FC Harlem announced winner of Red Bulls Got Wings online contest for Borough of Manhattan

New York Red Bulls’ 34-game regular season was segmented into five blocks of approximately seven games, with each block of games assigned to a specific borough. During the assigned time period, the public voted for the soccer club in that borough they want to see win $10,000 in equipment and a clinic on their home field. FC Harlem won in Manhattan.

FC Harlem has donated the Red Bulls Clinic and a portion of the 10K to runner up Uptown Soccer Academy in Washington Heights. 

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New York Red Bulls hosts youth clinic for 30 FC Harlem kids

For three days New York Red Bulls coaches taught 30 FC Harlem kids, boys and girls ages 7 to 9 the basic of soccer in a fun environment. The clinic was held at the FC Harlem Children’s Aid Society Field in central Harlem. Participants received t- shirts and free Red Bulls branded soccer balls. The New York Red Bulls ‘Urban Soccer Program’ is an outreach initiative that serves urban communities in the Tri-State area. Utilizing the Red Bulls extensive resources and player development expertise, our goals are to provide programs that help engage children in physical activity and use soccer as a vehicle to teach life skills, encourage the values of team-work and promotes discipline, confidence and self esteem.


Manchester United Schools hosts Clinic for 50 FC Harlem Travel Team Players

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Manchester United Schools hosts Clinic for 50 FC Harlem Travel Team Players

NEW YORK — Splashed across much of Manchester United Soccer School’s equipment are the words, “Learn to play the United way.”

But what exactly is the “United way?” According to the famed club, it’s not only about teaching kids “to play attractive attacking football” but also to “provide a fun and safe learning environment.”

Ahead of Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2/TeleFutura/TSN), the Red Devils’ affiliated youth soccer program brought that philosophy to New York City, where it hosted a clinic for local players at Jacob Schiff Soccer Field in Harlem on Sunday.


However, thanks to local youth team FC Harlem, the “United way” — and especially the second part of it — is already being practiced by more than 600 inner-city kids aged from 4-19 years old. But there are challenges in doing that, said Irvine Smalls, the club’s executive director.

“Some of these kids don’t have their parents around, some of these kids miss work to play,” Smalls said. “They have many social issues … and it’s the responsibility of an organization such as FC Harlem to address some of these needs to see how there can be a pipeline into the US system.”


Smalls envisions clubs like his enabling talented inner-city kids to pursue a playing career in college by teaching them how the system—or, the US soccer pipeline—functions while also helping them improve their soccer chops.

As it stands, Smalls said, most players who successfully navigate a professional soccer career in the United States do so through those middle-class communities that traditionally feed the colleges. So, clubs such as FC Harlem look to foster a safe, structured playing environment to ultimately help local kids make a more positive impact on the national game.

“I think if we can get more kids into the sport, I think it could be valuable for MLS teams, it could be valuable for the national team, as well,” Smalls said. “But the reality of it is soccer is tied to the academic model.”



Despite some oppressive heat, more than 50 players of all ages and nationalities—Ecuadoran, Mexican, Ghanian, Togolese, Sierra Leonean and those from the Caribbean were just a few Smalls mentioned—were treated to a series of drills led by some of Manchester United’s top youth coaches.

Separated into age groups, the players worked on their touch and fitness while curious onlookers surrounded the small swath of astroturf laid straight on top of concrete. There was plenty of laughing, though it was clear some young players were looking to impress the elite visitors.

“New York City’s tough when you’re working off a field like this,” Smalls said. “It’s more about how to expose more kids [to soccer], see if we can use sport as a vehicle to get them to go to college, and at the same time let’s see how we can get more kids of color into the pipeline of the US.”




FC Harlem hosts the 1st Annual Harlem Children’s Zone World Cup

FC Harlem hosted the 1st Annual Harlem Children’s Zone World Cup. The event brought together over 600 youth ages 5- 11 from Harlem Children’s Zone schools for a two day soccer tournament. FC Harlem’s u17 ,u20 and alumni  travel team players served as volunteers for the event acting as referees, coaches and score keepers.

The event introduced soccer to many of the kids for the first time. CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone Geoffery Canada attended the championship games for each age group and awarded the winning teams trophies.  FC HARLEM and HCZ have deepened their relationship by providing after school soccer to HCZ including their kids in FC Harlem soccer programs.

FC Harlem, Women’s Sports Foundation and Sports United host soccer clinic for 18 girls from around the world

SportsUnited is the State Department’s exchange program promoting diplomacy and cultural awareness through sports.

Sports United brought 18 girls and six coaches from Bolivia, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories and South Africa to New York City and Washington, D.C., to attend an honorary ceremony with the Secretary, play soccer with their American peers and watch the final U.S. Women’s National Team game before the Women’s World Cup. The young women came to the FC Harlem field where FC Harlem coaches and the Head Coach of Army’s men soccer team took them through drills and ended with a match.

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FC Harlem College Seminar Day Champions League Final viewing at MLS Headquarters

25 players from FC Harlem’s Under 15, Under 17 and United Soccer League’s Under 20 team met at Major League Soccer’s Headquarters in midtown Manhattan to take in the Champions League Final Barcelona v Manchester United.  Before the game, members from FC Harlem’s Board of Directors, Goal United (Young Professional Board) spoke with the young men about the importance of attending college and putting in the hard work and dedication in the classroom now.  Players participated in a college and soccer trivia game and received a tour of the MLS office from Director Irv Smalls a former MLS employee of seven years.  The kids enjoyed hearing from the former college and pro players. The day ended with the kids having pizza and fruit as Man U and Barca duked it out.


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FC Harlem Executive Director Irv Smalls explains how he’s giving back to the Harlem and Bronx communities.





FC Harlem U13 Player wins school Spelling Bee

Joseph Koroma a member of the FC Harlem U13 travel team and student at Harlem Link recently won the school spelling bee for 2011. Joseph’s spelled every word correct through all rounds  knocking off the previous two time champion.  Executive Director, Irv Smalls was in attendance and said Joseph was very composed and confident through the bee.

Joseph credits his teachers at the school who encouraged him to study hard and attending the FC Harlem after school homework sessions. “Tomek the FC Harlem tutor was really helpful. He quizzed me each day on my words and gave soccer magazines to read and learn new words” said Joseph.

FC HARLEM congratulated Joseph with a  gift pack of his favorite team Manchester United. The gift pack included a official jersey with his favorite number and name on the back, official backpack, pens and pencils.

Joseph Koroma

Steffi Jones, FIFA Women’s World Cup President comes to Harlem

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Steffi Jones, FIFA Women’s World Cup President comes to Harlem

To gear up for the World Cup here in New York, the German Consulate General teamed up with area professional soccer clubs to organize a kick-off soccer clinic and tournament at Riverbank State Park in Harlem on March 25 to host German-American soccer star and President of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Organizational Committee, Steffi Jones.

Students from local schools filled the gymnasium at Riverbank State Park for the open youth soccer clinic, led by Sky Blue FC and FC Harlem players and staff, and cheered on teams from Sky Blue Youth Clubs of Somerset, New Jersey, German School New York, FC Harlem Lions, and the High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering, both from Harlem, in the tournament. The Mother Cabrini High School marching band from New York provided musical entertainment for the crowd of students, parents and visitors.


Time Warner Cable and Fox Soccer Unveil Youth Field for FC Harlem

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Great Day For Soccer in Harlem

By: Nanette Posman

Everyone in attendance at the official opening of Harlem’s newest soccer field at 145th Street and Riverside Drive agreed it was a great day for the kids who belong to FC Harlem. FC Harlem is a community youth development organization that believes sports and education can be powerful vehicles for social change and great for the whole community.

It took the support of multiple key players to bring the idea to fruition. Time Warner Cable Sports, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Soccer Channel, U.S. Soccer Foundation, FC Harlem and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection all played a role in the mission to transform a vacant, unused lot into a beautiful field that will provide local kids with a safe retreat to enjoy fun and healthy recreation in their neighborhood.

The field revitalization is part of a larger initiative called Operation Community Cup, a project forged by the partnership of Time Warner Cable Sports and Fox Soccer Plus. Plans are currently in the works to revitalize soccer fields in Los Angeles and Columbus.


Joining us for opening day festivities were New York Red Bulls players Tim Ream and Carl Robinson who conducted a special clinic for kids from FC Harlem, Police Athletic League (PAL) and Harlem’s Children Zone, who were invited to initiate the new field. Both players mesmerized the kids with their impressive moves, answered questions, posed for photos and signed autographs.


To drive home the point that math is very much a part of the game, Time Warner Cable lined the field with illustrations of triangles, acute, obtuse and right angles, all demonstrating how each of these angles are executed on the soccer field. It was pretty remarkable to watch the kids clamoring for the chance to trace geometric angles on the poster boards.

Aside from the aesthetic and recreational benefits, the new field will also provide an important environmental function. It’s designed to capture storm water that will be absorbed into the ground. A local artist unveiled a mural capturing the spirit of the new space to mark the grand opening, too.


In his remarks following the ceremonial ribbon cutting, FC Harlem Executive Director Irv Smalls reiterated the PAL philosophy that ‘before kids can go places, they need a place to go.’ On a banner hanging behind the bleachers, parents shared their own thoughts. One parent wrote, “Thank you for supporting our community and caring about our kids.”

It was our pleasure!