Top-tier Spanish soccer side Valencia CF will open their first academy in the United States later this year after signing an agreement with Long Island University.
The New York-based VCF Academy will be the first of its kind in the US, and is set to include a both indoor and outdoor full-sized professional grade pitches.
Starting next month, the La Liga side will commence trials for boys and girls aged between six and 17 years old, with an inaugural class of at least 200 players expected for the first year of operations.
Scholarships will be offered to players to study at Long Island University and play at the VCF Academies in both New York and back home in Valencia.
The development continues Valencia's international expansion, which has so far seen them open VCF Academies in China, Singapore, Japan, Bermuda, Malaysia and Canada.
"It is a great opportunity to be able to open an academy in the United States, where both male and female football is growing a lot," said Luis Vicente Mateo, director of the VCF Academy. "In addition, it is great to do so in a city as emblematic as New York. It is an honour to work alongside the prestigious LIU, who have experience in academic training since 1928 and fantastic sports facilities where we can offer young players in New York the training methods of our academy. Entering New York and the United States is a great challenge and a great opportunity for our club to expand the Valencia CF brand."