Georgia Express FC

Georgia Express Player Development


The soccer landscape is changing rapidly, not only in Atlanta but throughout Georgia and the United States.  Some of the changes are being forced onto youth soccer clubs, including age group changes and small-sided play formats for U8-U12.  Many of these changes we feel are in the wrong direction for player development.  Additionally, there are many choices for soccer clubs in our area, including some of the largest clubs in Georgia.  Inside these clubs are some of the top trainers in Georgia.

Georgia Express is making changes starting with Fall 2016 to enhance our approach, to take the best of what we've seen throughout Atlanta, to build on programs that have been successful for us, and to continue to learn from Genoa FC and our fellow North American Academy Partners. 

  1. Genoa ID Camp  Free to each Academy, Athena, and Classic player U10 and older, the soccer year will kick-off August 1-3 with the Genoa ID Camp.  Trainers from Genoa's Youth Academy will work with teams, receiving training sessions provided to Genoa's own 1999-2008 players.
  2. Technical Excellence Top players in our program will receive weekly Technical Excellence sessions in addition to their team practices.  Admittance into this program will be by invitation only, with players notified at tryouts.  This program is for the most dedicated players at Georgia Express.  Players may work their way into this program as well.  Players will receive training from some of the best technical experts available.
  3. Individual Player Development Pathways Custom development tracks will be provided to each and every player, including those players making the transition from Rec to Academy or Select play.  This includes game-day playing time.  As a member of Georgia Soccer, each player should play 50% or greater during games.  Our goal will be to create playing environments for those interested to play 75% or more in games.  This will continue to include adding second games for players to play-up in age, to play different positions, and to move from a substitute to a starter.  We also will offer Technical Acceleration clinics for players needing more developmental and personal attention.
  4. Limited Travel With the work we put in for scheduling, we are able to have 65-75% of Academy games at home.  This provides better life balance for our players and families, which then makes for a healthier athletic experience.
  5. Fitness & Nutrition  Each player will undergo three Performance Tests throughout the calendar year (August, November, and May).  Dedicated athletes will have access to small-group Speed & Agility sessions, Injury Prevention Clinics, and discounted training tools
  6. Genoa Days  Six times during the year, players will have specific skills training and small-sided play on either Saturday or Sunday afternoons.  These sessions will be scheduled as part of our
  7. Friday Futsal & Five-a-Sides  Players will have free opportunities to come together on Friday's for small-sided futsal pick-up games.  For the older players, we will have Five-a-Side play.  These games will be limited in structure with groups of players organized by age.