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Elite Development Academy

South Mississippi Soccer Club Elite Development Academy Mission Statement

The SMSC Elite Development Academy (EDA) 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.

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EDA Contact Information

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

Elite Development Academy Tryout Information

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. 

The next EDA enrollment will take place in  the Spring of 2021.   Evaluation sessions will begin in February.

Harrison County - at County Farm Soccer Complex

Saturday, February 27

  • U7&U8 born in 2013 & 2014 at 2:00pm
  • U10 born in 2011 & 2012 at 3:30pm
  • U12 born in 2009 & 2010 at 3:30pm

Jackson County - at Ocean Springs Sports Complex

Tuesday, February 23

  • U7&U8 born in 2013 & 2014 at 6:00pm

Thursday, February 25 

  • U10 born in 2011 & 2012 at 6:00pm
  • U12 born in 2009 & 2010 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.

When is the EDA program ?

The program will train on Tuesday's and Thursday's beginning March 16 and running until May 6.  Two EDA locations will operate - at County Farm and Ocean Springs.  Additional areas can be added as demand warrants.  The EDA will form as team pools and play regular matches.