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Chattanooga Identification and Development Program

You may wonder when is the right age to join the Chattanooga FC Academy developmental structure? As early as possible!  

The Chattanooga Identification and Development Program (CIDP) was launched in 2015 as a way to provide a better training environment and structure to more committed players at an earlier age.  CIDP is a "select prep" program designed specifically for U7/U8 players who are interested in being developed and prepared for the Select level beginning their U9 year.  

CIDP 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. 

This unique developmental program is available in coordination with our partnered recreational associations at East Ridge, Middle Valley, North River, and Redoubt.  The recreational associations will continue to provide a quality recreational soccer experience and introduce the game to new players in the Chattanooga area.  

Registration for the next IDP season will be opening soon!  Training for the fall season begins the third week of 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 IDP Director - Dennis Sills at the link.


Our curriculum is for girls and boys in the u8 or u7 age groups who 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. 


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. 


The cost for participation in the 2019-20 season has not been determined. But this program is designed to be a very affordable option. 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.