Charlotte FC Academy Philosophy

Charlotte FC Academy Philosophy

We strive to create an elite environment that puts the adolescent at the center of the process. A culture that embraces learning, values hard work, and helps facilitate the resilience and courage necessary to succeed at the highest levels of the game. For us, "success" is assisting each of our young players along their very unique journey towards high achievement.


The Charlotte FC Academy fields teams at U14, U15, U17.

The full-time teams train four nights a week, additional morning sessions and represent Charlotte FC Academy on weekend games in the MLS Next League.

Additionally, the U15 and U17 teams will also compete in the Prestigious MLS Generation Adidas Cup. This lauded competition is exclusive to MLS academies in the US and includes professional international opponents.

The club is committed to operating a fully comprehensive Academy to MLS professional pathway.

Players selected to our Charlotte FC Academy Program will receive the following:

  • Full time, fully funded soccer development with a professional MLS club.
  • Highest level of competition in the country through programming in the MLS Next League, GA Cup Participation and International Competition.
  • Daily access to dedicated professionals specialized in holistic player
  • An integrated player support system that includes guidance and support in lifestyle, education and wellbeing.
  • A development pathway from Academy to the Charlotte FC First Team

CLTFC Discovery Program

U12 (2012) and U13 (2011) age groups are eligible to participate in the Charlotte Discovery Program, which begins in September 2021. Selected players will train two days a week and return to their parent club teams for the remainder of the training weeks and games. Click here for info on the Discovery Program:

These flexible training groups will form teams that will represent Charlotte FC in friendlies and events throughout the year.

As part of this program, the club also intends to establish regional training centers and Talent ID events throughout its Homegrown territory of North Carolina and South Carolina.