The Nashville SC Academy is a fully funded, elite youth soccer program based in Nashville, Tenn. and playing at the highest level of youth soccer in the United States. It will provide each player with an unparalleled youth soccer experience. It’s a vibrant, player centric learning environment where players will be exposed to the Nashville SC development plan and will be asked to be the protagonists in their own development. Players will get access to:
- Coaching, guidance and evaluation from a highly qualified technical staff
- Access to cutting edge sports performance technology and equipment
- Invitation to participate in domestic and international tournaments against some of the world’s best clubs
Unlike other clubs in Tennessee, the Nashville SC Academy is a professional soccer club competing at the highest level in the United States. It is fully funded and the only soccer avenue in the state of Tennessee offering a clear pathway from youth soccer to the professional ranks.
There is currently no pathway for elite youth players to develop into the professional ranks in our state. As part of our commitment for Nashville SC to be in Nashville, with Nashville and for Nashville, it is important for us to create this pathway to inspire local talented players who dream of one day playing for their home professional club.
The Nashville SC Academy is the only pathway for elite youth players to develop into the professional ranks in our state. In addition to offering a clear pathway to the professional team, it will provide Academy players with unique opportunities to participate in Major League Soccer and distinct international experiences.
The Nashville SC Academy is a fully funded program giving players from all backgrounds the opportunity to play for the Nashville SC Academy.
We are proud to have Currey Ingram Academy as the home of the Nashville SC Academy.
The Nashville SC Academy Director is in the process of recruiting a team of coaches and their names and credentials will be added to the Academy section of the Nashville SC website.
PLAYER AGE GROUPS AND INFORMATION
For the 2019/20 season, NSC Academy will have a U12 (2008) team participating in national, high level events. The selected players will remain with their own clubs for their respective club season and will only participate with the Nashville SC Academy for scheduled ID Clinics, practices and events.
For the 2020/21 season, the Nashville SC Academy will have U12 (2009), U13 (2008), U14 (2007) and U15 (2006) age group teams. The U12 team will follow a similar schedule to the 2019/20 season. The U13, U14 and U15 teams will participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league.
Players do not have to be a USA citizen to play for the Nashville SC Academy. However, non-USA citizens must have their appropriate Visa completed and approved to be eligible to play. International players must also be eligible for an ITC transfer if under 18 years old. Please visit U.S. Soccer’s ITC Eligibility webpage for more information.
RECRUITMENT AND TRYOUT QUESTIONS
There are four ways for players to be selected for the NSC Academy. Jamie Smith, NSC Academy Director, will work with directors and coaches of local clubs in identifying talent. Players will be evaluated in their own clubs’ environment first where they will have the potential to be invited into scheduled Nashville SC Academy ID Clinics, practices and events.
- Players from local clubs may be recommended by their club coaches to participate in a Nashville SC Academy practice. These practices allow NSC coaches to evaluate the player and possibly select them for the academy team. This process may happen at any point during the season.
- The Nashville SC Academy have scouts that actively look for players in the Nashville, Tenn., area and beyond. They regularly attend tournaments, select events and league games to identify potential talent.
- Training opportunities are also available for select players. The times and duration of these training opportunities are determined by the Nashville SC Director and coaches.
- The Academy will hold open tryouts after the conclusion of the 2019/20 season (June/July). These tryouts provide Nashville SC Academy staff to identify players who may have been missed, have relocated to the area or were unaware of the Nashville SC Academy.
The U12 Academy team will have a pool of 24-30 players. Based on tournament requirements and at the Academy Director’s discretion, not all players will participate in practices and events. The U13, U14 and U15 Academy teams will carry rosters of 16- 22 players.
Nashville Soccer Club will host ID Clinic’s across the state of Tennessee at various times throughout the year. These ID Clinic’s may be open ID Clinic’s or invite-only ID Clinic’s. All ID Clinic details will be posted on the Nashville SC website under the Academy tab as well as through multiple social media handles.
U.S. DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SEASON AND PRACTICE
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is the highest level, nationwide soccer competition run by the U.S. Soccer Federation. For more information, please visit ussoccerda.com/faq.
The Development Academy season is a 10-month long season with two distinct periods (August to December and January to June).
Playing on a Nashville SC Academy team requires a significant commitment. Nashville SC Academy teams travel between 10-15 times per year, mostly regionally, some nationally and some internationally. All travel costs will be covered by the Nashville SC Academy.
Based on U.S. Soccer approval, the U13, U14 and U15 Nashville SC Academy will participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy competing against registered Development Academy clubs and other Major League Soccer academies. The U12 Nashville SC Academy will follow a similar schedule as the 2019/20 season.
The schedule for the 2019/20 season will be based on selected dates in relation to the events/tournaments in which the Nashville SC Academy will be participating. All practice dates will be posted in a timely manner. The schedule for the 2020/21 season will see academy teams practice four nights each week for the U13, U14 and U15 teams. The U12 team will follow a similar schedule as the 2019/20 season.
EXISTING YOUTH CLUB AND SPORTS QUESTIONS
The Nashville SC Academy is complementary to existing programs in the state – providing a direct pathway from youth soccer to the professional ranks of the game here in our region, instead of having these players leave for similar programs in other states. It also provides the opportunity for clubs and elite players in the state to align themselves with the program of Tennessee’s only first division professional soccer club.
Nashville SC Academy will strive to include all clubs in Nashville, the region of Middle Tennessee and the state of Tennessee to become part of the Nashville SC family.
Nashville SC Academy players cannot play High School soccer or for other teams (except for U12 players during the 2019/20 season). Due to how the high school soccer season is scheduled as it relates to a game to practice ratio, Academy players will not be able to play high school soccer.
Players on the Nashville SC Academy will be allowed to play other sports only if:
- They play on the Nashville SC U12 or U13 Academy teams
- They get prior permission from their Coach and Academy Director
- It does not interfere with Nashville SC Academy trainings or games
Players who play other sports must do so knowing that playing for the Nashville SC Academy requires a significant commitment and that the Nashville SC Academy will come first over other extracurricular priorities. U14 Nashville SC Academy players and older are not allowed to play other sports.