It has come to our attention that third parties impersonating members, staff or employees of the New York Red Bulls Academy are illegally using the New York Red Bulls Academy Brand to commit fraud, especially on the internet, via e-mail and on social media. These fraudsters are contacting players and their parents regarding “opportunities” to join one of our Academy teams – a request for payment of money is almost always involved.
To protect yourself, please be aware of the following:
- Participation in our Academy is currently cost free. While players and/or their families are generally responsible for their own travel expenses (unless the player plays for our U-23 team), we currently do not charge a fee to play for any of our Academy teams or ask that players or their families reimburse us for our costs or expenses related to operating our Academy.
- At this time, we do not operate a residential academy and we are not affiliated with any such facility.
- We never charge a player or his family a fee, or direct that a payment be made to a third party, in order to tryout for the Academy.
- We never send e-mails from a public email account, e.g., Hotmail, Gmail, etc.
- We never use social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.) to recruit players.
- We rarely conduct open tryouts.
- The only forms that you and/or your family will be asked to sign in order to tryout for any of our Academy teams are our then current standard waiver and tryout application.
Do not be the victim of a scam. If the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. You should be on the lookout for the following:
- Check the email address: Every email from a representative of our Academy will be sent from a valid New York Red Bulls email address. If you are contacted about an opportunity with one of our Academy teams by someone using a public e-mail address (e.g., Hotmail, Gmail, etc.), you should disregard that email.
- Read carefully: Sloppily written communications are typically telltale signs that the message may not be legitimate. Poor punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors and improper formatting (i.e., incomplete sentences, exclamation points, etc.) are just a few signs that you may be being groomed to be the victim of a scam. Do some independent investigation about the person or organization purporting to represent our Academy before replying to these types of communications.
- We operate in the United States: Although soccer is a global game, our staff live in the United States. If someone purporting to be a member of, or associated with, our Academy asks you to contact them on an international phone number, in most cases, that person does not represent the New York Red Bulls Academy.