Nashville Soccer Club is a Major League Soccer team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The team began play in the league in 2020 as a continuation of the USL club of the same name and plays its home matches at Geodis Park.
Youth Development System
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
Nashville SC Academy Recruitment
The Nashville SC Academy will participate and play against other Major League Soccer clubs at the highest nationwide level of youth soccer in the United States.
There are four ways for players to be selected for the Nashville SC Academy. The Nashville SC Academy staff 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. (If you are a club coach wanting to recommend a player, please contact Kevin Flanagan at [email protected].)
- The Nashville SC Academy have scouts that actively look for players in the Nashville, TN area and beyond. They regularly attend tournaments, select events and league games to identify potential talent.
- Parents can send their player’s credentials to the Nashville SC Academy staff. If you are a parent wanting to introduce your player to the Nashville SC Academy Staff, please fill out the following Recruitment Questionnaire: https://forms.gle/5SBCyrZR2bCABRqQ9
- The Nashville SC Academy will hold open ID Clinics throughout the year. These tryouts provide Nashville SC Academy staff the opportunity 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 SC Academy Cost?
The Nashville SC Academy does not charge a fee. It is a fully funded program giving players from all backgrounds the opportunity to play for the Nashville SC Academy.
Nashville SC Foreign Player Recruitment
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.
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Nashville SC History
Soccer in Nashville
Nashville had a slew of lower-division American soccer teams before the debut of its MLS team. Since 1989, the Metros and Nashville FC have been the city’s most prominent soccer clubs, both of which competed in the National Premier Soccer League. The Belmont Bruins and Lipscomb Bisons are both NCAA Division I men’s soccer teams based in Nashville. Division I men’s soccer was also a sport that Vanderbilt Commodores competed in until the 2005 season. For one season in 1982, the Nashville Diamonds competed in the American Soccer League’s second tier before moving up to these teams.
Nashville FC, the NPSL franchise, was started by a group of fans who wanted to build a team that was 100% owned by the fans. Chris Jones, president of Nashville FC, highlighted fan-owned clubs like F.C. United of Manchester as inspiration for NFC’s establishment. This year’s NPSL season began with the merger of the two groups in February 2014. As Nashville’s largest competitive adult league, the Middle Tennessee Soccer Alliance (MTSA), and the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA), an organization with over 20,000 registered players in the Middle Tennessee area alone, were two of the club’s major partners. Vanderbilt Stadium hosted the team’s games.
When the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) team was founded, it had aspirations of climbing the American soccer pyramid, with a stated goal of joining the USL Championship, then the third-tier United Soccer League (USL), by 2017, and eventually reaching the Division II North American Soccer League by 2020. The USL, on the other hand, granted a franchise to a different Nashville ownership group in 2016. Nashville FC subsequently traded a 1% equity share in the new USL squad and a voting seat on its board of directors for the rights to use the team name, logo, and color scheme “Nashville SC.”
The Nashville MLS Organizing Committee was created in August 2016 by a group of business leaders from many of Nashville’s top firms and began working to acquire finance for an MLS stadium. Rather than climbing the soccer ladder, the company lead by Bill Hagerty sought an MLS team right away. Nashville SC, a newly-awarded USL expansion team set to begin play in 2018, had the group’s full support. Both organizations shared a common goal of expanding the sport’s presence in the Volunteer State. They worked together to achieve it. The group’s $275 million stadium and redevelopment project was approved by the city in November of last year, in October.
Nashville’s official bid for an MLS team began in January of this year. As of March 4, 2017, Nashville Holdings LLC, owned by Nashville SC owner John Ingram, purchased a controlling position in DMD Soccer, the firm that owns the team. Additionally, Ingram was in charge of the city’s efforts to secure an MLS franchise, and the collaboration between Ingram and Nashville SC was an attempt to present a united front to MLS when Nashville was chosen one of ten finalist towns for four MLS franchises. The Wilfs, owners of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, previously funded an unsuccessful MLS expansion effort in Minneapolis, and they joined forces as investors in August 2017.
Nashville was announced as the recipient of an expansion slot on December 19, 2017. As of Dec. 20, 2017, the announcement had been made official and the club would join MLS in 2020. Ian Ayre was named CEO of the franchise on May 21, 2018.
Mike Jacobs was named general manager of the franchise on October 30th, 2018. NFL side Nashville Soccer Club will be renamed as Nashville Soccer Club on February 20, 2019, according to the team’s franchise owners.
On February 29, 2020, Nashville SC played its first MLS match at Nissan Stadium against Atlanta United FC. The game drew 59,069 spectators, making it Tennessee’s largest-ever soccer turnout. In the 2–1 defeat, Walker Zimmerman scored the opening goal for the side. The MLS delayed the season on March 12, 2020, after only two games, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and subsequently prolonged it until May 10, 2020, when the season resumed. Due to many occurrences of the virus on the team, MLS was unable to compete in the competition on June 10th. The team’s next game was a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on August 12, which was the team’s first ever win.
Colors and Badge
Electric gold and acoustic blue are the primary colors of Nashville SC. As depicted in the club’s logo, the gold octagon has a monogram “N” and multiple blue horizontal bars. Because of its musical roots, the city picked vertical bars to depict sound waves and vibrations.
Nashville SC Stadium
The team’s new home will be the Nashville Fairgrounds soccer stadium, which is expected to open in 2022 and hold 27,500 spectators. Per a November 2017 deal with the Nashville Metro Council, revenue bonds will be used to primarily fund the construction of a $275 million stadium. On September 4, 2018, the city council voted 31-8 in favor of the stadium, with a large throng of supporters and opponents in the audience. The council rejected a proposal to put the initiative to a referendum based on Metro government’s “partial funding,” with 25-yes and 12-no votes (to permit).
This year, the Tennessee State Fair sued the club to stop construction of a new stadium because it would leave insufficient space for the fair’s operations. The lawsuit was filed by John Rose, a U.S. representative representing Cookeville. Although Rose and the group dropped the complaint in February of that year, saying that municipal officials would not meet with the nonprofit while this suit was active, the suit was eventually dismissed. Beginning in March 2020, the demolition of the Fairgrounds property will be completed. On February 13, 2020, Nashville Mayor John Cooper helped alter the deal for the stadium and its finance specifics. In addition to the stadium, the team will invest $19 million in local infrastructure improvements, making the facility entirely self-funded.
City of Nashville, Tennessee
Located in the heart of the state, Nashville is the state’s capital and most populated city. The Cumberland River runs through the city, which serves as the county seat of Davidson County. It is the 23rd-largest city in the United States in terms of population.
The city was formed in 1779 and was given its name after Continental Army General Francis Nash. As a port on the Cumberland River and railroad hub in the 19th century, the city’s population grew swiftly. Nashville was the first state capital in the Confederacy to fall to Union forces during the American Civil War. A manufacturing base was built up in the city after the war.
The Cumberland River flows through the northwestern part of the Nashville Basin, which includes Nashville. In the Radnor Lake State Natural Area, Nashville’s elevation is 1,163 feet (354 meters) above sea level, the lowest point in the city’s elevation range. It’s worth noting that Nashville is located at the beginning of the Highland Rim, an area characterized by steep hills. Nashville has a lot of hills because of this. The Tennessee State Capitol building lies on a hill in Nashville, one of the city’s many hills. Its total area is 527.9 square miles (1,367 km2), of which 504.0 square miles (1,305 km2) is land, and 23.9 square miles (62 km2) of it (4.53 percent) is water, according to the United States Census Bureau.
With hot, humid summers and typically mild winters, Nashville has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa and Trewartha Cf). With a diurnal temperature fluctuation of 18.2 to 23.0 °F (10.1 to 12.8 degrees Celsius), monthly averages range from 37.7 °F (3.2°C) in January to 79.4 °F (26 °C) in July.
During the winter months, there is normally some snowfall, but it isn’t very heavy. Snowfall is largely concentrated in January and February, with a few sprinklings in March and December, with an annual average of 6.3 inches (16 cm). While Nashville received 8 inches (20 cm) of snow in a single storm on January 22, 2016 (the most since 2003), the previous record was 17 inches (43 cm) on March 17, 1892 (the St. Patrick’s Day Snowstorm in Nashville).