Maxime Chanot is expanding his legacy in New York City

-Maxime Chanot continues to leave his mark in New York City

-The former NYCFC captain is starting a football academy

Maxime Chanot, formerly of NYCFC
Maxime Chanot, formerly of NYCFC / Evan Yu/GettyImages

Maxime Chanot has left New York City FC, but that does not mean his work for the city is undone. The defender was one of the longest members of the club, playing seven seasons with the side, winning both the MLS Cup and the Campeones Cup. With over 160 appearances with the Pigeons, Chanot’s mark on the city will live on as he looks to establish more in the Big Apple. 

In December, Chanot revealed that he received his National B Coaching License for U.S. Soccer. He achieved this through his time playing for NYCFC, dating back to as far as 2020. The pathway to receive a B license involves years of coaching 11v11 training, while also requiring stints of coaching U13 teams or older, plus several online courses and training requirements to obtain the licenses. With a B license, Chanot can coach a team that is U13 or higher in a high-intensity competitive environment.    

Maxime Chanot continues to leave his mark

With that, the NYCFC legend decided to start his own soccer academy based in New York City called “La Fabrique Academy”. His decision to start the company was rooted in his time playing with the Pigeons. The passion and talent he endured during his time with the club was special. Therefore, he wants to give back to the community by starting his academy to develop and help young players find a professional path in the sport.    

Though there is no official word that Chanot is retiring from playing, sign-ups and information for spring sessions will be out soon. Despite playing in France, he was recently given U.S. citizenship after living in the States for the last eight years.    

This is a huge accomplishment for him and the next step of his career. Moreover, he is establishing a soccer community in the heart of New York City just in time for the revealing of New York City FC’s new stadium in 2027.