The Miami FC is an American professional soccer team based in Miami, Florida that competes in the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid.
Miami FC Youth Development System
The Miami FC announced the launch of its new Youth Academy Program at Tamiami Park in December 2018. As a further demonstration of the club’s continued commitment to soccer in Miami, The Miami FC Youth Soccer Academy is dedicated to increasing opportunities for youth soccer players in South Florida to develop their skills and knowledge of the game.
Located in close proximity to Riccardo Silva Stadium at Florida International University, The Miami FC Youth Soccer Academy has over 300 members are currently signed to the program and The Miami FC aims to grow the membership significantly over the coming years. The Miami FC Youth Soccer Academy offers one of the best values in Miami when it comes down to youth soccer, while also providing a competitive environment for all skill levels.
In the heart of Miami, The Miami FC Youth Academy is a place where the primary objective is to grow your love for the sport of fútbol. From Path2Pro to the USL Academy, MFCYA is committed to establishing programs to help you grow as an athlete year-after-year.
The Miami FC Youth Academy offers competitive programs for ages 8-19 for Boys and 8-19 for Girls.
Not only will you learn from licensed coaches, but you will also have the opportunity to be coached by Miami FC First Team professional players, who are eager to share their knowledge of the sport, but also share their career experiences to further develop you in and off the pitch.
With the ultimate goal of reaching our USL Academy Team, an elite team composed of the best players ages 15-19, we are excited to welcome players of all skill levels to develop every year they are part of our Academy.
This is your Community’s Academy. This is Miami’s Academy.
Additional tryout information can be found by clicking here. (LINK INACTIVE MAY2022)
ACADEMY LINK https://www.miamifc.com/academy/
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Miami FC History
North American Soccer League
As of May 20, 2015, the club was officially announced as the 12th NASL franchise, with plans to begin play in the 2016 season. It was later revealed that the team would play its home games at FIU’s “Ocean First Stadium,” now known as Riccardo Silva Stadium. The team, co-owned by media entrepreneur Riccardo Silva and former Italian national team defender Paolo Maldini, arrived just one year after David Beckham revealed his intention to build an MLS team in the city.
Alessandro Nesta was named the club’s first coach in September of that year. Milan signed a three-year kit supply deal with Macron on November 20, 2015 in Italy. On November 17, Nesta announced his resignation as coach, effective at the end of the 2017 season.
National Premier Soccer League and ‘Miami FC 2’
“The Miami FC 2” was formed in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in January 2018 following the suspension and eventually cancellation of the 2018 NASL season. Players from Miami FC were to join Miami FC 2 until the NASL’s proposed winter schedule was put into force, so that they could continue playing. On January 25, the team announced the hiring of Paul Dalglish as its new head coach. The team’s former training fields on the St. Thomas University campus in Miami Gardens were used for home matches.
The team went on to win the Sunshine Conference of the NPSL regular season championship. Jacksonville Armada FC had only one loss in the regular season, but the team finished top of the conference and won their first NPSL trophy with a 3–1 victory in the conference playoffs.
First league championship for Miami FC 2 came in the NPSL National Championship on August 4 when they beat FC Motown, 3–1, in the finals. For the 2019 NPSL season, Miami FC returned to its original name of Miami United FC and won the Sunshine Conference with a 3–2 victory over Miami United. When it beat New York Cosmos B 3–1 in the National Championship final, it became the first team to win two NPSL National Championships in three years, making it the NPSL’s eighth trophy in three years.
National Independent Soccer Association
To kick off the “NPSL Founders Cup” tournament from August to November 2019, Miami was announced as a founding member of a new professional league by the National Professional Soccer League on Nov. 15, 2018. Miami will then play a full league schedule in 2020 at either division 2 or 3 level. Nonetheless, on July 24, 2019, it was revealed that Miami would join the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) for the upcoming Fall 2019 season instead of the United Soccer League. The club finished the regular season unbeaten, securing the top seed in the East Coast Conference playoffs. It was Miami’s ninth NISA East Coast Championship in three years when they beat Stumptown Athletic on November 9.
The Miami FC ownership group acquired the franchise rights to Ottawa Fury FC on December 11, 2019, and the team will begin play in the USL Championship in the 2020 season.
Miami FC draw the bulk of their support from the suburbs in the south and west of Miami.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were the closest geographically, and games between the two teams were often referred to as the FL Clásico. The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Jacksonville Armada, the other two Florida teams, are also hotly contested. The Coastal Cup was contested by these four teams during the 2016 season. Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay exited the NASL in 2016 because of financial difficulties.
Since there were no local rivals for Miami FC, Jacksonville remained their lone NASL challenger. Miami, on the other hand, defeated Tampa Bay 2–0 in the third round of the 2017 US Open Cup. Miami and Jacksonville’s rivalry in the NPSL continued in 2018 and 2019 when the NASL canceled the 2018 season. A rivalry with Miami United FC, called “Magic City Clasico,” was also formed. U.S. Open Cup second-round opponents United stunned FC 3–1 to move to the next round.
Miami FC’s official fan section, known as the Brigade End, is the east stand of FIU Stadium, where the Dade Brigade sits during home games. They got their name from the county of Miami-Dade in Florida.