Tryout Info 2020-21




All players must sign by Wednesday, June 10th in order to avoid a $50 late fee.

Questions about tryouts? Contact the appropriate coach or program director listed below

GSA North/Dacula: 
Boys Academy Director, Karl Hedley,
Girls Academy Director, Nate Umberg,
Registrar North, Lisa Holland,

GSA South/Lilburn:
Girls' Academy Director, Judson Hamby
Boys' Academy Director, Dusty Fouser
Registrar South, Joe Amaya

2020-21 Staff List


TRYOUT UPDATE - May 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

This Spring has landed the soccer world in an unprecedented situation due to the pandemic. The safety of our players remains our top priority. While every player, coach and club is ready to be back on the fields, the reality is that we must continue to adhere to the guidelines of our local government and health officials. As such, for the time being, there are severe restrictions on how players can come and train at the fields. Due to these limitations, tryouts would not be an effective process to assess players and place them on teams. In collaboration Ambush, AFU, Concorde, Georgia Express, GSA, LSA, NTH, Steamers FC, SSA, TYSA and UFA, have all made the difficult decision to cancel in-person, formal tryouts.  

While tryouts may not be taking place in the traditional manner, teams will still be formed at this time for the 2020-21 Soccer Year.  Our tryout registration will remain open and we HIGHLY encourage ANY player interested in playing Academy, Select, ECNL, or SCCL level soccer for the 2020-21 year to register ASAP.  It is imperative that you register your son or daughter ASAP, so that we can make this process as smooth as possible.  Delaying registering (which does not commit you to anything) could result in fewer spots available on the most appropriate team.


Over the coming weeks, our coaches will be contacting all players who have registered for tryouts (both existing GSA players and players from outside our club) and have expressed interest in our competitive program.

Returning Players:  Current GSA 12U-19U players who are returning will be placed based on recommendations from their previous coach.  Many players will simply be offered a spot on the same team they participated with in the 2019-20 season.  With that said, our coaches have worked with our players extensively for a year now, and like any other tryout, the previous coach’s guidance will be an important factor in all decisions moving forward.  13U-19U Coaches will be in touch soon.  We expect to have this process finalized by June 1st, but that largely depends on the responsiveness of all players, so please patiently await communication over the next week.

Players new to GSA:  08U-19U players who did not play at GSA - we will be in touch soon as well!  For many of you, we know who you are and we have watched/evaluated you in your previous environment.  Coaches will be in touch to let you know what spots are available and discuss any questions you may have about GSA, our programs, etc.  We do have several creative ways to evaluate players that we have not previously evaluated, and the coach that contacts you will have those options (so look out for that phone call or email).

We realize this is NOT a perfect system; to be honest, no tryout scenario is ever perfect.  Our reality is one that would pose greater risks to our staff, players, and community by trying to coordinate any type of formal group tryout.  We do anticipate being back on the fields in some form as early as the middle of June, so we are anxiously adjusting our Summer Training Academy to meet local guidelines.  

We cannot stress enough:  We see no indication that we will not have a 2020-21 Fall/Spring season.  In fact, we expect more excitement this Fall due to the lack of sport participation opportunities over the past couple of months.  Make sure you are registered for tryouts so that our coaching staff can connect with you.

If you have any specific questions, please contact the most appropriate coach based on our 2020-21 Staff Projections below.  As always, thank you for your patience and understanding.  We look forward to getting back on the fields soon!!

Tryout Registration:  Click Here

2020-21 Staff List:  Click Here


Tryout Dates

8U-14U players (birth years 2014-2007)
May 26, 27 and 28, 2020 and Rainout day if needed would be May 29

*13U ECNL/SCCL/SCCL Premier teams will tryout during the week of 8U-13U Academy/Select tryouts.

Select 15U - 19U players (birth years 2007 - 2002):  ECNL, SCCL, and SCCL Premier Teams
May 31, June 1, 2, 2020 and Rainout day if needed would be June 4

Specific times for tryouts will be posted in mid-May or once we are given more information regarding COVID-19.  All dates and times are subject to change.

Tryout Locations

Academy 8U-12U (2014s-2008s):  All players tryout at the location they prefer to participate at with a notable exception for the 12U SCCL evaluations and the 12U (2009s) girls on Thursday night.

*Players (both boys and girls) interested in the SCCL (highest 12U level in Georgia) should plan to attend an additional evaluation on Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.  Tuesday the session will be held at Rabbit Hill Park in Dacula, and Wednesday the session will be held at the GSA South Complex in Lilburn.

**On Thursday, May 28th, all girls in the 12U (2009) age group will have tryouts at our South/Lilburn location.

13U-19U (2007s-2001s) Boys:  All rising 13U-19U male players will tryout at GSA North/Dacula; this does NOT mean you will be practicing and playing at GSA North/Dacula throughout the year.  It's just much simpler for us to evaluate and place players when the full program is in the same location.

13U-19U (2008s-2002s) Girls:  All rising 13U-19U female players will tryout at GSA South/Lilburn; this does NOT mean you will be practicing and playing at GSA South/Lilburn throughout the year.  It's just much simpler for us to evaluate and place players when the full program is in the same location.

North/Dacula Tryout Location:  GSA North, Rabbit Hill Park, 400 Rabbit Hill Rd, Dacula, GA 30019

South/Lilburn Tryout Location:  GSA South, 925 Cole Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 (across from Parkview HS)

Tryout Registration

Tryout registration is required (complete online in your account) and is open.   Please register at least two weeks prior to tryouts so we can have your tryout materials printed and ready for pick up at the fields.  Tryouts are FREE and commitment is not made until you receive an official invitaiton and accept.  The Academy/Select program is an annual commitment; you cannot choose to only participate in the Fall or Spring - you commit for the full academic school year.

Pre-Tryout Skills Camp - currently suspended due to COVID-19

Wondering if academy level soccer is right for your player?  Join a current GSA Academy training session and find out during our Pre-Tryout Skills Camp.

This camp will incorporate individual skills training and small sided games. The players will have fun while being challenged to use their skills in a competitive environment.  A great opportunity to polish skills before tryouts begin.

Current GSA academy players do not need to register as ths is part of your scheduled training.  All other players must register online.    

This camp is open to the general public:  GSA and non - GSA players are welcome to attend.

Highly recommended for players attending tryouts in May. 

For more info, CLICK HERE  

ECNL/SCCL ID Camps - currently suspended due to COVID-19

Join top GSA staff, including current and expected ECNL/SCCL coaches for the coming seasonal year, for this high level, high energy ECNL/SCCL ID session.  This camp is open to any individuals born in 2008 thru 2001 for the girls and boys (they do not have to be a member of GSA to participate). This camp is intended as a first step towards identification for the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) or Southeastern Clubs Champions League (SCCL) programs.

For more info, dates, times, and registration, CLICK HERE

Signing Day
Signing day is the first day that official signing and registration information can be sent to players.

*Returning Academy-age players (rising 8U-12U) will be invited to join prior to tryouts due to the uncertain timeline due to the COVID-19 virus; new players can sign once the coach officially extends an invitation to join.

**Rising 13U-19U Players will sign once the coach officially extends an invitation to join (anytime after May 1)