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6U & 8U PDA/Pre-Academy


6U and 8U Player Development Academy General Information 



Available for 6U - 8U year old boys and girls. Please click HERE for an age group chart.

Overview

SSA Player Development Academy is a program for soccer players that offers an alternate developmental pathway to our traditional Recreational program. It aims to accelerate the technical and tactical development of players looking to participate in the 9U-12U academy program and the 13U and older Select program. 

SSA PDA is a seasonal program designed for the passionate, motivated, and advanced 6U-8U player who fosters the desire to be challenged in every aspect of their game by training in a professional environment with professional coaches and alongside like-minded players. Through an exclusive SSA curriculum, players are provided the tools to help accelerate their technical and tactical development to continue to take their game to the next level. In an effort to maximize player development, players are maintained in training groups and play non-results-oriented games. Players may also have the chance to represent their club when playing neighboring clubs. 

SSA PDA allows players to participate on a season-to-season basis, permitting players to register for one season without committing to a full year. This provides a chance for those players who turn 5 during a season to enter the program the following season, and those that turn 8 a chance to move up and join the Academy program should this be in the best interests of the player.

Purpose

To help bridge the gap between Recreational soccer and 9U Academy soccer. A more skills-development environment is created for players who love the game where individual player development is paramount to master key soccer techniques and concepts that are required at the higher levels of play. This program allows players to experience an academy soccer environment while preparing players and parents for the next step of the soccer process, and offers an alternate development path to our traditional Recreational program for players in the 6U or 8U age groups.

For Whom

SSA PDA is available to all Recreational boys and girls who are in the 6U or 8U age group. It is strongly recommended that players participate in a minimum of one season of SSA Recreational soccer, and have at least one full year of organized soccer experience on a team before considering this program. Interested players that are committed to the goal of development will be considered for this program and placed with the best interests of the player in mind. This program will have limited spaces to ensure a superior soccer environment is maintained.

Staff

Coaching staff consists of SSA PDA Director with assistance given by experienced assistant coaches.

Curriculum

Through Southern Soccer Academy's partnership with Chelsea, coaching staff will be able to set a unique and exclusive curriculum for the PDA.  All sessions will have realistic goals set forth by the staff and will be enhanced by a nurturing environment for accelerated development. Coaching staff will not only educate the players about the game, but give players and parents a view of the skills and techniques necessary for long term soccer success. Training topics will focus on dribbling, receiving, passing, ball striking, and principles of attacking and defending in a 1v1 up to a 5v5 situation, as well as a continued effort to expand each players own coordination, balance, body movement and confidence.

Format

Program:

• SSA PDA will consist of a 10-12 week season

• There will be 2 training sessions per week

• 1-2 games per team at the weekend

Training Session Structure:

• Sessions are one hour and 15 minutes in duration

• Players all train as a group (boy and/or girls)

Game Format (vs. In-House):

• Players are split into teams and play multiple games against each other

• Each week players will be placed on different teams

• 5v5 (GK and four players)

• 4x12 minute quarters per game

Game Format (vs. other soccer clubs):

• 1-2 times in the season, SSA PDA may travel or host a neighboring club

• Players will be spilt into teams as determined by coaching staff

• Playing format may change (e.g. GK and five players)



Program Information 



Program Length: 10-12 weeks
Ball Size: 3
Coaches: SSA PDA Director and SSA Coaching Staff
Practice Sessions Per Week: 2
Practice Days: Tuesdays/Thursdays
Practice Time: 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Practice Location: Cartersville Soccer Complex
Game Schedule: Saturday mornings 9:00am or 10:30am as determined by schedule although adjustments may be needed to accommodate schedule requests when playing outside clubs
Game Format (in-house): 5v5 (including GK)
Game Duration: 4x12 minute quarters
Field Size: approx. 30 x 40 yards           


Schedule Information 



Assessment Days Schedule: TBA

For general information about the Assessment Day, please click HERE.

Pre-registration is necessary for the assessment days (no charge) - Please click below* 


If you do not yet have an account within the SSA Cartersville website, please click below, then create an account.




If you already have an account, please click below and select from the list of Available Programs.



Missed assessments? Just contact the PDA Director (under 'Contacts' on the main menu) to see if an individual assessment can be scheduled.

Spring Season Schedule:
Assessment Days: Mid to Late January
Practices Begin: Late February
Games Begin: 1st or 2nd Weekend in March
Season Ends: Early to Mid May

Fall Season Schedule:

Assessment Days: Mid to Late July
Practices Begin: Late August 
Games Begin: 1st or 2nd Weekend in Sept
Season Ends:  Early to Mid November

* SSA PDA is an invite-only program. Therefore, players wishing to participate are required to register and attend PDA Assessment Days to provide an opportunity for the club to determine a player’s suitability for the program.




Fee and Uniform Information   

Fee Information

• Cost: CLICK HERE. Includes GSSA registration and insurance fees, field maintenance, league administration, professional training and coaching, and participation award for each player at the conclusion of the season.

Uniform Information

• Game Day Uniform: Same as Rec click here for details 
• Practice Uniform: Black Nike Jersey (ordered through the same link as above)

• All players are required to purchase a uniform kit.



Contact

Southern Soccer Academy Cartersville
SSA Main Office 40 Whitlock Place, 200
Marietta, Georgia 30064

Phone: 678-594-5041
Email: [email protected]

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