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Athens United Soccer Association

Academy Program

WHAT IS OUR ACADEMY PROGRAM?

A unique program in which 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and U12 year olds  boys and girls receive top quality soccer training in a fun and flexible environment. The first experience in competitive play should provide the best opportunity for successful transition from the developmental program to the 7 aside, 9 aside and 11 aside game of select soccer. The Academy program will implement age appropriate training system developed under the guidelines of GSSA, and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) .Various European club training models and techniques will be integrated into the curriculum for a truly international  system of player development.


Focus on Technical Development
There are 4 basics, technical skills that must be developed at the U8-U12 age groups .Crucial technical skills include dribbling, receiving, passing, and shooting. Crucial technical skills such as the ability to organize offenses or defenses and recognize when to make certain types of runs are useless if a player can not receive the ball cleanly, dribble creatively away from pressure, pass accurately, and shoot the ball on goal. The Academy program will place training priorities on the most important 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.

 

 

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

Player Assignments:
Players will be accepted into the Academy via 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. The flexibility is unique to the academy program.

Practices: 1.5-hour practices sessions twice per week. Optional 3rd session for scrimmage games or special training topics. Goalkeeper sessions offered once per week.

Games:
Academy players will participate for 2 full seasons. (All players/parents have to sign a player/parent commitment contract to participate in the academy) The fall season will take place August - November and the spring season will take place February - May. Academy teams will play at least 10 games per season, half at home and half away against other academy teams. U9/U10 teams will play 7v7 games U11/U12 teams will play 9v9 games. Games will consist of 2 halves, 30 minutes each. All players will play ½ of every game.

Academy Game Card

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

Coaching Games and Practice:  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 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 installed with confidence to play and have an understanding of the coach’s instructions also that our players except constructive and negative information to improve them as soccer players and team members. Encouragement at this level is a massive motivational tool to making our players successful, creative and well rounded soccer players.

Tournaments: Teams will participate in 2-4 local tournaments a seasonal year. (Including the Athens Invitational Held in August) The coaches will determine end of season tournaments and team rosters. As with practice and games, players may be moved during tournaments as parity dictates.  

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.

2020-21 Academy Evaluations

IMPORTANT TRYOUT / EVALUATION INFORMATION 
FOR ATHENS UNITED ACADEMY PLAYERS.
U13 Select /Boys and Girls have been moved to June 1st-3rd more info to follow.


Dear AUSA Academy Players and Parents:  


We want to update you about the upcoming evaluation period for our Academy teams for the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 seasons.  This includes all rising U9, U10, U11, and U12 players, born in 2009 through 2012.  


Our soccer sanctioning bodies, US Youth Soccer and Georgia Soccer, have both now permitted member clubs to hold tryouts for the upcoming Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 soccer seasons.  Georgia Soccer has set the dates for May 26, 27, and 28.  However, our club finds itself in a challenging position.  While we wish to resume soccer operations in a safe manner, Athens-Clarke County owns Holland Park and it has not set a re-opening date for it or any other of its soccer fields. As a result, Athens United has decided not to conduct a traditional evaluation period for Academy age players this year.  Instead, all rising U9-U12 players who were rostered on an AUSA Academy team last year will be offered positions on their age appropriate team for the upcoming Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 season without any further assessment.  If you fall into this category, please note that you must still register in order to be placed on a team for the Fall 2020 season (see the registration link below).  Any new players who were not in our Academy program last year who wish to join this year will be assessed during normal Athens United team training sessions, which we hope to begin in July 2020.


Over the coming days, our coaches will be contacting all current Academy players.


Please remember, both new and returning players who wish to be put on an Athens United Academy team for the upcoming Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 seasons must register through the link below.


All New Players will be contacted directly after registering and assessed in July on a date to be determined.


Tryout Registration Link: Academy Evaluation’s 





2020-21 ACADEMY EVALUATIONS
All tryouts will be held at HOLLAND PARK.

MAY 26, 27 AND 28

U8 thru U11 BOYS & GIRLS
2013 (U8) 2012(U9) 2011 (U10) 2010(U11)

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM



2009 (U12) BOYS AND GIRLS
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

2008 (U13) BOYS AND GIRLS

NOTE: u13 has been changed to June 1-3 (see Select page)

 

 

 



YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE FOR EVALUATIONS/TRYOUTS.
LOG IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT TO REGISTER.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ACCOUNT, PLEASE CREATE ONE, ADD YOUR PLAYER, AND THEN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM.






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HOLLAND PARK

250 Vincent Drive Athens Georgia United States 30607

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SOUTHEAST CLARKE PARK

4400 LEXINGTON RD ATHENS Georgia United States 30605

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TRAIL CREEK PARK

200 Trail Creek St Athens Georgia United States 30601

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SATTERFIELD PARK

3028 Cherokee Rd ATHENS Georgia United States 30605

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