Nashville SC

Nashville SC Academy schedule for 2021-22 season announced

Nashville SC’s senior team trains at Currey Ingram Academy.
Tim Sullivan/Club and Country

At long last, Nashville SC’s academy will take to the field for a full season in 2021-22. With the announcement of MLS Next schedules today, we know NSC’s slate at the U13, U14, U15, and U17 levels. Behold:

09/18/21Nashville SCInter Miami CFU15
09/18/21Nashville SCInter Miami CFU17
09/25/21Nashville SCWake FCU13
09/25/21Nashville SCWake FCU14
09/25/21Nashville SCWake FCU15
09/25/21Nashville SCWake FCU17
10/02/21Nashville SCQueen City MutinyU13
10/02/21Nashville SCQueen City MutinyU14
10/03/21New York City FCNashville SCU15
10/03/21New York City FCNashville SCU17
10/09/21Hoover-Vestavia SoccerNashville SCU13
10/09/21Hoover-Vestavia SoccerNashville SCU14
10/09/21Hoover-Vestavia SoccerNashville SCU15
10/09/21Hoover-Vestavia SoccerNashville SCU17
10/16/21DC UnitedNashville SCU15
10/16/21DC UnitedNashville SCU17
10/23/21Nashville SCLanier Soccer AcademyU13
10/23/21Nashville SCLanier Soccer AcademyU14
10/23/21Philadelphia UnionNashville SCU15
10/23/21Philadelphia UnionNashville SCU17
10/31/21Orlando City SCNashville SCU17
10/31/21Orlando City SCNashville SCU15
11/06/21Southern Soccer AcademyNashville SCU13
11/06/21Southern Soccer AcademyNashville SCU14
11/06/21Southern Soccer AcademyNashville SCU15
11/06/21Southern Soccer AcademyNashville SCU17
11/07/21KSANashville SCU13
11/07/21KSANashville SCU14
11/07/21KSANashville SCU15
11/07/21KSANashville SCU17
11/13/21Nashville SCCF MontréalU15
11/13/21Nashville SCCF MontréalU17
11/20/21Nashville SCCharlotte FCU14
11/20/21Nashville SCCharlotte FCU15
11/20/21Nashville SCCharlotte FCU17
12/11/21Atlanta United FCNashville SCU13
12/11/21Atlanta United FCNashville SCU14
12/11/21Atlanta United FCNashville SCU15
12/11/21Atlanta United FCNashville SCU17
02/05/22Inter Miami CFNashville SCU17
02/05/22Inter Miami CFNashville SCU15
02/19/22Nashville SCAtlanta United FCU15
02/19/22Nashville SCAtlanta United FCU17
02/26/22Wake FCNashville SCU13
02/26/22Wake FCNashville SCU14
02/26/22Nashville SCCharlotte FCU15
02/26/22Nashville SCCharlotte FCU17
02/27/22Queen City MutinyNashville SCU13
02/27/22Queen City MutinyNashville SCU14
03/05/22Nashville SCTormenta FC AcademyU13
03/05/22Nashville SCTormenta FC AcademyU14
03/05/22Nashville SCTormenta FC AcademyU15
03/05/22Nashville SCTormenta FC AcademyU17
03/12/22Inter Atlanta FCNashville SCU13
03/12/22Inter Atlanta FCNashville SCU14
03/13/22Lanier Soccer AcademyNashville SCU13
03/13/22Lanier Soccer AcademyNashville SCU14
03/19/22Nashville SCHoover-Vestavia SoccerU13
03/19/22Nashville SCHoover-Vestavia SoccerU14
03/19/22Nashville SCNew York Red BullsU15
03/19/22Nashville SCNew York Red BullsU17
03/26/22Nashville SCInter Atlanta FCU13
03/26/22Nashville SCInter Atlanta FCU14
03/26/22Toronto FC AcademyNashville SCU15
03/26/22Toronto FC AcademyNashville SCU17
04/02/22Nashville SCSouthern Soccer AcademyU13
04/02/22Nashville SCSouthern Soccer AcademyU14
04/02/22Nashville SCOrlando City SCU15
04/02/22Nashville SCOrlando City SCU17
04/09/22Nashville SCAFC LightningU13
04/09/22Nashville SCAFC LightningU14
04/16/22Nashville SCKSAU13
04/16/22Nashville SCKSAU14
04/23/22Nashville SCAtlanta United FCU13
04/23/22Nashville SCAtlanta United FCU14
04/30/22New England RevolutionNashville SCU15
04/30/22New England RevolutionNashville SCU17
05/07/22Tormenta FC AcademyNashville SCU13
05/07/22Tormenta FC AcademyNashville SCU14
05/08/22AFC LightningNashville SCU13
05/08/22AFC LightningNashville SCU14
05/21/22Charlotte FCNashville SCU14
05/21/22Charlotte FCNashville SCU15
05/21/22Charlotte FCNashville SCU17
05/22/22Atlanta United FCNashville SCU15
05/22/22Atlanta United FCNashville SCU17

Here’s the MLS release on the announcement:

NEW YORK CITY (August 20, 2021) – The MLS NEXT regular season kicks off on Aug. 21 and features nearly 600 teams competing in over 9,000 matches over a ten-month calendar. Top players from the country’s leading 134 clubs, including all 29 MLS Academies, will field teams in up to six age groups: U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U19.

The 2021-22 season will allow the top prospects in the U.S. and Canada to compete in a ten-month regular season and a chance to become MLS NEXT Champions by winning the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs in July 2022. New to the second edition of the competition, the 2021-22 MLS NEXT campaign will feature two national events, a winter event and a qualifying event for the annual MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs.  

Throughout the season, the competition format aims to balance a diversity of opponents and an efficient travel schedule, minimizing flights and hotel stays for the majority of participants, especially at the U13 and U14 age groups. Additionally, the competition will continue to operate under the MLS NEXT Return to Play protocols, ensuring teams are competing in a manner consistent with local, state, and federal health recommendations. 

“We are excited to launch our second year of competition, providing the most meaningful competition for the top players in the U.S. and Canada,” said MLS’s Technical Director of Youth Development, Fred Lipka. “When we launched MLS NEXT, we intended to provide the most competitive matches for the best players in North America and our second season brings us closer to this goal.” 

The top 32 teams from the regular season will compete to be crowned MLS NEXT champion in the four oldest age groups (U15, U16, U17, U19) next July at the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs.  The two youngest ages (U13 & U14) will join the older teams not participating in the Playoffs at the MLS NEXT Cup Showcase held at the same venue. 

Sixteen of the 32 teams will qualify for MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs based on their standings in their League table. League matches will be played on a regional basis from August to June, featuring eight regional divisions, plus new MLS divisions at the U15 and U17 ages.   

The other sixteen teams will qualify for MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs based on their performance at the qualifying event held in May. The qualifying event will feature the top 64 teams in each age group competing in 16 groups of 4 teams with the winner of each group advancing to MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs. Participants in the qualifying event will qualify and be seeded based on their performance in local matches from August to March.

The industry leading partnership between adidas and Major League Soccer continues to drive the evolution of player development. adidas provides the official match ball for all MLS NEXT matches and works with MLS to advance the game in North America by creating an atmosphere that supports the next generation of rising stars on the professional pathway.

Major League Soccer release

Qualifying for the playoffs will be a priority for the U15 and U17 levels, though the fact that NSC is a newcomer to the youth scene (A U12 team competed in November 2019, and the club did not compete externally during the coronavirus-affected 2020-21 season) may make that a difficult ask.

Nonetheless, today brings us one step closer to eventually seeing that first true Homegrown player developed inside the Nashville Academy who goes on to sign with the senior team.

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