WELCOME TO THE MEMPHIS CITY HOST FAMILY PROGRAM!
The following serves as a general introduction. If you have questions please contact us immediately either by EMAIL or phone 901-679-0583
A host family is a vital part of the Memphis City experience by immersing a player (or coach) in a new culture. It plays a vital role by offering the player a representation of the Memphis area. In turn, the player provides an opportunity for a family to gain a deeper understanding of not only a new person, but the soccer culture.
This can be a tremendous experience in which you can share in a young person’s hopes and dreams and develop a lifelong connection.
Memphis City is in the 4th tier semi-professional division of the US Soccer Pyramid meaning they are unpaid. These young men are largely focused and driven who want to return to school as stronger players.
Host Family Profile
This varies widely but can consist of many dynamics:
• Memphis City fans
• Club families
• Families with older kids
• Families with no children
• Typically college or high-school age
• Aspirations of turning professional
At a minimum, provide the following:
• Safe & welcoming environment
• Considered a family member
• Set privileges and obligations
• Encourage community life
Further details below
Typically about 2 – 2.5 months – depending on when the player finishes the school year, post-season success, and when the player has to be back at school for the Fall.
No. However, you may be entitled to tax deductions. Please check with your Tax Advisor to see if you are eligible.
In exchange for serving as a host family, your immediately family may be entitled to certain benefits through Memphis City including things such as season tickets, apparel, special recognition, etc… On a family level, you have the benefit of interacting and sharing a multitude of experiences with a player at the highest level of their game and connecting with someone that can have a major positive effect on you and your family.
You are their home away from home and must care for them as if they were your own. Most players are mature and can drive – or – they figure out ways to get rides to training and games. They may be able to help around the house and serve as a role model for a variety of people.
Additionally all players must have the following:
• Own bed (MC has some available)
• Contact w/ their support network
• Contact w/ your support network
• Any other basic needs met
The family is responsible for clearly voicing any concerns and questions regarding the player to the Memphis City leadership. This may include but is not limited to serious homesickness, difficulty adapting to family life, or illness. You must maintain close contact with Memphis City and address problems and concerns quickly.
Players are expected to learn and follow host family rules as well as local, state, and federal laws. They are also expected to abide by club guidelines.
Host families are encouraged to work with players in areas such as:
• House keys
• Emergency procedures
• Religious practices
• Guest visitation
• Phone and computer use
The same as any other young person would deal with.
• Language difficulty
• Culture-specific social cues
As always, most if not all of these problems can be solved though fluid communication with the player and club.