Smyrna Soccer Club

Recreational Program Overview

The Recreational Program is a developmental soccer program for all youth players.  Smyrna Soccer supports US Youth Soccer’s teaching philosophy with respect to small-sided soccer in U-04, U-06 and U-08. This philosophy allows the game to be the teacher by maximizing each player’s touches on the ball and encourages all the players to develop their skills in all positions. 

Recreational players in the U-12 and above age groups play in the Recreational Interaffiliate Scheduling Program (RIAS). This program allows for teams to schedule games with teams from other members of Georgia Soccer. The RIAS program is offered in the Fall and Spring seasons and is open to boys/coed teams and girls teams from the age group's U10 through U19.

SSC is a member of Georgia State Soccer Association (GSSA).  Our age groups are mandated by this organization.  Their regulations do not allow players to participate in a younger age group than their age allows.   Player classification for the soccer year shall be determined by the player’s age as of August 1. A player must be at least 3 years of age to participate and no older than 18 years of age by August 1.

A player may play in his/her proper age group, or in an older age group. A player may NOT play in a younger age group.  For regular-season play, once rostered to a team, a player is considered to be the age of that team.

Recreational Age Groups for 2013-2014 Seasonal Year 
Age Group          Team                        Born on or After

Under 04              U4                             8-1-09 (From 8-1-09 to 7-31-10)

Under 06              U5/U6                       8-1-07 (From 8-1-07 to 7-31-09)

Under 08               U7/U8                      8-1-05 (From 8-1-05 to 7-31-07)

Under 10               U9/U10                    8-1-03 (From 8-1-03 to 7-31-05)

Under 12               U11/U12                  8-1-01 (From 8-1-01 to 7-31-03)

Under 14               U13/U14                  8-1-99 (From 8-1-99 to 7-31-01)

Under 16               U15/U16                  8-1-97 (From 8-1-97 to 7-31-99)

Under 19               U17/U18                  8-1-94 (From 8-1-94 to 7-31-97)

Smyrna Soccer Partners with GPS

Smyrna Soccer Club and Georgia Premier Soccer announce Partnership

Smyrna soccer to rebuild as one of the Global Premier Soccer network of clubs

Monday, 8th July, 2013; Georgia Premier Soccer and Smyrna Soccer Club have announced a partnership for the 2013-2014 soccer season and beyond.  Georgia Premier Soccer is an affiliate of Global Premier Soccer, one of the largest soccer organizations in the United States who currently operate in 10 states. 

Global Premier Soccer has become a leading source of US Youth National team players in recent years with two GPS players currently in the U-15 National team and three players developed by GPS selected to the US U-17 Residency program. 

Smyrna Soccer Club has been in existence since 1988 and recently received an injection of energy with the election of a number of new Board members who are working to build a new legacy for soccer in Smyrna.

“We at Global Premier Soccer are excited to work with the Smyrna community to create an enhanced player development experience for Smyrna players,” said Joe Bradley, General Manager of Global Premier Soccer.  “It is clear that Smyrna has an excellent base to their player pool and now has new leadership with the vision to take the club forward.  That combined with our sports management expertise and our professional coaches will immediately impact the soccer culture in Smyrna.”

The multi-faceted agreement will include the addition of GPS staff in key roles with a new Director of Coaching, Richard Harcus and a new role Player Development Officer, Andrew Frawley.  Richard holds his UEFA B license, has an English FA license in Club Management and has previous experience with Barcelona’s Academy in Singapore and Arsenal’s Academy in Vietnam.  Andrew has a degree in Sports Management and holds a Football Association of Ireland level 2 Coaching license.

“We have seen the work Global Premier Soccer has done in other states and the impact they have had on their partner clubs,” said Smyrna Soccer Club Board Member Jon Anderson.  “They have a track record of success in growing club numbers, improving systems and developing players and successful teams.  GPS will have a strong presence in the Recreational side of the club supporting coaches and improving the overall soccer experience for all families who are members of SSC.”

Georgia Premier Soccer will begin work with Smyrna as of July 8th.  For more information please contact Natalie Yozzo at or Jordan Tant at