Detroit City FC (DCFC) and Celtic Soccer Club (CSC) have announced a multi-faceted youth affiliation that includes the rebranding of Canton Celtic Soccer Club as Detroit City FC Youth West and Genesee Celtic Soccer Club as Detroit City FC Youth Genesee.
The affiliation will allow Detroit City FC and Celtic Soccer Club to serve a larger geographic area, with the community-focused clubs working to combine resources and networks to provide accessible soccer development and training to more youth across Metro Detroit and beyond.
The partnership creates a structured path to the Detroit City FC first team for CSC’s more than 800 select and premier youth players.
Detroit City FC will provide technical staff and will work with CSC to develop a coaching curriculum for the program. As part of the partnership, CSC members will have unmatched access to exclusive opportunities with DCFC coaches and players, as well as ticket discounts for Detroit City FC matches at Keyworth Stadium.
Canton Celtic Soccer Club will operate as Detroit City FC Youth West and Genesee Celtic Soccer Club will operate as Detroit City FC Youth Genesee starting in June of 2019, with the opportunity for future expansion throughout Celtic Soccer Club’s additional regions. After the current uniform cycle completes, the new youth affiliate players and staff will transition into the familiar Rouge & Gold of DCFC by June of 2021.
The alliance will allow each entity to benefit from the strengths of the other, as operational and administrative duties will reside with DCFC Youth West, and DCFC will tap its professional approach and year-round commitment to the grassroots game to enhance the experience of club players.