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Academy Soccer

What is our Academy Program?

Academy soccer is a unique program where 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12-year-old boys and girls receive top-quality soccer training in a fun and flexible environment. This is the first experience in competitive soccer play and should provide the best opportunity for a successful transition from the developmental program to the 7 a side, 9 a side and 11 a side game of select soccer. The Academy program will implement age-appropriate training systems developed under the guidelines of GSSA and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

What is the focus?

4 basic technical skills must be developed in the U9 through U12 age groups. Crucial technical skills include dribbling, receiving, passing, and shooting. Players will also develop technical skills such as organizing offenses or defenses and recognizing when to make certain types of runs. The Academy program will place training priorities on the most critical technical topics:

  • Dribbling with creativity
  • Mastering moves and fakes
  • Receiving the ball away from pressure
  • Accurate passing
  • Shooting with power and accuracy
  • Volleying and heading

What are the Age Groups for the upcoming 2023 - 2024 seasonal year?

Under 08 Players Born in 2016
Under 09 Players Born in 2015
Under 10 Players Born in 2014
Under 11 Players Born in 2013
Under 12 Players Born in 2012

When are the 2023-24 Academy Evaluations?

2023-2024 Tryout Dates will be 6-7:30 pm on Monday May 22nd, Tuesday May 23rd, & Wednesday May 24th.

Where will evaluations be held?

Victor Lord Park Turf Field
206 2nd St 
Winder, GA 30680
*Make sure to bring a ball, shin guards, cleats, and water.

What are our fees?

Fee includes Georgia Soccer registration and insurance, referee fees, professional training/coaching, field use, equipment, and league administration. 

U9 - U10: $875/seasonal year (Fall & Spring)
U11 - U12: $890/seasonal year (Fall & Spring)
*rates are for the 2022/2023 season

Information regarding player assignments:

Players will be accepted into the Academy via a tryout system. Accepted players will be divided by age and gender and placed in pools/on teams. Academy pool/teams of players will practice together under the supervision of licensed coaches and professional trainers. Players movement from team to team may be necessary for those who progress at a quicker than normal rate or for those who may need a different level of competition. This flexibility is unique to the academy program.

How do we handle practices?

In the Academy program, we offer 1.5-hour practice sessions twice per week. There is an optional 3rd session for scrimmage games or special training topics. Goalkeeper sessions are offered at least once per week.

What will games look like? 

Academy players will participate for 2 full seasons. (All players/parents are required to sign a player/parent commitment contract to participate in the Academy program) 

The fall season will take place from August to November, and the spring season will take place from February to May. Academy teams will play at least 8 games per season against other academy teams.

U9 & U10 teams will play 7v7 games, and U11 & U12 teams will play 9v9 games. Games will consist of 2 halves at 30 minutes each. All players will play ½ of every game.

How do we handle player movement?

The Club and the Academy staff can move players on a game-by-game basis as they wish to enhance the individual player’s development. This can happen with promotion or relegation. This will encourage players always to give 100% effort when practicing and to play games. Players mature and learn at different stages of their soccer careers, so if players are selected for one particular team, this is not necessarily a guarantee that this decision is a permanent one. Some players thrive on competition immediately, and others take time to adjust so that each player will be evaluated individually. The success of the team stems from continuity, so it is essential to keep that in mind when picking our teams and developing our young soccer players.


All coaching should be left to the coaching staff, and parents should not offer advice to players during games or practice. Parents should refrain from giving any tactical feedback to players regarding performance unless they have consulted with the coach, as they may give contradictory information or over repeat what the coach has already said, either of which can lead to confusion or frustration for the player.

Positive Parental Support:

Positive support is vital during times of disappointment which is a natural part of a young soccer player’s developmental success.

Positive Encouragement:

Positive encouragement from parents is vital to help young soccer players understand the significance of winning and losing the experience of frustration in learning, and the need to develop self-confidence.

Positive Coaching:

Positive coaching from our staff is vitally important to our player’s development. We must ensure that our players are instilled with the confidence to play and have an understanding of the coach’s instructions. We must also ensure that our players are able to accept constructive and negative information that will help them to improve themselves as soccer players and team members. Encouragement at this level is a massive motivational tool for making our players successful, creative, and well-rounded soccer players.

Will my player participate in any tournaments?

Teams may participate in tournaments located within the state. You may be required to travel out of town to participate in the tournament, and this will be at the discretion of the Club and Coaching staff.

Will I have to travel?

All games will be played with local leagues to eliminate extensive travel for players at such a young age. Travel will be limited to 1 - 1.5 hours if at all possible.

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