Soccer in the New York metropolitan area

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Red Bull Arena is New York metropolitan area's first professional soccer-specific stadium in the modern era of American soccer.

The sport of soccer has a long history in New York City, beginning in the 1910s with the first iteration of the American Soccer League. In the 1970s, with the rise of the first iteration of the North American Soccer League, the New York Cosmos became one of the most recognizable brands in American soccer.

Presently, there are six professional soccer clubs in the New York City region. New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls play in the top division, Major League Soccer, while their reserve teams New York Red Bulls II and New York City FC II compete in the third tier league MLS Next Pro. NJ/NY Gotham FC, a women's team, competes in the National Women's Soccer League. New York City FC plays in the Bronx, New York City FC II plays in Queens, and the other three teams play in northern New Jersey. Brooklyn FC, a new soccer club, will be fielding a woman's team in the first-division USL Super League starting in 2024 and a men's team in the second-division USL Championship in 2025, both playing in Maimonides Park in Coney Island. A second New York Cosmos club most recently played in the third-division National Independent Soccer Association before going on hiatus in January of 2021.

The region has also hosted 27 U.S. Open Cup finals at various venues including Starlight Park, Triborough Stadium, Dexter Park, the Metropolitan Oval, the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field. Despite this, a New York City-based club has not won the Open Cup since the 1991 final, where the Brooklyn Italians defeated the Richardson Rockets. The last time a local club reached the final was 2003, where the New York Red Bulls, then known as MetroStars, lost to Chicago Fire.

Today, major stadiums that host soccer matches include Red Bull Arena, Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, and MetLife Stadium, which will host the 2026 World Cup Final.[1] New York City FC is planning the first soccer-specific stadium in New York City, to be built in Queens and opening in 2027.[2]

Professional clubs[edit]

Club Stadium Capacity Founded Notes
Major League Soccer (2)
New York Red Bulls Red Bull Arena 25,189 1995 New York's first MLS franchise. Play in New Jersey. Won the Supporters' Shield in 2013, 2015, and 2018.
New York City FC Yankee Stadium 33,444 2013 Founded by City Football Group and the New York Yankees in 2013. First match played in 2015. Winner of 2021 MLS Cup
National Women's Soccer League (1)
NJ/NY Gotham FC Red Bull Arena 25,189 2007
USL Super League (1)
Brooklyn FC Maimonides Park 7,000 2024 To begin play in the 2024-25 season
MLS Next Pro (2)
New York Red Bulls II MSU Soccer Park 5,000 2015 New York Red Bulls reserve team. Winner of 2016 USL Cup.
New York City FC II Belson Stadium 2,168 2021 New York City FC reserve team.

Amateur clubs[edit]

Club Stadium Capacity Founded Notes
USL League Two (4)
Cedar Stars Rush Fairleigh Dickinson University 2018
F.A. Euro Belson Stadium 2,600 2013
FC Motown Ranger Stadium 1,200 2012
Long Island Rough Riders Hofstra University Soccer Stadium 1,600 1994
Manhattan SC Gaelic Park 2018
Morris Elite SC Rutgers Newark Stadium 2016
Westchester Flames City Park Stadium 1,845 1999
National Premier Soccer League (4)
FC Motown Ranger Stadium 1,200 2012
FC Monmouth Count Basie Park 2017
United Premier Soccer League - Premier (4)
EFA Metro Lyndhurst, NJ
FSA Pro Hudson Sports Complex 2014
Javier Velasco Soccer Academy Perth Amboy, NJ
North Jersey Alliance FC Weequahic Park 2012
NY Renegades FC Hicksville
NYC Haiti United SC Brooklyn
Oyster Bay United FC Oyster Bay
Real New York FC Liberty Park 2014
Queensboro FC II Queens
Union SC Union, NJ
United Premier Soccer League - Division 1 (4)
Academias Barcelona SC Victory Field, Forest Park
Amigos FC New York Long Island 2018
Astoria Knights FC Aviator Sports & Event Center 5,000 2018
Atlas FC NYC Long Island
AYSAB Football Club Brooklyn
East Coast FC Long Island
FC B3ast Queens
FSA Pro II Hudson Sports Complex 2014
FTFA Gunners Elizabeth, NJ
Galo FC Long Island
Ironbound Soccer Club Newark, NJ
LDUQ-USA Pro FC Elite Montvale, NJ
New Jersey Alliance FC U23 Jersey City, NJ
NY Hota Bavarians SC Franklin Square
Rosedale Soccer Club Jamaica
Sons of Queens FC Woodside
UCFSC Warriors Rahway, NJ
Unisamba FC Paterson, NJ
Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division I (5)
Cedar Stars Academy Ramapo College of New Jersey 5,000 2013
Doxa FC Joseph F. Fosina Field 1,000 1962
KidSuper Samba AC Baker Athletics Complex 3,500 2017
Lansdowne Yonkers FC Tibbet Brook Park 1,000 1997
New York Athletic Club Travers Island Soccer Field 250 2008 Played organized since 2008. NYAC founded in 1868.
New York Greek American Metropolitan Oval 1,500 1941
New York Pancyprian-Freedoms Belson Stadium 2,500 1974
New York Shamrocks SC Roosevelt Island 150 1960
Sporting SC Soundview Park 150 2002
Zum Schneider FC 03 Randalls Island 150 2003
Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division II (6)
Afghan FC NY Randalls Island 150
Beyond FC Laurel Hill Park 300 2011
Central Park Rangers FC Central Park 100 1999
DeSportiva Sociedad NY Randalls Island 150
FC Japan Randalls Island 150 1992
FC Ulqini Greenbelt Recreation Center
Hoboken FC 1912 Laurel Hill Park 300 1912
Kelmendi FC NY Randalls Island 150 2012
Manhattan Celtic Randalls Island 150 1998
Manhattan Kickers Randalls Island 150 1973
New York Ukrainians McCarren Park 200 1947
NYPD FC Flushing Meadows
Polonia Gwardia NY McCarren Park 200
Real Olé FC Red Wing Park
Richmond County FC Corporal Thompson Park 2016
Stal Mielec NY McCarren Park 200 2004
Williamsburg International F.C. Bushwick Inlet Park 2011
NCAA Division I (N/A)
Columbia Lions (Ivy) Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium 3,500 1906 First recorded game in 1870. Fielded varsity team since 1906.[3]
Fordham Rams (Atlantic 10) Coffey Field 7,000 1979
Hofstra Pride (CAA)
Iona Gaels (MAAC)
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (NEC)
Manhattan Jaspers (MAAC)
Marist Red Foxes (MAAC) Leonidoff Field 5,000 1981
Monmouth Hawks (MAAC)
NJIT Highlanders (Sun Belt)
Saint Peter's Peacocks (MAAC)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big Ten)
St. Francis Terriers (NEC)
St. John's Red Storm (Big East) Belson Stadium 2,168 1979 Won NCAA Tournament in 1996.
NCAA Division II (N/A)
Concordia Clippers Clipper Soccer Field
Queens Knights Queens College Track & Soccer Field
NCAA Division III (N/A)
Baruch Bearcats
Brooklyn Bulldogs
CCNY Beavers
Hunter Hawks
John Jay Bloodhounds
Lehman Lightning
Medgar Evers Cougars
NYU Violets
Sarah Lawrence Gryphons
Staten Island Dolphins
St. Joseph's Bears
Yeshiva Maccabees
York Cardinals
CMSV Dolphins

Most successful clubs overall[edit]

Teams in italics are no longer active.

Team D1 Regular Season U.S. Open Cup D1
Domestic Total CONCACAF Champions League North
American SuperLiga
Brookhattan 1 2 1 5 0 0 5
Brooklyn Celtic 7 3 5 15 0 0 15
Brooklyn Field Club 1 1 0 2 0 0 2
Brooklyn Hispano 3 2 1 6 0 0 6
Brooklyn Italians 0 2 0 2 0 0 2
Eintracht 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
Elizabeth S.C. 0 2 0 2 0 0 2
New York AO Krete 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
New York Americans 1 1 1 3 0 0 3
New York City FC 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
New York Cosmos (original club) 7 0 5 12 0 0 12
New York Cosmos (modern club)[4] 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
New York Greek American 0 4 0 4 0 0 4
New York Hakoah 3 1 3 7 0 0 7
New York Hungaria 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
New York Nationals 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
New York Pancyprian-Freedoms 0 3 0 3 0 0 3
New York Red Bulls 3 0 0 3 0 0 3
Paterson 1 1 0 2 0 0 2
Robins Dry Dock 0 1 0 1 0 0 1

New York derbies[edit]

There are 3 professional New York derbies:

New York Red Bulls and New York City FC met for the first time in 2015 at the first inaugural New York derby in MLS[5]

New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos met for the first time in 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

New York City FC and New York Cosmos met for the first time in 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bowman, Emma (February 4, 2024). "The 2026 World Cup final will take place at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium". National Public Radio. Retrieved April 19, 2024.
  2. ^ Waldstein, David (April 11, 2024). "New York City Is Closer to Getting Its First Soccer Stadium". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2024.
  3. ^ "All-Time Results". Columbia University Athletics. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  4. ^ On hiatus since January 2021
  5. ^ "Red Bulls take care of NYCFC in raucous inaugural New York derby". Sports Illustrated. May 11, 2015.

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