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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. 

This unique developmental program that transitions from the rec player to a select player.  The recreational associations will continue to provide a quality recreational soccer experience and introduce the game to new players in the Chattanooga area.  

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 IDP Director - Dennis Sills at the link.

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!



IDP Coaching Staff

Michael Carroll

Mitzi Dyer-Nolan

Caleb Norman

Lauren Pruitt

Dennis Sills


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. 


Training begins the week of February 17 and games begin on Saturday, March 14.


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. 


Monday Middle Valley Soccer Complex
Monday Silverdale Baptist Academy
Tuesday & Thursday Grimes
Tuesday & Thursday Camp Jordan


  • Fall 2019 Season - $120
  • Spring 2020 Season - $120
  • Both Seasons (Full Year) - $195

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. It is designed to be pre-select. 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. 


Two Nike jerseys (home/away) are provided FREE of charge.  Players will purchase one pair of Nike game shorts and one pair of Nike game socks for a discounted rate of $25.

IDP Sponsor