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Smyrna Soccer Club offers competitive play:
  • Academy - Boys and Girls ages 9 to 12.  The Academy Program is the select developmental program for boys’ and girls’ teams from U-10 through U-12.
Program objectives: 
  • To eliminate keeping scores and reduce pressure on players and coaches to get results. 
  • To emphasize individual player development and especially individual technical development. 
  • To reduce the excessive travel around the state for games. 
  • To reduce the possibilities of mismatched opponents and lopsided scores by allowing clubs to do their own scheduling. 
  • To reduce the number of games players were playing in a year and increase the number of training opportunities. 

Program Benefits:

  • Free player movement within the academy program age group.
  • Growing a ‘CLUB’ concept with a club loyalty as opposed to individual team mentality. 
  • Professional coaches taking over administration and training of younger ages. 
  • Increased player enrollment and larger membership at the club. 
  • Increased pool of players for older teams with improvement in quality of players. 
  • A good introduction to ‘Select’ competitive soccer for players transitioning from recreational to select soccer.


  • Structure: Georgia classifies select teams into 3 categories: Academy (U10-U12 players), Classic (boys U13-U19), and Athena (girls U13-U19).  Classic and Athena are subdivided into categories based on the team’s level of play from Classic V (lowest) to Classic I (highest). 
  • Team Selection: Select soccer teams are comprised of players who are selected through tryouts.
  • Training: Select teams train 2-3 times per week.  Training for the fall season is July-November.  Training for the spring season starts in January-May.  Summer training is at the direction of the team’s coach.
  • Games: Select teams generally play at least 1 game per week from September-November and March-May.  Games are on Saturdays and Sundays.  Select teams also play in tournaments.
  • Travel: Select soccer involves travel.  Through U12, most games for Smyrna SC teams are in the metro-Atlanta area.  At U13-U19, it is not unusual to drive 2 hours to a game.
  • Competition: Select teams play against other well-trained teams from soccer clubs throughout Georgia.  The level of competition is generally substantially higher than recreational soccer.
  • Commitment: Select soccer requires a substantial commitment from parents and players.  Smyrna SC select players are expected to make training and games a priority.
  • Cost: The cost for Smyrna SC’s Academy soccer program for 2014-2015 is $840.  Periodic payments are allowed.  Uniform cost is extra. 

Age Groups for Academy Programs (2014-2015 Seasonal Year):

Age Group                         Born on or After

Under 10 Academy                    8-1-0 4(From 8-1-04 to 7-31-06)

Under 11 Academy                    8-1-03 (From 8-1-03 to 7-31-04)

Under 12 Academy                    8-1-02 (From 8-1-02 to 7-31-03)

  • Proof of age shall consist of a birth certificate or birth registration issued by an appropriate government agency, Board of Health records, passport, alien registration card issued by the United States Government, a certificate issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service attesting to age, or a certification of an American citizen born abroad issued by the appropriate government agency.  Hospital, baptismal or religious certificates will not be accepted.
  •  For regular-season play, once rostered to a team, a player is considered to be the age of that team.

For more information regarding Academy Tryouts, please click here.
For more information regarding the program including a Fact Sheet of commonly asked questions, please click here.

All schedules will be confirmed weekly by SSC

Academy Uniforms

Everyone should have received an email from with uniform ordering instructions. If you have not received this message please let Kyle Cornell ( know so that he can ensure you receive it quickly. We have some teams playing in tournaments rather quickly and the uniforms need to be in hand prior to those games.


Below please find the Tryout schedule for Academy.  Registration is required.  We encourage players to attend all three sessions.  Registration is required at below links.

Academy under 9 -12   Boys & Girls

Date        May 27, 28, 29 (Rain Out May 30)

Times       6:00pm – 7:15pm

Location River Line Park 6084 Oakdale Road Mableton
If you are a current SSC family with a Blue Sombrero account, please follow link below and go to your child's programs.  Select red Register Now button and appropriate age division will appear for your child.

Registration Link

For further information regarding the tryout process and club information please contact:

Steve Gummer

Executive Director of Coaching

Ph.:    678-362-6255   Email:

Club Web site

Coach Travel Reimbursement Policy

Please see the attached policies concerning Coach Travel Reimbursement.SMYRNA SOCCER CLUB TRAVEL EXPENSE POLICY August 19th 2014.docx

Academy Wins

Congratulations to our U9 Girls Red Academy team who took home the RYSA Championship today in Conyers! Coached by Kyle Cornell, they beat SSA Chelsea 7-1 in the U9 Girls Elite Academy finals.

And congratulations to our U10 Girls Red Academy team who won the Championship in the U10 Elite Division at the RYSA Tournament.  They defeated Roswell 3-1 in the finals.
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