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Tennessee Soccer's PDP brings training to Chattanooga

By Staff , 02/25/18, 9:45PM EST


Tennessee State Soccer Association Offers PDP in Chattanooga

We are pleased to announce that Tennessee State Soccer Association is bringing a unique training event to Chattanooga again on Wednesday, March 7 for U12-U17 ages. This event will take place at Redoubt Soccer Complex at 6900 Bonny Oaks Drive.

Please sign up via the link below to attend this session and get a chance to work with Tennessee Soccer's PDP coaches.  Please note that this session has a max capacity of 36 players.  When this number has been reached, the registration for the session will close.

U12 – U17 Boys & Girls

  • U12 Session: Check-In Begins 5:15pm/Training Begins 5:30/Training Ends 7pm
  • U13-U17 Session: Check-In Begins 6:45pm/Training Begins 7:15pm/Training Ends 8:45pm
  • Attire - White shirt, solid color shorts, black or white socks
  • Register Here 

If you have any questions about our Player Development Program, our District Training Centers, or Traditional ODP please contact Bryan Johnson, Director of Player Development, at

Chattanooga FC Academy is a supportive member of the Tennessee State Soccer Association, which is under the US Youth Soccer umbrella. Our city will host several one-day training opportunities this spring, put on by the professional staff at Tennessee Soccer. These 90-minute sessions take place on Wednesdays, when most CFCA teams have the night off.

This is all part of a "renovation" to our state's Olympic Development and Player Development Programs announced over the summer.

Previously, the Olympic Development Program (ODP) had encompassed all of TN Soccer's player development efforts.  Going forward, ODP will be a part of PDP, but PDP will include many aspects outside of traditional ODP.

The U12 PDP Training Centers will be limited to 48 players per session.  The U13-U17 PDP Training Centers will be limited to 48 or 88 players per session, depending on the number of fields available. Please ensure that your player falls into the birth years noted for each session. Players will receive a shirt to be worn at the sessions.  Until the player has received his/her shirt, please wear white shirts, solid color shorts, and black or white socks.

Registration for these sessions will close by 12pm the day before the session is to take place unless the max capacity is reached prior to that time.

INCREASING SIZE OF PDP POOLS AND LENGTH OF CALENDAR                                                                       

Some of the changes to our player development initiatives will affect all age groups, while others will be more specific based on the age of the players involved.  One example of overall changes is the expansion of the size and length of time our player pools in all age groups have opportunities to participate within the program.  For example, in previous years, our U16 girls (2002 birth year) would enter fall 2017 with the plan of identifying the top 20-24 players to participate in training sessions and inter-regional events with the goal of selecting 18 players by the end of February who would represent TN ODP at Region III Camp in July 2018 at Montevallo, AL.  Under our new format, we will plan to keep 36 players involved in the State Pool and in addition to Region III camp, there will other PDP events that will continue through the summer of 2018.

ELIMINATING CLUB VS ODP CONFLICTS                                                                                                                  

By increasing the number of players involved in each of our State Pools, we will be able to eliminate the previous practice of Mandatory Attendance at Player Development events.  At TN Soccer, we do not want to put our players in the position of having to choose between a club event and a PDP event.  Players who are injured or participating in an event with their club teams AND notify our staff of conflicts in advance will be excused from the events.  Please note that this does not extend to conflicts caused by playing other sports or other non-soccer events.  Ultimately, our goal is that the players will WANT to attend the PDP events and if they don't attend, other players may get an additional developmental opportunity that they might not have otherwise.


In previous years, our Player Development Efforts in Tennessee pertaining to U12 players has consisted of a weekend camp near the end of the seasonal year (currently June in Chattanooga).  This camp has been first come, first served and limited in the numbers it can serve.  While this program has been popular, it is our goal to offer a much more robust opportunity to our U12 players throughout Tennessee.  Towards that end, beginning in June we will offer a comprehensive U12 program which will allow us to play a more substantial role in player development at this important age.  The U12 age group has been identified as a particularly important one at US Soccer.  It is the age group where US Soccer's Developmental Academy (US Soccer DA) begins, and we at TSSA agree that it is an appropriate age for us to expand our program offerings.

This U12 program will offer a 37-week program that will be operated primarily on a local basis throughout the districts of our state.  There will be four 8 week components, with a local District Training Center (DTC) being offered in each district every two weeks within each component.  In addition to these 4 components and their 16 DTC's, we will also hold a 5 week futsal component over the winter months which will include 2 additional DTC's.  All told these 18 local training opportunities will makeup TSSA's most extensive Player Development Initiative to date.  The cost for the DTC's will be $20 per player.


For the coming seasonal year there are some changes which will be targeted at the U13 & U14 age groups specifically.  Previously in ODP, each of our age groups operated on a very similar schedule.  This schedule was compressed to make sure not to conflict with High School Soccer for our older age groups.  Most of our U13 & U14 players are not impacted by High School soccer.  For us to limit their schedule in this regard is counter-productive.  Instead, we will take more time and offer more sessions for players in these age groups.  Also, we will offer local training opportunities for these players with additional sessions offered periodically as a part of our U12 DTC's.  Additionally, we will offer PDP events in addition to Region III ODP Camp which will extend into the summer months.  We do not want the program to end for players because of their inability to afford Regional Camp.

U15, U16 & U17 PROGRAM

These High School and ODP age groups are the most difficult due to our greatly compressed schedules.  The changes in our scouting & identification efforts will likely have the biggest impact on the program in these age groups.  We will also offer a few additional sessions as a part of our U12 DTC's during each applicable season (Boy's Fall, Girl's Spring).  Programming will also extend into the summer for players unable or unwilling to attend Region III ODP Camp.  Additionally, we will add in a more robust College ID Component to positively impact our players in these age groups.

As we move forward, we also plan to expand our offerings to include developmental opportunities for our U18 & U19 players, and possibly even U23's.  We will pass along these details as they are finalized.