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Manhattan Kickers Football Club (MKFC) is a non-profit youth soccer school in New York City serving players ages 4 to 12. We believe foremost in the development of individual skill, and strive to instill a passion and respect for the game in our players along with the right attitude to succeed. We value these characteristics over wins and losses, as they are ultimately what form the foundation for the highest level of soccer player and citizen.
Our curriculum is modeled after professional European and South American Academies who focus intensely on developing the technical ability of young players. It is at these ages where the fundamentals are learned that will enable a player to have future success. MKFC’s special focus on these early ages is unique because in the United States those crucial ages are largely neglected or left to inexperienced parent-coaches or recreational teams. Our club’s focus on exclusively those ages has allowed us to create a specialized program catered to the needs of players at that stage of development.
Fundamentally, the coaches in the club are not trying to producing winning teams; we are trying to produce winning players. Instead of the often typical ‘scoreboard mentality’ in youth sports, we take the ‘mastery approach’ and see competition as another form of training. Thus the club is not out to win trophies but to make sure we improve the level of each player in our club and teach the boys how to take pride and enjoyment out of working hard to learn a craft.
In our ten year history, our players have reached the highest levels of youth soccer – places in professional European and South American academies, the United States National Program, as well as earning college scholarships and spots on top youth clubs in the area.