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The RYSA Academy Program operates as a member of Georgia Youth Soccer Association’s developmental soccer program for U8-U12 boys and girls. The idea behind Academy is to give young players advanced coaching and a higher level of competition, alongside other players and parents who want to see their child develop his/her potential in a fun soccer environment. Academy philosophy is playing to learn while minimizing the pressure of playing to win
The Academy program is an intermediate step to full sided select soccer which starts at the U13 year. All RYSA Academy coaches are licensed and experienced in preparing players of this age for the next step of select soccer. Training activities are devised to help each player improve technically (skills), tactically (as a member of a team), physically (coordination & fitness) and psychologically (mental development). The Academy focuses on the complete development of each player, and education of the parent on the philosophies of developmental soccer. 

RYSA Academy What to Expect

Frequently asked questions about RYSA Academy:
 When are the evaluations?
Evaluations will be held in May.  Players are encouraged to attend all days. If unable to attend please email the Academy Director.

 Will there be cuts?
All players interested in playing at the Academy level are encouraged to join. Everyone participating in the evaluation will be placed in the program with peers of similar age and skill.

 What are the expenses?
Club dues for training August through May are required and are divided into payments. There is also a separate registration cost required at the beginning of each season.

 What about the uniform?
RYSA Academy and Select uniforms are purchased every 2 years as styles are discontinued by the manufacturer. The required uniform includes 2 shorts, 2 shirts, and 2 socks. Other optional items such as training suits and bags will also be available. Please view the uniform link on the website homepage.

 How often do the players train?
Academy players train twice per week. Training will begin with pre-season team training that all players are expected to attend; this will begin in late July. Regular weekly training will start at the beginning of August.

 Where are the games and when do they start?
Academy games are held on weekends, generally Saturdays and a few Sunday afternoons. Games are held at RYSA and other clubs in the Metro Atlanta area. The fall season will begin the Saturday after Labor Day. Game schedules will be available about 2 weeks prior to the season.

 Do Academy teams participate in tournaments?
Tournaments will be decided by the coaching staff based on the level of the team. The cost of each tournament is divided across the number of players and is typically in the $30 - $45 per player range.

We look forward to working with you and your child during the upcoming year!
If you have other questions regarding RYSA Academy, please email [email protected]

RYSA Academy What the Coaches Expect


  1. Please arrive at field at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled kickoff.
  2. Bring all soccer equipment; soccer shoes, both uniforms, shinguards, ball and water.
  3. Please “release” your child with ALL items to the coaching staff for organized warm-up. Parents will be asked to go to other side of field at this time.


  1. Please remember where you are and what is going on at all times.  This is a game for the kids.  Do not do anything that will take away from them having a positive experience.
  2. Please DO NOT COACH your kid or any others from the sidelines.
  3. Please do not yell at the referee no matter how bad he/she is.
  4. Please do not yell at opposing players, coach, or parents.
  5. Please do not yell or cheer excessively while play is going on, try to wait until the play has completed before cheering.
  6. Please be positive on the sidelines. If you have nothing positive to say, then say nothing.
  7. Please stay on parent side of field unless coach calls for you or in case of emergency situation.
  8. It is important to support your child and encourage them in athletics in the proper manner.  Don’t go overboard at this age.  Soccer is a very difficult sport, and your child as well as all others will make more mistakes than not.  The important things are the fun they are having, the exercise that comes with playing, and the development of playing an organized sport with other kids.
  9. PLEASE down play the importance of winning or losing these games.  The idea is to compete in order to improve.


  1. Technical ability (aka ball skills);  Control of ball, dribbling – to keep possession, and to beat defenders, passing, and shooting
  2. Positional shape; 6v6 and 8v8
  3. Possession of ball.
  4. Players playing all positions
  5. Ample playing time for all

IN GENERAL:  please do not approach coaches on game day unless there is an emergency.  They will be very busy organizing the team.  

Thank you for your support.

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Rockdale Youth Soccer Association

1780 Old Salem Rd. 
Conyers, Georgia 30013

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 770-483-0284
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