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State League among the numerous benefits to TSSA affiliation

By Staff , 06/02/19, 12:45PM EDT


CFC Academy teams compete among the best clubs in our state through TSSA State League competition.

State League is available, beginning with the U12 season. Most of our teams compete in the highest level, Division 1, while some of our teams do enter as Division 2 teams. This provides an extremely high level of competition without unnecessary travel to other states. Once a team has proven itself as state champions, then the next step is to compete against Region III competition before moving on to Nationals.

The first step of the competitive pathway is simple: develop into players good enough to win your state. That is one indicator that competition in regional or national leagues is an appropriate next step. 

CFC Academy joins our state's most prominent clubs in remaining a member of TSSA next year: Tennessee Soccer Club, Memphis Lobos, Tennessee United, Tri-Cities FC, Knoxville FC Crush, and dozens of others.

What is Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA)?

The Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation founded in 1976. It has 100+ Member Associations and maintains a State Office in Nashville. 

The Tennessee State Soccer Association is part of a much larger soccer community.  TSSA is a member of United States Youth Soccer (USYS), United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

You soccer team is part of a club, CFC Academy. 

Your club is part of its state association, Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA). There are 55 State Associations in the United States: one in each state, and two in California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The state associations are then part of the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer). US Youth Soccer is the largest member organization within the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).  US Youth Soccer is organized into four Regions; TSSA is part of Region III which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

What is ODP?

Through our affiliation with TSSA, the highest level CFC Academy payers may participate in a robust Player Development Program (PDP) including ODP Training and International Travel.  There are no mandatory events for continued participation once a player has been included in ODP.  For the 2019-2020 seasonal year, ODP will include players from U12 (2008 birth year) through U17 (2003 birth year).  Players have the opportunity to develop through our centralized ODP training (most events in Middle Tennessee) on an average of one weekend per month.  TSSA recognizes that Player Development occurs primarily at the individual club or team level, and its Player Development Program is designed to complement those endeavors, not conflict with them.   

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