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SSA DeKalb Soccer

SSA DeKalb Soccer


8U Soccer Development League (7U/8U)


To view an age group chart to determine your child's age group, please click HERE 

Season Calendar - For important season dates, please click HERE


8U SDL continues to provide an exciting introduction to soccer in a friendly and non-competitive environment while consisting of a mixture of beginners and moderately experienced players. With this in mind, the program creates an enjoyable and challenging environment for players to develop their soccer skills and understanding of the game through reinforcing aspects of soccer coached in Under 6 and introducing players to more advanced aspects of soccer. Dribbling, shooting, passing, receiving, juggling and movement education, such as running, jumping, turning, balancing are incorporated into age appropriate soccer activities.

At this age group, players can choose to play in a coed division, or all girls division. Teams are led by a volunteer head coach that conducts practice with support from the Recreational Director. All 8U teams (coed or girls) practice twice a week for an hour and play regularly scheduled 5v5 (including goalkeepers) small sided-soccer games on Saturday.

Program Information
Program Length: 9-10 week non-competitive program
Division: Players placed in coed or girls division
Roster Size: Recommended  6 players per team - max 10 players per team
Ball Size: 3
Coaches: Volunteer Head Coach
Practice Sessions Per Week: 1*
Practice Days: 1 evening per week - Monday through Thursday and will vary depending on team
Practice Time: 1 hour between 5:30pm to 7pm
Practice Location: TBD. We will offer various locations, but can vary between teams (see a list of fields under the 'Fields' tab)
Game Schedule: Saturday mornings/early afternoons
Game Location: Midway Park and/or Columbia Drive UMC
Game Format: 5v5, (including goalkeeper)
Game Duration: 4 x 12-minute periods
Field Size: approx. 30 x 40 yards
*Practice and game schedules are subject to effects of the weather and cannot be guaranteed. In the event of rain-outs, the club will look to ensure that a minimum of 8 game dates are played across the season. Make-up practices are subject to field and coach availability.
Fee Information
• Cost: $75 per player. Includes a player participation award at conclusion of the season
• Uniform: click here for details

Additional Information:
Shin guards are required
Size 3 soccer ball is required
• Soccer cleats are required, no baseball, softball, or football cleats permitted  
Water bottle is recommended                


SSA DeKalb Soccer
Southern Soccer Academy, 40 Whitlock Place Suite 200
Marietta, Georgia 30064

Phone: 678-594-5041

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