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Elite Development Academy

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South Mississippi Soccer Club Elite Development Academy Mission Statement

The SMSC Elite Development Academy (EDA), sponsored by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, 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.

SMSC EDA Teams Proudly Sponsored by ...

SMSC is currently looking for a business partner for the 2022-23 season for the EDA program.  If interested, please contact the club at

EDA Contact Information

For Information on the Elite Development Academy, please contact Kevin Carmichael at:

Elite Development Academy Tryout Information

2022 The Elite Development Academy is for 7U,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.   EDA age groups will be selected into TEAMS with assigned coaching staff and not POOLS for 2022.

Harrison County EDA Tryouts - RESCHEDULED

Tuesday, February 22 - Gpt Sportsplex Soccer Complex

  • U7&U8 born in 2014 & 2015 at 5:30pm 
    • Field 3 Boys; Field 3 Girls
  • U10 born in 2012 & 2013 
    • Field 6 Girls at 5:30pm
    • Field 6 Boys at 6:30pm
  • U12 born in 2010 & 2011 at 6:30pm
    • Field 3 Boys; Field 3 Girls

Jackson County - at Ocean Springs Sports Complex

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

  • U7&U8 born in 2014 & 2015 at 6:00pm
  • U10 born in 2012 & 2013 at 6:00pm
  • U12 born in 2010 & 2011 at 6:00pm


EDA Info & Eligibility

EDA Staffing

The EDA is overseen by SMSC REC & EDL DIrector Kevin Carmichael and Jackson County Program Assistant, Windham Whatley and utilizes paid and trained coaching staff.

Who can tryout for the EDA ?

The EDA program is open to players who are registered with SMSC Rec or affiliated USYS or US Club programs.  SMSC accepts players new to the club in the EDA program.  Players that are not registered with a club will be charged an additional $25 registration fee to cover the costs of enrollment and insurance.

What is the EDA Cost ?

The EDA is $65 for U7,U8 and U10; $75 for U12.  Registration includes a training top.

Where / When is the EDA program ?

Two EDA locations will operate - at Gulfport Sportsplex and Ocean Springs.  Additional areas can be added as demand warrants.  The EDA will form as teams and play regular matches.  Training will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with some Saturday match play.