CHATTANOOGA (WRCB ) - The Chattanooga FC 00 Premier girls soccer team will represent the 12-state Region III in the President's Cup national championship tournament. The Chattanooga FC u14-aged team won the state tournament earlier this month which advanced them to regionals in Decatur, Alabama. They defeated North Carolina's champion in the semifinals 2-0 and then defeated Florida's champion 1-0 in the region finals. The team did not give up a goal in the tournament. 

The National President's Cup will be played in Greenville, SC July 9-13 where they will face champions from Regions I, II, IV in the Final Four for national championship. The Chattanooga FC team is the first Division II girls team to represent Tennessee in the past five years.

The team includes Lauren Barcelona, Lainee Bohannon, Avery Engles, Madelyn Ferrel, Arielle Fortune, Olivia Hoffman, Lily Hopping, Lindsey Hunkapillar, Renee Hutton, Julia Kaset, Lili Oren, Carly Pifer, Madeline Reap, Carmen Ross, Hope Sanders, Olivia Tawzer and Lynne Wright. The team is coached by Jason Kaset and assistant coach Hank Hopping.

Chattanooga FC's semipro team is holding a fundraiser at Saturday's doubleheader to support the team's expenses at the national championship tournament. Click here for details.

This spring's merger of the area's two largest soccer clubs is designed to make select soccer in Chattanooga even more competitive in the future.

The East Ridge Football Club select soccer program merged with the Chattanooga FC Academy select soccer club to join the area's two largest youth select soccer clubs under one name: Chattanooga FC Academy. The Chattanooga FC Academy Board has selected Matt Yelton to serve as CFCA Director of Coaches. Yelton will continue in his role as women's coach for Lee University.     
The City of East Ridge also voted 4-1 to approve signing an agreement with Chattanooga FC Academy for the lease of five Camp Jordan facility soccer fields for the upcoming season. CFCA will pay the City of East Ridge $40,000 annually for use of the Camp Jordan fields and $15,000 for maintenance. East Ridge will no longer have select soccer under the East Ridge FC name but will still continue its recreation soccer at East Ridge.

In March, CFCA agreed to merge its Chattanooga FC Academy operations with the Redoubt and North River Soccer associations.