FC Alliance has announced that 53 different players committed to play college soccer this spring. 35 of those players, a mix of juniors and seniors, have accepted offers from NCAA Division 1 teams. Sending this many kids into a single college sport is unprecedented for a community this size. In fact, according to numbers compiled by Rivals.com, FC Alliance produced more division one college soccer players this year than 25 entire states produced in football (the American version). In fact, 14 of those state states combined didn’t add up to the FC Alliance total. Even more impressive is the notion that the junior class is far from done.
FC Alliance has a detailed program designed to develop players from a young age all the way through high school. Coaches of the younger age groups focus on developing elite skill and teaching the fundamentals of the game. As the teams get older, the focus turns towards the tactical side of soccer. By the time they are sophomores and juniors in high school, it becomes more of a focus on winning and generating college opportunities.
“Joining the club doesn’t mean a player will or wants to one day play college soccer,” stated Darrick Lubell, one of the directors. “However, what this list shows is that our club will give players the necessary skills and tools they need if they indeed take that path.”
The club provides a solid support structure for aspiring college players. College coaches from all levels are brought in to run informational clinics for parents and players. Coaches Josh Gray and Jon Schneider specialize in linking players with schools that meet their ability levels.
“If a kid wants to play at another level, we can help get them there,” added Shane Moore, another director. “The coaches provide the right training, and the club helps the player open the necessary doors through consistent guidance and contact with college coaches.”
When 2013 Tennessee commitment Kathryn Culhane signs next February, it will become the third consecutive year an FC Alliance players has become a Lady Vol. This year’s class featured Peyton Thomas. Other schools represented, among others, include Arkansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, East Tennessee State, Alabama-Birmingham, and Marshall.
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