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Successful fall season comes to end; what's new for spring?

By Staff , 11/19/16, 11:45AM EST

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Four Major Accomplishments

As the fall season comes to a close you can have a lot of pride in YOUR Chattanooga FC Academy. Together we celebrate four major accomplishments:

  1. Unity - Continued to unite the local soccer community through the successful integration of Middle Valley into our organization. A great deal of planning and trust-building made this possible. Not only did the integration increase our membership but it increased awareness and trust in our club. Exponential growth in the last two years now has nearly 900 local players wearing the Academy jersey.
  2. Relationships - We have made this even stronger through the site development coordinators dedicated to helping develop coaches and players at each site. These CFCA coaches are the primary interface between the various program levels. They continuously educate new parents about how we all fit together in the overall soccer community.
  3. Fundraising - We sold out four tournaments in 2016 that attracted over 500 teams. Fundraising from these tournaments helps us as a non-profit organization keep fees lower than similar soccer clubs in the southeast. 
  4. Winning - This has been the most successful year in the memory of club soccer in Chattanooga. Multiple teams qualified for Southern Regional Premier League which features the top four teams in Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Our u15 Girls finished as state finalists in D1. On the boys’ side, our 2002 Premier & 1999/2000 Premier teams each won state championships in TSSA Boys State Cup. No other club in Tennessee had more state champions in the highest division.

Three Key Improvements Areas

Moving forward, our focus in the spring will be in three key improvement areas:

  1. Sideline Culture – You spoke. We listened. We will become a model club when it comes to sideline behavior. A new policy will include a disciplinary procedure for parents who repeatedly violate it. This policy will clearly define examples of behavior that will no longer be welcome or tolerated in our club. Fortunately, 90% of parents are doing it right. This policy will empower the majority to foster positive change.
  2. Supplemental Training - Communicate programs available to members for supplemental training. This is the training that will set our players apart regionally but we need more people to participate in this free training.
  3. Convenience - Create a master schedule of interclub games to allow siblings to play more games on the same dates/locations.