New to Soccer? Get Info Here

GSA operates under affiliations with both US Youth Soccer and US Club Soccer which gives us the opportunity to offer a wide array of programs.  From recreational programming that very rarely leaves the park nearest you (practices and games are all at the same location) to the most elite National competition platforms and everything in between, we model our programming over the various needs of our community!

Where to start

If your player is new to soccer, start with a recreational program for at least one season, either fall or spring.  This will allow you to determine your player's interest in the sport, your family's ability to manage the scheduling and decide if recreation is the right level of competition. You can find more information on our website under Programs -> Recreational Soccer.  From there locate the appropriate location and age group for your player to get more information.  We have provided links here to those pages as well: 

GSA North - Rabbit Hill 
4U Soccer Sprouts - for 3-year old players
5U - 19U Recreation - for 4 through 18 year old players

GSA South - Lilburn
4U Soccer Sprouts - for 3-year old players
5U - 19U Recreation - for 4 through 18 year old players


If your player has played a season or more of recreational soccer and you feel he/she might be ready for a more challenging environment, consider reaching out to our administrator (info@gsasoccer.com) to see what the next steps are as outlined below.

Types of Programs

  • Recreational: Recreational programs are for youth players 4U - 19U (see below for explanation of age groups) and are geared towards players who want to play "just for fun." Teams are not selected using tryouts and players are never "cut." Training time is minimal each week and teams are scheduled for one game a week.  Teams are parent volunteer coached.

 

  • Academy: Academy programs are competitive select soccer programs designed for younger players. Academy programs are for the 9U- 12U age groups (see below for explanation of age groups).  We also offer Junior Academy programs for 7U and 8Uplayers. Teams are formed using tryouts, though the primary objective of these programs is player development.  Training time is greater than recreational programs.  There are more games per season, including tournaments, than recreational teams.  Teams are coached by professional coaches; most with college and/or professional experience.

 

  • Athena/Classic: Often called "select" soccer, these programs are for the competitive player in age groups 13U to 19U. These teams are formed by tryouts, players are cut, and the focus is split between development and competition. Training time is greater than recreational programs.   There are more games per season, including tournaments, than recreational teams. Teams are coached by professional coaches; most with college and/or professional experience.

 

  • Southeastern Clubs Champions League (SCCL):  Regional level programs for boys and girls from ages 12U-19U.  The SCCL provides an exclusive regional level platform for select, top clubs in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina without players having to forgo playing High School soccer. Gwinnett Soccer Academy will roster teams for 12U and older players each fall season.  Teams train three times per week and dedication to the program is a must.  Travel outside our state is minimal.  Teams will participate in College Showcases and other high level regional tournaments as well as competing for a National Championship as part of the US Club Soccer “National Cup”.

 

  • Elite Clubs National League (ECNL):  National level programs for boys and girls.  The ECNL provides an exclusive National level platform for select top clubs across the country without players having to forgo playing High School soccer. Gwinnett Soccer Academy will roster teams for 14U and older players each fall season.  Training time is extensive and dedication to the program is a must.  Travel is extensive and teams will cross state borders on a regular basis for events.

 

  • Adult Soccer: These programs are for players over the age of 19. These leagues may be further defined by age and no youth age players will be allowed.

 

Age Groups

For youth players, which age group a player participates in is dictated by their birthdate. Please see the chart below to find out into which age group your youth player will fall. Please note that some age groups in recreation programs may be combined, in keeping with GA Soccer Guidelines, in order to facilitate appropriate team sizes. Our registration system will place your player in the appropriate age group.  The below age groups are for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 seasonal year.

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

4U

5U

6U

7U

8U

9U

10U

11U

12U

13U

14U

15U

16U

17U

18U

19U