US Club Soccer has selected Tennessee Soccer Club as one of three inaugural members of a new select soccer league in Tennessee this fall, called Volunteer State League (VSL).
The club-driven league has been spearheaded by Chattanooga FC Academy, FC Alliance in Knoxville and Tennessee Soccer Club in Nashville. It will feature U-9 through U-19 programming, divvied by a U-9 through U-12 academy division and a U-13 through U-19 state league for second and third division teams.
Executive Director Stuart Brown says, "The Volunteer State League provides Tennessee Soccer Club the opportunity to further develop its relationship with US Club Soccer and its player development initiatives.”
“It remains our mission to continue our growth and development as a club, and in doing so, we must be focused on player development and creating the right environment to foster growth," Brown added.
Other club leaders across the state echoed that desire.
CFC Academy Executive Director Matt Yelton is excited to be a part of the new VSL. "We believe that by working together and giving the clubs a voice in the organization and structure of the league, we can create a great product for our players to participate in," Yelton said.
"Being affiliated with like-minded clubs is crucial to player development, and we believe that by being a part of the Volunteer State League, our teams and players will have a better route to development than they have ever had before.”
FC Alliance Director of Girls Coaching Josh Gray believes member clubs need more voice in the way state league is run.
"We believe that a league where directors set the path of player development, and competition will help us create better players, teams, and coaches," Gray said.
"When you add the player identification and a strong focus on coaching education, the Volunteer State League will be a great avenue for our players and coaches to reach maximum potential." added Gray
Tennessee Soccer Club will remain a member of TN State Soccer and US Youth Soccer. The VSL is intended to provide additional league opportunities to the club.
US Club Soccer is a national association member of U.S. Soccer Federation that fosters development in club soccer. Its other programs include National Premier League, the id² Program and Player Development Program, and the National Cup.
Club and team applications for VSL will be available soon and other clubs and teams from across the state are invited to apply.