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Tennessee Soccer Club recently hosted their major fall soccer tournament, the Battleground Tournament of Champions (BTOC), in Williamson County.  The event was held September 18-20, 2015 and used the soccer facilities in Franklin and Brentwood.  The BTOC hosted 271 teams and played over 440 games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Tennessee SC continued growth of their major outdoor events with another successful Battleground tournament and will again host their Tennessee Invitational May 6-8, 2016.

Tennessee Soccer Club’s mission is to be an internationally recognized, community-centered soccer club that address all levels of soccer.  TSC fields teams ranging from U8-U18 players and services the Williamson County and the greater Nashville area.  Tennessee SC administers a select soccer program that provides a format for the youth player wishing to receive advanced soccer training and competition.  Players are given the opportunity to develop their individual and team soccer skills, compete against other select players, and improve their chances of playing for their middle school, high school, or potential college soccer teams.

“On behalf of the citizens of Williamson County, I would like to extend a heart-felt welcome to all of the athletes, participants, and fans to Franklin, Tennessee!  We hope that you enjoy the excellent recreational facilities, the unique dining and shopping stops along your way and the wonderful people who make our community a top tourist destination”, said Williamson County Mayor, Rogers Anderson.

Approximately 12,000-14,000 visitors came to Nashville for the Battleground tournament with over 120 teams traveling from out of town.  Tennessee SC reported over 2,000 hotel rooms nights booked over the weekend and saw plenty of patrons come through the park gates.  Tennessee SC continued vending / sponsor relationships with local business such as Twice Daily’s, Buca di Bepo, Moe’s, Martin’s BBQ, Soccer USA, and many others.  If you are interested in more information regarding future Tennessee SC soccer events, please visit

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October

09/24/2015, 10:15am CDT

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Tennessee Soccer Club is raising money to help.  There are two t-shirt options for you to join us in this worthy cause.  100% of the proceeds will go to The Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition. 

There are a number of ways to support those affected by breast cancer. Whether you volunteer to help the local breast cancer awareness organization or make a donation in honor of or in memory of a loved one, you will be helping to sustain the mission to educate the community and fight to end breast cancer.  Think pink!

T-Shirt Options

Grey with Pink Nike TSC Breast Cancer Awareness Shirt

All Pink TSC Breast Cancer Awareness Shirt

Our team managers will be collecting donations through their teams.  However, if you are not a club member and would like to add to the donation fund please contact Ronnie Woodard at

Tennessee Soccer Club announces partnership with Defiance Fuel.  As the club endeavors to provide the best for our members we are proud to bring Defiance Fuel into the fold.  Defiance Fuel is a pioneer of functional waters, resulting from over 25 years of research and development into water science. 

Defiance Fuel is ultra-purified water treated with a patented Cellular Hydration Process. This advanced process creates a water solution that hydrates the body’s cells more effectively.  Defiance Fuel is designed to return your body to a state of healthy hydration, energy and balance.

    •    Pure, refreshing and optimal hydration

    •    Zero calories, Zero sugars, Zero preservatives, Zero sodium 

Defiance Fuel is specifically formulated for athletes and athletic performance without any salt, chemicals or corn syrup.  Tested athletes report increased energy levels, more endurance, reduced cramping and quicker recoveries. 

Defiance Fuel is a wholly owned subsidiary of Defiance Brands, Inc. a Nashville based company specializing in all natural products formulated to enhance athletic performance.  For additional information please visit us on the web at


Tennessee Soccer Club is excited to announce its new partnership with Unequal Technology.  The creation of the Unequal Halo has provided high tech security for the competitive athlete.  This new relationship allows our membership to purchase top quality protective headgear at a reduced cost.  

Head injuries can occur in our sport, and harmful impact energy caused by any kind of collision prompts foams to bottom out and stop protecting. UNEQUAL confuses that energy and absorbs, disperses and dissipates much of it away from the head. The Unequal Halo is a patented, military grade composite made of TriDur® and Accelleron® with coated high tensile strength aramid fibers that deal with trauma energy at a level virtually unmatched by other soccer head protection.

Check out Unequal here:

“We are very aware of the recent research concerning concussions and possible head injuries.  We, at Tennessee Soccer Club, want to provide our membership not only the literature regarding this new technology, but also the opportunity to purchase product.  Our player’s health has been and will always be a primary focus of our staff.  We support Unequal Technology and the use of the Halo for any and all of our players that have interest in the new technology.” - Stuart Brown, Tennessee SC.

To order your Unequal Halo with Tennessee Soccer Club special pricing click on the following link.

 Tennessee Soccer Club proudly announce partnership with Mark Champion of Scout Properties.  

Mark Champion, an affiliate broker with Scout Properties, will serve as the official real estate agent of the Tennessee Soccer Club.  He will also be helping support some of the Academy's initiatives as well as providing TSC Club Culture Awards for the players in the U9-U14 age groups on a monthly basis.  

Tennessee Soccer Club is excited to continue our association with Mark, a long time area soccer coach & former Tennessee Soccer Club coach.  He has brought much to our soccer community as a role model and teacher of the game.  

You can learn more about Mark’s programs and his work with Scout Properties by following this link:

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