Nashville FC

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Nashville FC
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Full name Nashville Football Club
Founded 2013
Stadium Vanderbilt Stadium
Nashville, Tennessee
Ground Capacity 40,550
President United States Chris Jones
Coach United States Bryan Johnson
League NPSL - South Region
Southeast Conference
2014 4th, Southeast Division
Playoffs: Eliminated
Current season

Nashville Football Club is a soccer organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 2013, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southeast Division.


The team was founded by two separate groups, Nashville Atlas FC, an ownership group, and 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 has two teams currently participating in the Middle Tennessee Soccer Alliance, Nashville’s largest competitive adult league, and has already 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 Semifinal stage by Chattanooga FC, who finished top of the Conference and went on to lose in the Championship match. The club has ambitions of climbing the American Soccer Pyramid, with the reported target an entry into the Division II North American Soccer League by 2020.[1]

Club identity[edit]


Nashville's primary supporter groups are the NFC Roadies and the Yellow Hammer.


Nashville's main rivals are fellow Tennessee club Chattanooga FC, based 135 miles away.[4]

In addition, the three Tennessee clubs in the NPSL, Nashville FC, Knoxville Force, and Chattanooga FC compete for a rivalry trophy called the "Volunteer Shield". The Volunteer Shield is 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.[5]

Colors and crest[edit]

Former logo

The club's colors where chosen from the Nashville city flag with the yellow and white stripe being used on the home jersey as well. The club's crest is a traditional circular design with local items in mind…for example, the three stars represent our great state; the divide represent the line of battles that took place here during the civil war; the fleur de lis is taken directly from the city seal & the overall crest sort of has the look of a record…representing "Music City."



Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2014 4 NPSL 4th, Southeast Conference Semifinalists Did Not Enter
2015 4 NPSL 4th, Southeast Conference Semifinalists 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. ^ 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. 
  5. ^!The-Volunteer-Shield-3-Teams-2-Interstate-Systems-1-Trophy/c12hj/1

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