CLTFC Academy Full-Time Teams

The Charlotte FC Academy will field teams at U14, U15, U17.

The full-time teams will 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.

“We’re excited to expand our programming for the 2021-2022 season to three full time Academy teams,” says Lock. “It will help us achieve our long-term goal of providing two Homegrown players for our first team roster each year from 2023 onwards.”

“MLS Next and Generation Adidas Cup will provide our teams and players with the highest level of play and competition in the USA.” Lock added.

We will be fielding a Reserve team, starting in January 2023. 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 (2010) and U13 (2009) 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 week 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.

“The Discovery Program enables us to work together with local clubs,” says Charlotte FC Academy Manager Dan Lock. “We will train and identify the best U12 and U13 prospects on a regular basis, while they remain playing in their home environments.”