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Program Overview

The Academy program is the foundation of our Select Program.  It is a developmental program for 6-12 year old players (U7-U12) to create an environment more conducive for long-term player development. Tryouts for this program take place each year in late May/early June.  Our program provides:


·       A professional coaching staff that oversees all aspects of training and games

·       A program that competes against Atlanta-area youth soccer clubs

·       A program that participates in tournaments (limited number of and distance)

Boys Academy Core Values

·       Confidence

·       Competitiveness

·       Honesty

·       Respect

For more information please contact Scott Schadl at [email protected].

About the Academy
The MAYS Academy program is designed to enhance the development of the player through professional coaching at the 7 through 12 year old levels.  Our mission is to build a strong foundation for the soccer stars of tomorrow, while providing a fun and healthy soccer environment.

The Academy programs serve as a bridge between our U8 / U10 / U12 recreational soccer programs and the U13 select program.

Highlights of the Academy program:

·       Training two times a week (optional third night of training possible)

·       Weekly friendly matches against other clubs' Academy teams

·       Flexibility to move players freely between teams

·       Pre-season Academy Camp

*The pool of players for each Academy program consists of around 40 boys. We identify prospective candidates in three phases:

·       Academy staff evaluates players during training sessions and games with their recreational teams during their league seasons.

·       We complete evaluations through tryout sessions after the spring season.

Players who are identified as strong candidates will be offered admission into the Academy. There is no obligation to join, however. If the level of commitment isn't right for your son or family, the recreational program will still be available as an option.

Academy Goals:

·       Create an atmosphere where young players are exposed to the game with an emphasis on skill development more than team development.

·       Create an environment where players are allowed to flourish in a competitive arena in which the focus of quality soccer is more important than short-term success of winning versus losing.

·       Educate our players and parents in the development process and club values.

·       We'll measure learning and fun, not scores and standings.


Select soccer is broken down into two divisions – Athena for girls and Classic for boys. Each of these Programs have several divisions depending on the level of play. Teams are divided into divisions from National League, GPL, Classic I or Athena A to Classic V or Athena F, with Classic I & Athena A being the highest. Once a player has decided to play for a team, they commit for one full year (Fall & Spring season). 16U and older teams commit to play for the Fall season and may play in end-of-year tournaments in May once the high school season has been completed.   

  • Licensed professional Head Coach at your practices and games.
  • Combination of locations to form the most complete YMCA representative teams.
  • Practice twice a week. (optional third night of training possible)
  • Games on the weekend. On average teams will play 10 games each season.
  • Minimum of four tournaments a year.
  • More intense and professionally ran practices focused on Tactical Play and skill development.
  • Will require some additional travel as you may play teams from within Georgia State.


1700 Dennis Kemp Lane 
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152

Phone: 770-514-4368
Email: [email protected]

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