CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — Sky Blue FC and New York Soccer Club have announced a formal partnership to establish Sky Blue – NYSC as an inaugural member of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy.

The academy will begin play this year.

“We are proud and honored to partner with Sky Blue FC to form what will be the leading development program for girls in the Southern New York and Connecticut marketplace,” NYSC chairman Stephan Feldgoise said. “Sky Blue – NYSC will provide the top players with unrivaled development, clear access to the professional game with Sky Blue FC and national exposure through the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy.”

The Girls’ Development Academy connects with U.S. Soccer’s long-term plan to improve player and coach development. The mission of the program is to provide education, resources and support to directly impact the everyday environment for clubs to develop world-class female players. Girls’ Development Academy games will be scouted by U.S. Soccer, and the program will serve as the top female program for soccer players in the country, providing a direct pathway to U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams.

“We are very excited to establish Sky Blue – NYSC and be named as an initial member of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, and to play a pivotal role in the furtherance and development of the women’s game,” said Sky Blue FC co-owner Steven Temares said in a press release. “As an organization, we remain focused on the technical ability and tactical awareness of our players.

“We also strive to play a brand of entertaining and winning soccer that is world-class in caliber. With the establishment of Sky Blue – NYSC, we are thrilled to join the exceptional talents of New York Soccer Club with the women’s professional game. New York Soccer Club has produced many youth national players through their U.S. Soccer Boys’ Development Academy program, and we look forward to having similar success on the girls’ side with Sky Blue – NYSC.”

There will be four age groups in the Academy (Under-14, U-15, U-16/17, U-18/19), incorporating a proper training to game ratio that will involve playing more meaningful matches on a consistent schedule. The typical season schedule will operate from September to July, playing approximately 25-30 games per season. Clubs will be organized by divisions and conferences, with national and/or regional events incorporated into league play.

Sky Blue – NYSC will start player trials and signings. All players must pre-register for tryouts. Visit www.newyorksoccerclub.org/tryouts for complete tryout information.

U-14 – 2004 birth year

Friday, May 12: Holy Child School, 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17: Manhattanville College, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

U-15 – 2003 birth year

Friday, May 12: Holy Child School, 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17: Manhattanville College, 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

U-16/17 – 2001 and 2002 birth years

Thursday, May 11: Manhattanville College, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16: Blind Brook High School, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

U-18/19 – 2000 and 1999 birth years

Thursday, May 11: Manhattanville College, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, May 22: Manhattanville College, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For any inquiries relating to Sky Blue – NYSC, contact Carlos Mejia at Carlos.Mejia@newyorksoccerclub.org.

For additional information regarding the Girls’ Development Academy, visit www.ussoccerda.com.