About the Academy Affiliate Program

The New York Red Bulls Academy Affiliate Program, part of the MLS Youth Affiliate Network, is a platform designed to improve the player identification and development of elite youth level players by providing greater access to high level soccer opportunities.

The most talented players within the Academy Affiliate Program participate in co-partnered elite player development and talent identification programs operated by both the Affiliate club and the New York Red Bulls Academy.

In addition, each Affiliate will be introduced to a coaching education schedule tailored to elite level player identification and development.

For a general program overview, click here.


Coaching Education

  • Collaboration on technical soccer matters and the exchange of best practice relating to player identification, recruitment, scouting, coaching, development, and evaluation
  • Club consultation support with RBNYA leadership team
  • Virtual and in-person coaching education sessions

Player Education

  • Scholar Athletes Leadership Academy (SALA) is RBNYA’s preferred school education partner
  • Affiliate club membership receives SALA tuition discount

Fan Engagement

  • Discounted tickets for New York Red Bulls MLS home games at Red Bull Arena
  • New York Red Bulls First Team player appearances
  • Red Bulls Freestyle Crew appearances
  • Signed New York Red Bulls merchandise

Hospitality Events

  • Hospitality access at selected New York Red Bulls MLS home games
  • Invitation to annual RBNYA Youth Club Summit hosted at Red Bull Arena


  • Development of Affiliate marketing and promotional e-materials
  • Leverage of RBNYA marketing database to increase market outreach
  • Inclusion of Affiliate logo on Youth Partner Wall at Red Bull Arena

Player Development

  • Player exchange and dual carding opportunities for selected leagues, tournaments, and events
  • Seasonal meetings regarding Affiliate top talent depth charts
  • Supplementary training opportunities at Red Bulls Training Facility for Affiliate top talents
  • Tailored seasonal schedule to allow for additional games versus RBNYA

Talent Identification

  • Partnered Talent Identification Centers hosted at Affiliate training location
  • Incorporation of Affiliate into RBNYA Player Transition Strategy
  • Access to scouting team and regular player recommendations


  • RideAlong is RBNYA’s preferred transportation partner
  • Affiliate receives RideAlong transportation services discount

Unparalleled Access

  • Scheduled visits of Affiliate representatives to Red Bulls Training Facility
  • In-person observation of the Red Bulls Player Development System
  • Observation of first team training sessions and Q&A opportunity with coaching staff