FC Utrecht & JIYSC announce partnership!
In January 2012 FC Utrecht, in conjunction with Atlanta based Global Image Sports (GIS) signed a partnership to create and develop a North American Academy. The goal is to select ten to twenty US youth clubs to join the FC Utrecht North American Academy, thus creating a presence and exposure for the team in the U.S. and in return, helping provide established training methods and increased exposure for players at JIYSC. We are excited to announce that as of July 2013, JIYSC is now an FC Utrecht partner club!
What this means for JIYSC
All of the partner programs will wear the FC Utrecht North American badge on the sleeve of their uniform(s). The US youth clubs and their staff get access to one of the best youth programs in the Netherlands and Europe through this unique partnership. Coaches and players can travel overseas and take an inside look at the youth academy of FC Utrecht. Also, FC Utrecht has set up a series of player identification camps across the United States to start scouting players for the main FC Utrecht academy in the Netherlands.
About FC Utrecht
FC Utrecht came into being in 1970 as a merger of three clubs from the city of Utrecht: DOS, Elinkwijk and Velox. FC Utrecht participated many times in European football competition but it never featured in the UEFA Cup (current Europa League) after 1991 and had to wait for ten years to play European football again. DOS won the National Championship in 1958. FC Utrecht has won the KNVB Cup three times: 1985, 2003 and 2004. In 2004 FC Utrecht won the Johan Cruyff Shield (Dutch equivalent of Charity Shield). Doing so, FC Utrecht was the first club outside the traditional top three consisting of Ajax Amsterdam, Feyenoord Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven to win this trophy.
FC Utrecht is also the only club outside the traditional top three that has never been relegated from the Dutch Eredivisie. FC Utrecht has been awarded four stars (highest rating) by the Dutch FA (KNVB) for their youth academy. The club also has a women’s team in the highest Dutch/Belgium league.