An important part of FC Alliance’s mission is to create supportive, friendly and unified relationships with soccer clubs and associations to advance the game of soccer in our region. To find out more about our affiliations and partnerships and how they benefit our players review the descriptions below.
United States Soccer Federation (USSF)
The United States Soccer Federation (also referred to as the USSF or U.S. Soccer) is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. Its headquarters are located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a member of FIFA and is responsible for governing amateur and professional soccer, including the men’s, women’s, youth,futsal and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer is also responsible for sanctioning referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. For more information visit: www.ussoccer.com
United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA or US Youth Soccer)
The United States Youth Soccer Association is the youth affiliate and largest member of U.S. Soccer, the governing body for soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer includes 55 state youth soccer associations, one per state except for California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, which each have two state associations.
Over 3,000,000 youth players between ages 5-19 are registered with US Youth Soccer. The US Youth Soccer membership is divided into four regions, each with a Director elected to the board. The regions are essentially East (Region I), Midwest (Region II), South (Region III) and West (Region IV). FC Alliance is a member of the South (Region III).Each State Association has a Board of Directors, elected by delegates from their member leagues, clubs or teams. For more information visit: www.usyouthsoccer.org
US Club (U4-U18)
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop competitive club soccer in the United States. US Club has been a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) since July 2001, US Club Soccer has grown to include member clubs and leagues in 50 states. US Club Soccer is a National Association member of the USSF.It is a parallel registration system equal to USYS under USSF.
FC Alliance registers it players in the U4-U8 age group with US Club. For more information visit: www.usclubsoccer.org.
Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA)
The TSSA is the National State Association member of United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), and United States Amateur Soccer Association (USASA).
FC Alliance is an Eastern District member of the TSSA and registers all its U9 and older players with this association. As a member of the TSSA, FC Alliance is able to provide additional opportunities for our players to participate in state sanctioned tournaments, state run events, and compete with and against other competitive and recreational clubs registered with the state of Tennessee. Membership also enables players within our club the opportunity to tryout and compete for a place in the Olympic Development Program (ODP).For more information visit: www.tnsoccer.org.
Tennessee Olympic Development Program (ODP)
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) is a State and Regional developmental soccer program established to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis. Ultimately, this program feeds players to the U.S. National team. US Youth Soccer ODP is the first and original ODP program and the only elite player development program that can claim members of Major League Soccer as well as a majority of current and past national and youth team members, as alumni. In the State of Tennessee, ODP is run by TN State Soccer. Click here for more information.
To participate, players must first be recommended by their Club coach for the program. Players must then try out to qualify for the program’s high-level training from carefully selected and licensed coaches through a series of trials at their local, State Association and then Regional levels. Those selected are exposed to the nation’s best coaches, trainers and facilities.
For players serious about continuing soccer beyond the high school level, this is a good program to get involved in. It is only for those willing to commit extra time and money beyond what club soccer entails. Download the ODP pyramid here.
US Cellular Soccer Complex
The U.S. Cellular® Soccer Complex is a 23-acre site that provides the community a tournament-quality facility. The complex is designed with six soccer fields, along with concession and parking. Since it’s opening in 1999, nearly 165,000 athletes have competed at the complex, and more than 330,000 spectators and vendors have attended games. In 2010, FC Alliance assumed the management of the complex in an effort by US Cellular to get more kids on the fields. It is our charge to include the entire soccer community in the use of the complex while maintaining tournament-quality fields. Since taking over, utilization at the complex has more than doubled and FC Alliance along with many other groups in the community are benefiting in a huge way! While we work hard to market and care for the facility, we are also very blessed to be able to use it for our club activities. Please help us care for the facility and take time to thank US Cellular with your comments and your patronage.
The U.S. Cellular Soccer Complex is located at: 800 Cornerstone Drive, Knoxville, TN 37932. Website:www.uscellularsoccercomplex.com