Griffin Youth Soccer Association

Bridge to Academy

Excel Bridge to Academy


Age:     U7-U8              Price:   $190 per season (+Uniform = $25)

Fall 2015 Open Session:
October 29, 2015
6:00p.m. - 7:15p.m.
Field 1 (Lighted Field)

What is the Excel Bridge to Academy?

The Excel Bridge to Academy bridges the gap between Griffin Youth Recreational Soccer and Excel Futbol Academy. The Excel Bridge to Academy replaces recreational participation. They will train twice a week with the Excel Staff, plus have the chance to attend extra technical sessions. All games will be within the Excel Bridge Structure.

Who can participate?
Fall 2015/16 Birthdate range:

U8: 8/1/07 (8/1/07 - 7/31/08)

U7: 8/1/08 (8/1/08 - 7/31/09)

When does the season start?

Fall Training Begins – 2nd week of August

Fall Game-Day Begins – September 12

Excel Bridge to Academy training would consist of what aspects?

The program will emphasize individual skills and small group play, which are essential for good personal and team performance. Technical and tactical foundations of the game will be taught and tested in more competitive game situations. Training topics will focus on dribbling, receiving, passing, ball striking, and principles of attacking and defending, as well as a continued effort to expand each players own coordination, balance, body movement and confidence.

What are Game-days like?

Games played in-house will consist of 3v3-6v6 format. The game is another aspect of training. Every couple of weeks the game itself will change. The game changes will allow the development of the player’s technical ability, spatial awareness, and problem solving skills. Out-of-house Games will be played against other local clubs and teams. Competition is natural within passionate and serious players. All the games will emphasis development and effort. We adjust the game day environment to fit the development of the players in the program.

Tentative Fall 2015 Game-Day Schedule

Date                              Game Format                      Location

September 12               U8 Rec Rules                       Tyus Park

September 19               U8 Rec Rules                       Tyus Park

September 26               U8 Rec Rules                       Tyus Park

October 3                      4 Goals                                  Tyus Park

October 10                    4 Goals                                  Tyus Park

October 17                    3v3/ 4v4 tour.                        Tyus Park

October 24                    Fall Break

October 31                    Out-of-house                        Columbus Redstar (Away)

November 7                  Out-of-house                        Tyus Park

More game – day opportunities are available due to performance and participation. U9 Academy Games, tournaments, scrimmages, etc……

Player/ Parent Expectations

Player commitment will rely on the parent’s commitment. A player cannot improve if they do not make training sessions. Lack of training sessions will result in a player not being able to play games. Players will be given responsibility for their actions and their soccer. That includes being prepared for games and training with proper equipment and gear. The Excel Bridge program creates an environment to allow the child to grow as much as possible at the child’s own speed.

At practice, parents can observe the training sessions, but we detach the child from the parents so that they can learn and solve problems on their own. Game-days we want to hear encouraging cheers for the kids play on the field. What we do not tolerate is the “Joystick Coach”. Our trainers do not coach that way and we request that you do not do that to any of the players.

Please, enjoy watching your child grow up. You don’t get to see them learn and grow in a classroom. In a way now, you get that opportunity if you allow it.

Excel Bridge to Academy Staff

Adam Greene              Director of Coaching                                          706-975-1671

Annette White             Excel Bridge Manager       

Our staff is a professional and licensed group of soccer experienced coaches.