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Elite Development Academy

South Mississippi Soccer Club Elite Development Academy Mission Statement

The SMSC Elite Development Academy program focuses on positively impacting players to assist them in maximizing their development within South Mississippi Soccer Club. The Elite Development Academy values individual development over winning trophies and titles and focuses on developing those players with the desire to learn. The Academy sets the standard for our youth soccer players that we hope will impact their skills development, self-confidence, soccer education and overall love of the game.   The EDA will focus on the fundamentals of the game that will correlate to a real style of play.

EDA Training Schedule - 2019

EDA Training will be held on Tuesday's at Sportsplex Softball 3.

  • U8B, U8G, U10G @ 5:30pm
  • U10B, U12B, U12G @ 7:00pm

Location:  Sportsplex, Softball field 3 

Program Cost: $65.00

Returning players receive a $15 discount.


Elite Development Academy Information

The Elite Development Academy is for 8U, 10U, and 12U REC players and is designed to provide our REC athletes with an introduction to advanced training and play.  This training program will be curriculum based and takes the place of our All-Star program.  We're excited about the improved structure and dynamic and are looking forward to making a positive impact. If your child is interested and shows the desire to learn, the EDA is an excellent start. 

How do I get my child involved ?  Identification for the 2019 EDA is now underway.  With exciting changes in store for this season's program, reach out to us if you have questions.   Please contact us at

Are there tryouts ?  YES.  Tryouts are designed to give the kids a goal.  These tryouts are focused on finding players interested in improving their soccer education. 

Will there be teams selected ?  The EDA will form teams at U8, U10 and U12 - with the option of having odd year groups (U9, U11) if numbers allow.   This Academy is centered around developmental training, not tournament play and travel. We strive to provide higher level training while keeping the cost reasonable.   The match schedule will be localized and not require overnight stay.

How does my child get selected ?  The EDA does not have a limit on the number of players we can select.  However, a demonstrated foundation in the game and the ability to work in a group and follow instructions is required.

How often are practices and games ?  The EDA will practice once weekly.   The EDA will play games approximately every two weeks.

What are the costs? The 2019 EDA costs will be $65.00 and players will be required to purchase an inexpensive uniform top (T-Shirt).  There will be no overnight travel required with this program.  It is possible any games associated with team play will require additional costs such as referee fees and field rental.  Those costs will be split among the players participating in that game. 

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