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The city of New York is breathing more football never. The partners of New York City Soccer Initiative (NYCSI), along with the First Lady of the City of New York, Chirlane McCray, and the coaches and players of the first team of the New York City FC de la MLS, they celebrated the inauguration of the 50 mini football field in “The Big Apple”, which concluded successfully with a five-year project.
The last minicamp is one of 13 that have been installed this year. As a balance sheet, 50 mini fields were built in the five boroughs of the city in just five years, even despite the problems generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYCSI allows more than 10,000 young people of New York City have free access to soccer programs in disadvantaged communities. This society was launched in 2016 with the mission of promoting the development of non-profit soccer in New York. Other cities, such as Chicago, have taken this program as an example to promote their communities in this discipline.
Taking advantage of the celebration, the partners made a new commitment: the installation of 26 more mini-pitches throughout the city, starting from this moment until 2026, the year in which the United States will be one of the venues for the World Cup.
It is a new five-year project that does not “come” alone. There are more plans to materialize, such as the NYCSI Community Cup, 5vs5 tournament in which young people from the five boroughs of New York will participate for three weekends. The event will take place in the spring of 2022, and will include free training, refereeing courses and skills clinics. This exciting 5v5 tournament will bring together youth from all five districts to compete.
“These soccer fields are a huge contribution to the mental and physical fitness of our youth. The skills they learn and the games they play give them the opportunity to learn teamwork and empathy.“Said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “I thank the Mayor’s Fund and community partners for delivering on the promise of bringing 50 new soccer fields to neighborhoods throughout New York City.“.
Soccer personalities who are or were linked to New York City FC expressed their joy at the news: Pep Guardiola (DT del Manchester City), Ronny Deila (DT del New York City), Sean Johnson (New York City goalkeeper and captain) and Jack Harrison (former New York City player and current Leeds United player) sent their message to the entire city community. New York is soccer too.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.