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Chattanooga FC News


Best Served Cold

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-17 18:57, modified at 19:22

Chattanooga FC defeated Georgia Revolution 2-1 in McDonough, GA on Saturday night. Chattanooga FC featured a new look to their line up, with Mason Walsh getting a start in the center midfield and Nathaniel Bedai starting at left back.

The Revolution were awarded a penalty in the opening minutes of the game when a CFC defender made an errant back pass to CFC goalkeeper Phil D'amico. The penalty was off target, and play remained scoreless until the 20th minute, when a Revs striker won the ball deep in the left flank, played a smart ball across the area, followed by a one touch finish from another Revs striker for a goal. CFC equalized 10 minutes later when Mason Walsh controlled a clearance from outside the corner of the area, and with his second touch used the inside of his boot to curl in a shot to the top left corner of the goal. At halftime, it was tied 1-1.

In the 60th minute, Everson Lima, CFC's center back from Brazil, scored on a header from nearly 35 yards out. The goal happened when an air-borne clearance was sent back to CFC's defensive line and Lima headed the ball back into the Georgia Revolution penalty area. The Georgia Revolution keeper misjudged the flight of the ball from Lima's header, and the ball bounced over the Revs keeper as he pedaled backwards and then dove in a last ditch effort to stop the ball as it floated over his outstretched arm into the bottom right corner of the goal.

The win brings CFC into second place of the conference behind Greenville FC. CFC has five remaining league matches in NPSL regular season conference play. Photo credit Intern Dane

Chattanooga Football Club's chemistry shows in win over Atlanta SC

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-12 15:32, modified on 2019-06-13 14:38

With Chattanooga Football Club goalkeeper Phil D'Amico flying through the air to come up with key stops and Jordan Dunstan and Everson Lima playing well on the back line, Finley Stadium has not been kind to visitors of late.

For the second time in five days, CFC was able to make breakaway runs and dangerous attacks almost nonexistent for its National Premier Soccer League opposition, beating Atlanta SC 3-0 in front of 1,638 on Wednesday night.

"We know when people come here they are going to treat it like their World Cup," D'Amico said. "So every day we go into practice and work hard and come out here and give it our all. If we play our 100%, we know no team in our league can beat us at home."

Read more at the Times Free Press >

Zeca leads Chattanooga FC's rout of Inter Nashville FC

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-09 13:02, modified at 13:09

Zeca Ferraz helped lead the way as the Chattanooga Football Club rolled to its first National Premier Soccer League victory of the season.

The Opportunistic Striker slotted home a score past the keeper and finished a powerful cross from Caleb Cole for the first two goals in Saturday night's 4-0 win over Inter Nashville FC at Finley Stadium.

"The biggest thing about this win was the change in attitude we had from the second the whistle blew." Zeca said. "We were more alert and driven. We weren't going to waste opportunities. We have so many quality offensive players, and it was just a matter of time before we broke through."

Read more at the Times Free Press >

Chattanooga FC loses to Georgia Revolution FC in NPSL match

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-02 06:02, modified at 06:10

The Chattanooga Football Club entered Saturday's home match against Georgia Revolution FC looking for its first National Premier Soccer League victory of the season.

CFC is still looking.

Revolution wing Jumar Oakley's hat trick lifted his team to a 3-2 win in front of 2,783 at Finley Stadium as Georgia earned its first victory of the season and moved to 1-2-1 in league play. CFC is 0-0-1 in the NPSL.

"We might have needed to be on the wrong end of a result like this," CFC coach Bill Elliott said after the match. "Now we'll see what we're made of, and we'll see who steps up and takes responsibility."

Read more at the Times Free Press >

Share Love

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-01 13:00

“I love Chattanooga. It’s my home. And now I’m an owner of Chattanooga Football Club.”

Thelma Collier is a humble yet proud woman. She has every right to be. The south Chattanooga native is also the mother of the late, great Reggie White; Super Bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Fame Defensive End. Her wall is decorated with jerseys and pictures of her son in action: First at Howard High School, then the University of Tennessee, and then the USFL and NFL: Memphis Showboats, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Carolina Panthers.

“He was a man of faith, and he loved football. That was Reggie.”

The star studded product of Chattanooga’s southside grew up in St. Elmo and would have been proud to see his name on the street that borders the west side of Finley stadium, less than a mile from where he was raised. Reggie White Boulevard came into being four years after White passed. But Thelma and her family were there.

Thelma visits the street bearing her son’s name as often as she can. Now, she has even more reason to visit, as Thelma Collier is an owner of Chattanooga Football Club. Thelma is one of the 2,800 (and counting) owners of Chattanooga FC thanks to the new supporter ownership campaign launched in mid January and has raised just over $800,000.

“I think it’s a great idea, and a good way to show support for the city. One of Reggie’s teams, the Green Bay Packers, did something similar a long time ago. It’s a special thing you all are doing. I definitely want to come to some games, once it gets warmer.”

Interested in joining Ms. Collier as an owner of Chattanooga FC? You only have hours to go until the campaign closes. Visit OwnCFC.com and become an owner today.

Chattanooga FC loses only 4-3 to world power Real Betis

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-26 05:42, modified at 05:57

"This is big-time to play against a high-level team from the first division in Spain," CFC forward Joao Costa said after the match. "It's something unreal for us. We usually are playing these guys on the video games, so this is a dream come true."

Costa gave his team the chance to dream of a victory in the 12th minute of play when he took a pass from Juan Hernandez and put a shot past Real Betis goalkeeper Joel for an early 1-0 lead against a team coming off road wins over La Liga rival Real Madrid and Major League Soccer's D.C. United.

"We started dreaming about competing, and that's what they did," CFC coach Bill Elliott said. "We knew they were good and were going to turn it on and put some pressure on us, but we got three goals tonight against a team that went into D.C. and beat a good MLS team 5-2. For us to get a 4-3 result, I couldn't be more proud of our guys tonight."

Read more at the Times Free Press >

Important Livestream Info

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-25 15:40, modified at 18:45

To watch the livestream of the Real Betis match:

You will need to use a MyCujoo account to pay – which you can create online for free.

Click here to go to MyCujoo.

NOTE: You might have to scroll within the video player to get to the email and password fields depending on their browser and screen size.

Click here to watch the livestream embed on ChattanoogaFC.com.

Or watch on MyCujoo here.

CFC v Betis Gameday FAQs

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-23 13:04, modified at 13:07

Welcome fans! We’re excited that you’re joining us for this historic event. As you plan your trip to “Fort” Finley Stadium, we’d like to help your visit be as smooth as possible. Here are some helpful tips to make your experience the best it can be!

  1. Purchase tickets ahead of time through our website. You receive a discount off gameday ticket prices by purchasing before gameday. Your tickets will be delivered via email so you can skip the line on the day of the game! Click here to buy tickets.

  2. Arrive early! Kickoff time is 6:00pm and due to Real Betis’ travel schedule, we are planning to start on time. Please plan to arrive early so you can avoid the lines and not miss a minute of the action! Gates will open at 4:30pm. Here is a map of Finley Stadium’s campus.

  3. Know where to park. We are expecting the parking lots to be busy. You can guarantee a spot in our South Lot by getting a parking pass here! It’s good for the rest of the season. Finley Stadium will be implementing a special event parking rate of $10 for all Finley lots. Parking attendants will be accepting CASH ONLY starting at 4:00. Please plan accordingly to make sure that you can get into the match on time.

  4. Be prepared to enter the stadium by bringing a clear, plastic bag and have your ticket displayed on your phone or in your hand so you are ready to get scanned.

  5. If you still have more questions, please visit:

    1. Chattanooga FC Gameday FAQ

    2. Finley Stadium FAQ

For Real: La Liga comes to Finley May 25

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-20 13:37, modified at 13:46

THIS WEEK: Chattanooga FC welcomes Spanish first division team Real Betis to Finley Stadium

  • Betis’ first team will play Chattanooga FC

  • Betis only team to beat Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2018-2019 season

Chattanooga, TN (May 20, 2019)- La Liga’s first division giants, Real Betis, will play Chattanooga Football Club this Saturday, May 25th at Finley Stadium in downtown Chattanooga. The trip will mark the first time the Spanish team will play in the US in their 112 year history, and they are planning to bring their best to Finley Stadium.

“The team that just beat Real Madrid this past weekend is the same team we will face this Saturday,” said Bill Elliott, head coach, Chattanooga FC. “Real Betis has world class players from all over the world and we are honored to play them in our home stadium. We are all looking forward to the experience of a lifetime against the best team we've ever faced. They are certainly a Goliath of a team, but we play the role of David pretty well, so who knows.”

Real Betis is based in Seville, Spain, and capped their La Liga season with a win against famed Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Sunday. The club became the first team since 2002 to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou and Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the same season.

This Wednesday, Real Betis will take on Wayne Rooney and DC United at Audi Stadium in Washington D.C. before they arrive on Saturday to play Chattanooga FC in Finley Stadium.

Tickets are on sale now at cfctix.com for $30 in advance, $40 on the day of the game. They can also be purchased at Carniceria Loa in Chattanooga and Loa Bakery in Dalton.

Chattanooga FC look dangerous in 2-2 draw with Greenville FC

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-19 13:46, modified at 21:32

As Max Wilschrey nearly registered a hat trick in his debut with the Chattanooga Football Club, the native of Germany provided a flash of what what could come in Saturday night's 2-2 draw with Greenville to open the National Premier Soccer League regular season.

Wilschrey scored with his left foot in the sixth minute off a beautiful pass over the top from Felipe Oliveira. He also netted the equalizer in the 61st. A free kick from captain Juan Hernandez went to the far right of the box, from where Danny Valenciano crossed back to the sliding man of the match.

Read more at Chattanooga Times Free Press >

Chattanooga FC edges Bugeaters FC in exhibition match

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-05 14:17, modified on 2019-05-10 13:56

The Chattanooga Football Club continued the momentum desired before a league opener by pulling out a 2-1 win over the Nebraska-based Bugeaters FC in a rain-drenched exhibition soccer match Saturday night at Finley Stadium.

"I think we were challenged by our opponent and challenged by the weather tonight," Chattanooga FC coach Bill Elliott said. "Somehow it tired players out more playing in the rain, I think. On a night where we had a limited sub bench, I think conditions definitely played a factor.

Added Elliott: "The other team was incredibly well organized, but we responded with finding a way to win, and I'll always be happy about that."

Read more at the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Gameday FAQs

Permalink - Posted on 2019-05-04 16:53, modified at 17:16

Answers to your Game Day frequently asked questions:

Q: Is there assigned seating?
A: No, all seating is general admission, first-come, first-serve.

Q: What time is do the gates open on matchday?
A: Gates open to all fans 90 minutes before kickoff.

Q: What age do kids enter for free?
A: Ages 6 years and under receive free admission.

Q: Where do I pick up/buy tickets?
A: Click here.

Q: What time does the ticket booth/will call open?
A: Two hours before kickoff.

Q: Who do I contact if I have issues with my tickets?
A: tickets@chattanoogafc.com or (423) 708-GOAL.

Q: Are there any stadium policies?
A: Yes, they are here: https://finleystadium.com/policies/.

Q: Can I bring my own food and beverages into the stadium?
A: Please refer to the finley stadium ‘other prohibited items’.

Q: Can I bring my bag or purse into the stadium?
A: Please see Finley Stadium clear bag policy here.

Q: Where can I park and how much does it cost?
A: Please see a map on parking options here.

Q: Can you purchase a parking pass?
A: Yes please click here for further details.

Q: What is the Chattanooga FC Rain Check Policy?
A: In the event this game is abandoned before the end of the first half due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, here is our policy:

Tickets purchased online:
We will email you a ticket at the beginning of next week for the next home game against Greenville FC on 5/18.

Tickets purchased at the stadium:
Bring this game’s ticket to the Will Call tent on 5/18 in order to exchange for a ticket for the Greenville FC game.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at tickets@chattanoogafc.com.


Oliveira stands out in 9-0 Chattanooga FC win

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-28 12:23, modified on 2019-04-30 11:54

Felipe Oliveira will always remember the night the Chattanooga Football Club defeated AFC Mobile 9-0, albeit in an exhibition match.

In front of 3,827 fans at Finley Stadium, Oliveira had his way offensively in the soccer rout with goals in the 33rd and 45th minutes.

The heads-up attacker also laid in a beautiful touch to the left post that Max Wilschrey slid in the netting to tie a record for most goals in a single match in club history.

"This was the first game my mom has ever been able to come watch me play in Chattanooga," said Oliveira, a third-year CFC standout who was named the Clumpies man of the match. "I ran to her after both goals. I went up to her and told her I loved her each time. It's always special to score in front of our fans, but having her here made it even more special."

Read more at the Chattanooga Times Free Press

CFC and National Park Partners

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-19 20:31, modified at 21:51

Chattanooga FC returns to Finley Stadium on Saturday, April 27th to face AFC Mobile, and it will be a special night for those of us who love our local National Park. In coordination with National Park week (4/20-4/28) Chattanooga FC will be raising awareness and funds for National Park Partners, a local organization dedicated to conserving and promoting the natural, historic, and cultural resources of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Moccasin Bend National Archeological District.

“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the great work National Park Partners is doing in our area,” said Sheldon Grizzle president of Chattanooga FC. “We support their hard work in preserving some of our community’s most beautiful assets for generations to come.”
There will be a number of events to support this collaboration, including a “pint night” at Chattanooga Brewing Company the evening of April 25th; Chattanooga FC and National Park Partners items and experiences up for auction; National Park awareness videos; and more.
“We are incredibly excited for this inaugural National Park Night with the Chattanooga Football Club,” remarked Tricia Mims, executive director of National Park Partners. “The opportunity to partner with an organization that is uniquely Chattanoogan compliments our work nicely in preserving the National Park places that shaped our city.”

Chattanooga FC will be donating a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to National Park Partners. The club will also be hosting an online auction featuring game-worn jerseys and unique experiences in the region’s national park.

To support National Park Partners, fans can get tickets at chattanoogafc.com and use code NPPCFC19.


National Park Partners was established in 2018 through the consolidation of the Friends of Moccasin Bend and the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. We champion the conservation of the natural, historic, and cultural resources of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, including Moccasin Bend National Archeological District. We engage current and future generations in preserving and promoting the stories of these national treasures. Learn more at www.npp-ccm.org.

CFC to hold 2019 Jersey Reveal at Nightfall

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-18 17:00

Chattanooga Football Club announced today their annual Jersey Reveal that will take place Friday, May 3rd 6:30pm at Miller Plaza to help kickoff the opening night of Chattanooga’s long-standing concert series, Nightfall. The event is free and all are encouraged to attend. Entering its 32nd year, Nightfall is consistently voted one of Chattanooga’s favorite events.

“Our jersey reveal is always a much-anticipated event,” said Paul Rustand, Brand Director and Board Member, Chattanooga FC. “It’s the first chance for our supporters to get their hands on the new jerseys for the season, and a great opportunity to come together and celebrate our love of the city and the team.”

Chattanooga FC supporters will be able to pick up their season pass jerseys at the event, and all in attendance will get a chance to learn more about the club and our historic supporter ownership campaign, which closes on June 1st.

The event will begin at 6:30pm and conclude just before Chattanooga-based band Oweda goes on at 7:00pm.

“We love tying into CFC and what they bring to the community,” said Carla Pritchard, owner of Chattanooga Presents, which produces Nightfall. “Beyond CFC’s Jersey Reveal on the night of our kickoff, we look forward to having their inflatable soccer field on certain nights throughout the season to add animation to the Miller Park lawn during the Nightfall shows.”

“Nightfall is a spectacular example of what is great about our community: people from all walks of life coming together in the heart of the city,” said Sheldon Grizzle, President, Chattanooga FC. “Our club is dedicated to doing the same thing through the beautiful game of soccer, so the partnership made perfect sense.”

The jersey reveal will take place just one day before Chattanooga FC welcomes Bugeaters FC of Nebraska to Finley Stadium on Saturday, May 4th at 7:30PM, which will also be “Star Wars” night, the first time the club has had a theme night at a game.

Fast Facts

  • Chattanooga FC Jersey Reveal Party
  • Friday, May 3rd, 6:30 pm
  • Miller Park/Plaza
  • Event kicks off Nightfall’s 2019 season
  • First chance to see the CFC 2019 jerseys
  • Chattanooga FC plays Bugeaters FC of Nebraska May 4th (Star Wars night)

Chattanooga FC edges Detroit City 1-0

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-07 15:09, modified at 15:12

On a busy night for sports in Chattanooga and going up against the Final Four, the Chattanooga Football Club and Detroit City FC proved to be a pretty good draw, and the CFC fans went home happy after seeing a 1-0 exhibition victory Saturday at Finley Stadium.

Markus Smarzoch's scorching goal from 35 yards out in the 52nd minute highlighted a strong offensive showing by CFC, which had most of the scoring chances in the match. The victory was the team's 100th of all time.

"It was a nice feeling," Smarzoch said of his score. "It was coming out of a long throw-in, and I just got it off my chest with one touch and I just smashed it. I had a good feeling (it was going in)."

Read the rest of the article at timesfreepress.com

April 6 Roster

Permalink - Posted on 2019-04-03 16:20, modified on 2019-04-04 20:46

Our coaching staff has been hard at work putting together a first class team for this weekend’s match against Detroit City FC. This is a another opportunity to hold a mini clinic for our first team, and give the guys a chance to play together before the NPSL regular season kicks off. It also gives a few prospective players a chance to show off their talent and see what a CFC game day is really all about. You’ll likely recognize a few friendly faces, while some you’ll meet for the first time.

Below is a list of who will be joining us on the pitch for game day! Please note that this list is not our final roster.

It’s not too late to join us! Tickets for Saturday’s match are $10 (children 6 and under are free) until Saturday, when the price increases to $12. Season passes start at $95 and are inclusive of EVERY match CFC plays, exhibitions and playoffs included. Get yours here.

Number | Player | Position | Previous Team

1 · Phil D’Amico · GK · Chattanooga FC

2 · Cam Woodfin · M · Chattanooga FC

3 · Montel McKenzie · D · Tennessee Wesleyan

4 · Juan Sanchez · D/M · Chattanooga FC

5 · Genki Miyachi · D · Nashville SC

6 · Ruben Morillas · D · Lenoir Rhyne University

7 · Gabriel Torres · D/M · University of DC

8 · Joao Costa · F · Chattanooga FC

9 · Jose “Zeca” Ferraz · F · Chattanooga FC

10 · Juan Hernandez · M · Chattanooga FC

11 · Felipe Oliviera · F · Chattanooga FC

12 · Caleb Cole · M · Chattanooga FC

14 · Jowayne Laidley · F · St. Louis Ambush

15 · Max Wilschrey · F · Old Dominion

17 · Harry Baggaley · F · Tennessee Wesleyan

20 · Marvens Dominique · F · Haiti

21 · Jordan Dunstan · D · Nashville SC

24 · Soren Yuhaschek · D · Chattanooga FC

25 · Markus Smarzoch · M · Palm Beach United

30 · Torge Wiedenroth · GK · Reinhardt University

88 · Daniel Valenciano · M · Chattanooga FC

CFC Welcomes AFC Mobile to Finley Stadium, April 27

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-28 14:00

Chattanooga, TN- (March 27th) Chattanooga’s non conference schedule continues to grow as the team announced today that AFC Mobile will visit Finley Stadium Saturday, April 27th. The match is the fifth non conference match for the boys in blue and the fourth before the NPSL regular season kicks off on May 13th. The club is fresh off a season opener against Guatemalan great Comunicaciones FC that drew over 7000 fans to Finley.

“AFC Mobile is another example of a soccer team doing things the right way,” said Sheldon Grizzle, President, Chattanooga Football Club. “We’ve been really impressed with what they’ve been doing as they enter their third season, and can’t wait to bring them here.”

AFC Mobile has built a loyal fan base since its inception, setting attendance records every year. Visiting Finley Stadium to play Chattanooga FC is another step in their growth strategy.

“This is the fixture we’ve been imagining since day one of founding this club,” said Sean Landry, AFC Mobile Founder and Board Member. “Chattanooga FC is the standard by which all ambitious grassroots clubs measure themselves, and the board of CFC has been an invaluable resource to us, just as the Chattahooligans were when we were a wandering supporter’s group. In conversations between our two boards, we’ve often remarked on how similar our cities are – in size, in demographic, in passion, in culture, and in creativity. I’m glad to finally bring our two great clubs and communities together.”

The coaching matchup will be a familiar one for a number of reasons: AFC Mobile head coach

Steve Wieczorek is also head coach at Spring Hill College, where he frequently competes against Chattanooga FC head coach and GM Bill Elliott at UWF. The head to head matchup between the two college teams finished 5-4 and 3-2 to Spring Hill this season.

"I am excited for us to have an opportunity to get a match against a top team from a higher division in preseason” said Steve Wieczorek, AFC Mobile Manager. “The friendly will certainly help us build our fitness levels and develop our style of play further under match conditions."

Tickets are $10 and are on sale now. As with every home game, this match is included with both season pass packages.

Fast Facts

Chattanooga FC impresses but falls 2-0 to Guatemala club

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-24 12:26, modified at 12:28

A historic night in Finley Stadium brought 7,235 fans out Saturday to support an international exhibition between the Chattanooga Football Club and Guatemalan powerhouse Comunicaciones FC.

Soon after a 2-0 loss to Guatemala's most decorated soccer team with 30 national championships, a look to the crowd who celebrated both sides stuck with many.

"When you look at the bigger picture, it was fantastic to see our local Guatemalan community come together with the fans we typically get on a Saturday night," Chattanooga FC veteran coach Bill Elliott said. "The fans were tremendous tonight. It is a blessing to be a part of something like this."

In CFC's first-ever showing against an international first division club, a team that had been together for only three days showed promising signs.

Read more at Chattanooga TFP >

Chattanooga Football Club set to host first international match of the season

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-23 13:41, modified at 13:45

Fans from many backgrounds will gather at Finley Stadium on Saturday evening as soccer season returns there with an international exhibition between the Chattanooga Football Club and Guatemalan powerhouse Comunicaciones FC. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

"This is more than just a soccer game. It is a chance to celebrate unity, strength and cultural diversity in our city," said Gladys Pineda, Chattanooga FC's director of international community outreach. "It's a good way to celebrate what the Latino and Guatemalan community brings to the table."

A historic high school near the stadium has highly anticipated the match between two very successful clubs that have impacted families.

Read more at Chattanooga TFP

CFC 2019 Parking Pass

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-20 12:37, modified at 20:58

Many supporters who took our annual end of year survey remarked that parking was an area in which we could improve. We listened and are striving to provide you a better experience in 2019. In working with our partners at Finley Stadium, we are happy to provide some options to improve the parking experience:

1) 2019 Parking Pass: We have a premium parking pass available for purchase ($149) that will cover you for EVERY match of the 2019 season (playoffs and exhibitions included). This pass is good for the south lot only (the parking lot with the solar panels).

Please note: due to time constraints, we will not be mailing parking passes.

If you want to order your parking pass online before the March 23 match, please make plans to pick up your parking pass at Winder Binder located at 40 Frazier Avenue (423-413-8999). Any passes that are not picked up on March 23rd will be mailed out on Monday, March 25th. Or, you can purchase a pass onsite when parking for the match on the 23rd, but to keep delays to a minimum we strongly encourage you to order online and pick up beforehand.

Benefits include:

  • Premium parking in South lot (also known as St Elmo lot or the "Solar Panel" lot) for every Chattanooga FC home match of 2019
  • Priority exit from parking lot at the conclusion of each match.
  • Limited quantity available (200).

Please note: Parking pass valid two hours prior to kick until one hour post-game and pass must be clearly displayed in vehicle while parked. BUY HERE.

2) Additional lots at Finley Stadium will be open and available for parking at an hourly rate. We highly recommend downloading the ParkMobile app ahead of time to help make your parking experience go smoothly.

3) Lyft has offered discount codes to help get you to and from Finley Stadium. We will be posting these codes through our social channels on the days before each match.

March 23 Roster

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-18 18:35, modified on 2019-04-04 20:46

Our coaching staff has been hard at work putting together a first class team for this weekend’s match against Comunicaciones FC. This is a wonderful opportunity to hold a mini clinic for our first team, and give the guys a chance to play together before the NPSL regular season kicks off. It also gives a few prospective players a chance to show off their talent and see what a CFC game day is really all about. You’ll likely recognize a few friendly faces, while some you’ll meet for the first time.

Below is a list of who will be joining us on the pitch for game day! Please note that this list is not our final roster.

It’s not too late to join us! Tickets for Saturday’s match are $20 (children 6 and under are free) until Saturday, when the price increases to $25. Season passes start at $95 and are inclusive of EVERY match CFC plays, exhibitions and playoffs included. Get yours here.

Player | Previous Team | Number

Phil D'Amico · Chattanooga FC · 1
Cam Woodfin · Chattanooga FC · 2
Montel McKenzie · Tennessee Wesleyan · 3
Juan Sanchez · Chattanooga FC · 4
Genki Miyachi · Nashville SC · 5
Ruben Morillas · Lenoir Rhyne University · 6
Gabriel Torres · University of DC · 7
Joao Costa · Chattanooga FC · 8
Jose "Zeca" Ferraz · Chattanooga FC · 9
Juan Hernandez · Chattanooga FC · 10
Felipe Oliviera · Chattanooga FC · 11
Caleb Cole · Chattanooga FC · 12
Julio Noel · Trinidad and Tobago · 13
Joaquin Cabello · William Carey · 14
Max Wilschrey · Old Dominion · 15
Michael Conjero · William Carey · 16
Harry Baggaley · Tennessee Wesleyan · 17
David Born · U of West Florida · 18
Marvens Dominique · Haiti · 20
Jordan Dunstan · Nashville SC · 21
Ignacio Goya · Lenoir Rhyne University · 22
Victor Tsado · Trevecca Nazarene · 23
Soren Yuhaschek · Chattanooga FC · 24
Markus Smarzoch · Palm Beach United · 25
Charlie Clark · Chattanooga FC · 26
Lars Willemese · UAB · 27
Serge Gomis · ETSU · 28
Torge Wiedenroth · Reinhardt University · 30
Daniel Valenciano · Chattanooga FC · 88

Real Betis to face CFC Memorial Day Weekend

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-14 16:00, modified on 2019-05-10 18:16

La Liga Giant Real Betis to Play Chattanooga Football Club

La Liga giants Real Betis of Seville, Spain will visit Chattanooga FC Saturday, May 25th (Memorial Day weekend) as part of the International Exhibition Series Powered by EPB. This will be the first time Betis has played in the US.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our players to match up against some of the world’s best players,” said Sheldon Grizzle, President, Chattanooga FC. “Betis is one of Europe’s most storied clubs and soccer fans throughout the Southeast will now have a unique chance to see them up close in Chattanooga. Bringing the world’s game to Chattanooga has long been in our DNA and we are honored to offer this to our fans, players, and coaching staff.”

Real Betis was established in 1907, and over the last century they have won 12 Spanish championships and played in numerous Europa and Champions League matches. Betis is known for bringing talented internationals to their team including current Mexican National Team captain Andrés Guardado.

“Chattanooga FC is a young club with a lot of potential and great interest on expanding on the US soccer market” said Ramon Alarcon, Real Betis General Manager. “It will be a fantastic opportunity for Real Betis Balompie to play in the central Southeast market with a large Spanish speaking community. We are excited to enjoy the atmosphere at the Finley Stadium on the 25th of May.”

Bill Elliott, Head Coach and General Manager, of Chattanooga FC remarked, “We are blessed to compete against a major club from La Liga like Real Betis. Chattanooga FC coaches, players and supporters look forward to another opportunity to showcase our team and our city.”

Tickets for the Memorial Day weekend match are now on sale on the Chattanooga FC website and are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the game. This match is INCLUDED for season pass holders.

The organizers are expecting a big crowd for the match so fans are encouraged to get tickets get your tickets and season passes early!

Fast Facts

  • Real Betis Balompié, SAD vs Chattanooga Football Club
  • May 25th, 2019 at 6:00PM
  • Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
  • Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate
  • Match is included for 2019 Season Pass holders

Fast Facts about Real Betis Balompié, SAD

  • Real Betis is 111 years old, founded in September 1907. The team is based in Seville, the main city in Southern Spain and capital of the region of Andalusia. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
  • Real Betis are currently eighth in La Liga. The team reached the Last 32 round in Europa League this year and the Copa del Rey semifinals.
  • As one of the most loved teams in Spain, Betis is the fourth biggest Spanish team behind Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid in numbers of fans.
  • Real Betis has a very loyal fan base and they are tenth highest European team in views on YouTube - behind Manchester United and Arsenal but above Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.
  • As a multisport club, Real Betis also plays at a professional level in basketball and futsal.
  • They have many high-profile players including a number with the Mexican national team, such as the captain Andrés Guardado, the Betis captain, Joaquin - who is a legend at the club, and Argentina’s Giovani Lo Celso. Top Spanish players Marc Bartra, Jesé and Sergio Canales are also very popular players at the club.

About Chattanooga Football Club

Worldwide, soccer builds community, shapes culture, develops talent and unites diverse peoples. Chattanooga Football Club for ten years has helped the same to happen in Chattanooga, creating true opportunity for all players and a great experience for all fans. Chattanooga Football Club is a member team of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), which is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). In August, the club will enter the inaugural Founders Cup ahead of a full season in 2020.

CFC adds talented defender Nathaniel Bedai to roster

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The Chattanooga Football Club is putting together the pieces of the puzzle for what it hopes to be a memorable 11th year of existence.

Determined to build a wall in front of the net, the soccer team has added recent collegiate star Nathaniel Bedai to the back line.

With a mixture of strong closing speed, aggressive slide-tackling and agile footwork, Bedai was the 2018 Southern States Athletic Conference defensive player of the year and earned NAIA All-American honorable mention. The Ghana native closed out his collegiate career helping the University of Mobile post seven shutouts and allow just 0.65 goals per game last season.

"Nathaniel is a very humble and hard-working guy," CFC coach Bill Elliott said. "He is a no-nonsense defender who we think our fans will fall in love with. He likes to challenge people and tackle. He is simple with the ball and a very smart player."

Bedai is the first newcomer among CFC's nine players announced for the 2019 season.

Read more at the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Open letter to CFC Academy

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-27 18:56, modified at 21:01

Greetings Chattanooga FC Academy Families and Coaches:

There is a lot of attention surrounding soccer in the Chattanooga region these days. With this increased focus, we’ve been asked a lot of questions about our future plans for youth soccer and hope this helps you understand our perspective on things.


Chattanooga FC (CFC) was born in 2009 out of a love for our city and a love of soccer. And when we spearheaded the founding of CFCA in 2012, we did it for one reason: to unify the youth soccer community to better serve our children. Among our board members, we have coached at the college, travel, and recreation levels, so we have experienced the good, bad, and ugly of youth soccer.


In recent years, CFCA has experienced success in areas that we believe are essential to building the foundation of CFCA culture. The launch of our IDP program for pre-select players has added energy to the culture and development on which CFCA can grow on. Also, steps have been taken to further educate our coaches and work towards building curriculums under a consistent focus and philosophy. Creating this groundwork is the start to developing a culture that can also produce consistent results. Over the last two years alone, CFCA has experienced some landmark moments like winning three D1 state championships and have seen nearly 50 players sign to play college soccer.


Despite CFCA’s recent success, we recognize that we can be much better. For a full-service club like CFCA, there needs to be more consistency in coaching culture and philosophies, higher quality and quantity of communication from all levels of leadership, improving turf field availability, and allowing teams to have more input and support with game scheduling and team fees.

For CFCA to step to the next level, we need better alignment and involvement between CFC and CFCA. This is something we are committed to making happen! We’ve already begun to invest resources with CFCA in ways we never have before.

Over the last few months, members of CFC’s board have been working to understand the youth soccer landscape to find opportunities for leadership. Here are several key areas we see needs:

  • Take an active role in the management and accountability of CFCA leadership to better connect the CFC family of organizations and improve the soccer landscape in Chattanooga. We’ve been at arm’s length too long and CFCA will be stronger under a more unified structure.
  • Start with leadership and culture with a unified CFCA leadership team that is focused on developing players at all levels of the club with a healthy culture, philosophy, and atmosphere for players, parents, coaches, and referees.
  • Invest resources into the development of our coaches so they are better equipped to invest in our players and parents. We just demonstrated this two weeks ago by hosting Tom Byer (read his book!) for 48 hours to talk about player development. We are also working on ways to engage VfL Wolfsburg from the Bundesliga in Germany with CFCA.
  • More turf facilities are needed, plain and simple. We are actively working to develop additional turf space for community and CFCA use. Two of our founders were also founders of Highland Park Commons so we understand how to do this.
  • Reduce costs for families by putting fresh eyes on the budget to find ways to make CFCA more accessible to more families.
  • Increase transparency and give parents clear understanding in how team fees are calculated and allocated.
  • Improve transportation through a 28-seat team bus shared with the CFC Foundation.
  • Support the whole soccer ecosystem by helping foster a love for the sport in local rec leagues and CFC Foundation programs. Throughout the whole system, we need to cultivate an atmosphere for players that helps them compete at state, regional, and even national levels.
  • Free access to CFC’s home games for all CFCA players. We are excited to now extend this to all CFCA coaches as well!

Neither CFC nor CFCA will ever be perfect, but we will always strive for excellence. We won’t be afraid to innovate. We will ask for your feedback and listen to you. CFCA’s name and colors are known throughout the region. That legacy will grow in 2019-20 as we renew our focus on a healthy culture for players, coaches, and families at all levels of the club.

In the upcoming weeks and months, you’ll see some of these items begin to take shape. We will keep you informed as best as possible!

Thank you for being part of CFCA in the past and for joining us now. We look forward to a shared future with you. Spread the word…

Something beautiful is happening with CFC Academy!

With great expectation,

Sheldon Grizzle
On behalf of the board of Chattanooga Football Club