Boston City FC’s sister club in Brasil is celebrating officially becoming a professional club, creating a clear pathway from the academy ranks to potentially the highest level of play in South America.

The affiliation to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) allows Boston City FC Brasil to enter state leagues and target promotion to the national level and to enter national knockout competitions.

“The success we have enjoyed in our first year at Boston City FC Brasil has been remarkable,” said Boston City FC owner Renato Valentim. “While It was always in our plan to see our club playing at the highest level, the rapid growth and strong acceptance by the community in Manhuaçu dictated our entering as a professional club now.  To be affiliated as a professional club in Brazil is a big step for a team.”

The affiliation opens the door for players from Boston City FC in the United States to be granted a working visa to play in Brasil and for prospects at the Manhuaçu-based club in the state of Minas Gerais to join the Lions in Boston.  Brasil’s division three tournament begins in August, after the conclusion of Boston City’s National Premier Soccer League season.

“Now we can register any player as a professional and enter the transfer market if we develop players that have an opportunity to play at a higher level,” added Valentim.