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The Summer 2024 Player Development Program (PDP) will consist of 10 total sessions over a 5-week period.

The program begins June 10 and concludes July 10, taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

All players will rotate between the Technical Training and the Strength & Conditioning portion. They will spend one hour with Juan Hernandez and one hour with Richard Dixon.

This format will accomplish the most in developing the total player.

Summers are busy for many families so we have priced the program in such a way that it is the equivalent of paying for 8 sessions and receiving 2 free. So, even if you have to miss a couple sessions you are still receiving good value. Out of fairness to all players, no refunds or prorated fees can be considered.


June 10 June 12
June 17 June 19
June 24 June 26
July 1 July 3
July 8 July 10

Cost & Team Discounts

Full Program - $300
This includes all 10 sessions over a 5-week period. 

Single Week - $100
If you can only do one week or two weeks, this may be an option to consider. Anything 3 weeks or more should do the full program.

Team Discount - Organize your team to participate and everyone saves. Any team in the Junior Academy (U12 & Younger) can save 10% if at least five players from the same team sign up. For the Senior Academy (U13 & Older), save 10% when at least 8 players sign up. Coaches should contact Juan Hernandez or Richard Dixon directly to arrange for this discount.


U12 & Younger (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

6:00-7:00 | Speed & Strength
7:00-8:00 | Technical Training

U13 & Older (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

7:00-8:00 | Speed & Strength
8:00-9:00 | Technical Training


All players will wear navy training shorts, light blue training socks, shin guards, and the shirt received at CFC Academy Tryouts. 

***Be sure to bring your water and your soccer ball!

Technical Training

Program Description: It is a continuous, step by step and progressive program designed to first, increase the player's ability to master the ball and second being able to apply these technical skills into tactical decisions in different realistic game scenarios. The program does this by creating an environment where the player is constantly in and around the ball and is constantly exposed to scenarios that require the use of individual technique and proper decision making to solve these technic/tactical moments of the game with guidance by our coaches. These scenarios increase in cognitive, technical and tactical difficulty as the program progresses and are paired with the necessary technical progression to create a successful and competitive learning environment.


Retired CFC legend Juan Hernandez will lead our Technical Training. He joined Chattanooga FC in 2015. His play-making and passing ability helped lead CFC that year to their fourth national final in front of a record of 18,227 fans at Finley Stadium.

Hernandez holds a Master's of Science in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida. Hernandez hails from Madrid, Spain and has been teaching the technical side of the game to youth players since 2014. 


Program Description: The soccer performance program will help players prepare for the physical demands of the game by building speed, agility, quickness, and power from the ground up using a science-based approach. Our strength program will use a 3 pillar approach to improve the players balance, muscular strength & endurance and maximal force production. We aim to provide a challenging environment for our players each session by introducing them to different modalities such as soccer specific plyometrics to support their speed and power, mechanical drills to sharpen running mechanics and more. We intend to target every physical component that the players need to become more lethal and a more productive athlete in the game.


CFC pro team standout Richard Dixon will lead our Speed & Strength program this summer. A native of Jamaica, Dixon played college soccer at the University of West Florida and has been played professionally for the last several years including stops in Tampa, Charlotte, St. Louis, and Oklahoma City. 

Dixon holds a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida. He is certified by the National Academy Sports Medicine as a performance enhancement specialist.