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Athens United Soccer Association

 

What is our Developmental Program?

The Developmental Program is designed for beginners to learn the sport of soccer and for children interested in playing in a less competitive environment. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of soccer played in Athens-Clarke County and to provide opportunities for more children to participate in the sport. The Developmental Program is the starting place for any young soccer player. It is open to boys and girls, ages 4 and up.

The Developmental Program is focused on creating an atmosphere of FUN, LEARNING, and COMMUNITY.  Our goal is for each child to be introduced to the game in a positive manner, which will hopefully lead to a lifetime involved with the game of soccer. Each and every initiative targeted at the Players and Coaches in our Developmental Program is designed to enhance this goal and the player’s individual experience. We also strive to foster a sense of community around the game of soccer. Families and a family atmosphere are integral to our club.  Athens United's Developmental Program brings together families from diverse backgrounds to celebrate youth, health, exercise, and our community.

The Developmental Program is offered to all children ages 4 to 12. Older teams are offered when there is high enough demand. In the past, we have been able to field teams in age brackets all the way up to U16.*

NO previous playing experience required, NO requirement of advanced skills
 
Each team requires a volunteer coach
 

Season and Field Information:

Athens United offers two seasons of play .The Fall season runs from September to November and the Spring season runs from March to May.  We offer online registration, as well as walk up registration before each new season begins. Each season will consist of up to 8 to 10 games. 

 

All games for the U6-U10 age groups are played in Athens-Clarke County at Holland Park.  The U12 and older age groups will have a mixture of home and away games.  U12 and up teams will use Holland Park as their home field and will travel for away games. Away games may involve travel of up to 45 to 60 minutes from our home fields. GA Soccer makes schedules for U12 and older teams. 
Practices will be held at either of the following parks:

Holland Park
250 Vincent Dr
Athens, GA 30606

East Athens Community Park
200 Trail Creek St
Athens, GA 30601

Southeast Clarke Park
4440 Lexington Rd
Athens, GA 30605

Satterfield Park
3028 Cherokee Rd
Athens, GA 30605

This program is run by volunteers who dedicate their time to AUSA due to their love of the game of soccer and the kids. Our aim is to see that the children of the community start their soccer experience in a positive and fun way.  

Each child should take a water bottle and an age appropriate ball to practice (Size 3: U5-U6, Size 3: U8-U12, Size 5: U14 and up).  Shin guards are REQUIRED at practice and games.  

If you are unable to attend practice, please inform your coach as soon as possible


League Formats:

Children registered in each age group will be divided into teams and assigned a volunteer coach. The coaches will notify players regarding practice days and times. Teams typically practice one time per week and play one game per week.   Player evaluations for the U10 and up age groups are held before each season and are necessary to assure that players at different skill levels are distributed equally among teams.

Teams will play an average of 8 to 10 games per season. Games usually take place on Saturdays. Intra-league games for U6-U10 are scheduled by AUSA. 
Inter-league games for U12 & up are scheduled by Georgia Soccer through their RIAS (Recreation Inter-Affiliate Schedule) system.
 
· U6 teams play 3v3 sided games  
· U8 teams play 4v4 sided games   
· U10 teams play 7v7 sided games
· U12 teams play 9v9 sided games
· U14 & up teams play 11v11 sided games

Each player will play at least one half or have equal playing time. As with all other commitments, it is expected that players attend practices on a regular basis, inform the coach of anticipated absences, and arrive at the field on game day at the time designated by the coach.



Rules:

There is NO DELIBERATE HEADING in U10 or below. For a complete list of rules, see our Developmental Soccer Rules.



Fees:

Fee includes: Georgia Soccer registration and insurance, uniform for the season, referee fees, participation commemorative item (not a trophy), coaching education, field use, league administration.

U5 - U8: $80   (includes jersey)
U10 :   $105 (uniform not included - will order directly through soccer.com)
U12 :   $120 (uniform not included - will order directly through soccer.com)
U14 :   $150 (uniform not included - will order directly through soccer.com)


Uniform Ordering information for U10 and up coming soon!


Volunteers:

We encourage parent participation in this league. Get involved with your child and his/her team. If you would like to coach or be a team manager, please register to volunteer when you register your children. We invite your suggestions and comments. We may not be able to implement every good idea this season, but we hope to always be open to improvement in the seasons to come.

 

 

Registration:

Click on the "LOG IN" tab at the top of this screen to begin the registration process or click here for more information: Registration Information



Thanks again for playing with us. We know you have choices, and we hope to earn the confidence you have shown us by registering your child with Athens United Soccer Association.