Established in May 2013, City Football Group is the owner of football-related businesses in major cities around the world, including football clubs, academies, technical support and marketing companies.

It is our ambition to increase participation in football on and off the field, to find and develop the best footballing talent, and to deliver an exciting and forward playing game.

By achieving these ambitions – playing attractive football, engaging our community of passionate fans and adopting a uniquely global yet local approach – we are growing a sustainable and socially responsible organisation, consistent with what ‘City’ football has meant to people for over a century.

Timeline

Today, the Group has majority owned and operated clubs on three continents – Manchester City FC in the Premier League, New York City Football Club in the MLS and Melbourne City FC of the A-League.

All of these clubs' men’s, women’s and youth teams train at City Football Academies, each facility designed upon the same principles and philosophy as the Group HQ in Manchester. This was the first City Football Academy, a world-leading youth development and first team training facility, designed as a physical manifestation of the Group’s commitment to sustainability, embedded within its local community.

Each Club’s vision to use football for social good is delivered in part through City in the Community, Manchester City’s more than 30-year-old charity, which has since been replicated in New York and Melbourne.

The Group has investments in the Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Montevideo City Torque in Uruguay, Girona in Spain, Sichuan Jiuniu in China, Mumbai City in India, Lommel SK in Belgium and Espérance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne (ESTAC) in France.

In 2021 Club Bolivar joined the City Football Group family as its first Partner Club.

CFG is owned by Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) (77%) the China Media Capital (CMC) Consortium (13%), and Silver Lake (10%). Until December 2015, City Football Group was wholly owned by ADUG, a private investment and development company belonging to His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.