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Academy Program Overview

Academy

The Academy Program is comprised of 8U through 12U players (boys and girls ages 6-12 years old). The overall focus of this program is to provide development of technical skills, tactical awareness, physical abilities, and psychological growth within a fun and rewarding environment. The ultimate goal of the program is the overall development of every individual player in each area of emphasis.

All Academy teams practice at least twice per week and will be trained by professional club coaches to provide the players with the best foundation of skills, abilities and knowledge of the game. Licensed coaches follow a set curriculum, ensuring all Academy players are exposed to the same learning opportunities. During the majority of the season, optional third practices are available for qualifying players, and they are encouraged to attend these additional sessions. Players are also encouraged to continue their training outside of practice and games sessions.

Players must tryout for the Academy Program, with no guarantee of acceptance. We do aim to get every player the opportunity to play Academy level soccer, but this is not always possible. In age groups with multiple teams, players are grouped according to skill level. This ensures consistent development for each player, as playing with/against similar skilled players at this age is important. As much as possible, games for each team are scheduled against opponents with similar skill/ability levels.

Each Academy team plays in a pre-season and a post season tournament every season (Fall and Spring). So at least four tournaments per year. Some teams choose to participate in additional tournaments, and some higher-level teams may participate in tournaments outside of GA.



Academy 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 Academy coaches shall remain with a specific team for no more than 2 years.

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FAQs

Learn more about the Academy program by checking out our Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Survey

Academy Survey Responses Coming Soon.


Contact Us 

If you have questions please contact the Director of Coaching - Academy, John Downey:
 [email protected]

important dates

Fall 2018

May 29
- June 1 8U-12U Academy and 13U Select Tryouts
June 3 - 6 Roster placement calls
June 9 - 12 Online Registration opens
June 13 - Online Registration closes
July 23-27 - Pre-season camp week
July 31 - First day of Fall practices
Late Aug-Early Sept - Mandatory pre-season tournaments
September 8 - Regular season games begin
Late Nov-Dec. Mandatory post-season tournaments

Spring 2019

February 4
- First day of Spring practices
February weekends - Pre-season tournament weekends
March 2 - Regular season games begin
April 1-5 - Spring break camp available, no teams practice
April 6,7 - No games
May 11,12 - Post-season tournament
May 18,19 - Post-season tournament
May 28-31 - 8U-12U Academy and U13 Select Tryouts (for 2019-2020 season)

Contact Us

Inter Atlanta FC Blues

PO Box 133126 
Atlanta, Georgia 30333

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