New York City FC in recent months, including the unveiling of the team's official badge, hiring Jason Kreis as the team's first head coach, and hiring Assistant Coach Miles Joseph and Head of Player Recruitment David Lee.

Announced in May 2013, New York City Football Club will be Major League Soccer's 20th team, beginning play in the 2015 season. The team was launched in partnership by Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees and is led by Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano.