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Jacksonville Armada FC, Youth Academy To End Partnership

The Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 squad prepares for a game.
Jacksonville Armada FC
The Jacksonville Armada FC U-23 squad prepares for a game.

The Jacksonville Armada FC pro soccer team is ending its partnership with the Armada FC Youth Academy, which will now revert to its former name, Jacksonville FC.

The partnership, which was formed in 2016, was basically an intellectual property agreement that allowed Jacksonville FC (JFC) to use the Armada badge and logo.

Armada FC President and General Manager Nathan Walter said it was time for that deal to end.

“We’re still committed to youth development and youth soccer and we know funds need to be given and donated to give people opportunity,” he said. “There’s different collaborations in regards to supporting the grassroots programming of those organizations, such as JFC and Florida Elite, and we still want to be a part of that. We want to go to this all inclusive youth partnership, instead of just being exclusive to just one organization.”

Walter said the split was completely mutual, and even hinted at future collaborations between the two organizations.

“We have enjoyed a great partnership the last four years with the Armada and wish Nathan Walter and the entire organization great success in the future. As stewards of the sport, we want professional soccer to exist and thrive in our market. We will continue to work with the Armada to help in any way for the longevity of the professional game in our amazing city,” said JFC Executive Director Patrick Cannon.

Since the partnership started, the youth organization has expanded its reach while increasing Armada brand exposure and two academy players have signed with the professional team.

The partnership will mutually conclude on June 1.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at brivers@wjct.org, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.