FRANKLIN, Tenn.- The United Soccer League today announced Tennessee Soccer Club will join both the USL W League and USL League Two in the 2022 season.
Tennessee SC is the largest competitive youth soccer club in the state, serving over 3,500 families in six cities across the Greater Nashville Area. The club offers opportunities at every level of the game with the mission of promoting a love for soccer by developing excellence on the pitch.
“We are excited to join the USL organization and field League Two and W League teams in 2022,” said Stuart Brown, executive director of Tennessee SC. “The USL has done a tremendous job of creating a proven player pathway in the game for young men and women, and we are proud to take the next step and be a part of that. Tennessee Soccer Club's participation in the USL will be an asset to our players and our middle Tennessee community for years to come.”
Tennessee SC prides itself on its on-field success, producing nearly 40 to 50 collegiate athletes a year through its holistic player development model. The club has also seen success in converting talented youth players into U.S. Youth National Team products and national champions at both the U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) and Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) levels.
As an organization that celebrates and values diversity within the game, Tennessee SC seeks to make soccer accessible to all players in the Greater Nashville Area. Through the club’s TSC Cares initiative, Tennessee SC’s community outreach program, the club has been able to support families with diverse backgrounds through financial aid, awarding over $725,000 since its establishment in 2012.
Tennessee SC will compete in League Two’s Deep South Division during the 2022 season. In joining League Two, the club will establish a tried and tested pathway to the men’s professional realm for players both at the elite collegiate level and top academy level.
Tennessee SC uses its core values of learning, commitment and respect to foster an environment for its players and coaches to positively impact its member families and communities. USL Vice President of Youth & Pre-Professional Joel Nash said the club is a perfect fit for USL’s culture.
“Today, we welcome Tennessee SC to the USL family. The mission of Tennessee SC is one we mirror here at the United Soccer League. Our hope as a League is to provide more avenues for growth within the game and by joining League Two and the W League, Tennessee SC will give its players direct access to a proven pathway to the professional game,” Nash said.
Through its membership in the W League, Tennessee SC establishes its commitment to growing the women’s game in the Greater Nashville Area by giving players direct access to pre-professional careers in soccer. The club will also see the benefits of the USL’s fully formed women’s pathway, which offers playing, coaching and fan opportunities at all levels from youth to pro.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tennessee SC to the W League for the 2022 season,” said Betsy Haugh, USL Director of Women’s Soccer. “The club’s leadership has expressed a strong desire to extend their programming into the women’s pre-professional space and we could not be more excited to bring the middle Tennessee community more access to the women’s game.”
To learn more about Tennessee SC, visit www.tennesseesoccerclub.org or follow the club on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.