We know plans change. That is why CFC Academy is reopening a supplemental tryouts period for a limited time the week of July 30-August 2. Come to one session or multiple sessions. You will find a link to the session times and locations here.
There is NO COST to participate in the Supplemental Preseason Tryout but registration is required.
Under new leadership, Chattanooga FC Academy is committed to improving the culture of club soccer by providing more value and more accountability to teams at every level. Just like the largest and most successful clubs in our state, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support the community.
CFCA teams will be registered through Tennessee State Soccer Association and follow the US Soccer Federation's birth-year registration mandates. As such, our teams are arranged by birth year for the 2019-20 seasonal year.
We are simplifying the process. Two nights of tryouts next week. One night is early. One night is later. Two locations. Come to one or come to both. After Tuesday, coaches will call every player with their roster spot.
Who will coach my child's team?
All coaches in CFC Academy are professionally licensed by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) or NSCAA governing body. All coaches undergo an extensive criminal background check as well as training for concussion and cardiac awareness. CFCA staff will include a diverse mix of returning coaches as well as new coaches who are moving from out of state. We are excited about the fresh ideas coming to our club!
Will CFCA continue to play in TSSA State League and other leagues?
Absolutely. Being part of the state association is an important part of our development program. Teams will have a pathway to compete at the state level with an opportunity to earn a spot in USYS Regionals which opens the door to the USYS National Championship Series. To supplement the play for higher level teams, the club will register these teams in targeted competitive tournaments and/or College Showcase events.
Will there continue to be a program for U7/U8 players?
Yes. We pioneered the Identification & Development Program (IDP) for Chattanooga and will continue this successful part of our club. Nearly 90% of players on a travel select team at U9 came from IDP.
Do you have Non-Travel teams?
In general, the amount of travel is tied to competition level and age. The older a team is and the more advanced a team, the greater a requirement to travel. Overnight travel is rare for younger teams who are playing 7v7 or 9v9. An occasional day trip to nearby cities like Knoxville, Nashville, Huntsville or Atlanta is possible.
Where will CFCA train and play next year?
We know our families live all over the Chattanooga area so we offer training at multiple complexes. However, we do try to centralize as much as possible because our director staff will become more involved in making sure all teams receive the level of instruction and commitment you deserve. Our primary training facility will continue to be Camp Jordan for the 2019-20 and beyond. The club has a lease for a large portion of the complex and works closely with the City of East Ridge. Upgrades are currently underway for the fields and facilities leased by CFCA. Teams will also continue to train at other leased facilities, including Grimes and Middle Valley. We have turf agreements with Finley Stadium, Highland Park Commons, UTC, and Baylor School. In addition, Chattanooga Football Club has announced plans to develop additional turf facilities for community and CFCA use. Field space and facilities will only improve for CFCA in the future!
How much does it cost to play for the Chattanooga FC Academy?
Fees have been reduced by 13-20% from last year. A payment plan with several options will make it fit almost any budget. Players may also apply for full and partial scholarships to be awarded based on financial need. See the 2019-20 annual club fees here.
Who is in charge of CFC Academy?
Our new Director of Coaching is Steve Hirayama. Steve returns to Tennessee after holding director positions at some of the largest clubs in Texas and Florida, including ECNL and US Soccer DA clubs. Steve knows how to build a staff and he knows how to improve a club culture. This new leadership will help CFCA evolve into a more modern club that is more responsive to the needs of our membership. Read more about him here.
Can I watch tryouts?
You may. We do recommend that parents stay away from the sidelines and immediate area. This is out of consideration for other players. The more adults standing close to the action, the more stressful and less natural the environment can feel for players.
Is my child guaranteed a spot on a team?
We anticipate being able to accommodate all players within a CFCA-sponsored team. If our coaching staff feels like select soccer is not yet an appropriate environment for your child, they will notify that parent individually.
What if I am willing to volunteer as a Team Manager or Treasurer?
If you have interest in volunteering as a Team Manager or Treasurer, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will notify you after the tryout process is complete.