New York City FC is launching the City Select League, which is expanding off its Affiliate League and will now include more than 20 clubs across boys age groups ranging from U-9 through U-12.
According to Sam Pugsley, director of NYCFC’s Academy, U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s decision to drop the U-12 age group beginning this fall was the impetus for the club to expand its youth league. In addition to adding the U-12 age group, NYCFC is also including several new clubs from the New York Metropolitan area.
“Moving forward, we’re confident that the City Select League will offer clubs in the broader Tri-State area an optimal competitive platform for player development and pathway,” he said. “We’ve reached out to and chosen some very good clubs that will help facilitate the launch of the City Select League.”
In its current form, the youth league consists of NYCFC’s seven affiliate clubs: Downtown United SC, Manhattan SC, Met Oval, New York Soccer Club, TSF, SUSA and World Class FC.
Once the expanded league format commences this fall, additional local clubs will be involved throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
The City Select League concentrates on four main pillars:
- Meaningful competition: Inclusion of top-level clubs in talent-rich areas
- Managing league format and structure: Prioritizes development with age-appropriate guidelines
- Reduced travel and cost: Increases local competition with no team registration fee
- Shared sporting values: Allows a transparent player pathway to professional soccer
“The general ethos of the league has been to share common sporting values that maximize player development and we hope we can extrapolate that out to the wider group as we look to expand to the U-12s and include outside clubs,” Pugsley said.
The City Select League will be registered and operated under the New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) structure. This provides a centralized platform for teams to register and creates fluidity for players in a club to move up and down age groups appropriately according to their individual development, team officials said.
Founded in 2009, NYCSL is fully sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is a platform for the New York area with more 1,600 registered teams currently playing in multiple leagues.