Welcome to FC National, Knoxville's Elite Soccer Club for Boys & Girls Ages 8-18 Yrs
Founded on the principle that every club player should receive the ultimate soccer experience, FC National soccer club was born. Founders Lawrie Dudfield, former EPL Soccer pro (Hull City/ Leicester City Pro Player) and Chris Carroll, founder of Carroll Sports Academies, are passionate about developing, promoting, and advancing soccer performance and education within Knoxville. Having many years of expertise in coaching youth players at all levels of the game, they realized something was missing. They knew there had to be more than the traditional practice and game setup. In order for players to fully understand the game they need to be given the complete experience. From our professional coaches to the performance software platform and interactive pro mentor webinars, we strive to educate every angle of soccer.
Our FC National Knoxville team, consists of specialists in the youth and professional games. We blend the best on field coaching with the latest in coaching technology, fitness and performance training, life habits, and wellness advice. Our team of former pro players are on hand to help our players not only on the field, but also to offer personal mentoring and career advice for those preparing for college or professional soccer careers. Whether that goal is to be a great club player, college player or professional soccer player, our team of professionals offer a structured and educational pathway that helps players succeed.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of FC National is to provide a positive, professional experience for youth soccer players and their families. We emphasize the long-term player development of physical, emotional and social skills. Using positive, professional coaching methods we want each player and team to fulfill their potential in terms of skill development, teamwork, game concepts and sportsmanship.
Our FC National team, consists of specialists in the youth and professional games. We blend the best on field coaching with the latest in coaching technology, fitness and performance training, life habits, and wellness advice. With our connections to EPL and EFL soccer clubs, as well as national and international colleges and schools, we are able to educate players on opportunities to advance their soccer career beyond youth soccer.
FC National players have regular contact with our Club Ambassadors and Club Consultants who are made up of former and current English Premier League and English Football League players and coaches. Periodically our players have online access to online motivational webinars and training sessions hosted by the experts in the soccer industry. Learning from the pros gives our players professional advice, education and insights into what it takes to succeed at the very highest level of soccer.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING ENVIRONMENT BASED UPON PROFESSIONAL UK TEAMS
ACCESS TO FC NATIONAL AMBASSADORS SUCH AS:
MICKY ADAMS - Former Leicester City EPL Head Coach
KIRSTY LINNETT- Current Forward Liverpool FC Women
ROY CARROLL- Former Manchester United goalkeeper
JÉRÔME ROMAIN - Track and Field Olympian
MIKE EDWARDS - Former Hull City FC, Notts County FC
RICHARD THOMAS - Watford FC Academy Manager
MONTHLY Q&A SESSIONS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER UK PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS AND COACHES
SOCCER PROFILE TRAINING & METRICS PLATFORM
VEO CAMERA TECHNOLOGY
ICONZ UK SOCCER TOURS
'Together with heart and strength'
Birth Year 2015 & Older
Boys & Girls
Using methods employed by pro soccer clubs in Europe, our team of former professional players, consultants and coaches bring the ultimate experience and knowledge to our players. Players are placed on teams through a tryout process. We hold tryouts for the age groups 2015 birth year and older. Teams are aged by birth year rather than school year. In circumstances where we form two or more teams per age group we want to make sure that your son/daughter is placed on the level of team that will benefit him or her the most.
Players register their commitment to their team for a year. A year consists of two seasons: Fall Season (August 1st to the end of November} and Spring Season (February 1st through the end of May). Our teams practice twice a week and play games on weekends. Teams will also be involved in tournament play. Tournaments are played over a full weekend on Saturdays and Sundays. Your team may be involved in four to six tournaments in one calendar year (two or three in the spring season, two or three in the fall season). We try to keep tournament travel as local as possible. It may vary from team to team depending on factors such as age of team, and level of competition sought after.
A typical year in a competitive soccer team is as follows:
Register for tryouts
Late May/June: Tryouts
June & July: Optional summer camp
Pre season conditioning Camp
August 1st: Start fall season
End of November: End fall season
December-January: Winter Break - will include optional training programs eg. skills, camp or small sided play weekends.
February 1st: Start spring season
End of May: End spring season
Late May/June: Tryouts