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U8 Player Development Academy (PDA)

SSA U6 & U8 Player Development Academy

Available for U6 and U8 year old boys and girls (birth years between 2015 and 2017)

To view an age group chart to determine your child's age group, please clickHERE

PDA Assessments for Spring 2023:
Wednesday, November 16, 2022*
6:00-7:30 PM
Location: TBD

What To Bring: Size 3 Soccer Ball, Plenty of Water.
What to Wear: Athletic wear, shin guards, soccer socks over the shin guards, soccer cleats
*Weather permitting.Make Up Date :TBD

Contacts for Assistance:
Larry McGeehan (678-416-2792)- Registration
Scott Bearden 404-642-3040 - PDA Director

Click Here For PDA Assessment Day Information

Click below to pre-register for assessment*:

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

* SSA PDA is an invite program only. 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.


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 forthose 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.


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.


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


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.

Program Format: 

• 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*

* Activities are subject to the effects of weather and other factors outside of the control of the club and cannot be guaranteed 

Training Session Structure:
• Sessions are one hour and 30 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)
• 4x10 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
Practice Sessions Per Week:2*
Practice Days:Monday and Wednesday
Practice Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Practice Location:Central Park
Game Schedule:Friday, Saturday, and Sundays*
Game Format (in-house):5 v 5 (including GK)
Game Duration:4 x 10 minute quarters
Field Size:approx. 30 x 40 yards

* Activities are subject to the effects of weather and other factors outside of the control of the club and cannot be guaranteed 

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.
  • Covid-19: In keeping with the majority of youth soccer organizations, our usual policy is no refunds of membership/registration fees paid, either in part or in whole, except in considering the situation where a player experiences a long-term injury. Given the unprecedented situation with Covid-19 though, this policy will be adjusted for the 2020/21 season year to allow for a prorated amount for weeks not completed to be returned to the member in the form of a refund should a ‘shutdown’ be mandated due to Covid-19.
  • PDA Uniform:  click here for details