The primary objective in the recreational program is for the young players to have fun with an emphasis on sportsmanship, good play, and following the laws of the game of soccer. Recreational players in the U-4, U-5, U-6, U-7, U-8, U-10, and U-12 age brackets play small-sided (micro) soccer. Recreational players in the U12 and up bracket play in the GYSA inter league format and play clubs, both home and away, from the Atlanta area and follow the rules of GYSA. For the soccer player who seeks a more competitive environment, AYSA participates in the GSSA select and Soccer Academy programs. AYSA offers a U-10, U-11, and U-12 Soccer Academy program. Select teams are offered at the age of U-13 and up.
The Academy Program is comprised of U9 through U12 players. The program provides an alternative to the traditional recreational and traveling team programs. The Academy Program is a league designed for boys and girls ages 8-12 years old. The overall focus of this league is to provide development of technical skills, tactical awareness, physical abilities and psychological growth within a fun and rewarding environment without the intense pressure to win at all costs. The ultimate goal of the program is the overall development of every player in each area of emphasis. All of the teams will be trained by professional club coaches to provide the players with the best foundation of skills, abilities and knowledge of the game.
Inter Atlanta Select Program is comprised of U13 through U19 players. This program is designed for players who have outgrown the Recreational Program and are looking for a more challenging soccer environment. Players who play at the select level usually have a personal goal, such as to play for the high school varsity team, or some may have the desire to play college soccer and beyond. The main objective of the Select Program is to help each player reach his/her potential and achieve his/her goal. The Academy and Select Programs are for a commitment, Fall and Spring Seasons. These programs are for serious soccer players looking to develop their skills in an environment with professional coaches and staff. Players are asked to make practice sessions and games during BOTH seasons (U15-U19 n/a for spring GYSA season. Typically, teams practice 2 days a week during the season and play 1 game per weekend (fall practices Aug-Nov; spring practices Feb-May); however, PLEASE NOTE our higher level teams may be REQUIRED to add a third practice, while others will have an optional third practice added. Select soccer IS different than recreational soccer. It is a two-season commitment and practice attendance is required or playing time is subject to limitation based on the discretion of the coaching staff. The competition both inner-club and intra-club is much greater at the Academy and Select level and training sessions help build a player’s skill level to meet the demands of that competition. Professional staff members coach the teams to deepen a player’s skill and understanding of the game. Please take this commitment seriously and know that you are committing to a FULL seasonal year of soccer on the team, BOTH Fall and Spring Seasons.