Nashville FC

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Nashville FC
Nashville FC.png
Full nameNashville Football Club
GroundVanderbilt Stadium
Nashville, Tennessee
PresidentChris Jones
CoachKyle Roelke
LeagueNPSL – South Region
Southeast Conference
20165th, Southeast Conference
Playoffs: Did not qualify

Nashville Football Club was a soccer organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 2013, the team played in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southeast Conference. The club disbanded after the 2016 season.


The team was founded by a supporters group that intended to form a team as a fan owned group. Club president Chris Jones cited existing fan-owned clubs as inspiration for NFC's foundation, in particular English club F.C. United of Manchester.[1] In February 2014, the two groups merged to form a single club for the 2014 NPSL season. The club had two teams participating in the Middle Tennessee Soccer Alliance, Nashville's largest competitive adult league, and had partnered with the TN State Soccer Association (TSSA), an organization with over 20,000 registered players in the middle Tennessee area alone.[2]

On May 24, 2014, Nashville FC held its first ever home match at Vanderbilt Stadium, defeating the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves 3–1 in front of a crowd of nearly 2,000 fans.[3]

After a maiden season in which fourth place in the Southeastern Conference garnered the club a playoff spot, Nashville was eliminated at the Conference Semi-final stage by Chattanooga FC, who finished top of the Conference and went on to lose in the Championship match. The club had ambitions of climbing the American Soccer Pyramid, with the reported target an entry into the third-tier United Soccer League (USL) by 2017,[4] and then ascension into the Division II North American Soccer League by 2020.[1] However, in 2016, the United Soccer League awarded a franchise to a separate ownership group in Nashville. Nashville FC subsequently sold its team name, logo, and color scheme to the new USL franchise, which became known as Nashville SC, in exchange for a 1 percent equity stake in the USL team and a voting seat on its board.[5]

The NPSL Nashville FC disbanded after the 2016 season. The city was awarded a new franchise in the league, called Inter Nashville FC.[6]


Nashville FC played at Vanderbilt Stadium beginning in 2015 after quickly outgrowing the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex in their inaugural season.[7]

When the Triple-A Nashville Sounds baseball team announced plans to move to the new First Tennessee Park, Nashville FC stated their aim to reconfigure the Herschel Greer Stadium complex for soccer use, following the previous example of the Portland Timbers' renovation of Providence Park, but in Nashville's case this did not occur.[8]

Club identity[edit]

Supporters of Nashville


Nashville's main rivals were fellow Tennessee club Chattanooga FC, based 135 miles away.[9]

In addition, the four Tennessee clubs in the NPSL (Chattanooga FC, Knoxville Force, Memphis City FC, and Nashville FC) competed for a rivalry trophy called the "Volunteer Shield". The Volunteer Shield was presented at the end of the season to the supporters of the club that took the most points in games against one another, with a medallion added to the trophy commemorating the year.[10]

Colors and crest[edit]

The club's colors were chosen from the Flag of Nashville, Tennessee.[8]

The club's crest was a roundel. The overall shape and formation of the circular "N" along with the small center circle was to represent a spinning record, paying respect to the club's "Music City" heritage. The fleur-di-lis came from the city seal and represents the original French settlers of Nashville. The divide represented the numerous Civil War battles that took place in the area.[11]



Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2014 4 NPSL 4th, Southeast Conference Semi-finalists Did not enter
2015 4 NPSL 4th, Southeast Conference Semi-finalists Did not enter
2016 4 NPSL 5th, Southeast N/A Did not enter


  1. ^ a b Barker, Matthew (February 25, 2015). "Fan-owned Nashville FC under threat from US franchise: Club ownership model a rarity among US sports teams". When Saturday Comes. Archived from the original on February 25, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "NASHVILLE ATLAS FC JOINS THE NPSL". National Premier Soccer League. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Boyer, E.J. (May 27, 2014). "Nashville FC soccer club draws crowd in first home opener, eyes Greer Stadium". Nashville Business Journal. Archived from the original on March 5, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Itel, Dan (July 29, 2015). "Supporter-owned FC Nashville looking to make jump up soccer pyramid". Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "USL Formally Welcomes Nashville to League". United Soccer League. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  6. ^ "NPSL Announces Southeast Conference Changes". The Chattanoogan. December 5, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Nashville FC to Play Home Games at Vanderbilt Football Stadium". April 9, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Freedman, Jonah (February 14, 2014). "How a group of fans created Nashville FC, a supporter-owned club in Music City". Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  9. ^ Edwards, Andy (September 24, 2013). "Nashville FC: 100 percent supporter-owned, now accepting founding memberships". Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on September 25, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  10. ^ Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Nashvillefc – Home Design Inspiration". Retrieved February 1, 2018.

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