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NextLevel Fall Academy Clinics Begin Sept. 29

09/01/2015, 11:30am CDT

Founded on the recent success of Next Level clinics and camps, Tennessee Soccer Club and WCSA will continue to work together and provide select training opportunities for children within our community. 

This fall, Tennessee Soccer Club will provide quality training opportunities for recreational players. To date, ‘Next Level’ has provided multiple GK clinics, 3 seasons of 5 week clinics and 3 weeks of summer camps; accommodating over 1000 children total. 

“Our aim is to make select coaching accessible to as many children as possible” says Camp Director Alan O’Connor. “Our relationship with WCSA, has provided a ground in which we can give recreational players a taste of select soccer, and the opportunity to experience working with club coaches. Whether a player wants to take the next step or not, we owe it to the community to make ourselves accessible and help nurture and foster a love for the game.”

This seasons Next Level clinics will run Tuesdays and Wednesday nights starting September 29th for 5 weeks. Tennessee Soccer Club are proud of the opportunity to continue to grow and develop opportunities in our community and we look forward to a fun and progressive season at Next Level camps and clinics.

Tuesday GK @ Quest 

u9- u10 6pm-7pm 

u11- u16 7pm-8pm






Tuesday Clinic @ Downs West 

u7-u9 6pm- 7pm

 u10-u16 7pm-8pm






Wednesday Clinic @ Downs West 

u7-u9 6pm- 7pm 

u10-u16 7pm-8pm







Any WCSA players interested click link below.

Registration questions:

Mary K

Local Universities Host TSC Night

08/27/2015, 1:15pm CDT

9/11 7pm vs. Mississippi St. (Women) at Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.  2601 Jess Neely Dr.  Nashville, TN  37221.  Wear your TSC Uniform and Spirit Wear for FREE Admission

 10/3 5pm vs. USC Upstate (Women) at Lipscomb Soccer Complex. 1 University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.  

  10/11 3pm vs. Austin Peay (Women) and 9/26 at 2pm vs. Oakland (Men) at E.S Rose Park.  1000 Edgehill Ave.  Nashville, TN  37203.  Admission is FREE but wear your TSC gear to show support!



The Vanderbilt Women’s Soccer Program is hosting a Tennessee SC night on Friday, September 11th at 7:00pm at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex located at 2601 Jess Neely Dr.  Nashville, TN  37221.  The Vanderbilt Women run through a tough out of conference schedule with matches against Gonzaga and Dartmouth before they start their SEC play on TSC night against Mississippi St.  Last year, Vanderbilt went 7-10-2 overall with a record of 2-7-2 in the SEC.  With the leadership of new coach, Darren Ambrose, the Commodores are looking to turn it around this year and be a contender in the SEC.  

The Lipscomb Women’s Soccer Program will host Tennessee SC night on Saturday, October 3rd at 5pm at Lipscomb Soccer Complex located at 1 University Park Dr.  Nashville, TN 37204.  Lipscomb Women’s Soccer has gone undefeated so far this season with wins over Belmont and Ball St.  They have 2 ties on the season so far against UAB and University of Tennessee.  They face some big opponents in the coming month which include Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, MTSU, Mississippi St., and Akron.  They open their conference play with Kennesaw St. with TSC night after against USC Upstate.

 The Belmont Women’s Soccer Program is hosting TSC night for both a Men’s game and a Women’s game.  The Women’s game will be on Sunday, October 11th at 3pm vs. Austin Peay.  The Men’s Game will be on Saturday, September 26th at 2pm vs. Oakland.  The Belmont Women’s Program is off to a great start to their fall season with wins over UT-Chattanooga and UA-Little Rock.  They have a tough out of conference schedule ahead of them with Indiana St., Wright St., Valparaiso, Evansville, Tennessee and Georgia St.  The Belmont Men’s Program just started their season and dropped their first game in a close one to Mercer.  They have a long road of games before they hit conference play which include Lipscomb, Buffalo, Drake, Evansville, App. St., Campbell, IUPUI and Georgia Southern.  TSC night will be on their season opener against Oakland. 

Come out to the games and show your support!


Changes Coming to Youth Soccer in 2016

08/26/2015, 10:30am CDT

Changes Coming to Youth Soccer in 2016

Age Group and Small-Sided Games Mandate from U.S. Soccer
Click to view official press release from U.S. Soccer

FRISCO, Texas (August 24, 2015) — Next year, the world of youth soccer will continue its evolution as all members of U.S. Soccer will begin to transition on two key factors to encourage further youth development. The first change will be the nationwide adoption of Small-Sided Games and the second will be a shift from school-year to calendar year for the age grouping of teams.

"With these initiatives, we’re more likely to have players better prepared down the road," said Tab Ramos, U.S. Youth Technical Director and U-20 Men’s National Team head coach. "With small-sided standards, what we're trying to do is to help players develop by putting them in an environment where they are constantly involved in the play, and our changes in birth-year registration will make age groups easier to understand, while aligning our calendar with the international calendar."

US Youth Soccer, the largest member of U.S. Soccer, will assist members with information on these changes through the national office and our 55 member State Associations.

US Youth Soccer director of coaching education and long-time advocate of Small-Sided Games, Sam Snow acknowledged, “Since the mid 1980’s US Youth Soccer has been an advocate for Small-Sided Games. Why? The many benefits to the players and even to novice coaches are clear. With fewer players on the field making quick tactical decisions is easier. Players are in the vicinity of the ball more often which engages them in all four components of the game. The players are realistically exposed to the principles of play frequently. In short, Small-Sided Games will accelerate the development of American soccer players.”

Small-Sided Games

Small-Sided Games will be mandated come August of 2017, with specific changes occurring in regard to alterations to the field size, goals and rules. The result will be a decrease in 11-vs-11 competitions in lieu of more 9-vs-9 and 7-vs-7 competitions. U.S. Soccer will encourage the adoption of Small-Sided Games best practices in August of 2016. US Youth Soccer has been encouraging Small-Sided Games for more than 20 years and most of the 55 member State Associations have adopted the philosophy during that time.

The benefits of Small-Sided Games for players include more fun, more touches on the ball and more tactical decisions. The style of play will allow players to learn different positions, learn tactics quicker, increase fitness and allow players to be more emotionally and socially involved — creating a more fun and enjoyable game. 

Small-Sided Games FAQ: [Download PDF]
Small-Sides Games USSF Standards Chart: [Download PDF]

"What we’re trying to do is to help players develop by putting them in an environment where they are constantly involved in the play," Ramos said. "That could be with the ball and that could be without the ball, but when you make things small-sided, everyone is somehow involved in the play, whether that’s in defending, in cutting angles, in cutting the ball back, you’re always in the play."

Calendar Year

Effective August 2017, the grouping of players will also change nationwide, with encouraged adoption of best practices in August of 2016. U.S. Soccer will go back to calendar birth years to align with international standards and Youth National Team programs.

US Youth Soccer will implement the best practice of calendar year age grouping for player registration beginning with the 2016-2017 soccer year for US Youth Soccer programs and competitions

Using the school calendar for age groups is practiced only in the United States and Canada; as all other FIFA members go by the calendar year. 

Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year, or Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Players are still allowed to “play up” or play in an older age group.

US Youth Soccer, a respected leader in player development for more than 40 years, has seen the evolution of the game and various changes. The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has used the birth year for the grouping of players since it was established in 1977. In fact, the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport, awarded at the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships also shows the history of teams named for their calendar year age group.

Calendar Year FAQ: [Download PDF]
Calendar Year Age Matrix 2016-2023 [Download PDF]

“Overall, the two things this accomplishes is it makes things easier and it gets us on the same calendar with the rest of the world," Ramos said. "So now it becomes easier to identify for U.S. National Teams and everything else when it comes to international soccer.”

Click here for U.S. Soccer's official statement on the changes.

More details will be provided as available regarding specific implementation for these mandates from U.S. Soccer.



Fall 2015 -- Drill 4 Skill Clinic


**Program designed for Tennessee SC players - Other non-club participants welcome

**1 Ball, 1 Player, 2 Goals - Get better individually and have fun!

Drill for Skill is a program being run by Tennessee Soccer Club and will utilize some of our more experienced and higher licensed coaches.  This is an opportunity for your child to get more touches on the ball, gain more professional coaching to improve their personal development, and to have fun in a futsal (indoor) environment.  Drill for Skill will be a serious approach to learning and having fun while demonstrating real time technique in the run of play.  Space is limited!!!  Only 50 spots are open each night.  

Who: Boys and Girls, Ages U7–U14 (this program is based on your player's current age group --- not birth age)

PLAYERS inside or outside our club are welcome to attend. ($15 Insurance fee applies for players outside of Tennessee SC club --- this will need to be paid in cash or check on Night #1)

When: Begins Monday September 21 or Tuesday September 22 

Time Slots: 6-7pm (U7-U10 age group players); 7-8pm (U11-U14 age group players)

Monday (Sept 21, Sept 28, Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26, and Nov 2)
Tuesday (Sept 22, Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, and Nov 3)

Players sign up for a 7-week session and receive a Drill 4 Skill t-shirt towards the end of the season.

For Example:  Players choose to train every Monday for 7 weeks or Tuesday for 7 weeks.  

Cost: $80 per player for a 7-week session (clinic t-shirt included in registration fee)

*If you don’t have a blue sombrero account you will have to create one. 

Where: Franklin Field House (Basketball Surface)              
1850 General George Patton Dr, Franklin, TN 37067

Why: To improve technique and confidence while having fun.  Mix of individual instruction, playing games, and team building exercises.  Technique is the foundational element and pre-requisite to Tactical knowledge.  Without sound ball control, good decision-making becomes obsolete.  Players need skill work!! 

Sample Session: 
15 Min: Overview of Training, Skill of the Week, Warm Up
20 Min: Ball Manipulation, Feints/Fakes, Passing
25 Min: Small-Sided Play


For Any Questions Regarding Registration or the Drill 4 Skill Clinics, please contact the Tennessee SC Event Coordinator Jimmy Drain.  You can reach him at



08/12/2015, 2:15pm CDT


Tennessee Soccer Club & D1 Sports agree to Sport Performance Partnership

August 12, 2015

Tennessee Soccer Club has partnered with D1 Sports as “Official Athletic Training and Skill Development Partner”. D1 Sports is well known for providing specific training programs for all athletes and sports program. 

“This is an exciting partnership for Tennessee Soccer Club as it allows us to focus on the complete soccer player with the professionalism and expertise of D1 Sports. We look forward to seeing the result on the field through the 12 week training programs and sports specific testing days.” Executive Director Tennessee Soccer Club, Stuart Brown  

D1 is THE HOME of ATHLETIC BASED TRAINING - D1’s intense, motivating atmosphere is designed to deliver the same experience and benefits collegiate athletes receive in top-tier athletic programs. Our athletes receive the D1 Experience via our replication of top college/pro training environments and facilities. D1’s expert coaches and skilled therapists are trained to push athletes to reach their full potential. 

For more information about D1 please go to



Tennessee Soccer Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Otto as the Boys Academy Director. Coach Otto will be responsible for directing the U7 through U11 boys effective July 1, 2015. Until then, Mike will be back and forth between his home in Emerald Isle, NC, and his new home in Brentwood. During this time, he will be organizing the age groups in the Academy as well as assisting with all tryouts and assuming the role of US Club coordinator.

“Today is a great day for Tennessee Soccer Club and especially for the current and future players in the Boys Youth Academy. Mike is a true professional who understands the commitment and focus needed to develop all players in the Academy. His experience working with all players and formulating a curriculum for all to follow will make an immediate impact on the Middle Tennessee soccer community. The hiring of Coach Otto has positioned Tennessee Soccer Club with a bright future, and I look forward to seeing the Boys Youth Academy develop into one of the top Academies in the country through his leadership,” said Stuart Brown, Executive Director of Tennessee Soccer Club.

Coach Otto comes to Tennessee Soccer Club from Jacksonville Area Soccer Association in Jacksonville, NC, where he has been the Director of Coaching since 2009. While in Jacksonville, Coach Otto started the JASA competitive program at the club as well as the JASA Youth Academy, serving players ages 7-10. Prior to that, Coach Otto was the Coaching Director at Gaston United SC outside of Charlotte, NC, and also served the Capital Area Soccer League as both a player and Staff Coach from 1982 to 2005.

“This is an exciting time for me as I look forward to working in a great Club with a terrific staff. The opportunity to both share my experience and gain new ones with the best soccer club in the state of Tennessee over is something I greatly look forward to.”

Mike holds a U.S.S.F "C" License and the NSCAA "Advanced National" Diploma. Since 2006, Mike has been a State Team coach with the North Carolina ODP program.

Click here for Mike Otto's bio

Plus one more final between two Tennessee SC teams

Congratulations to all of the girls and boys teams who competed in this weekend's and last weekend's Tennessee State Cups. The following teams brought home championships or finalists medals:

U18 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 15 - Champions
U17 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 16 - Champions
U16 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 17 - Champions
U16 Girls D2 - Tennessee SC 17 Select - Finalists
U16 Girls D3 - Tennessee SC 17 Nike - Finalists
U15 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 18 - Champions
U15 Girls D2 - Tennessee SC 18 Elite - Finalists
U15 Girls D3 - Tennessee SC 18 Nike - Champions
U13 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 20 - Champions
U13 Girls D2 - Tennessee SC 20 Elite - Champions
U12 Boys D1 - Tennessee SC 03 Premier - Champions
U12 Girls D1 - Tennessee SC 03 Premier South - Champions

Due to weather, the U12 Girls D2 Final between Tennessee SC 03 Elite South and Tennessee SC 03 Select South will be played later this week.

Ronnie Woodard appointed Club's Business Manager

Tennessee Soccer Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronnie Woodard to the position of Business Manager. Ronnie’s expanded role with Tennessee SC will put her in contact with the full spectrum of the club’s membership, delivering the same professional communication and organizational skills she has displayed throughout her career.

Ms. Woodard has a distinguished playing and coaching history in Division 1 women’s soccer, including affiliations with Duke University, College of Charleston, and Vanderbilt University, and continues to provide consulting services to rising college players on both the men’s and women’s side of the game through her organization, P3. Ronnie will continue to provide the leadership for Tennessee SC’s U17 women’s team that has consistently performed at the highest regional and national level, returning to the USYSA National Tournament year after year.

“I am thrilled to become part of the Tennessee Soccer Club Business Operations. I have been a Coach in the Club since the merger in 2012. Since that time, I have spent countless hours on the soccer field representing Tennessee Soccer Club both on a regional and national scale. And now, I am looking forward to combining my love for the game of soccer, my organization skills with my passion for people. I appreciate and am looking forward to the opportunity to share the good news of Tennessee Soccer Club with our membership and the Middle Tennessee Community,” stated Woodard.

As the Business Manager, Ronnie will be responsible for managing and organizing the Administrative functions of Tennessee Soccer Club, working hand in hand with Stuart Brown, who was recently promoted to Executive Director.

“Ronnie is a professional on all levels and brings tremendous value to the entire organization. I look forward to her passion for youth soccer, Tennessee Soccer Club and the community to allow the club to strengthen and expand its outreach in the community, member benefits and professional relationships”, said Brown when asked about his selection of Ms. Woodard to support his long term plan to align the organization with the vision and mission of Tennessee Soccer Club.

Brown also said that the onboarding process for Ms. Woodard has already begun and signs of her strong leadership, organizational skills, and attention to detail are already improving processes and communications between Admin and Operations staff.

"Tennessee Soccer Club would like to congratulate Johnny Heckman on being named Tennessee Gatorade High School Player of the Year. Johnny has been a player with Tennessee SC and either TNFC or Brentwood Soccer Club since the age of 8. He is a true example of a player that has come all the way through our system and is now going on to play Division 1 soccer in the ACC with Clemson University. I am very proud to have witnessed Johnny's success throughout the years and I wish him much success in his college career," said Sandy Pollock, Tennessee SC Boys Director of Coaching.


In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Johnny Heckman of Centennial High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade Tennessee Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Heckman is the first Gatorade Tennessee Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Centennial High School.

Read the full release here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in and supported this year's Tennessee Invitational tournament in middle Tennessee. Everyone had a great time and played hard in perfect spring weather. Congratulations to all of the champions and finalists - click here to see the list.

We hope to see everyone at our next big event, the Battleground Tournament of Champions, September 18-20, 2015!