|Monday||Middle Valley Soccer Complex|
|Monday||Silverdale Baptist Academy|
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|Tuesday & Thursday||Camp Jordan|
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.
Caleb Norman begins his third season with our Pre-Academy Identification & Develpment Program (IDP).
Like most coaches in our club, he has been playing soccer his entire life including the collegiate level. After college, Caleb played two seasons of semipro in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). He played for the St. Paul Stars in Minnesota and the San Diego BOCA FC in California. He also served as an assistant coach with his alma mater in Minnesota.
In addition to his IDP experience in Chattanooga, Caleb also served one year as the coach for Howard High School.
With a passion for teaching the game in earliest ages, Caleb holds the 4v4 and 7v7 Grassroots Certifications from U.S. Soccer.
Our curriculum is for girls and boys who were born in 2013 or 2014 (U7 & U8) and are ready to be challenged as they prepare for select soccer tryouts in the future. We never forget the focus on fun that young players need. Our coaches and directors approach the IDP in a positive way that gets results.
For players born in the first part of 2015, an exception can sometimes be made. There is no guarantee and these opportunities are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Training for the fall season will begin in September with games beginning a few weeks after training. Training is offered at least twice per week. While your child will get the most of our attending both sessions, you are not required to attend more sessions than you want.
IDP training groups will be divided into geographically convenient locations. All IDP players will be combined at a common location on Saturday mornings to participate in game day sessions.
CFC Academy is Nike's exclusive premier club in Chattanooga. All players who register for the full season of Pre-Academy IDP will receive a custom Nike uniform kit that includes: two Nike game jerseys (one light, one dark), one pair of navy Nike game shorts, one pair of navy Nike game socks. These uniforms are provided at no additional cost.
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.
Your child's health, safety and social distancing protocols will be priorities for the Pre-Academy IDP this year. We also want you to feel secure about the investment you make in soccer. If government regulations prohibit us from operating the program for four or more weeks, you will receive a prorated refund in the amount of time lost.
(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!