What is the Charlotte FC Academy?

The Charlotte FC Academy will develop some of the most talented soccer players in the nation, with the aim of earning a professional contract with Charlotte FC.

The mission is to develop Homegrown Players comparable to the world’s best. As the program develops, the academy will aim to provide an average of two players per year to MLS.

The club will emphasize the holistic development of each individual, producing well-rounded individuals who become valuable members of the community.

What age groups will the Charlotte FC Academy feature?

We will operate full time U17, U15 and U14 teams, as well as a Discovery program for U13 and U12. The club is committed to operating a fully comprehensive Academy to MLS professional pathway.

Is there a cost to participate?

The Charlotte FC Academy is a fully-funded program for all selected full-time participants.

The Discovery Program twice weekly training is also free of cost for selected players.

What is the selection process?

The club has established a scouting identification process in order to observe talented players.

Players may also register their interest in Charlotte FC Academy via the Player Interest form. Click here to register your interest:

Where will Charlotte FC Academy players come from?

Charlotte FC’s Homegrown territory is defined as the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Players will come from this territory and also available non-Homegrown Territories, per MLS Player Development guidelines.

Will there be a Homestay or Residency Program?

Yes, Charlotte FC provide opportunities to high-potential prospects from both the Homegrown and non-Homegrown Territories. Click here for more info on the Homestay Program:

What leagues will the Charlotte FC Academy play in?

The Charlotte FC Academy teams will participate in the MLS Next Platform as well as the prestigious MLS and International Generation Adidas Cup. Click here for more information.

Where will the Charlotte FC Academy train and play?

The Academy teams train at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill S.C. and will play their MLS Next Games at FC Carolinas Soccerplex in Waxhaw.

What will the time commitments be for Charlotte FC Academy players?

Academy prospects will participate in evening practices four nights a week, plus games (home and away) on weekends. There will also be additional morning trainings for players with flexible schooling.

The academy season will run year-round, with targeted breaks that align with the school calendar.