May 10: Deadline for May 17 Tryouts
May 24: Deadline for May 31 Tryouts
We thank you for registering early. Having accurate numbers in advance helps our front office staff and coaching staff create the best possible evaluation experience for your player.
If you've been part of the CFC Academy family in the past and are interested in coming back, we want you to know you are more than welcome at tryouts. We'd love to see you again!
Travel soccer doesn't have to be excessive travel. Our top players and teams will be able to compete for state championships through TSSA State League as well as opportunities for regional and national competition.
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. That means the goal of our soccer club is never about profit and never will be.
CFC Academy teams will be registered through Tennessee State Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer.
My child is already part of a CFC Academy team. Do returning players have to try out?
Yes. All players must try out each season.
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 CFC Academy give my child the opportunity to compete in TSSA State League with the chance for a state championship?
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.
How old do you have to be for tryouts?
Tryouts begin at the U9 age. If your child is a U7 or U8, they should consider our Pre-Academy Identification Program (IDP). The IDP is an early entry into a higher level of training and curriculum than rec soccer. 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. An occasional day trip to nearby cities like Knoxville, Nashville, Huntsville or Atlanta is possible.
Where does CFCA train and play?
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 facilities will continue to be Grimes and Camp Jordan for the 2020-21 season and beyond. We have turf agreements with Finley Stadium, Highland Park Commons, UTC, and Baylor School.
How many times per week do teams practice?
We offer three training sessions per week. Two of these are team training and the third is club training, which focuses on additional areas of soccer development such as strength/conditioning.
Are practices mandatory?
Team training sessions are mandatory. Club Training is highly encouraged.
How many tournaments are teams required to play?
We require teams to play in our RiverFest Classic tournament in the fall and the Shamrock Cup in the spring. Both of these tournaments are run by CFC Academy and hosted in Chattanooga attracting dozens of clubs from multiple states. In addition, teams will generally attend one overnight tournament in the fall and one in the spring.
How much does it cost to play for the Chattanooga FC Academy?
Fees for the 2020-21 season are the same as last year. A payment plan with several options will make it fit almost any budget. See the descriptions of fees here.
Can I watch tryouts?
You may watch from your vehicle. Due to social distancing guidelines in place, we ask that parents help us in reducing the number of people congregating around the fields.
Is my child guaranteed a spot in the club?
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.