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Program Overview

Select

The Inter Atlanta FC (IAFC) Select Program strives to provide the premier competitive soccer experience for in-town Atlanta communities and neighborhoods.  The IAFC Select Program offers an opportunity for older youth players (ages 13U to 19U) to play soccer at a more challenging and competitive level, while still placing an emphasis on learning and having fun.  IAFC Select players are expected to give a greater commitment of time, energy, and focus to their teams.  This program is designed for more serious players, who are interested in playing at a high level and in developing their skills with professional coaches and staff. 

Select teams are formed once per year, with tryouts typically occurring in late May or early June for teams that will play in the following fall and spring seasons.  Players are assigned to teams based upon their individual skill levels and team requirements.  Players and their parents at the 13U and 14U level must commit to both the fall and spring seasons, and 15U to 19U players must commit to the fall season.  Select boys teams play in Georgia Classic leagues, and girls teams play in Georgia Athena leagues, administered by the Georgia State Soccer Association.  Select teams typically play in 1-2 games per week throughout the season, as well as playing in 2-3 pre and post season tournaments each season.  Select teams practice 3 times per week.  Soccer should be the primary sport for all Select players during soccer seasons, and players are expected to attend practices, games, and tournaments.

Select teams are trained by professional coaches who are licensed and experienced at directing competitive teams.  Coaches are dedicated to helping all players improve their skills, and develop their knowledge and understanding of the game.  Coaches will also help players set and reach personal and team goals, which may include playing for a high school or college team.  Coaches take seriously, and ask their players and their families to take seriously, the goal of providing a challenging and rewarding experience, that includes enjoying the fellowship of teammates, developing a love and appreciation for the beautiful game of soccer, and becoming a better and more complete individuals in the process.

Select Coach Rotation

It is the view of IAFC that it is beneficial to players and teams to have exposure to various coaches and coaching styles during their development as players.  Therefore, it is the policy that Select coaches shall remain with a specific team for no more than 3 years (including time spent with players while in the Academy program).  Generally teams should transition to new coaches when entering into Select and when moving from 15U to 16U.  Exceptions to this policy may only be granted by the Select Committee of the Board of Directors.

Select Dates

Important Dates for Fall 2017-Spring 2018

 Fall 2017
 
   
 July 24-28
Pre-Season camp (attendance required)
 July 31
Practice starts
 Aug
Mandatory Pre-season tournament (your coach will provide dates)
 Sept 2-4
Publix Atlanta Cup (many teams will have tournaments this weekend)
 Sep 9
Fall season opens
   
 Spring 2018
 
 January 29
Start of spring practice
 March 3
Spring season opens (first weekend games may be scheduled)
 May 12-13
Post Spring Tournaments begin through May
May 18-20 State Cup play in games
 May 26-28
State Cup round robin
 June 2-3
State Cup Finals
 May 29 - June 1st 8U-13U Academy Tryouts for 2018-2019
 June 5-8
14U-19U Select Tryouts for 2018-2019
   
   

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Select Soccer?
The focus of Select Soccer is to provide qualified players with the technical skills and tactical knowledge to compete at the highest level.  The training and coaching for Select soccer is carried out by licensed, professional soccer coaches.  Most select coaches have a D License or higher with several holding their A license.

Like Academy Soccer, Select soccer will require additional time and financial commitments from the parents and players.  Select Soccer also requires players to make a greater commitment to the sport in terms of focus, fitness level and skill development.  

Most Select games will be in and around the metro Atlanta area.  Each team can expect to play some away games and tournaments in other parts of Georgia.  Some teams attend out of state tournaments.

2. To what age groups does Select soccer apply?

Select is split into Athena (Girls) and Classic (Boys) from U13 to U19/U20. While Academy game scores are not recorded, Athena and Classic teams play for points and are involved in divisional play. Points are based on wins and losses.  Athena teams are classified A, B, C, D, E, etc. with A being the highest and the most competitive and Classic teams are classified 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. with 1 being the highest and most competitive.  Teams have class promotion and relegation opportunities based upon points. 

3.  How do I know which age group my son/daughter is in?

Starting Fall of 2016 age groups are determined by your birth year. Click here for the new age group charts from US Soccer.

4. Is Select soccer that different from Academy soccer?

Yes.  Select soccer is more competitive.  Expectations for the players in Select soccer are higher in terms of skill level and focus.  Teams will have biweekly preseason practices as well as additional practices devoted solely to fitness.  There will three 1 ½ hour practices per week during the season.   Players are chosen to play Select Soccer at tryouts based upon ability, skill and talent.   

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 beginning of June for Select.  Occasionally, players may be considered to sign up for the select program during mid-season (January/February).  Check the Tryouts Information page for the latest information.

7.  How long is the commitment?

Select 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 (Note:  U15‐U19 teams typically reconvene in late Spring, usually as the high school season is winding down, and many participate in post-season Spring tournaments).  If a player leaves their team part way through the calendar year, the full fee must still be paid.  The expectation though, 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 one and three teams per gender age group.

9.  What are the team levels in an age group?

The teams are:  Elite, Premier, Excel, Gold, Silver, Bronze (depending on how many teams an age group forms).

10. Can a player move between teams at IAFC?

Yes.  The coaching staff will make this decision. A player does not usually move down during the calendar soccer year.   Players on a lower level team however, can ‘club pass’ up to a higher level team, for one or more games, upon coaches and Director of Programs approval.

11.  Apart from regular season games, will the players go to tournaments?

Yes.  Most teams do one or more pre-season and one or more post‐season tournaments 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. The tournaments are not covered by registration fees.


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