Chattanooga Football Club is going pro in 2019
Chattanooga Football Club is going pro.
The club will join 10 other programs from across the country in a new league that will be associated with the National Premier Soccer League.
“Having been Chattanooga's football club for ten years, we are really excited about the future and moving up to the next level,” said Sheldon Grizzle, General Manager for Chattanooga Football Club. “This has been in the works for several years and we are proud for our fans and supporters to see this come to fruition.”
The clubs will compete in the first-ever NPSL Founders Cup competition which will run from August to November 2019. A full league schedule will debut in the spring of 2020 and will run through the fall.
“We are very excited to bring a new brand of community-based soccer to the U.S. market,” said NPSL Chairman Joe Barone.“Beginning with the Founders Cup, fans will be able to enjoy watching authentic clubs compete with professional players and staff. This new venture will build upon the success and experience of NPSL and its nationwide network of local soccer club members.”
All of the clubs will have progressional players, coaches and staff.
"We support our members’ growth and expansion of their leagues,” said United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) President John Motta. “This is another opportunity to develop players, coaches, administrators, and referees at the highest level of adult soccer. This is absolutely critical for player development, as it prepares players onto the next level and also for referee development, as this level of adult soccer is the best training ground for referees in this country."
The other 10 clubs participating include ASC San Diego, Cal FC, California United Strikers FC, Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, FC Arizona, Miami FC, Miami United FC, Milwaukee Torrent, New York Cosmos, and Oakland Roots. Plans are being developed to add more clubs.
More information about the format, player roster information, schedule and additional details will be announced later this winter.