Middle school or USL2 your path starts here, with this application.

Greatness does not happen by accident. Greatness cannot be given. To achieve anything worthwhile sacrifice and hard work is required. Risking failure, grit, and discipline are necessary. Exposing young people to these truths is excellent preparation for life.

At Pathfinder FC, we develop youth by teaching that hard work should be held in the highest regard. Our goal is to develop players to the top of their potential, while helping them navigate the pathway of life. We teach them the value of discipline, the importance of education, what it means to be a leader and what it means to be a member of a team. All of this is tied together through scholarship, respect for others, sportsmanship and sacrifice.

Pathfinder FC combines the highest level coaching, professional facilities and natural settings to provide a one-of-a-kind football program in the United States. Based in the Hudson Valley, the program provides players from nine to adult with merit based opportunity, furtherance, and fellowship.

Pathfinder FC is proud to offer a non-pay-to-play program, enabling the finest football talent from all backgrounds to develop. There is NO COST to our football program, other than incidental fees for registration and kits. If you need housing, academic programming, or if you join us for the pro-scouting trip to Spain, there are fees.

Our teams compete year-round searching for the most challenging competitions including the top football and futsal leagues, national futsal championship series, and multiple football tournaments per year. Our teams train up to five times per week in fall and spring. During the winter, a signature component of the Pathfinder experience affords the player the opportunity to be professionally scouted while they play in study in Spain for three months out of the year. This experience combined with Pathfinder's training makes it one of the most innovative football programs in the world.

We are currently recruiting for several opportunities. We are recruiting now for our 3-month trip to Spain in January 2022, or to start with us for the new USL Academy / USL League Two season starting in April 2022, or to start our new academic year in August.

We have a full-time residential program that trains and competes year-round. We sign players for 3 to 10-month intervals. The typical contract is 10-months and includes 3-months in Spain and 7 months in New York. Players have the opportunity to compete in USL A League, with our Senior USL League Two team, and against the top clubs in Europe. Our goal is to showcase you, so you are signed professionally, or you find your NCAA path.

Our process:
1. IDENTIFY the opportunities and possibilities for student-athletes
2. CREATE a personalized development plan (athletic and academic)
3. COMMIT to putting in the hard work and sacrifice needed to achieve your goals

Our facilities and the opportunities in Spain are TOP! Other "academies" in Spain will take your money, but are not truly interested in finding opportunities for the player. Pathfinder uses it's time in Spain specifically to find opportunities for players, and to prepare for our league competitions in the Spring. Other "academies" in Europe you will not play for a team with league competition. League competition is important because it ensures the team is working together to achieve something - without league competition you're left with a group of individuals looking out for themselves (some serious, some on vacation).

To allow players to join our program full-time we provide academic programming. Our Academic program is fully accredited, and NCAA compliant. University students maintain amateur status and lose no NCAA eligibility. Our students are molded to understand the importance of education above all. Students are given opportunities to build experience to craft a college application of a well-rounded scholar.

Pathfinder Academy offers a full suite of core curriculum, AP®, honors, elective, dual credit, concept, and credit recovery courses for middle and high school students. We also offer degree programs for students that have graduated from high school. With over 300 courses to choose from, the Pathfinder University program provides the perfect platform for driven athletes to thrive both on and off the field. Our degrees are  awarded by Colorado State University and Southern New Hampshire University, and are delivered through our online self-paced education system.
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Are you attending our open house on April 9-10th?
Pathfinder will host an open house at its Academy facilities in Pleasant Valley NY on April 9th & 10th. Parents and prospective players are welcome. We will identify candidates for our USLA and USL2, and provide customized analysis of your profile with development plans to reach your goals. Target Player Profiles: Birth years 2010 - 2002 Note: Players 2002 and older are only eligible for our senior team and the standard is very high as you are expected to be past the development stage.
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Admissions Process
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1 - Completion of the application;
2 - Our scouts will review of athletic ability (video); you may be requested to come in person for a trial;
3 - You will be informed if we would like to move forward with you or not;
4 - Upon agreement of any services you need, we will provide you (your parents if under 18) with a contract for signature;
5 - We will arrange transfers and induction.

* Depending on the services you require, there will be additional requirements (e.g. school admissions)
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