Chattanooga Football Club will compete in the Independent Cup as part of a busy slate of summer games before the start of the regular NISA Fall Season.
For the Independent Cup, CFC is in the southeast region with Atletico Atlanta, Savannah Clovers, and Soda City FC from Columbia, SC.
The Independent Cup, introduced last year as a regionalized competition, provides independent professional and amateur clubs a platform to play together on a national stage. This year’s competition will feature 54 matches in 4 weeks in the nation’s largest interleague tournament of 2021. The tournament kickoff date is July 9. Each of the nine regional competitions will crown a champion.
NISA expanded the Independent Cup field to include a total of 28 amateur sides to assist clubs after the US Open Cup cancelled.
“The Independent Cup champions the independent spirit of open competition,” says NISA Executive Vice President Josh Prutch. “Over the last year, we have seen competition after competition get shut down. The Independent Cup gives these clubs more opportunities to compete, develop and succeed – and that is why we expanded the field for 2021.”
“The Independent Cup last year served as a beacon of hope for sports,” said CFC Managing Director Jeremey Alumbaugh.
“It was one of the first competitions to be back up and running last summer and showed our fans and supporters that CFC was back after the shutdown with the pandemic. In a similar sense it is a beacon of hope for soccer in our nation.”
Alumbaugh, entering his second year a managing director, says he is excited about the growth of the event and happy to see a community-driven club like CFC be part of growing the game in this small way.
“The Independent Cup is a competition that thrives on amateur and professional clubs competing on the field under the premise that communities know best how to support their clubs and clubs themselves,” said Alumbaugh.
About CFC’s Opponents:
July 10, 7:30 p.m.
Atletico Atlanta plays in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) as an amateur club. They were undefeated in 2020 and claimed the UPSL National Championship. They’re 2-time regional champions and 3-time state champions in Georgia.
July 17, 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Stadium, Savannah
Savannah Clovers Football Club was founded in 2016 as an amateur soccer club. Being the first of its kind in Savannah, the Clovers currently competes in the nationally recognized 5th division, United Premier Soccer League (UPSL).
Soda City FC
July 24, 7:30 p.m.
Soda City FC (SCFC) was founded by passionate local soccer players, and is a semi-professional soccer team that plays year-round in the southeast division of the United Premier Soccer League(UPSL), a professional development soccer league.
NISA Independent Cup full schedule can be found at https://nisasoccer.com/indcup.
The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. A member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer Independent Cup, open to independent professional and amateur clubs alike. For more information about NISA visit NISASoccer.com or contact at email@example.com. Follow NISA on Twitter @NISALeague and on Instagram @nisasoccer.