Below FAQs are intended to provide a brief introduction to parents and players who may be new to Academy soccer.
1. What is Academy Soccer?
Academy soccer is more competitive than Recreational soccer. The training and coaching is carried out by licensed, professional soccer coaches. Compared to recreational soccer, Academy soccer requires a greater time and financial commitment from the parents and players. It mainly involves games in and around the metro Atlanta area, but potentially away games and tournaments can be in other parts of Georgia. Some teams attend out-of-state tournaments.
2. What age groups does Academy soccer apply to?
Academy is from U8 to U12, which includes players ages 7 to 12.
3. Are the genders split?
Yes. The teams are split into boys and girls teams.
4. How do I know which age group my son/daughter is in?
The age group is determined at the start of each fall season. For example, for the 2013/14 season, their age group is determined by how old they will be on July 31, 2013. If they are 9 on that date, they are "U10" or "under 10." The registration system will determine your child's age group automatically.
5. Is Academy soccer that different from Recreational soccer?
Yes. Expectations for the players in Academy soccer are much higher. There will be two or three 1 ½ hour practices per week and one or two games per weekend. In Recreational soccer, players are placed on a team on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of ability level. Academy players are selected at tryouts on ability.
6. When are Tryouts?
Georgia Soccer sets the dates tryouts can be held each year. Tryout dates are posted on the website when they are made available by the state. They are held every year around the end of May for Academy. Occasionally, players may be considered to sign up for the academy program during mid-season (January/February). Check the tryout tab for the latest information.
7. What is the commitment length?
The Academy players are registered through Georgia Soccer to play for their club for one year. The soccer year is split into two seasons. The Fall Season, which runs from August to late November/early December and the Spring Season, which runs from February to May. If a player leaves their team part way through the calendar year, the full fee must still be paid. The expectation is that soccer is the player’s primary sport and the commitment is for the full year.
8. How many teams are there in each age group?
It varies between age groups, but usually there will be between two and five teams per gender age group.
9. What are the team levels in each age group?
The teams are: Elite, Premier, Excel, Gold, Silver, Bronze.
10. Can a player move between teams at InterAtlanta?
Yes. The coaching staff can make this decision on a weekly basis depending on each teams’ needs. In the academy program players can be moved up or down at any given week, depending on their ability level, their rate of development and their commitment level. Please note that players can only be moved down to another team at their current age bracket. In other words a U11 player cannot play with U10s, but a U10 player from one team can play with another U10 team).
11. How are games scheduled in Academy?
All academy games are scheduled by your club's academy directors and are scheduled for Saturdays (generally mornings) and occasional Sunday afternoons. Schedules are created based on distance and proximity between clubs as well as making sure every player/team has at least one game each weekend. There is no official ranking system for academy teams so clubs match up according to number of teams before skill level, although skill level is considered as well. Usually clubs schedule home and away matches for the fall and spring season. So, whichever club Inter Atlanta FC teams travel to play during the fall season, those teams will travel to Inter Atlanta FC during the following spring season.
12. Apart from regular season games, will the players go to tournaments?
Yes. Teams are required to do at least one pre-season and one post‐season tournament each season. So, with two seasons, this means a minimum of four tournaments per calendar year. Some higher‐level teams attend more than four tournaments, some out of town, and additional fees will apply .
13. If a player cannot attend a particular tournament, do we still have to pay?
Yes. It is club policy that the tournament fees are divided equally between all rostered players for that team, regardless of whether the player can make the tournament or not.
14. How many players on a team?
U9 and U10 will play 6v6. Usually, eight to ten rostered players per team.
U11 and U12 will play 8v8. Usually, ten to twelve rostered players per team. Some U12 teams will play 11 v 11. In this case, fourteen or fifteen rostered players per team.
15. How much playing time will my son/daughter get?
The guideline is at least the equivalent of half the game. Playing time will be affected by performance, ability, effort and commitment, both at practice and in games. This is a coaching staff decision.
16. Are players expected to attend every practice and every game?
Yes. If a player cannot make a practice or a game, the coach must be notified with as much advance notice as possible. Whilst it is expected that a player will be at each practice and game, it is accepted that sickness and special occasions may mean a player misses an occasional practice or game.
17. What nights and times are practices?
It depends on the team. For instance, a player on U11 Elite Boys team may have a different schedule than a player on the U11 Premier boys team. Generally, our U9, U10, and U11 teams will practice from 5 to 6:30, while our U12 teams will practice from 6:30 to 8, but this can vary. Practice schedules will be announced close to the start of the season.
For U8 and U9, there are two mandatory practices / week, plus an optional practice on Friday. For U10-U12 Elite and Premier teams, there are 3 mandatory practices per week. For U10-12 Excel, Gold, Silver, and Bronze teams, there are two mandatory practices per week, plus an optional practice on Friday.
18. Where do the teams practice?
The majority of practices are held at our home field at Arizona Avenue. Certain teams may have third practices at other fields, such as Howard field. We may also shift certain practice sessions to our other fields in close proximity due to weather and field conditions.
19. Are there written codes of conduct for players and parents?
Yes. InterAtlanta has written codes of conduct for players and parents. These can be found on the website, www.aysa.net under Program Info and Parent Info.
19. What are the fees?
Annual Fees for the 2013-14 Academy Year: (players joining mid-year will owe 1/2 of the fees listed below)
All U8 and U9 teams, U10-U12 Excel, Gold, Silver and Bronze teams: $1350 (includes 2 practices/week in season, plus optional Friday practices, season coaching fees, and registration and coaching fees for two in-town tournaments - or the equivalent of two in-town tournaments per season - for a total of four per year)
U10-U12 Elite and Premier teams: $1610 (includes 3 practices/week in season, season coaching fees, and registration and coaching fees for two in-town tournaments - or the equivalent of two in-town tournaments per season - for a total of four per year)
Additional costs include uniforms, registration and coaching fees for any optional tournaments your team may choose to participate in, and any travel costs for out-of-state or out-of-metro area tournaments (including coaches hotel and travel costs).
Important Dates for Fall 2013
May 28-30 U9-U12 Academy Tryouts and U13 Select Tryouts
June 2 Roster placement calls by this date
June 11 Registration Opens at aysa.net
June 18 Uniform Sizing Night (5:30 – 8:30 PM @ Arizona Avenue Loft)
July 1 Uniforms must be ordered by this date
July 5 Late fee assessed for registration (July 8 for U13 Select)
July 15 Registration Closed (July 18 for U13 Select)
July 29 Academy/Select Pre-Season Camps week (attendance expected)
August 5 Practice Starts
Late Aug-Sep. Mandatory Pre-Season Tournament (your coach will provide date)
Winter Academy Camp offered in January
Important Dates for Spring 2014
Pre-Season Tournaments (your coach will provide dates)
Season Games Start
No Games (Spring Break)
Spring Break Camp, 9-12 or 9-3
Intra-Squad Pick-up Games
Post-Season Tournaments (your coach will provide dates)
May 20 -22 Sharpen Skills Camp U8-U13 6-8pm
May 27, 28, 29 U8-U12 Academy and U13 Select Tryouts
May 30- June 1 Sharpen Skills Camp U14-U19 6-8pm