Girls Academy

About the Academy:
The NASA Academy program is designed to enhance the development of the North Atlanta Soccer Association's girls players through professional coaching at the 6 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.

We created the U10 Academy program in 2001, and have expanded the program over the years to include older girls by forming the U11 and U12 Academies, and younger girls by forming the Junior Academy (U7/U8). The Academy programs serve as a bridge between our U6 / U8 / U10 / U12 recreational soccer programs and the U13 select (i.e., "Athena") program.

Highlights of the Academy program:

  • Training three times a week
  • Weekly friendly matches against other clubs' Academy teams
  • Flexibility to move players freely between teams
  • Athena Academy camp

The pool of players for each Academy program consists of around 40 girls. 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 invite prospects to come to our open Academy training sessions in May.
  • 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 daughter or family, the recreational program at NASA will still be available as an option.


Academy Goals:

Create a non-stress atmosphere where young players are exposed to the game with an emphasis on skill development.
Create an environment where players are allowed to flourish in a competitive arena in which winning is not a determinant of success, where the instillation of quality is more important than short-term success.
Educate our players and parents in the development process and club values.
Create the needed flexibility in which teaching takes precedence over game administration. We'll measure learning and fun, not scores and standings.

For more information, check the NASA Girls Academy web site.
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