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 Ages: 13U-19U (Boys)
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The platform, created by MLS in 2020, includes more than 8,000 players throughout the U.S. and Canada, will consist of elite year-round competition, as well as player identification initiatives, coaching education opportunities, and additional programming to create the premier player development environment.

SSA will have one clubwide team in each age group, and the team will practice and play out of our Marietta-area venues.

2022/23 Coaching Staff:
Program Director - Roberto Sibaja
2010 Roberto Sibaja
2009 Gareth Evans
2008 Gareth Evans
2007 Garreth Barker
2006 Garreth Barker
2004/5 Simon Davey
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  Ages: 13U-19U (Boys)
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Launching in Fall 2022, the newly-announced elite performance tier of the USYS National League, Elite 64, features year-round competition for the top 64 boys clubs and top 64 girls clubs in the country. The annual competition calendar that include:
  • A minimum of 14 league games over a 10-month season, with a schedule created to aid a player’s periodization and involvement in high school soccer.
  • The Elite 64 Finals and Showcase. All teams attend, and top regular season finishers compete in championship brackets, with winners in select age groups advancing to the USYS Champions Cup.
  • Up to three national showcases taking place alongside National League P.R.O. — creating a cannot-miss scouting opportunity with the top club-based and team-based national competition. Showcase games do not count toward league standings and teams play top-level competition from outside of their Elite 64 groups.
  • The ability to advance to the USYS Champions Cup, where Elite 64 Finals winners in the 14U-17U age groups can compete for an international title against other domestic and international champions.
  • The option to play in the USYS National Championship Series via entry into their respective USYS State Cup.
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FAQs
 Ages: 13U-19U (Girls) 
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The Girls Academy (GA) is the leading youth development platform for the best female players in the United States. The GA is the only national youth soccer platform that represents the collective vision of member clubs and actively engages the voice of the players to take real ownership in the GA.

SSA will have one clubwide team in each age group, and the team will practice and play out of our Marietta-area venues.

2022/23 Staff:
Program Director - Jordan Davis
2010 Jonny Evans
2009 Jordan Davis
2008 Kailyn Deutrich
2007 Jonny Evans
2006 Brad Mitchum
2004/5 Brad Mitchum

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  Age: 19U Boys (though 16U-18U players are also eligible to participate) 
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Set to begin in 2021, the Academy League will provide elite youth talent from across the USL landscape an additional opportunity to compete at a high level. The league will feature regionalized competition to limit travel demands, and as this infrastructure continues to grow and strengthen, the USL will look to expand and refine the competition model. By doing so, there will be a clear youth-to-professional path in each of the communities where USL clubs reside, creating more opportunities than ever for young Americans to pursue professional soccer.

SSA will be fielding a team in this 19U league (made up of players in the 16U-19U age groups) and it will compete under the umbrella of our U23 USL 2 league program on a calendar year basis (March through November) rather than a school year (July through June) basis for our other programs.
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 Ages 13U-19U Boys
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The National Premier League Program is a regional league, and offers players the opportunity to compete against some of the most competitive clubs in the Southeast. At 13U and above, the League sits above the regional SCCL league in terms of level of competitiveness of the teams. Players are selected through the same tryout process as the other SSA programs.  

SSA will have one clubwide team in each age group, and the team will play out of our Marietta-area venues, while the practice location will be dependent upon the make-up of the roster and may be at a location other than the Marietta-area venues.

2022/23 Coaching Staff:
Program Director: Roberto Sibaja
2010 Adam Halliday
2009 TBD
2008 Laszlo Halmi
2007 Laszlo Halmi
2006 Sam Walker
2004/5 Trey Joiner



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 Ages 13U-19U Girls 
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 The (Girls') Development Player League is structured to provide a second tier within the Girls Academy League, and offers clubs the opportunity to provide a competitive environment to utilize as a proving ground for the Girls Academy. 

SSA will have one clubwide team in each age group, and the team will play out of our Marietta-area venues, while the practice location will be dependent upon the make-up of the roster and may be at a location other than the Marietta-area venues.

2022-23 Coaching Staff:
Director - Jordan Davis
2010 Ryan Robertson
2009 Ryan Robertson
2008 Justin Fitzgerald
2007 Justin Fitzgerald
2006 James Harris
2004/5 Jame Harris

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 Ages 12U-19U 
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The Southeastern Clubs Champions League is a league comprising mostly of teams in the metro Atlanta area. The league, of which SSA is a founding member, was formed in 2018 by clubs searching for a better way to offer youth soccer programming for the serious soccer player.  Each age group and gender offers multiple divisions of play and incorporates a promotion/relegation system at the 13U and older ages between the 'Champions League' (top division), Premier I, Premier II, Premier III, and Premier IV divisions. 

SSA will have multiple location-based teams in the league and the teams will practice and play out of their local venue (Cartersville Soccer Complex for Cartersville teams, Whitlock/Central Park for Coweta teams, Midway Park for DeKalb teams etc).
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 Ages 8U - 12U
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The SSA Academy Program is for players looking for a high-quality training and playing environment under the supervision of experienced and qualified staff where an enthusiasm for, and a commitment to, the game is nurtured and rewarded. Players typically go through a 'tryout' assessment in late May for the entire year or in Dec or Jan for just the Spring season, though players may join at other times of the year if space is available. The program is generally regarded as the starting point for players interested in moving into our NPL & SCCL teams and playing HS and College soccer in the future. At the 12U age group, players are eligible to tryout for a clubwide 'Elite' team which participates in a 12U version of the SCCL League. 

Program names and practice locations:

SSA Black - Kennesaw/Dallas/Lakepoint
SSA Blue - Marietta
SSA Gold - DeKalb
SSA Green - Cartersville/Lakepoint
SSA Red - LaGrange
SSA Silver - Jekyll Island/Brunswick
SSA Yellow - Buckhead
SSA White - Coweta
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 Ages 6U - 8U
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The SSA Player Development Academy is a soccer development program for 6U and 8U boys and girls running separate to our Recreational program, which aims to accelerate the technical and tactical development of players preparing to participate in the 9U-12U Academy program. Players are selected through an assessment process in January for the February-to-May Spring season and July for the August-to-November Fall season.    More.... 
 Ages 4U - 19U
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The SSA Recreational Program is for players new to the game and for parents of experienced players looking for a fun, purposeful, and low-cost program in the fall and/or spring. The club has a no try-out/no cut policy and players of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. Registration for the Spring season (March through May games) starts in mid-November and ends late January. Registration for the Fall season (September through November games) starts mid-May and ends late July. Rosters are created in such a way whereby each player should play a minimum of 50% of each game.      More....
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