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FAQ

CFC ACADEMY FAQ

Who are the coaches?

We only hire the best coaches in the area. All coaches are licensed and undergo a state background check each season.  

How do I get information about getting my child involved with the Academy?

Please refer to the Tryout chart and age group. Find out what age group for which your child is qualified. Register with the online system and come to Tryouts on one of the designated dates.

How will I know when tryouts are being held?

The CFC Academy will post the tryout dates at this link. Tryouts typically occur at the end of May and early June.

We are new to the area or currently play for another local organization and want to join CFC Academy in the middle of a season. Is that possible?  

Email to discuss your options.

Does my child have to attend all tryouts to earn a spot on a team?

All potential players must attend at least one of the tryouts to be considered for a spot on the team. If there is a conflict in the dates, please make sure to contact the Director of Coaching to discuss the conflict.

Is my child guaranteed a spot on a team?

If your child is in the 2005-2009 birth years, we anticipate being able to accommodate all players within a CFCA-sponsored team. However, theolder age groups of 1999-2004 birth years are evaluating players at a higher level. Coaches and technical directors will make the decisions for placement. There is not a guarantee that all players in the older ages will be accepted.

How will teams be selected?

If your child is currently playing at CFCA , your current coach will give an evaluation of each player going into tryouts. In collaboration with that evaluation and the athelete’s performance at tryouts, selection will be made for ability level teams.

How will I know if my child has made a team?

Parents will be notified by email of team placement. The notifications for Premier teams are made within 24 hours of the final evaluation; notifications for Elite and lower teams can be 24-48 hours. 

It is very important to make sure that a family representative logs in at the try outs (even for high school age players) to make sure an accurate email address and phone number are recorded properly. You will be notified by email to let you know when a decision has been made. Upon being offered a spot on a CFCA roster, families will have 24 hours to make a decision on the acceptance of a roster spot before the spot will be released and offered to another potential player. Making the first CFCA Club Fee payment is considered by CFCA an indication of acceptance of the roster spot being offered to your child. The first payment is non-refundable.

If we are not notified on the first day, does that mean my child did not make the Premier team?

Not necessarily. Positions are offered but there are no guarantees that all players will accept the spots offered. The Club allows for 48 hours following tryouts for the Premier team to be formed before proceeding to the Elite team offers; however, all players should be notified within 72 hours following completion of the tryout with their placement for a CFCA roster.

How do I register my child for their team?

When registering for tryouts we have already begun to acquire preliminary information on placing your child on a team. The email that signifies the offering of a CFCA roster position will also contain the registration information and the registration and initial Club Fee payment must be completed within 24 hours of that offer.

How much does it cost to play for the Chattanooga FC Academy?

There is a payment plan with several payment options to explain how much the fee will be for your player. It depends on the age group as well as how many months the team will participate.

There are teams who play both in the Fall and Spring Season while other (mainly high school) teams only participate in either the Fall or the Spring. The fees listed on the website only include the Club fees. These fees include registration, insurance, coaches and technical director fees, and field usage fees. In addition to the Club fee, there will also be Team fees that include tournament fees and travel expenses. All Club fees are collected through the online payment system associated with the registration system, using credit card or e-check.

How will my child’s location for practice be determined?

We have the use of three facilities in the Chattanooga area. In general, teams should plan on practicing ten (10) times a month with the team holding three (3) practices a week every other week.

What is the difference between the Chattanooga FC Academy and Chattanooga Football Club?

Chattanooga Football Club was created in 2009 and is a semi pro soccer team that plays in the National Premier Soccer League, or NPSL. The team has had great success over the last few years and through the team, the city of Chattanooga is showcased on the world soccer stage. The games occur during May through August and make for a great family night out. The CFC Academy grew out of Chattanooga Football Club’s desire to train and develop the youth of Chattanooga and foster their love for the game of soccer. The Academy is the select soccer program for youth and will always be a branch of Chattanooga Football Club. Academy players with a jersey are always admitted to CFC home games free of charge.

What if my child wants to “play up” (above their age division)?

Those decisions are initiated by the club based on what is best for the development of the player. Any request by a parent to have their child play up will not be acknowledged.  

What if I am willing to volunteer as a Team Manager or Treasurer?

Email our Club Administrator and let us know. Team Managers and Treasurers will be selected after the Tryout process is completed.