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2021-22 Pre-Academy Kit Partner

2021-22 Pre-Academy Kit Partner


Monday 5:45-7:00 Grimes or Middle Valley
Tuesday 5:45-7:00 Grimes
Thursday 5:45-7:00 Grimes or Finley Stadium

You may choose any two sessions per week -- if you would like additional sessions or any makeup sessions just speak with a coach and we can coordinate that.

Pre-Academy IDP Staff (2021-22)

Coaching Staff
Pre-Academy IDP Director Caleb Norman
Pre-Academy IDP Coach JK Van Arsdall
Pre-Academy IDP Coach Celia Dann
Pre-Academy IDP Coach Allison DeNunzio
Pre-Academy IDP Coach Santino Jerke
Pre-Academy IDP Coach Josh Ulloa

* Additional training location(s) to be announced soon.


Grimes Soccer Complex
4502 North Access Rd.

Middle Valley Soccer Complex
1870 E Crabtree Road

Finley Stadium
1826 Carter Street


When is the right age to join the Chattanooga FC Academy developmental structure? As early as possible!  

The Chattanooga Identification and Development Program (IDP) was launched in 2015 as a way to provide a better training environment and structure to more committed players at an earlier age. 

IDP is different than rec soccer. IDP is Chattanooga's original pre-select or pre-academy program designed specifically for U7/U8 players who are interested in being developed and prepared for the Select level beginning their U9 year.  

IDP is fundamentally designed to provide a very different service to the soccer community for players in these early age groups. It is a way to meet the individual developmental needs of a player who desires a a greater challenge outside of the rec soccer programs. 

IDP players are guaranteed to receive age-appropriate instruction from licensed coaches during all training and game day sessions. While participation in all sessions is not required, registered players will be offered 2 training opportunities per week for approximately 12 weeks each fall and spring. 

CFC works with the local recreational soccer associations to provide a unique developmental program for players in the Chattanooga area who are looking to be challenged. Our partnerships allow us to provide the best possible environment for all Pre-Academy aged players.

Training for the fall season begins in mid-August and go to early November.  Training for the spring season begins the third week of February and goes to early May. 

If you still have questions not answered on this page, contact Caleb Norman, Pre-Academy IDP Director.

What they're saying

(Our son) has been playing soccer since he was three but he has improved tremendously over the past two years while in IDP! 

We were impressed with the ball skills he has learned and how he has developed as a player!  The individual attention he received from numerous coaches was incredible!  Our younger son is super excited to start IDP this fall!




Our curriculum is for girls and boys who were born in 2014 or 2015 (U7 & U8) and love playing soccer and are looking for a structured and fun environment to learn. 


Training sessions are offered three nights a week at a variety of locations starting the week of September 6th. Players are able to pick any two training sessions to attend each week with no commitment necessary week to week.  If players would like a third session, we can accommodate that. Weekend gamedays will begin September 18th. 


  • Fall 2021 Season - $120
  • Spring 2022 Season - $120
  • Both Seasons (Full Year) - $195

CFC Academy believes strongly in the value of its Pre-Academy Identification & Development Program. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 100% of the funds collected are reinvested into the advancement of the Academy. This helps us to ensure your child is always receiving a professional level of instruction and learning to love the game in an appropriate way.

Players can sign up for just the Fall season or just the Spring season. They will get more out of the program, and save money, by participating for the full year. This is a more advanced program than traditional rec soccer. There is no formal tryout or evaluation process as registration is open to any player looking for more exposure to the game of soccer.  To maximize their potential in the program, players will need to have previous playing experience and possess a desire to work hard and get better. 


CFC Academy is Nike's exclusive premier club in Chattanooga. The cost of these uniforms are subsidized thanks to the generosity of our sponsor. Returning players do not need to purchase this. You will use last year's.

  1. Light Blue Nike Jersey
  2. Navy Nike Jersey
  3. Navy Nike Shorts
  4. Navy Nike Shorts

All four pieces just $40 and payable during registration. The uniforms will be delivered to you at the first practice session.

Celia Dann

A little about me- I am from Macon, Ga originally. I grew up there and played travel soccer from 8 years old to 18 years old. I spent my first two years in college playing at Berry College, then transferred to Georgia College and played club ball there. Since college I have been playing in various adult leagues. I moved to Chattanooga in September of 2020, looking for a new place to call home. I was drawn to this town because of the landscape of mountains and the river. I made my decision to pick Chattanooga largely based on the soccer community here. I couldn't wait to be a part of the Chattahooligans! I loved playing(mainly defence but played striker in college) but I am excited to be coaching. I look forward to being a part of leading the next generation of soccer players.

Allison DeNunzio

Hello! My name is Allison! I moved to Chattanooga in the beginning of 2020 and absolutely love this city. My husband, dog and I spend the majority of our free time either hiking, biking or trail running around this great city and all the nature that surrounds it. I can't really remember a time in my life that I wasn't playing soccer. I started playing at the age of 4 and still play in adult leagues around Chattanooga. Several years ago, I began coaching for a local recreation league and then joined some friends in coaching for a travel team. As a player, I've always enjoyed being able to play a sport in which brain outweighs brawn; being on the smaller side, I've always had a knack for the strategy of the game. As a coach, I really appreciate seeing players enjoy and improve through training. The joy that soccer brings to lives is infectious and brings people together. I'm excited to join the CFC IDP coaching community and begin sharing the happiness I get from soccer with players around Chattanooga. 

JK Van Arsdall

I moved to the Chattanooga area at the end of 2020 from Spartanburg, SC. Growing up, I mostly played American football and boxed. I got the opportunity to coach soccer from coaching football, initially as an assistant, then becoming head coach for the Broome High School Varsity Boys' Team. That started four years ago, and I haven't looked back. The best thing about soccer is it's global reach. Anyone and everyone can play, learn, and grow, physically and mentally. I'm excited about the growth CFC has had in such a short time, and thoroughly enjoy giving kids in the IDP a quality opportunity to learn the game.