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When registering for any of our soccer programs, your child will be placed into an appropriate age group based upon the birth year of your child. The birth year for registration is based on the year in which the season ends. For example, if a season begins in the fall of 2018 and ends in the summer of 2019 (i.e. 2018-2019 season), the player would be registered based on their age in the year 2019. Competitions that take place in a single year (ex: fall of 2019 only) should use that year to determine birth year.

For a complete matrix of Birth Years and Seasons for LSA soccer programs, refer to our Player Age Groups chart.

In youth soccer, there is not a “traditional” single season of play. In Georgia, and most other states, youth soccer programs play a Fall season and a Spring season.

  • Fall Season – Runs September through November; pre-season activities (team camps, pre-season tournaments) typically begin in August.
  • Spring Season – Runs March through May; pre-season activities (pre-season tournaments) typically begin in February.

As high school soccer teams play in the Spring months, Under-15 (U15) and older age groups do not have a Spring season.

Questions often asked about the LSA Recreational Program.

No, Recreational players do not need to tryout and there are no evaluations for team placement. The Recreational Program is intended for any player looking to have fun and learn soccer regardless of their current soccer abilities. Players will be placed on an age-appropriate team.

You can register one of two ways:

1) You can register online at the LSA website by going to the Recreational Program Page and pressing the "Register for Recreational Soccer" button.

2) You can attend one of our walk-up registration days. For specific dates and times, refer to the Fees and Registration Page and keep an eye on our Events Calendar.

Yes, to an extent. Coaches are given team codes at the end of each season to give to players that they wish to retain to register to their specific team. If you and the other coach agree, then you can be placed on their team. If you do not have a team code to use, then you will be randomly placed on an age appropriate team.

Once registration closes, the LSA Recreational Program Staff will form teams and distribute rosters. From there, the coaches will contact their players and let them know when practices will start.

Typically, teams will practice 2x/week. Practices usually start 1-2 weeks before the weekend of the first games. The first or second weekend of September is when Fall kicks off and the first or second weekend of March is usually the kick off for Spring season.

Prior to the start of the season, coaches, practice schedules, and games schedules will be available for each team and can be found at the LSA website:

  • Coach information can be found at the Coaches page under the Recreational heading.
  • Practice and games schedules at the Schedules page under the Recreational heading.

 

You can order directly online from our website at the LSA Shop.

We try to hold sizing days so that you can better judge the correct uniform sizes. Otherwise, we let you deal directly with our uniform company and they ship the uniform straight to you.

Soccer ball sizes are based on the player's age group as follows:

  • U6 - U8: Size 3 ball
  • U10 - U12: Size 4 ball
  • U14 and above: Size 5 ball

All players must wear shin guards and cleats for all practices and games. NO METAL STUDS are allowed at any time.

LSA offers a variety of programs and incentives for our recreational players and coaches, including:

  • Shark Bait Program: Introduces soccer to players ages 3-4 years old.
  • Super 8 Program: Rising 7-year old players looking to transition into Academy play for both boys and girls.
  • Free Tournament: Provided at the end of the Spring season for the u10 and u12 age groups to give them a real tournament feel and extra games with the chance to win a medal for 1st and 2nd place.
  • Coach of the Year and Volunteer of the Year: Chosen by the Recreational Program Director, our best members are awarded for their service and achievements.
  • Free Recreational Goalkeeper Training: Training provided 1x per week for aspiring goalkeepers ages u12 and up.

LSA is proud to offer programs at a price which is amongst the lowest in the State of Georgia.

All pricing information can be found at our website on the Program Fees page under the Recreational Program Fees heading.

Note: There is an Out-of-County fee for players whom live outside of Hall County.

LSA uses an application called Rained Out, it asks for your email and phone number. It will alert you if the fields close. As soon as we have field status, the application will let you know.

We also update the LSA website when field status changes.

To check the field status at our website or for more information about the Rained Out application, please visit the Field Info page.

Questions often asked about the LSA Academy Program.

The Academy program offers competitive soccer for Under-9 (U9) through Under-12 (U12) age groups.

Registration into a particular age group is based upon the child's Birth Year. For a complete matrix of Birth Years and Seasons for LSA soccer programs, refer to our Player Age Groups chart.

Yes, all players must tryout for the Academy program. LSA has tryouts every year during the month of June. Tryouts are usually during the first week of June but check our Events calendar for the exact dates.

Yes, all players must register for tryouts. You can register online through the LSA website or you may come in person and register at the first tryout day.

There is no cost to registration for tryouts at LSA.

  1. We will provide a code to you and you will use that code when registering/committing with the LSA Academy program. The provided code is necessary whether you register online or walk-in.
  2. If you are new to the club, you need to bring your birth certificate and $200.
  3. If you are a former player, you need to bring $200 for walk-in registration.
  4. Purchase your uniforms through the LSA Uniform Shop. More information about the uniforms, purchasing, and telephone orders can be found at LSA Uniform Shop.

Please visit our Program Fees page for all pricing information.

LSA offers payment plans. More information about our payment plans can be found at our Program Fees page.

The Academy Program fees cover the following: fields, referees, practices, electricity to light the fields, professional coaches, and home games.

The program fees DO NOT cover the following: tournament fees, transportation nor coaches per diem.

Academy soccer is an 8-month commitment. Practices start the week before Hall County schools begin and finish the first week of December. Practices then restart on the last week of January and finish the last week of May.

The Academy teams practice three days per week: two days outdoors and one day indoors (futsal).

  1. For practice, the following equipment is required: soccer cleats for outdoors and futsal/indoor shoes for futsal practice, shin guards, Soccer Ball of appropriate size for the player’s age group, and LSA training top.
  2. For games, in addition to the above equipment, players should also wear their uniform. Note: For all games, players should bring both home and away uniforms as it is sometimes necessary to change when both teams have a similar color uniform.
  3. Always bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

Academy games are played on Saturdays and some Sundays. Saturday games are usually in the morning. Sunday games are after 12:00 PM.

Half of the Academy games will be played at the Allen Creek Soccer Complex. The rest of the games will be away. Academy teams don’t travel more than 2 hours for away games.
No. Although we do try our best to have children playing a lot of minutes, we can’t guarantee equal playing time.
Questions often asked about the LSA Select Program.

The Select program offers competitive soccer for Under-13 (U13) through Under-19 (U19) age groups.

Registration into a particular age group is based upon the child's Birth Year. For a complete matrix of Birth Years and Seasons for LSA soccer programs, refer to our Player Age Groups chart.

The Select soccer program is competitive soccer for boys and girls U13-U19.

The level of competition and professionalism is the difference in these programs.

To play Select soccer, you must first tryout and be offered a spot on the roster. In Recreational soccer, there are no tryouts and all registered players will be laced on a roster (within the capacity of the Recreational program).

With Select soccer, you will be intensely trained 2-3 times per week by professional coaches in technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of the game of soccer. In Recreational soccer, the training schedule is less rigorous and you will be trained by Georgia-certified parent coaches.

In the Select program, you will play against other clubs throughout Georgia and can be promoted or relegated to a higher or lower bracket based upon the team’s performance. Based upon the team’s competitive level, players occasionally have the opportunity to compete against teams in other states. In the Recreational program, players primarily compete against other teams within the Recreational program and do not travel. Occasionally, some Recreational teams have the opportunity to play against teams outside of the LSA Recreational program.

Yes, all players must tryout for the Select program. LSA has tryouts every year during the month of June. Tryouts are usually during the first week of June but check our Events calendar for the exact dates.

Yes, all players must register for tryouts. You can register online through the LSA website or you may come in person and register at the first tryout day.

There is no cost to registration for tryouts at LSA.

In Georgia state-level soccer, girls’ teams are placed into the Athena division. The Athena division contains multiple brackets into which girl’s teams are placed based on ability. Athena brackets are identified as ‘Athena A’, ‘Athena B’, ‘Athena C’, etc., where Athena A is the bracket of the highest-performance teams.

In Georgia state-level soccer, boys’ teams are placed into the Classic division. Similarly, the Classic division contains multiple brackets into which boy’s teams are placed based on ability. Classic brackets are identified as ‘Classic 1’, ‘Classic 2’, ‘Classic 3’, etc., where Classic 1 is the bracket of the highest-performance teams.

Elite refers to those teams who compete at the regional or national level (RPL or ECNL/ENPL). This achieved by gaining promotion from the highest level of state soccer (Athena A or Classic 1).

At the state level (Classic/Athena), games are played anywhere in the state of Georgia depending on what other clubs are in the same bracket.

Although it is outside the control of LSA, state-level schedulers generally try to schedule each team to play about half of their games at their home field and the remainder at the opposing team’s fields.

Select games are usually played on Saturdays or Sundays. Games may be scheduled for anytime during the day.

The game schedules are produced by state-level schedulers that coordinate game days, times, and fields throughout Georgia. Although most games will be played during the day on Saturdays or Sundays, on rare occasions state schedulers may request a Friday evening game. This typically only happens when seasons have a high volume of inclement weather and the schedulers are trying to reschedule games.

  1. We will provide a code to you and you will use that code when registering/committing with the LSA Select program. The provided code is necessary whether you register online or walk-in.
  2. If you are new to the club, you need to bring your birth certificate and $200.
  3. If you are a former player, you need to bring $200 for walk-in registration.
  4. Purchase your uniforms through the LSA Uniform Shop. More information about the uniforms, purchasing, and telephone orders can be found at LSA Uniform Shop.

Please visit our Program Fees page for all pricing information.

LSA offers payment plans. More information about our payment plans can be found at our Program Fees page.

The Select Program fees cover the following: fields, referees, practices, electricity to light the fields, professional coaches, and home games.

The program fees DO NOT cover the following: tournament fees, transportation nor coaches per diem.

For most teams, Select soccer is an 8-month commitment. Due to high school soccer, older age groups (U15 and above) do not play a Spring season so it is only a 4-month commitment. 

Practices start the week before Hall County schools begin and finish the first week of December. Practices then restart on the last week of January and finish the last week of May.

The Select teams practice three days per week: two days outdoors and one day indoors (futsal).

  1. For practice, the following equipment is required: soccer cleats for outdoors and futsal/indoor shoes for futsal practice, shin guards, Soccer Ball of appropriate size for the player’s age group, and LSA training top.
  2. For games, in addition to the above equipment, players should also wear their uniform. Note: For all games, players should bring both home and away uniforms as it is sometimes necessary to change when both teams have a similar color uniform.
  3. Always bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

No. Although we do try our best to have children playing a lot of minutes, we can’t guarantee equal playing time. Select soccer is a highly competitive program and each player's game time will be influenced by their ability and desire to put in 100% effort.

Questions often asked about the U.S. Development Academy Program.

Full-time Development Academy players can only participate on their designated Academy team. Development Academy teams do not play in any other leagues, tournaments, State Cup competitions, ODP, or other similar events.

Development Academy players for all teams must choose to participate in the Academy full-time and forgo playing for his high school team.

Development Academy players which are on a National Team is allowed to participate in National Team duties.

Questions often asked about the when and how to prepare for and playing soccer in College.

You need make college coaches aware of you and that you're interested in playing soccer at their school. Several things you should be doing are:

  • Email coaches (refer to the Contacting a College Coach article for more information and an example email)
  • Attend College ID camps
  • Visit the schools and schedule to meet the coaching staff

At LSA, we do our utmost to expose our older age groups to a variety of colleges using the following:

  • Preseason scrimmages against college opponents
  • Scheduling college coaches to come to LSA and perform practice sessions with u17/19 age groups,
  • Providing a Select DOC who will act as a liaison between you and your desired college
  • Post season college showcases

NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) offers 3 divisions of college athletics.

Division I

Division I schools are typically the largest universities. They're D1 status is driven by a combination of the size of the student body, number of sports offered, and amount of money invested into athletics. Division I school also have the largest allowed amount of scholarships available of the NCAA divisions. Examples - UGA, Kennesaw State

Division II

Division 2 schools are typically smaller in size and therefore do not have as much financial investment from the university however they do still however offer competitive athletic scholarships. Examples - UNG, Young Harris College

Division III

Division 3 schools are the smallest of the NCAA institutions. D3 schools are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships, but are able to bundle a variety of academic scholarships. Examples - Piedmont College, Oglethorpe University

NAIA

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a smaller organization made up of smaller 4-year colleges throughout the United States. Often NAIA schools are private institutions, with a religious or technically focused curriculum. NAIA institutions do offer athletic scholarship. Examples - Trusty McConnell University, SCAD

NJCAA

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is an organization made up of 2-year programs. Athletic scholarship is available. Example - Andrew College, Georgia Military College

It is a general misconception that Division I soccer is the best and Division III and NAIA are the worst. There are competitive programs throughout and it is common for different divisions/organizations to compete in preseason and offseason, usually in very close games.

The term "full ride" refers to a student athlete receiving a full scholarship. However, it is not as common in college sports as you would think, and it is even less common in college soccer. If a sports program is limited to 9 full scholarships, and the roster is 35 players - those 9 scholarships can only stretch so far!!

Answers to common questions about the equipment which may be required, optional, or prohibited for soccer practice and games, and soccer fields that are used in our programs.

Every player should bring the following to every practice and game:

  • Shin Guards are required for all practices and games.
  • Soccer Ball of appropriate size for the player’s age group.
  • Soccer Shoes – Cleated shoes are required for games. For practices, turf shoes may be worn but should be verified with the coach. For very young players, sneakers are fine. For programs that also provide indoor practices (futsal), futsal/indoor shoes are required for indoor practices. NO METAL STUDS are allowed at practices or games!
  • Plenty of Water – Be sure to have extra water during hot-weather games.
  • Sunscreen – Be sure to apply appropriate sunscreen before outdoor practices and games.

For games, in addition to the above equipment, players should also wear their uniform.

Note: For all games, players should bring both home and away uniforms as it is sometimes necessary to change when both teams have a similar color uniform.

 

NO METAL STUDS are allowed at any time.

Under-8 (U8) and younger play with a No. 3 soccer ball.

Under-9 (U9) through Under-12 (U12) play with a No. 4 soccer ball.

Players Under-13 (U13) though adult play with a No. 5 soccer ball.

In the game of soccer, injuries to the teeth are so few that most soccer clubs and tournaments do not require the use of mouth guards.


Many dentists would likely recommend the use of mouth guards. At LSA, usage is a choice left to the player and parents.

The FIFA Laws of the Game prohibit anything that may be dangerous to any players on the field. Such objects are not allowed to be worn on the field during practice or games.

During games, referees determine if an item can be worn without being dangerous. If considered dangerous, referees will request such items be removed and have the authority to prevent players from playing should such articles not be removed.

The FIFA Laws of the Game prohibit anything that may be dangerous to any players on the field.
If the player’s physician allows for participating in soccer with a cast, a player may be allowed to participate at practice given the coaches consent.

When participating in a game or tournament, referees determine if a player’s cast may be dangerous to other players. If the referee considers the cast to be dangerous, the referee has the authority to prevent the player from participating. Game-time decision may vary a bit from referee to referee and such decisions are outside the control of LSA – our coaches must respect the referee’s decision.

It has been out experience that “hard casts” are never allowed by referees. Players wearing “soft casts” or “sports casts” are occasionally allowed during games.

Many orthopedic doctors are familiar with sports-related casts. If your child is injured, be sure to discuss what cast options may be available for your child’s injury.

Helmets are not included as part of a player’s equipment in the FIFA Laws of the Game. Although helmets may protect the player wearing it, it poses more danger to other players around the player wearing the helmet.

To help protect a player from head injuries, a player may wear a concussion headband or soccer headgear. Though recommended, the usage of such head gear is not required.

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