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Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Inter Nashville FC's Roy King, on the left, and Lyndsey Moreland, on the right, fight with CFC's Mason Walsh for possession of the ball during the CFC vs. Inter Nashville FC soccer game Friday, July 12, 2019 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

* History: The idea for the Chattanooga Football Club was born in 2008, when Thomas Clark, a former soccer player with the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Chattanooga transplant, tried out with an amateur soccer team in Birmingham, Alabama. Unhappy with having to travel two hours to play, Clark pitched the idea of starting a team in Chattanooga to Krue Brock, Daryl Heald and Sheldon Grizzle. After they put together a business plan, the group went into recruitment mode to pull in anyone willing to help. On Jan. 15, 2009, Brock and Heald submitted an application and deposit to start an amateur men's soccer team in the National Premier Soccer League. On Jan. 17, 2019, the board of Chattanooga FC announced that 8,000 shares of the club would be made available for supporters to buy to become true owners. In early May 2019, the club unveiled plans for the team to move into the professional ranks with the development of a nascent "NPSL Pro" league.

* Ownership: The club is owned by 3,294 investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries around the globe.

* Vision: Worldwide, soccer builds community, shapes culture, develops talent and unites diverse peoples. Chattanooga Football Club creates true opportunity for all players and great entertainment for all fans through its premier Men's and Women's teams, its youth training programs of the Chattanooga FC Camps, and the select teams of Chattanooga FC Academy, the CFL adult leagues, and through the Chattanooga FC Foundation and its charitable programs Chattanooga Sports Ministries and Operation Get Active.

* Online: chattanoogafc.com

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