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Athens United

About Us

At Athens United, our goal is:

To teach the game of soccer to anyone wishing to participate.
To coach the child, not just the soccer player.
To provide a safe and enjoyable activity for the seasoned competitive player.
To provide an appropriate level of play for all players, from beginners to advanced.
To educate the Athens/Clarke, Oconee, and surrounding communities about soccer

Club History

About Athens United Soccer Association (AUSA)

AUSA stands for Athens United Soccer Association. It is an organization that exists for the sole purpose of promoting and uniting the sport of soccer in and around the Athens area. AUSA is the only soccer-only organization in the area. We are proud to say that AUSA is organized and run primarily by volunteers, with only a handful of paid coaches. AUSA is not funded by tax dollars, it's operating budget comes from registration fees, concession sales, donations and tournaments.

Our name, Athens United Soccer Association, was adopted in 1986 when two rival organizations, Applejacks and Athens International merged to become one. Athens Parks and Recreation Department was the first organization to have soccer teams in Athens, but was not affiliated with the Georgia Youth Soccer Association. Applejacks evolved when a group of boys, too old to play with the Recreation Department, wanted to keep playing. They formed a team and started playing out of town. Around 1972, the Athens soccer club, called Applejacks, was created. This gave older players as well as players looking for stronger competition, a place to go other than the Athens Recreation Department. Athens International was formed in 1984. When it became obvious that neither organization was going to "dominate," it was decided that the two would be much stronger if they worked together and Athens United was born!

At that time, Athens United lacked good playing facilities. Games were played wherever a flat piece of ground big enough for a soccer field could be found. Grass was a secondary consideration. A close working relationship with the Athens/Clarke County Recreation Department was developed and in 1992, SPLOST money and a $5000 donation from AUSA initiated the construction of the soccer fields at the Holland Youth Sports Complex. League members, parents, coaches and even players spent many weekends removing rocks from the fields and readying them for grass. This "sweat equity" finally gave the league a sense of "home" and some of the best facilities of any soccer organization in Georgia. Teams from as far away as Michigan have praised the Holland Youth Complex, and many teams look forward to coming to Athens to play on these fields.

Contact Information

Athens United Soccer Association


Contact Information


Club Phone Number: 706-353-2241

Club Fax Number: 706-353-2557


OFFICE LOCATION & MAILING ADDRESS: 2350 Prince Avenue, Suite 1 Athens, GA 30606


OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Should you need to meet with someone after office hours, please call

AUSA Administrator, Lisa Meeks at 706-224-7260 to make arrangements.

Executive Staff:
Position Name Home Phone Work/Cell Email
Executive Director Lloyd White 706-353-2241 x2 [email protected]
Administrative Director Lisa Meeks 706-353-2241 x1 706-224-7260 [email protected]
Director of Ryan Hirano [email protected]
Player Development
Director of Communication Sam Perry 706-354-1185 [email protected]
2020 Board of Directors:
Position Name Home Phone Work/Cell Email
President Michael Crain 706-201-2812 706-548-0970 [email protected]
Vice President Gil Calabria [email protected]
Secretary Peggy Brickman [email protected]
Treasurer Conor McCullough  [email protected]
Member at Large April Dorsett [email protected]
Member at Large Jon Cook  [email protected]
Member at Large Lanier Scruggs
[email protected]
Member at Large     
Member at Large    

Additional Contributors:
Position Name Home Phone Work/Cell Email
Registrar Lisa Meeks 706-353-2241 [email protected]
Referee Coordinator Shannon O'Carroll 678-982-5516 [email protected]
Scheduler Ryan Hirano [email protected]
Field Manager Sergio Garcia 

Athens Invitational Lloyd White 706-353-2241 [email protected]
Tournament Director
Athens Finale Lloyd White 706-353-2241 [email protected]
Tournament Director
Asst. Club Administrator Sam Perry 770-354-1185 [email protected]
Concessions TBA
Fundraising & Sponsorship
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Executive Director

Lloyd White has worked with Athens United as the Executive Director since 2010. Prior to that, he has had a lifetime of experience on the soccer field, winning awards and championships both as a player and as a coach. Lloyd grew up in London and played soccer throughout his youth. He and his home team of South London won the National Championships in England in 1976. From there, Lloyd went on to play professional soccer for teams such as the Queens Park Rangers FC, AFC Wimbledon, Brighton Hove Albion FC and Millwall FC in England before moving to the United States to continue his professional career here. He played stateside for teams such as the Atlanta Attack, Atlanta Magic, Academy Chiefs, Atlanta Lightning, Gwinnett County Steamers, Chattanooga Express and Atlanta Express. He was also Captain of the Georgia State Select Team from 1995 to 1997. in 2018 Recognized by Georgia Soccer as one of the top 50 coaches in the last 50 years..

Lloyd is well-known throughout Georgia's soccer community, especially through his past leadership and accomplishments with the Georgia Futbol Club as the Director of coaching as well as a longtime Academy and Select coach. Among his many other accomplishments, he has been awarded the designation of Georgia Youth Soccer Association Boys Coach of the Year. Since beginning his tenure here at AUSA, Lloyd has been involved in all aspects of Athens United's boys and girls Developmental, Academy and Select programs. The experience and leadership that Lloyd has brought to Athens United includes but is not limited to his being a USSF National Licensed coach, an FA level 1 & Level 2 licensed coach, and a past Georgia State ODP Assessor.

Coaching Experience
Athens United Soccer Association, Executive Director 2010 - Present

Georgia FC Director of Coaching 2003 - 2010

Georgia FC Academy Director 2001 - 2010

Georgia FC Boys Director of Coaching 2001 - 2003

Mountain Park Director Coaching 1997 - 2001

Atlanta Silverbacks Advisory Board 2001 - 2005

Tournament Director MPSA Holiday Cup 1998 - 2000

Tournament Director Georgia FC Invitational 2001 - 2010

Tournament Director Georgia FC Presidents Classic 2003 - 2010

Tournament Director Athens United Invitational 2010 - Present

Tournament Director Athens United Finale 2010 - Present

Georgia State ODP Assessor 2001 - Present

Staff Coach for Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy

Director of Coaching at The Soccer Academy

Director of Coaching at World Soccer Systems

Coached teams at the Gothia Cup in Sweden
Coached teams at the Manchester United Football Festival 
Coached teams at the Arsenal International Festival in England

Director and Owner of 4 L’s Soccer Camps

Piedmont College Assistant Coach (Men’s & Women’s)

Georgia Youth Soccer Association Boys Coach of Year 1995

Georgia Youth Soccer Association Boys Coach Runner Up 2000

2018 Georgia Youth Soccer Association Top 50 Coaches of 50ty years

Playing Experience
Professional Leagues:


Queens Park Rangers FC, AFC Wimbledon, Millwall FC, Brighton Hove Albion FC


Atlanta Magic, Atlanta Attack, Academy Chiefs, Atlanta Lightning, Gwinnett County Steamers, Chattanooga Express, Atlanta Express

Captain Georgia State Select Team 1995,1996 and 1997

Youth Leagues:

Played for South London, Inner London,London & Surrey Schools

National Championship in England for South London Schools 1976

England School Boy International Caps 3

FA Youth Cup Winner 1979

Coaching Education

USSF National License

USSF State License

FA Level 1 & 2 License

NSCAA National Diploma

Has helped to put 100's of players on collegiate teams over the past thirty years.

Lloyd with his National Championship team (1976-77). Lloyd is on the front row, 3rd from the left. 
Who knew that he used to have hair?? :)


Lloyd with his first Athens United jersey.

Presenting a well deserved scholarship check.

Lloyd doing what he loves most-- coaching and inspiring kids! Here he is pictured with his team that finished 2nd in USYS Regionals!

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