TINTON FALLS, N.J. — Sky Blue FC announced Thursday that it has formed a partnership with the New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association.

NJGSCA) is a statewide organization dedicated to the promotion and development of girls’ high school soccer in New Jersey.

“We are very pleased to officially embark upon this partnership with the New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association,” Sky Blue FC president and general manager Tony Novo said in a statement. “The NJGSCA plays a pivotal role in the development of the beautiful game throughout the State of New Jersey, and this relationship enables us to align in our efforts to continue that growth. We look forward to working together with the NJGSCA on a variety of initiatives that will prove to be beneficial for both organizations, and most importantly the game of soccer itself.”

The NJGSCA was created in 1989 by a group of girls’ soccer coaches. Only 10 coaches were members at that juncture but that number has grown to more 120 coaches throughout New Jersey. The NJGSCA is focused upon the development of girls’ high school soccer, recognizing worthy female soccer players at various levels of NJGSCA all-state teams.

More than 5,000 players having been recognized since its inception.

The NJGSCA has a direct association with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as more than 100 of its players have received NSCAA All-America accolades. Additionally, several New Jersey high school coaches have collected NSCAA National Coach of the Year honors, while numerous teams have earned the NSCAA High School Academic Award.

“The NJGSCA is pleased to announce a partnership between our organization and Sky Blue FC,” NJGSCA president Jamie McGroarty said in a press release. “This is an opportunity for the NJGSCA to promote our mission; which is to grow the game of soccer, enhance coaching education and promote the thousands of amazing New Jersey high school girls’ soccer players. It is also an opportunity for our member coaches and players to become a part of and interact with a first-class professional women’s soccer organization in Sky Blue FC.”

As part of the alliance, NJGSCA members will be able to take advantage of a High School Partnership Package that grants them exclusive benefits from Sky Blue FC. The two groups also are working together to establish a coaching education seminar for NJGSCA members that will take part during the National Women’s Soccer League season. An additional component of the relationship includes a bi-monthly soccer tips offering that will be sponsored by the NJGSCA.

For more information regarding the NJGSCA, visit www.NJGSCA.org.

Sky Blue FC heads to Boston to face the Breakers Sunday at 4 p.m.. Fans can watch the action live via the Go90 app. The team will play its home opener when it hosts FC Kansas City at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. Sunday, April 30 at 6 p.m.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.