Every year, the goal of FC Alliance is to take the Knoxville soccer community another step forward. At the end of May, the club celebrated several million dollars of scholarship money awarded to 56 players to continue their soccer careers at the collegiate level. Never before had the area seen such a load of players moving on to the next level. Three months later, the club can celebrate another area first. Two FC Alliance teams, 96 Girls Black and 97 Girls Black, have been accepted to play in US Youth Soccer’s top league: the exclusive National League.
The National League is the equivalent of Europe’s Champions League. It takes primarily state champions, premier league champions and a select few of the nation’s best. However, simply being a state or premier league champion isn’t enough. Teams are accepted after a careful review process intended to ensure any team taken has an extensive history of success at high levels. This year, seven of the eight USYSA national champions are playing in the league. 14 of 16 national finalists are in. These figures alone show the quality of the league.
Games will be played in conjunction with some of the top college showcases in the country; this includes road trips to Raleigh, Orlando and Las Vegas. FC Alliance will join Nashville’s Tennessee Soccer Club as representatives from Tennessee. To earn the appointment, the 96 Girls Black won the state tile and the 97 Girls Black claimed the Region 3 Premier League title.