Kaya Futbol Club (Kaya FC) is an association football club officially founded in 1996 in the city of Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. Kaya FC is a member of the NCRFA and competes in the United Football League (UFL), the premier football league in the Philippines. Kaya FC is a socially and culturally inclusive club. Kaya Futbol Club also operates Kaya FC Academy, a youth development football academy whose purpose is to promote the game to the youth of the country and cultivate talented youngsters through a grassroots program.
The goals of the club are to become the most respected football club in the country, to provide a training ground for players with a desire to help in the development of Philippine football, and to focus on instilling a positive approach toward respect, loyalty, and determination for the team and society as a whole.
The name of the club comes from the Filipino word kaya, which means “We can.” In Old Tagalog, the word is closely defined as “susi ng kapatiran,” which means “key to brotherhood.” Both of these definitions are the core essence of the “Una kaya” spirit and vision of the club.
As one of the cofounders, Stephanie Hagedorn poignantly stated,
The essence of Kaya FC as a football club is the “Una kaya” spirit. A spirit driven by the adage “We can.” Words that indicate a collaborative vision and unified goal. It goes beyond team spirit—it is a brotherhood. A collective consciousness driving us to always do our best, to encourage one another and have pride in our club. Our goal is not for personal gain but for the betterment of society through the common bond of football. Kaya leadership celebrates respect for one another, humility in action, cooperation on and off the field, and most importantly, sharing with the greater community.