The Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) has consistently seen the number of registrations increase in recent years for the Tennessee State League, and that trend is continuing into its Spring 2024 competition. Following record-breaking seasons in both the spring and fall of 2023, an all-time high mark of 375 teams from 54 different clubs will be participating in spring league play over the coming months.
“We are excited about another Spring TSL Season,” said Hans Hobson, CEO of the Tennessee State Soccer Association. “The numbers of our league continue to grow as the sport grows in Tennessee. We will continue to make important changes to the league following our club meeting at this year’s AGM held last week.”
The spring season of Tennessee State League is played amongst girls teams in the 12U-19U divisions, along with boys teams in the 12U-14U age groups. Following the completion of the State League season, TSSA Spring State Cup will kickoff during the weekend of May 18-19 with quarterfinal and semifinal action in the Division 1 and Division 2 brackets for 13U-19U girls, as well as 13U-14U boys at the Division 1 and Division 2 level. Championship matches for the Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 competitions will all then take place the following weekend at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro.
“Our Spring TSL is again at an all-time high in teams and club participation,” said Jeannie Louk, TSSA Director of Leagues and Programs. “We are excited to see which teams/clubs push through to State Cup. We love to see how the beautiful game keeps growing in Tennessee, and what a great way to close out the 2023-24 seasonal year!”
Champions at the Division 1 level (13U and older) will advance to regional play in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, which is the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The USYS Southern Regionals are set for June 21-27 in Tampa and Auburndale, Florida. Champions at the Division 2 level (13U and older) will continue onto regional play in the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup, which provides a progressive and competitive environment to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie and community. The USYS Southern Presidents Cup is scheduled for June 14-18 in Plano, Texas.
Division 3 is considered the final level of TSSA State Cup competition, with many of the participants being newly formed teams or coming from a more recreation-based environment. Open to all member clubs and their teams, the TSSA has hosted the Tennessee State Cup since 1976. Games are played at competitive levels within three divisions (Division 1, Division 2 and Divisions 3).